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so dizzy i can't stand up... 
20th-Apr-2009 05:06 pm [dizziness]
 I am 22 years old and 25 weeks pregnant with a baby girl.  I've been feeling pretty good lately, just here and there I don't feel too hot, but that's normal.  Today I started moving some things out of what's going to be the baby's room and I didn't think I was doing anything I couldn't handle, but all of a sudden I got really dizzy.  I figured some water and food would solve my problem, but almost 5 hours later, I'm dizzier than I was to start with.  I've never had dizzy spells that last so long.  

I did recently see a cardiologist because I have had a few spells of almost passing out.  The urgent care dept did an EKG a few weeks ago and found a long QT (?) and so I'm being set up this week with a heart monitor to view my dizzy spells to see if it's anything not related to the pregnancy...

Have any of you had experience with long periods of dizziness?  I was dizzy a lot in the very beginning of my pregnancy but it wasn't like this and subsided after a few weeks.

20th-Apr-2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
I have some pretty bad dizzy spells where I can barely stand up, but thankfully they don't last hours. I don't have any advice on what you should do. I just wanted to say I'll keep you in my prayers that they find out what is causing them and that it won't affect your pregnancy. *Hugs*
20th-Apr-2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
thanks for your support!
20th-Apr-2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Hm. I'm not having long dizzy spells but I started having frequent ones. I actually passed out last saturday in the shower and ended up spending 3 days in the hospital for it. They did a heart echo (I dunno if I spelled that right) which was essentially an ultrasound of the heart and determined that I had a heart murmur but they don't think it's causing the dizzy spells. I ended up having an mri and seeing a neurologist (they actually thought I'd had a stroke at first, yippee) and the conclusion they came to was that I'm having migraines (that are painless) that are causing my blood vessels to contract TOO much and that is what is causing me to get dizzy and to pass out. So I'm on medication for it now. They said it's not related to pregnancy at all, it's just being aggravated by pregnancy.

Anyway, good luck! Be careful though. I kept getting dizzy but wasn't fainting so I thought it was nothing to really worry about and then I fainted and banged myself up pretty good in the shower. :/
20th-Apr-2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
You can have painless migraines? I used to get migraines when I was a kid, but certainly not painless ones... they did ask about that in urgent care. Thanks for sharing your experience with me, I'll definitely try to be careful.
P.S. I'm also due in July :)
20th-Apr-2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Well I get the non-painless ones too.

Honestly I'd never heard of it before I saw this neurologist, but I've done some research on it since then because obviously it's very interesting to me now.

They are typically called Silent Migraines. Here's the link: http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/what-are-silent-migraines

The problem my neurologist and I have is that we have a hard time telling when I'm having these migraines simply because I don't typically get auras - with a "painful" migraine or without. I thought my migraines were getting better during pregnancy (I used to get them several times a week!) but apparently that isn't the case, I'm just getting the silent ones. And now that I know what to look for, it's easier for me to tell. I always associated migraine auras with like... obvious visual disturbances. But now that I know it can be minor visual disturbances and also other things, like irritability and the like, I can pinpoint when I'm having them now.

It's really interesting. And to be honest, I'll take these silent migraines over the OMG going to die from the pain migraines any day. :)
20th-Apr-2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
I've been having grey-outs (& couple of black outs) last few weeks, turns out it's postural hypotension, so you might want them to put a walking cuff on you to check your BP isn't bottoming out.

Orthostatic (postural) hypotension: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/orthostatic-hypotension/ds00997
20th-Apr-2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
I have frequent dizziness spells and found out it was my bp causing them.
20th-Apr-2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
I've had really bad dizziness [it started when I was about 25 weeks, and now I'm nearly 30]... I ended up going to the ENT a bit ago. Apparently, I have some ridiculous vertigo that has been caused by the pregnancy. I still get dizzy spells after having 3 appointments with the physical therapist *twitch*

Do you happen to notice it when you do things on one side, as opposed to the other? [like rolling over in bed toward your right/left side]
21st-Apr-2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Could you be anemic? I had dizzy spells while pregnant with my first child, and it turned out I had low iron!
21st-Apr-2009 07:55 am (UTC)
When I was 16 weeks pregnant I kept going dizzy all the time and couldn't lie down at all as the room would just spin and spin.. I went to the doctors and he told me that I had vertigo, which apparently is common during pregnancy. For me, it lasted 3 weeks. I had to sleep sitting up on the sofa! Not fun! It went at 19/20 weeks and came back for a few days around 30 weeks.

Good luck!
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