Is it possible for an adrenal problem to affect one side of the body more than the other? Here's my story.
I'm a 30 year old male who was under a lot of stress for a period of time beginning in late July. Shortly thereafter I began to have occasional issues when I'd eat or drink something, where it felt like my adrenaline would go out of control afterwards. Sometimes this would last an hour, and sometimes it would last an entire night. I then started having an issue where I would doze off at night for maybe 30 minutes, and jolt awake with my heart pounding as though I had been scared to death. This feeling would also last the entire night, as though I couldn't shut it off.
Mid-August is when something weird happened. I woke up at about 4 AM feeling as though adrenaline had been poured only into the LEFT side of my body. My heart was pounding and I could feel every pulse point on my left side throbbing, but my right side felt completely normal. My BP and pulse weren't particularly high, but this left-side pounding was very real. This harder-than-normal heartbeat went on for about two weeks, during which time I had a ton of heart tests done that found absolutely nothing. Doctors wrote it off as anxiety of course, but anxiety doesn't last 24/7 for weeks at a time.
The hard heartbeat eventually went away, but then it seemed I had the opposite problem. I started feeling really fatigued, my BP and pulse fell to lower-than-normal levels, I started having trouble concentrating, etc. Again the doctors wrote it off as nothing.
I have no idea what to do next. I tend to feel okay in the mornings and the evenings, but in the afternoons I crash. I often feel as if my body isn't getting enough oxygen on the left side, but my right side feels fine. They say this isn't a heart issue, and I don't think it's a neuro issue (no muscle weakness, twitching, etc), so could it be an adrenal issue?
I had my thyroid checked at the end of July (before any of this started happening), and my TSH was 1.42. Perfectly normal. I have an appointment with an ND this week and a cardiologist next week, so I hope someone finds something to explain this. Anyone have any ideas?
Hi i feel for you, i have a problem with my adrenal gland putting out to much hormones,i go from trembeling of overactive nerves to heart racing, my endocronologist took a supressen test, what incl.special blood test, iam still waiting for the result, in the mean time i take xanax yust to keep me relaxed, so that i can function, and sleep
Have you seen an endocronologist?
Hi, I am having the same exact symptoms, except I'm not experiencing it just on one side like you are now. I just started getting the adrenaline rush after I eat, that causes disorientation, a detached from reality feeling, horrible headaches, pounding racing heart, trembling/shaking, blurred vision, dizziness, feeling like I'm on crack basically. It's very scary and I can't function at work when I get like this because I can't think straight, I have trouble forming words sometimes because my mind is going so fast but my mouth can't spit out the words fast enough so they come out slurred at times. I can't remember anything anymore, I forget what I'm doing when I have those attacks. I went to the ER Halloween night because I got the huge adrenaline rush an hour after eating a baked potato with nothing on it. Then it turned into anxiety that wouldn't go away. It lasted almost 14 hours. The ER doctor thought that perhaps I have Pheochromocytoma which is tumors of the adrenal glands. I have an ACTH test this Friday and I'm praying that it shows abnormalities because I can't go on feeling like this. I've been dealing with this for a year now being passed around from specialist to specialist with no answers. It's so frustrating! I'm only 24 years old.
I also have been experiencing being woken with a racing heart like I had just been scared to death as well. My body keeps going through cycles where I get this horrible adrenaline and anxiety episodes like I have now, and my blood pressure is much higher. It's been 120/80 this week. Then I go through extreme low blood pressure where it's 84/52 and my pulse is around 46. I'm losing my mind with all of these ups and downs and crazy symptoms. I hope that we can find someone who can figure out what is wrong with us.
I'm also experiencing hair loss, eyebrow hair loss and no menstrual cycle for 2 months. None of those are normal, especially for a 24 year old!
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