My 18 year old daughter has been sick for over two month. She started with a severe headache and nausea. Then developed chest pain that was diagnosed as pleurisy and costrocondritis. She then developed dizziness, Chest pain, and a rapid heart rate. Every time she stands up her BP drops and her heart rate climbs to over 100. She has episodes where she breaks out in a cold sweat, has shortness of breath, chest arm and jaw pain. She has had blood work done atleast twice including thyriod and cortisol levels. She has had a ct of the abdomon and chest. Chest xrays and a mri of her head. All came back normal. We are awaiting the results of a stress test, holter monitor and eco. I am very worried about her because after seeing several doctors and a couple specialists we still have no diagnosis and she seems to be getting worse. She spends her days on the couch and hardly moves because her dizziness and rapid heart rate keep her sitting or lying down. Any suggestions would be appreciated I am at my wits end.
If her blood pressure is dropping and her pulse is raising you might want to check her for POTS. Often they would do a tilt table test to see what is going on. Has she ever fainted? Almost sounds like a syncope.
Hi, thanks for your response. I have been reading about POTS and it scares me to death. It sounds like a terrible thing to live with. She definately has the symptoms. I am going to ask her doctor about it on monday along with the possibility she had meningitis, and if he will do a cortisol suppression test, toxin and vitamin defiency screening. No one has suggested a tilt table so I will ask about that as well. She thinks she fainted one morning when she was by herself but she was already lying down in bed so she did not get hurt. Thanks for your suggestion!
He did some blood tests for vitamin defiencies and something else, but wants to wait for the cardiologists report before trying any other tests. He also said she needs to get up and move as much as possible when not too dizzy so she won't become weaker. So basically we have to wait and see what the cardiologist and blood tests reveal.
Thanks for the prayers and your interest.
Thank you for writing back. Another thing that they can check is her adrenal gland, look it up in the inter net and she has some of the symptons. Also ask for some test on her thyroid. I have been praying that she will get better and hopefully this is just a test from god.
Ive gone thru the same thing all year i woke up nauseous with migraines and missed so much school i had all those same tests done numerous cat scans mris ecos and a holter monitor you name it and today i went to the doctor and he told me its just costrocondritis..so all that money wasted on tests to find out all i have to do is take 600mg of ibp. for 2 mon. ice and heat it and it will heal itself.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.