Hi. I have a low sodium deficiency. However, I have had it under control for 3 years and have not passed out, but as of yesterday I have had 4 close calls. I am constantly dizzy and have on and off again nausea with my back just hurting worse than usual...(I also have a minor case of scoliosis of the spine)... Please do you know what's wrong with me?
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It is difficult to diagnose the cause of dizziness on net. However since you have low sodium problem, get your blood electrolytes checked first. Kidney function and adrenal gland function tests should also be done as you have a backache and kidney and adrenal gland function can affect the electrolytes level.
If all this is ruled out then other causes will have to be looked into. If you have headaches and hot flashes and lightheadedness with a feeling of passing out, you could be having either polycystic ovarian disease (you do say you are male so this is ruled out, however one can never be sure on net so enumerating all causes) or GERD with or without H pylori infection. These are the two conditions to be ruled out first. Other conditions to be strongly ruled out in your case (if you have other symptoms such as ringing in the ear) could be cervical spinal nerve compression, Meniere’s disease of the ear, wax in the ear, infection of the middle or inner ear, and benign intracranial hypertension. Hence it is important to consult an ENT specialist and a neurologist too. At times back and neck problems may persist for years before they really start giving trouble. Chances of TMJ too should be looked into. Other causes are anemia, hypoglycemia or low sugar and some endocrine problems, such as an underactive thyroid (called hypothyroidism), overactive thyroid (called hyperthyroidism), adrenal insufficiency (called Addison's disease), and in some cases, diabetes, may lead to hypotension and hence lightheadedness and an off balance feeling. It is really difficult to comment on the net. I suggest you consult your PCP to run the basic investigations and get an insight into what could be the cause. Depending on clinical examination and tests, your PCP can refer you to the appropriate specialist. Hope this helps. Take care!
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