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Fainting Spells

I am 17 years old female.  I have been having dizzy spells, which cause me to fall.  It has been going on  for over 1 year.  Lately I have been fainting and falling alot (very embarrising since I am in High School).  Just recently I have also been getting severe leg and back cramps/spasms.  I am having a hard time sleeping at night getting only about 3 to 4 hours of sleep.  This has also been going on for over 1 year.  I have seen several doctors, who have run MRI's, CAT scans and they all have done blood work.  Everything always comes up normal.  I just don't feel well anymore.  My parents have scheduled an appointment with a heart doctor.  A heart condition might be the reason for my fainting spells but why am I getting the severe cramping/spasms?  If there is anyone out there who has had similar occurances please let me know.  I would rather know than not know what is happening to me.
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Hi there. Fainting, dizziness or vertigo could be due to inner ear disturbances, meniere ’s disease, labyrinthitis, hypo and hypertension, cardiac rhythm disturbances, orthostatic hypotension, an MRI brain has been done for brain tumors and aneurysms. Has anemia been ruled out in the blood work up? Anemia due to heavy periods is a common cause of fainting in menstruating females. causes of leg cramps may be dehydration, dyselectrolytemias, medications like diuretics, statins, an injury like overstretched muscles,  shin splints, atherosclerosis of arteries causing claudication pain, deep vein thrombosis, cellulitis, arthritis or gout, nerve damage as in diabetics, smokers and alcoholics, osteomyelitis or corticosteroids use.
Certain steps to be taken are rest, leg elevation, ice application for about 15 minutes for 4 times a day, stretch and massage cramping muscles. over the counter pain medications, leg elevation and elastic bandages for varicose veins, nerve disorders or claudication, control diabetes, eliminate alcohol etc. you need to show yourself to a neurologist  and who would do the needful examination and clinical investigations. Take care.
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Thank you for the information.  I have an appointment with a pediatric cardiologist next week.  He will be testing for Neurally Medicated Hypotension otherwise known as neurocardigenic Syncope.

Vitaliy
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