Isn't the body just so mind-boggling---it makes weird symptoms we can't always understand. Worse, because we want to understand so go to drs, who say in so many words 'It's all in your head'. Exasperating! So let's go over some things first.
Docs look for symptom patterns in physical illness. If it doesn't fit... it must be the mind. Second, some physical symptoms are non-specific-- it could fit a 100 problems. If it doesn't fall into a symptom pattern...it must be the mind. In their defense, docs only have so many tools, so it often comes down to patients figuring things out themselves.
I don't know your age, situation, personal habits, what you like to eat, your job, your worries, your stresses, etc. Some of the things I'd suggest to ask yourself are:
1. What is happening in those 15-20 minutes after waking up? Do you feel rushed? bombarded? pressured? worried? Do you have a wife/gf, or kids who make morning 'demands'? If you could change one thing about your morning routines, what would it be? 2. Does it happen every day, no matter the time you wake up? Is it always "15-20 minutes after"? If you woke up 15 minutes earlier, do you think you'd have just 5 mins before symptoms... or 35 mins before symptoms? e.g. just what is it about those 15-20 minutes that start the symptoms? 3. You said eating triggers it. You don't say What you eat. Do you have breakfast before the symptoms? Do the symptoms come if, say, you skip a meal? eat 3 hours later? eat less? eat more? Just what is this connection to food/eating? 4. You also don't say bowel habits---food/eating triggers peristalsis in every person...peristalsis triggers bowel to move downward...most people have a BM within an hour or two after eating. The vagal nerve registers pressure from stool in the rectum and reacts to straining, especially in constipation. The vagal nerve can produce symptoms like heart beat changes (to heart attack), sweating, nausea, etc. 5. For these 'foggy' symptoms and can't concentrate... When you first wake up, does your mind feel clear? Does foggy come when you begin thinking of the day? What's happening in the 30 minutes before you get foggy? Would it help to write several notes before bed, so "foggy" doesn't interfere in the morning? If it begins after waking but only after you begin thinking about "what I need to do today", what do you think "foggy" is telling you? Most times, "foggy" would "say", "Gee, I 'can't think straight'--can ya slow it down there buddy? Give me a break already?" Men and women can experience "fogs"---often, it's a matter of figuring out what your brain needs, including "extra time". 6. Adrenaline is a wonderful but powerful aspect to our bodies. As the "fight-flight" hormone, it saved our ancestors from big bad animals. It heightens senses, from eyesight, to hearing, to muscular readiness---Ancestors could run faster, hear and see better, strike harder--- but we don't live those threats today. Adrenaline mis-reads what we need. What causes your adrenaline to spike so badly? All I needed at 7am was hearing my daughter say, "Mom I need money for..." for my adrenaline to spike. But 'money worries' could also come from me just thinking about money. What-or who-is triggering your flight-fight response??
Lastly, how do you relax? How do you get out frustration? If you could work out, walk, run, get more exercise, it would use up some of that adrenaline. Likewise, true relaxing can help calm. Before I wasted money on a psychiatrist and on the drugs---because that is all psychiatrists DO---I'd see if I could change things I do, what I eat, how I relax, how I deal with stress, how I cope with kids/spouse, etc. I'd keep some lists to track my symptoms--what improves it? what starts it? what makes it worse?
If my life changes did not help in 6 weeks, then I'd go to another doctor. But personally... I'd skip the psychiatrist. Your own doc can prescribe anti-anxiety or anti-depressant.
When docs look for causes, they look for A B C relationship between A) reported symptom clinical signs - their observations and C) known conditions, diseases, etc. Though he didn't see you during the flu (C) he accepts your symptom description (A) because it is so common, and B does not apply because he can't observe unless "the flu" is there at the time.
So with A B C in mind... it's highly doubtful your post-flu symptoms point to any brain tumor as the cause.
But you said you were dehydrated-- did you have blood tests done THEN? - Full Panel showing electrolytes? I'd bet not, right. But you felt dehydrated. By the time a person FEELS dehydrated, they are more dehydrated than they think. Dehydration can cause the weird symptoms like "my head feeling fuzzy and lightheaded". It can take a month or two to stop having symptoms-- because ALL of us walk around mildly to moderately dehydrated even when NOT ill.
Besides thyroid med, are you on any other regular meds?
You seem to indicate it is going away, happening less often, right? I'd ask your doc to re-run a panel if the fuzzy-lightheaded feeling returns. Otherwise, get enough fluids. Chicken Noodle Soup has heavy Sodium (salt) so about a cup a day helps dehydration, along with other fluids. If you like orange juice and bananas, you could add those too.
Although bothersome, worrisome, and embarrassing, almost everyone over 40 has one or more episode of word blocking and word jumbles. Some common causes include: menopause for women, beginning up to 7 years before peri-menopause begins
andropause for men as their hormones also decrease
anxiety or being rushed to speak
feeling incompetent or inferior
chemo-therapy, e.g. "chemo-brain"
some medications that depress the CNS, like sedatives, antidepressants, etc.
How to help yourself
purposely slow down your thoughts before speaking
don't allow other people to rush you to answer
take a breath before speaking
if you cannot think of or say a word that you know but is "stuck", think of a different word, a synonym
allow yourself permission to sometimes "talk funny" -- no one really cares or will remember -- accept this temporary quirk about yourself and make light of it
"play" with sound-alike words... we all used to "play" with sounds as children... tipsy, lipsy, wispy, dipsy... let your mind have time at home to "play" with different sounds
if the mistakes make you feel bad in public, it's okay to say "Ah! I said that wrong-- my tongue got in the way..." People DO understand.
Lastly, do know how your health is overall. Check your blood pressure, pulse, blood sugar... If the word problem gets worse or you have other physical symptoms, see your doctor.
There are only laypersons on most Boards. Obesity is not the primary cause; in fact an overseas study noted obesity but thought it was not a primary cause. The problem is, docs aren't sure exactly what causes it. Have you read this journal article?
The SI joint or sacroiliac joint, the joint between the sacrum and ilium, is at the back of the hip. The entire hip-pelvic bone at the back is actually 2 pieces, joined about halfway between the spine and side of the body (outer hip). Extensive pelvic injuries could have stretched, pulled, or rotated the pelvis enough to cause SI joint dysfunction (SIJD). The SI joint "helps with stability during the push-off phase of walking" See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacroiliac_joint
The bigger problem for now is how severe are the pelvic injuries? Did the injuries affect the urinary bladder or penis? Are bones broken? Are the broken bones stabilized? The answers determine when they can start physical therapy. Do ask if he will have PT while still in bed.
Your uncle may have low back and leg pain from now on. He might not be able to bike ride due to pain. A lot will depend on his healing and future PT.
As to the brain, the air being removed quickly helps but he could maybe still have impairments.
Ask your doctor about neuropathy. Make sure you are checked for diabetes, but typically just one side would be something in your lower back. Constipation is a separate issue, unless it is somehow putting pressure on a nerve.View Thread
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