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well I think it's been a month..... well I think it's been a month.....

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Unread 08-04-2004, 09:43 AM
well I think it's been a month.....

well I think it's been a month since they took me off the pill.....I'm now using 1/3 of a birth control patch twice a week and it seems to be keeping me upright and remembering my name at least!

I've lost 9lbs and most of my boobs.....down a cup and a bra size.....but hey if the rest of my body goes with it I"m all for it....if I could just even get back to my prehyst weight I'd be ecstatic!!

the weird things that have happened since going off the pill, well obviously I'm not nearly as with it mentally.....not sleeping as well.....and strangely my balance is way off......I find myself sort of teetering over at the strangest moments and Sat when I was changing the bedsheets I fell straight over backwards and landed on my back with a "whomp" I guess hormones must effect your balance in some strange way??

My bladder will not forgive me for the lack of estrogen....it's crankier then ever and the IC is raging at least I'll be going for the hydrodistension with fulgaration in the fall and maybe that will settle things down.......fingers crossed.

well there's the update.....we'll see where it all goes from here, the shingles are still lingering gosh I hope they don't stick around for 3mths like last time!

hope all my sisters are doing well, I'm thinking about you, don't see you nearly as much anymore!
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Unread 08-04-2004, 10:32 AM
well I think it's been a month.....

Well losing your balance and falling like that is definitely something to mention to your doctor. Could just be an inner ear infection or could be something more serious. All I am saying is that if it were me, I'd see my GP. Since your shingles are still not gone, perhaps it would be a good idea to pop in for a chat, anyway?

I sure hope you are feeling better soon!

Unread 08-04-2004, 10:35 AM
well I think it's been a month.....

thanks for your reply

ya I'd be interested to see if anyone else is having trouble with their balance when they change things hormonally....or is it just me or something to be concerned about....? I know the next few months will be a time of ups and downs so I"m trying to be tolerant I just never expected this balance thing......my ears seem fine.......
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Unread 08-04-2004, 12:18 PM
well I think it's been a month.....

Info from Web MD is pasted below. I thought you might have said you had some vision issues and there might be a tie there.

In any case, new symptoms should be reported to your physician. You fell and that is not good. What if you had been near stairs? What if you had been on concrete? Do take care, dear.

Here's the link to this article: http://my.webmd.com/content/article/...tselectedguid={5FE84E90-BC77-4056-A91C-9531713CA348}

Dizziness Not Always Child's Play

If You're Dizzy, See a Doctor
Relatively few dizzy people will have to go through an ordeal like Tucker's, but dizziness, a very common complaint, can be serious. If you're experiencing unexplained dizziness, a trip to the doctor is a good idea, says neurologist Martin Allen Samuels, MD, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and chairman of the neurology department at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

"Dizziness is a very rich problem because it contains pieces of internal medicine, a lot of neurology, a lot of otolaryngology [ear, nose, and throat medicine], and a lot of psychiatry," Samuels tells WebMD. You have to know a fair amount of medicine to be a 'dizzy' doctor, [so some] primary care doctors get anxious. They order too many tests ... and patients get frustrated."

"You should tell your primary care doctor what the sensation is like," says Samuels. "Dizziness means something different to every person -- it has no specific medical meaning, and different cultures have different words to refer to it."

Thoroughly describing your symptoms can really help your primary care doctor get to the root of the problem. "He or she should take a careful history, do a brief examination, and make the proper referral" to a specialist, if necessary.

If your primary care doctor thinks your dizziness is due to a heart problem, for example, you would be sent to a cardiologist. If your symptoms suggest a brain or nerve problem, you would be sent to a neurologist. And if the problem seems to be psychological in nature, your may be referred to a psychiatrist or psychologist.

But don't just get a bunch of tests without some idea of where the problem lies. Samuels and otolaryngologist Richard L. Prass, MD, PhD, both say that expensive tests can be a waste of money unless ordered by a specialist looking for something specific.

How can a doctor tell where to send you? Samuels says that the type of dizziness you describe can point a primary care provider in the right direction. He identifies four distinct types: vertigo, lightheadedness, disequilibrium, and anxiety.
Unread 08-05-2004, 09:24 PM
well I think it's been a month.....

(((Gidge)))) Please do get that loss of balance investigated: I did have an inner ear infection, some time ago... and didn't know it. The only symptom was the dizzy spells and the nausea that came with it. Because I'd just had a terrible cold and ended up on very strong, prescription, syrup.. I blamed it on the med.

There could also be other causes for the dizzy spells: I know that when my hormones are off, I do have dizzy spells. Mine feel like being on a jerking elevator So, if your symptoms are similar to mine, they could be hormone-related.

Sending tons of s your way. Please take care of yourself
Unread 08-06-2004, 12:16 PM
well I think it's been a month.....

thanks for your reply Dany

I"m pretty sure it's hormonal but I'm still getting the odd bright flash of light in my right eye as well so I'm sorta writing it all down in my daytimer and next GP visit I'll bring it up.....like I say I was expecting things to go haywire for abit but when I fell right over last weekend that was too much, thankfully there was laundry to cushion my fall!
Unread 08-06-2004, 03:15 PM
well I think it's been a month.....

(((Gidge)))) Please do take those symptoms seriously... Sorry to be a pest and a mom, but I remember just how long it took to clear that inner ear infection: over 3 weeks and it got much worse before it got better
Unread 08-06-2004, 03:27 PM
well I think it's been a month.....

thanks Dany someone might as well "mom" me it's not like mine does!

my ear feels fine I'm actually more worried about these flashes of light in my right eye and I also get this other black spots that seem to be getting bigger but they come and go.....I'll have to see the GP in the next week or so anyhow for refills on some meds so I'll bring it up then!

thanks for your concern
Unread 08-06-2004, 11:02 PM
well I think it's been a month.....

Hi (((Gidge))) your description of the flashing lights and floaters has me a bit concerned. They can be fairly harmless, but they can also signal a serious problem. The only way to find out is to be seen promptly by a qualified opthalmologist (NOT a GP). Here's a really simple explanation:
Flashes and floaters

Floaters are grayish particles which appear to move within the field of vision. They are most noticeable when looking at the sky or an illuminated background. They appear to move with eye movement. There are several causes of floaters.

The most common cause is degeneration of the vitreous gel within the eye. With aging, the gel becomes more watery and fibers within the gel form larger ropes of fibers. With the right illumination these ropes cast a shadow on the back the eye which we see as "floaters". This type of floater is very common.

A more serious type of floater is produced when that watery vitreous gel is unable to support itself and caves in causing what is called a vitreous detachment. When the vitreous caves in it pulls on the retina and sometimes causes a retinal tear, hole or detachment. This potentially could cause blindness. Another serious cause of floaters is hemorrhaging within the eye.

Many adults see floaters, but any "new" floaters are always a concern and require prompt examination.

Flashing lights, or "photopsia" is a common but potentially very serious sign. The most common cause is the tugging of the liquefied vitreous gel away from the retina. When the vitreous tries to pull away from the retina it stimulates the nerve which we see as a flash of light.

An equally common cause of flashing lights is migraine. These may happen in both eyes at the same time or in one eye. They are not always accompanied by a headache.

Flashing lights also require prompt examination.
Source: http://www.visioneyedoctor.com/non-t...planations.htm

Now, I want to scare you just a little bit . This is a true story, that happened to me about fifteen years ago. I had just moved into a new house and was finishing up arranging the furniture. I was a lot younger then, and was moving all the furniture by myself. Suddenly, just as I finished, I noticed a bunch of spots in my vision in one eye. Then it started to look like somebody had put a gray veil over my eyes. I didn't have any pain or any other symptoms, just the grayness. I could see through it, but it was like somebody closed a sheer curtain.

Being new to the area, I didn't have an eye DR yet. I called the local castle's ER and asked the staff there to recommend someone nearby. They gave me a name of an eye DR they said would be good. I called, explained the symptoms and they told me to come on in, they'd squeeze me in. When the DR examined my eye, he told me that this was more than he was comfortable handling, and he was calling a colleague and making arrangements for me to see him that day. The colleague was a retina specialist.

To make a very long story short, it turned out I had a detached retina. I'd had a blood vessel attached to my retina since birth, and straining to move the furniture had caused it to pull the retina away from the back of my eye and rupture the blood vessel. The gray specks were bits of blood floating around in my vitreous. I ended up having to have a vitrectomy, which is a surgery to repair the retina. I have a teeny blind spot in that eye now, and a little scar where my eyeball was cut and stitched (up under the upper eyelid so nobody knows it's there but me). But I can SEE. If I had not seen the DR promptly and had the surgery right away, I would be blind in that eye now.

Was that scary enough? PLEASE call an eye DR and get in to be seen, just on the off chance that you may have a retina problem. Don't mess around with your vision - once it's gone, you don't get another chance.

Sorry to be so insistent, but we care about you and don't want to see anything bad happen to you.

Unread 08-09-2004, 09:49 AM
well I think it's been a month.....

thanks I do appreciate the info and the story

I have seen two different opthamologists over the last 6mths and they all feel that what's going on with my eyes was migraine related....the one specialist was just awful leaving me and seeing 4 or 5 patients at a time and then coming back to me.....and when I went off the pill some of the problem went away so I sort of assumed it was hormonal/related to the migraines I was having etc.....

I guess between the bladder, dental surgery, eye thingee.....knee problem I'm sort of trying to deal with one thing at a time best I can.....and I feel fairly comfortable since they did examine my eyes thoroughly a couple months back that what's going on now is the same as what was going on then......but with the added loss of balance thrown in.......

sometimes it gets very confusing trying to stay on top of all these things!!!

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