carinara

Dizzy And Very Lightheaded From Talking

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Hi everybody,

since 2 weeks i feel really really dizzy and lightheaded whilest talking. Its so bad that i wasnt able to do a few important phone calls today. I also get very dizzy and lightheaded only from looking down or turning around. My neck and shoulder muscels also hurt very much. I have experienced these symptoms before but at the moment they are as severe as i last experienced them about 2 years ago when i was very sick. Iam so glad that i have a few days off of work. I cant hold a conversation at the moment and i catch myself whispering a lot. Do any of you have some ideas what i can do about this? Thanks a lot, carinara

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I will follow this post because it's this symptom that debilitates me the most. Even on the days when I have more energy, talking will make me feel so weak and I often flush and get hypertensive. I've found some benefit from carvedilol, an alpha1, beta 1 and 2 blocker. For the first time, I have held conversations without noticing chest pain, flushing, or other symptoms. However it certainly doesn't completely relieve my symptoms, and it might be helping me because of my hyperadrenergic response to talking and its alpha-blocking capability.

Other than being super vigilant treating OI symptoms with salt, fluids, compression, etc., I don't know what to do. I hope someone here has a suggestion.

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Have you tried being adjusted by a good chiropractor? I have found this to be extremely helpful when nothing else seemed to be working!

Wishing you the best of luck!

KC

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When I first started becoming debilitated by POTS I had a job that pretty much consisted of talking on the phone the entire time. So getting dizzy while talking was one of my first symptoms. It's from not getting enough oxygen. I have to have good blood pressure with a low pulse to be able to talk with comfort, and even then I'll run down after a while.

I eventually went to a pain specialist to deal with the constant shoulder and neck pain I had. I now take a muscle relaxer, and I find that not only does it ease my pain, but that many of my other symptoms ease off as well. That fact makes me wonder if the tightness in my neck and shoulders is contributing to my system. Once the muscle relaxers do their job I try to use yoga, lots of stretching, and a posture brace to keep the pain at bay for a while, and to keep me from having to constantly dope up.

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I have that happen to. Not sure if this makes sense, but usually I am middle of a word, and suddenly i lack the oxygen to get it all out. I get very dizzy/lightheaded and exhausted from talking. I used to sing lots that is totally out of the question now. It is hard to listen to music and not be able to join in.

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I have the same thing happen too. I get so starved for oxygen that talking is out of the question ... I'll get really lightheaded and out of breath. The worst is when I'm trying to read to my little girl and have to gasp for air through the whole book. It's an awful feeling, being wiped out from simply trying to talk!

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Thank you all for your replies. Yes, singing, reading loud and playing the flute are also big no goes for me. The pain and muscle tightness that come with it feel like the "coat hanger pain" that many POTS Patients suffer from. I am going to see my physiotherapist next monday.He helped me about 2 years ago when i felt very bad. I hope he can help me on that one also. Take care, carinara

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This thread is very interesting to me too. I also have been having a lot of shortness of breath and breath hunger while trying to talk for the past 5 months. My O-2 Sats are always really high even while I'm feeling so SOB that I'm hyperventilating. One doctor watched me lying on his exam table, panting like I'd just run a marathon, just from the exertion of trying to answer a few of his questions and said "you're breathing like you're in heart failure but your heart and lungs are fine. So, are you just anxious?" If I'd had enough energy or breath, I'd either have screamed at him or slapped him! Nothing quite as frustrating as not having enough breath or energy to set the record straight!! That's the last time I went to a doctor without my husband along. I figure he can speak for me when I'm in that condition. Luckily, it seems to be resolving at the moment. Hope it keeps up and doesn't relapse again.

Wish I had some practical answers for you, but I didn't have anything that really seemed to help me in those situations.

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I too get this .. I always thought it was to do with asthma ... I have asthma and I get wheezing bronchitis especially this time of year ... I find it hard to hold a conversation and talk on the phone ... I used to be a real chatterbox ... and have often wonder over the past few years why this is happening but it is not something I have asked the doctor about ... but I do find it debilitating at times .... short of breath and light-headedness ..... I tend to keep quite and try to say little when I feel like this .....

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Have you tried being adjusted by a good chiropractor? I have found this to be extremely helpful when nothing else seemed to be working!

I go weekly, and it doesn't help this symptom for me. In fact, it seems to make me more prone to excessive sympathetic activity. But my back and neck are too painful to stay away from him for long.

Someone else mentioned singing... I used to lead the worship services at our church, but now I can't even handle standing during church and I usually just mouth the words.

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I totally understand how this feels as I have this symptom. It makes no sense to me why talking makes me feel out of breath and exhausted? But, it does. Singing is impossible.

I do have some "good" days in which I can do a bit of singing, and I can talk with no problems.

I attribute the problem to POTS. I'll lip synch at church when I'm supposed to be singing. And I'll refrain from talking, if possible, when I'm feeling SOB. This is part of my "new normal".

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Thankful,

That is exactly what I do when I am having a bad day. I just "mouth" the words at church when I sing. My husband knows I'm doing it, but no one else does. I always feel like a fraud ;) (ha ha) but at least I can stand up with everyone else.

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Yup, same thing here. I had to push myself to keep a conversation going last night at my husband's sister's house and I was feeling so weak, lightheaded, and oxygen deprived just from carrying on the conversation I thought I would faint. However, I'm not even talking right now and am feeling so lightheaded, dizzyish, etc., so sometimes it does this on it's own just because!

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Yeah i really like the chiroprator cause i get a lot of neck pain. I also have a hard lump in my neck which sort of feels like a bone and it is on the right side of my neck. I showed my parents and they are worried that a chiropractor could damage me or something. IDK

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