Dealing with symptoms from unknown cause
While pregnant with my second kid, I started having severe dizziness and nausea. Movement made me very light headed and I’d start feeling ill from it. One week on a trip, I ended up extremely dizzy, fainting and hitting my head. After giving birth, it started getting better. It’s mostly only happened some mornings getting out of bed. No one ever had an answer- they said it’s common in pregnancies and may just be vertigo or other similar issue that they don’t think is serious.
Now 3 months after giving birth, I was struck with major symptoms that almost caused me to crash my car. First the lights (it was night) started seeming so bright I couldn’t see or focus well. The light started making me very dizzy. I had nowhere to pull over so I kept driving. My tongue started going numb, then radiating through my mouth and around face. My hands started to go numb next, and I was finally able to pull over though very slowly.
It’s been 2 days and my tongue and mouth are almost back to normal. My fingers all have some numbness still. Lights don’t bother me as much, but I feel like I have extremely delayed reactions- everything is still just slow like when I had a hard time pulling my car over. My brain seems to be processing slowly- my eyes track things slowly, my body moves slowly, I’m thinking slower.
I’ve been to the ER after the fall and the driving incident. And for regular doctor appointments about it . It’s always dizziness or vertigo and no explanation for the numbness or anything else. They said the numbness is probably stress or anxiety induced but I wasn’t abnormally anxious or stressed either time. And since the symptoms have continued (though more mild) I don’t think the explanation makes sense. My blood tests, blood pressure and EKG were normal and they don’t seem to want to do any other tests. I’m not on any medications and they haven’t recommended any.
How have people handled these situations when doctors don’t listen and you’re given answers that don’t cover all your symptoms and don’t make sense?
I’m also scared to drive now and not sure how to deal with the fear of the symptoms becoming so bad again. How do you manage your symptoms there’s no known cause and so no treatment for?