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Help with vision problems/dizziness

Hello all. I hope you can help me with this one.

For the past several months I have been plagued by a faintness that defies diagnosis. Blood tests all came back perfect. It was reassuring to know my A1C is 5.3 and PSA is 0.6.

The condition seems to have been brought on by doing a detox diet called Isagenix. If you know what it is, great. If not, I will make it brief: it's a meal replacement diet where you take suppliments and shakes so you flush out toxins released into the blood from fat storage. It worked well, in that I lost 40 pounds in 2 months. But I'm paying for it.

The sensation is one of faintness and is directly connected to my eyes. I feel it all around my eyes. But the sensation, which I would describe as a light spasming of the muscles surrounding my eyes, feels like it's outside me, sitting on my face like a mask. This condition makes it hard to focus, my eyes can't relax and I can NOT move my head quickly at all. Fast head movement makes me very shaky. Not that my vision blurs or the world spins, but I feel faint.

It comes on after a) intense mental work on the computer and b) not eating. Now you probably think, blood sugar. But I bought a blood sugar meter and tested it. My head felt like it was spinning and my glucose was 94. Perfectly normal. I don't sweat, which would be a symptom of low blood sugar or a cardiac problem, but I do get this feeling like a low level electrical current is running through me.

Not any food will do with this dizziness. It has to be meat, preferably warm. A salad is as worthless as a candy bar. Neither helps. Nor do warm drinks. Basically I have lived on chicken nuggets from local fast food places to keep fighting off the dizzies.

It was tolerable before, but last December I went for acupuncture and it got significantly worse, and I have not been able to reverse the damage done. The problem often starts after being awake for a while. If I try eating a cold cereal breakfast, forget it. It's like I never ate in the first place and the dizziness comes on by 10 am. A warm breakfast is better. Eggs help me last until 11 am. But breakfast meats, like sausages, get me to noon without too much faintness.

There is an emotional component to it. It has come on/gotten worse at times of stress. Mostly it is worst from late morning into early afternoon, 10 am to 2 pm. It eases up a bit at night, but again, I have to eat a warm meal a few hours after dinner or I am in trouble.

It also worsens with the use of my eyes, which is bad as I am a journalist and have to use a computer to get my job done. Needless to say, I'm not doing very well these days.

And the thing is, it's not like I suffer mentally. I don't get all cloudy/foggy in the brain, like a Gelsemium patient. If anything, I get angry this is happening to me. It feels like a bully taunting me.

It just doesn't fit into any one category. That's what's so frustrating. I tried arg-n and got nice heart palpitations for it. Ruta does nothing. Belladonna struck out. Natrum didn't help.
 
  AndyP on 2011-03-23
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Yeah it is hard to pick your own remedy. You might even need one you haven't heard of before, as there are many new remedies now, over 5000 remedies in total (and growing).

I can look at the case if you like. Can you go through each element of your problem, clearly defining the sensation, experience, issue.

GUIDELINES FOR GIVING HOMOEOPATHIC CASE INFORMATION

It is important to describe all your problems in as much detail as you are able. One word answers and short sentences are not particularly helpful. Discuss each problem one at a time, providing (as a minimum level of detail) the following information.

1. What exactly happens?
2. Describe all sensations and pains. Each pain or sensation should be described in such a way that allows us to imagine having the same pain.
3. What causes the problem to get worse after it has started occurring?
4. What creates some relief for the problem?
5. What triggers the problem into occuring?
6. What time of the day or night does the problem occur?
7. When did the problem start? What was happening in your life at that time? Did some specific event or treatment take place just before the problem started?

Move from one problem to the next, doing the same thing. IT IS VITAL THAT YOU GIVE A COMPLETE PICTURE OF YOUR HEALTH BY PROVIDING ALL PROBLEMS YOU HAVE, EVEN IF NOT CONNECTED TO THE MAIN ONE, AND EVEN IF YOU CONSIDER IT OF LESS IMPORTANCE.

As well as this, please describe any traumatic incidents that have taken place in your life. Discuss anything that has had a lasting impact on you mentally, emotionally or physically.

Discuss the way that you manage or deal with your problems, or any problems that occur in your life.

Discuss any patterns you have noticed in your behavior.

Discuss any part of your life where you feel stuck or unable to change and grow.

Describe your childhood and the kind of environment you grew up in, with reference to your relationships with your family, your school experiences, and any serious childhood diseases.

If your earlier discussions have not mentioned these already, please describe:

1. The specific foods that you crave (not just like) or hate
2. The specific drinks that you crave or hate
3. What your sleep is like?
4. How the weather and the temperature affects you?
5. What kinds of things in the environment you are? particularly sensitive to
6. What your general level of energy is like?
7. What your level of sexual energy or desire is like?'

Talk about anything else that really defines you as an individual, and where you feel stuck or unable to change.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Well, I gave a lot of the detail, but I will fill in the form:

1. What exactly happens?

I feel this strange feeling on my face, around the eyes, like a mask. I cannot focus, move quickly or even with confidence, because I feel like I will fall over or collapse.

2. Describe all sensations and pains. Each pain or sensation should be described in such a way that allows us to imagine having the same pain.

A mask of discomfort around the eyes, like a low level electrical charge is running through my face. It also can extend down into the shoulders.

3. What causes the problem to get worse after it has started occurring?

Intense mental exertion, going without eating, nervous anticipation.

4. What creates some relief for the problem?

Eating a meal with warm/cooked meat.

5. What triggers the problem into occuring?

See #3.

6. What time of the day or night does the problem occur?

Starts in the morning, worsens the longer I go without eating.

7. When did the problem start? What was happening in your life at that time? Did some specific event or treatment take place just before the problem started?

It started after I did the Isagenix diet.

>As well as this, please describe any traumatic incidents that have taken place in your life. Discuss anything that has had a lasting impact on you mentally, emotionally or physically.

Well my best friend died around the time it started but I was feeling the problem before her death. That shook me very badly.

>Discuss the way that you manage or deal with your problems, or any problems that occur in your life.

I just do. Don't know how to answer that one.

>Discuss any patterns you have noticed in your behavior.

Well I can't do much because this problem is debilitating.

>Discuss any part of your life where you feel stuck or unable to change and grow.

That would be right now.

>Describe your childhood and the kind of environment you grew up in, with reference to your relationships with your family, your school experiences, and any serious childhood diseases.

That's rather lengthy. I'll answer it if you really think it's needed. Right now I'm dealing with a recent onset problem that I think has a distinct causality.

If your earlier discussions have not mentioned these already, please describe:

1. The specific foods that you crave (not just like) or hate

Crave meat. Dislike veggies, mostly because stems and the like trigger my gag reflex. Seriously. It's hypersensitive and I often gag on salad stems.

2. The specific drinks that you crave or hate

I drink water. No cravings. No real hate, either.

3. What your sleep is like?

Not so great because I am a late sleeper/riser and my family are very early risers.

4. How the weather and the temperature affects you?

Heat bothers me more than cold but it's cold in California right now.

5. What kinds of things in the environment you are? particularly sensitive to

Chemical smells, like perfumes, cleaning agents, and the like. Organic smells don't bother me at all. Dust also really gives me bad sinus headaches.

6. What your general level of energy is like?

Low because I can't do anything.

7. What your level of sexual energy or desire is like?'

That, frustratingly enough, remains pretty good for someone a) middle aged, b) with low testosterone, and c) often so dizzy I couldn't perform.
 
AndyP 9 years ago
That is my standard intake form. I didn't mean to imply you hadn't given some good information, but just wanted to throw out a net to catch some more if there was some.

I will look over this tonight.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Ok thanks. :)
 
AndyP 9 years ago
so, anyone? dr. b?
 
AndyP 9 years ago
This is a very interesting problem, quite unusual. I have been pondering it for a few days now. You give some very evocative symptoms - I am still considering the different options that come up.

One thing I really must ask you though, is to describe more on the feeling 'as if a bully is taunting you'. Can you give me more on that?
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Sure.

I've experienced real medical problems. Last year I had a kidney stone. I knew something was wrong real fast. It started and quickly got worse and worse.

This condition comes on with random severity (albeit with causality) and then worsens, then lets off, then flares up, then lets off, but never keeps worsening. So it comes on enough to taunt me and make me miserable but doesn't continue to worsen like a physical condition.

And it does not affect my mental condition, beyond fear, so often times I find myself getting angry at this nuisance ailment that seems to have no logical cause, no organic cause (test results all normal) and doesn't worsen, it just comes on enough to make me miserable.

An acupuncturist told me he felt the problem stemmed from the Isagenix diet, in that I consumed too much cold stuff and it effectively turned off my metabolic system, so I can't properly digest food. Seems to make sense, but his treatments did nothing to make me better.

Hope this helps.
 
AndyP 9 years ago
So, does anyone have any theories?
 
AndyP 9 years ago
Hi Andy,

sorry I having some trouble keeping track of everyone. I will get back on to this.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
The symptoms I have used are:

Feeling of being mocked (Taunted)
Mental work aggravates
Hunger aggravates
Meat ameliorates
Eye strain
Sensation will fall down
Ailments from anticipation
Ailments from death of a friend or loved one
Dust aggravates
Abuse of poisoining with medicaments
General quality of spasms of muscles

specific for:


Faintness, morning, eating ameliorates
Faintness on mental exertion (Keynote symptom for this remedy)
Faintness motion aggravates


This brings us to the remedy Nux-vomica. Causation of overuse of drugs that have burned out or damaged the health is a PRIME indication for this remedy, as it reestablishes balance in such a person. It is also a well known remedy for loss and grief, where such an event precipitated a worsening of the health.

Are you able to get either Nux-vomica 0/1 or 12c?
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
I have taken 30C, actually, with no effect. WHat is 0/1?
 
AndyP 9 years ago
I didn't see Nux-v mentioned in your first post. You had better list all the remedies you have tried.

When did you use Nux-v, how often, and how did you take it?

30c may be too high a potency. Can you get 12c? It is well indicated so I would at least like to try it before moving on.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
I think I took it 2-3 times, mostly as a guess. :

I can get 12C. Will try it.
 
AndyP 9 years ago
Yeah I do agree that my confidence in it is less knowing you have tried it.

I will keep analyzing the information and see what else comes up.

Damn, it looked like a good idea too.
[message edited by brisbanehomoeopath on Fri, 15 Apr 2011 07:21:36 BST]
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Well it could be I need a 12c or maybe a 200c or 1M after all.

A homeopath I knew once told me this of potency: if you have a fire on the fifth floor of a building, a ladder to the fourth or eighth floor isn't going to work. Now, ignoring that an 8th floor ladder WOULD get you to the fourth, just not easily, I understood her point.

I've been through the ringer. 4 years of misery living in a town I hated, buried in a videogame to deal with it, huge weight gain and then loss, the death of my best friend (who told me that analogy about ladders), losing my job... it's been a rough few years.
 
AndyP 9 years ago
Hmmm....ok would you be willing to try 200c?
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Sure. So 200c instead of 12c?
 
AndyP 9 years ago
yes considering that 30c did not do anything, the only way to go is up in potency.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Will do, and thanks. How many times should I repeat the dosage?
 
AndyP 9 years ago
Ok I want you to get hold of Conium 200c. Conium is a well known homoeopathic remedy for Vertigo which is worse for moving the head quickly, moving or using the eyes, and this vertigo is often accompanied by the partial paralysis (or sensation of) of the muscles of or around the eyes.

Conium is known for symptoms that come on from reading, writing or doing any fine work with the eyes.

I would also answer some of the questions you missed last time as well, especially the one about your history. Understanding how you got to this point is often important in prescribing the correct medicine.

Try to make your answers as detailed as you can.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
So how did the Conium go?
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Dear brisbanehomoeopath,

I read these eye characters and anger in Agaricus muscarius. but need to check. please advice.

cvvek
 
cvvek 9 years ago
from MM pura
 
cvvek 9 years ago
No luck with Conium.

Mostly I'm shunning whey protein, which causes a bad reaction, and I've found if I exercise in the morning, that will minimize the problem throughout the day. If I wake up and go right to work on the computer, I'm guaranteed vision problems before noon.
 
AndyP 9 years ago
We must be looking in the wrong places for the clues to this problem. Are you willing to go further?
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago

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