Two weeks ago I started getting these sudden surges -- almost like an adrenaline rush -- of dizziness accompanied by nausea and heartburn (for the first time in my life). I have to get up and move around or it feels like I'll pass out. The doctor did a CBC and a thyroid tests, and all were normal except a SLIGHTLY abnormal thyroid. She put me on Meclizine three times a day, and 40 mg of Prilosec, along with Lorazepam for when it gets bad. The Lorazepam takes ALL the symptoms away. I was also recently on oxycodone after a surgery, but I've stopped taking those now. Does anyone know what could this be?
The Lorazepam is for anxiety. If it is taking away all of the symptoms then it is very possible that you are having anxiety attacks. They can make you feel like you are having a heart attack.
The oxycodone as well as surgery itself can throw your whole system off. Oxycodone is well known to cause significant side effects as well as withdraw that can be very much like anxiety. It can also cause GI issues.Did you wean down off the oxycodone or just take it the same regime until it was done?
The daily ibuprofen and/or Tylenol are unlikely to have caused any signficant liver damage so quickly BUT the ibuprofen in particular can cause GI irritation and reflux.
Here is some information on heartburn and pain meds that you might find useful:
Heartburn Trigger Foods
7 Symptoms of Acid Reflux
Let’s Talk Pain Meds
Thank you very much for your reply. The Dr. did ask a few questions around the Oxycodone usage, but ruled that the dosing was too low and the timeframe was too short to have withdrawal symptoms. (But who knows, I am however going on 4 weeks of having these feelings)
Here's the update:
All blood tests came back normal, including Liver, Kidney, and Thyroid. What we are now thinking is that when they did the nerve block during surgery, there may have been some damange, in which the nerve is now regenerating and doing odd things to my system. The "rushes" I get do feel like a neurological type of rush. Which could easily explain why my symptoms mirror panic attacks AND the Lorazepam is making me feel better.
Dr. put me on BuSpar and I have some meds for quick action if needed. Gonna ride it out for a few months and pray my body normalizes itself.
Any other thoughts or advice you might be able to provide on this?
Hi, I've been having exactly the same symtpoms, when I'm in bed and it feels like adrenaline starts surging and I'm suddenly wide awake. I'm 90% sure the cause is GERD. I'm using omeprazole and this works most of the time, gaviscon helps for the bad cases. Also not eating 2-3 hours before bed is crucial, as well as elevating the head of the bed. Large volumes of alcohol make it worse e.g pints of beer, as well as anything stronger than wine (vodka etc). Hangover days tend to be the worst, so I try to limit my nights out drinking. You could try these or maybe run the GERD idea past your doctor and try some proton pump inhibitors
I have a question: I was at work and I got excited about a movie that I wanted to talk to a coworker about. As I approached her, suddenly I got really dizzy, I almost passed out. I didnt even finish what I wanted to tell her because I was so freaked out by it. I thought she noticed something wrong, but she didnt. I have seen a doctor about anxiety attacks. I hoping its not a stroke or a heart attack. Im 27 and under 160, do you think it couldve been an adrenaline rush?
PHEOCHROMOCYTOMA!!! I just had surgery for it. It is very rare, but your symptoms are in line with mine. Check your blood pressure during one of the episodes, I bet it will be very high. The test to confirm a pheochromocytoma involves peeing in a bottle over a 24 hour period, then the lab will test the urine for metanephrines and a couple of other things. I had these symptoms for several months and my doctor kept trying to treat me for panic/anxiety disorder. I googled my symptoms and discovered that a pheochromocytoma was a possible cause. I had to twist my doctor's arm to get him to do the test, but I'm glad I did. Pheochromocytomas are always fatal if left untreated.
Interesting! What is that (pheochromocytoma)?
My sudden "surges" are gone, but I am left with reflux and "room spinning" dizziness. I ended up stopping ALL of my meds about 3 weeks ago for all those symptoms I was having. I felt A LOT better, but again, still dealing with a few things. I'm trying NOT to medicate, but do need to take Tums or an anti nausea/dizziness pill every now and then. I'm hoping that whatever this was, and still is, is just a reaction to all the meds (possibly withdrawal symptoms).
Thanks everyone for replying, its so hard to really try to narrow things down on the internet AND with your doctor!
A pheochromocytoma is a tumor of the adrenal gland. Ninety percent of the time they are benign, but they can be cancerous. They cause random adrenaline rushes, which doctors often mistake for panic attacks based on the patient's description. My doctor was treating me for panic attacks for several months (without success) before I did some internet research, learned about pheochromocytomas, and got my doctor to do the test. These things are always fatal if left untreated, and as I learned, doctor's aren't typically looking for them because they are so rare.
You may have something completely different, but when you said adrenaline rushes and heartburn, that made me instantly think of the pheo. Those were my major symptoms, along with the dizziness that comes along with the adrenaline rushes. Another indicator is a difference in you BP of more than 20 points when you stand up. In other words, if your sitting BP is 140/XXX when you are sitting, then it's 115/XXX when you stand up, that is an indicator of a pheo. Get yourself one of those home BP testers. They are only $50 or so. I actually had to show my doctor that my BP was 235/120 during one of these episodes to convince him to do the test for pheochromocytoma.