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Lately, I've been having a LOT of dizzy spells. Every time I would sit down for more than 5 minutes and then get up, I'd have a dizzy spell that would usually last for about... 10 seconds. I wait for them to pass.
Anyway, I haven't thought much about it, except yesterday I actually fainted. I don't know what is up with this, but it's really annoying.
I get a lot of headaches and migraines, too.
Keep in mind, this is all very recent, it's been going on for maybe a couple months.
I'm vegan, if that means anything, and I've been vegan for a little over a year.
I'm just wondering what is going on with my body. I've been so tired and achy lately.

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I would strongly recommand you to go see a doctor about this. It does NOT sound normal at all, even less so if this has been going on for a couple of months now. You don't have to endure those symptoms any longer and you shouldn't either because there might be an important medical condition under that that needs to be treated and maybe as soon as possible.

It could be lots of things, which we just can't diagnose here without a blood test result, a physical exam and all of those stuff.

So schedule that appointment to your doctor okay ? [Smile]

[ 04-30-2007, 08:15 PM: Message edited by: cool87 ]

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You know, I was anemic for a good part of this last year, and I also had a lot of headaches, dizzy spells, and near-faints (never actually fainted though). Anemia can also make you tired and a little achy, too. Is it possible that, since you're vegan, you're not getting enough iron in your diet?

Still, I second cool- it'd be a good idea to visit the doctor ASAP, and do mention that you're vegan, because nutritional deficiencies can cause those sorts of symptoms.


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Lea may be correct that the nutrition factor may have something to do with it. You mention you were vegan for a little over a year. that means you weren't vegan before. maybe your body hasnt adjusted well yet. you need to check with your doctor though
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(Just a quick nitpick: most people really doing vegan diet do get just as much if not more iron that others, because they tend to do a LOT of leafy greens, which are packed with it.

And I'd not expect to see lethargy -- especially not that, as vegans are usually hyper-energetic -- and dizzy spells all of a sudden because of a diet change a year before. Our digestive systems don't take that long to adapt to changes.)

As I recall, Imogen, you've also recently dealt with some stress per relationship, stuff, too.

But all in all, if this has been going on for a couple months, you're overdue to have a doc take a look: I'd get in for a general lookit as soon as you can, and just be siure you're taking good care of yourself until you can get seen -- extra rest, extra fluids, extra healthy foods, extra stress reduction.

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I actually had some similar symptoms myself earlier this year, but I'm not a vegan. It turned out that my periods were really heavy and I wasn't getting enough iron. Have you been having heavier periods lately? If it is an iron deficiency, then a simple blood test should show it and your doctor can prescribe some iron pills and tell you what to do to feel better. I did a search on a medical site and they listed irritability, fatigue, headaches, and pale skin as symptoms of iron deficiency anemia.

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(My apologies Imogen Eyes and Heather- I was just going off my own experience with anemia, and since I was eating vegan at the time for religious reasons, my doctor said it was common for vegans to have nutritional deficiencies and experience things like anemia... my bad! I guess I just suck at getting those leafy greens into my diet [Razz] )


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