Hi I am 16 years old and I haven't been feeling well lately. For the past month or so I've been having random attacks of nausea and headaches and dizziness. They don't seem to be offset by anything, I can have it when I wake up right in the morning, after I eat, sitting down or going to bed. The headaches are excruciating and I feel like I have to throw up and will sometimes dry heave. I get it at least three times a day. I get dizzy every time I stand up. I have had cold hands for as long as I can remember and I thought I had anemia so I started taking iron, but every time I did I would throw up the tablets. I am not sexually active. Please help me, its getting hard to eat and I'm losing weight because of it
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replied November 26th, 2012
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

If you have headaches and hot flashes and lightheadedness with a feeling of passing out, you could be having either polycystic ovarian disease or GERD with or without H pylori infection. These are the two conditions to be ruled out first. If you use computer a lot or read a lot then the symptoms of headache, dizziness, neck pain, numbness etc could be due to compression of the spinal nerves in the cervical spine region. This can happen due to overuse of computers, work involving straining of neck, herniated disc, canal stenosis, bone disease, spondylosis, poor posture etc. A MRI of the cervical spine and nerve conduction studies may be required. Please consult a neurologist. Get your blood pressure checked. This can also cause headache with dizziness. TMJ is another possibility.

If you have been out in sun a lot or drink less of fluids then it can also be due to electrolyte imbalance or dehydration. Benign intracranial hypertension also causes dizziness with headache and a spinal tap is confirmatory. It can be a migraine attack too. Other conditions to be strongly ruled out in your case could be Meniere’s disease of the ear, wax in the ear, infection of the middle or inner ear, and benign positional vertigo. Hence it is important to consult an ENT specialist and a neurologist too. Other causes are anemia, hypoglycemia or low sugar and some endocrine problems, such as an underactive thyroid (called hypothyroidism), overactive thyroid (called hyperthyroidism), adrenal insufficiency (called Addison's disease), and in some cases, diabetes, may lead to hypotension and hence lightheadedness and an off balance feeling.

It can also be an anxiety and panic attack. It is really difficult to comment on the net. I suggest you consult your PCP to run the basic investigations and get an insight into what could be the cause. Depending on clinical examination and tests, your PCP can refer you to the appropriate specialist. Hope this helps. Take care!



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replied November 28th, 2012
Attacks of nausea and headaches are not good signs. you need to consult a doctor soon. Ignoring such health symptoms is not at all a good idea especially for a person who is just 16 years old.
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