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Muscle weakness, dizziness, sweaty hands & foot and loss of balance after taking dinner. No heart problems. Is it anxiety or due to food taken?

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Hi after a big meal tonight I feel very weak and sleepy and dizzy. My muscle get weak and I need to sleep really bad. I had 3 clove of fresh garlic, 2 bowls of rice and alot of beef stew and fried liver. My hands and feet get sweaty. I feel like my body sense is out of sync. I feel like heat and I feel cold. my 2 year old son developed a fever of 102.2 F 5 hours ago. I take care of him. My dizziness and balance problem has been with me since two weeks ago. I've seen an Internalist MD who told my it was due to anxiety. I've seen a cardiologist and he told me nothing wrong with my heart. Now after a big meal I've mention I've developed all the other symptoms with dizzyness. What is going on?
Posted Mon, 21 May 2012 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu 38 minutes later
Hi there,

Since when are you having these problems?

Do you have any fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, excessive sweating frequently, trembling of the hands, heart racing, headache, vision problems?

Any changes in sleep duration, appetite or mood recently?

Are you performing stressful duties at work?

Have you checked your blood sugar recently? Have you tested your thyroid hormones recently?

I have read and understood your problem. It appears you suffer from these attacks especially after heavy meals. It should be understood that a condition called Dumping syndrome may also cause a similar clinical picture. Heavy meals drain out the water from your blood and also blood sugar from your blood causing symptoms of low blood sugar which is similar to what you have described.

Heavy meals are a cause of dumping syndrome. It is possible your blood sugar levels may be fluctuating which may be causing these problems. Also certain medication and stomach conditions.

You will need to avoid heavy meals. Take short frequent low carbohydrate meals, with more of protein and plenty of fresh fruits and XXXXXXX leafy vegetables. Keep well hydrated at all times.

Anxiety attacks can be associated with feeling of panic, trembling of body and hands, sweating. This could be a long term problem and not usually associated with diet changes. This problem can be associated with sleep changes, appetite changes.

Regarding your son, it is highly advised that he gets seen by a Pediatrician as infection in children can get serious without warning and complications need to be avoided.

I hope I have answered your query. I will be available to answer your follow up queries.

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Follow-up: Muscle weakness, dizziness, sweaty hands & foot and loss of balance after taking dinner. No heart problems. Is it anxiety or due to food taken? 18 hours later
Dizzyness started 1 day before I finish 10mg of prednesone for about 2 weeks now ever since I felt that way. Fatique and dizzyness and sleepyness started lastnight when I email you. Today I just keep wanting to sleep and take alot of naps. When I wake up from nap that is the only time I experience headache for about 2 to 10min.
Yes since lastnight I've been sweating on and off alot especially the palms of my hands and the bottom of my feet and between the buttocks alot and some on my forehead. My sleeping is always a problem since I work from 4am to 12pm on work and my sleep is never on the same time. I work monday to Friday from 4am to 12pm and 1pm to 6pm I go school I sleep anytime from 6pm to 12am and wake up time is 2:50am every morning. I've been doing this for about 1 year now. I had digestion problem from not sleeping enough but never dizzyness. The doctor I went to order some blood work I have no idea what it is I have not went yet. COMP metabolic panel w/eGFr, Lipid Panel, CBC w/diff, Tsh, ultra sensitive. My body does not feel good right now I hope you can figure this out for me. Cancer? Medication? Serious? Benign? What can I do to fix the problem and what does these test test for? Also I'm experience body ache especially both of my calf.
Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu 3 hours later
Hi there.

Are you having digestion problems with certain kind of food or does any kind of food cause digestion problems?

It appears the dizziness and headache is of acute and immediate onset. This can occur in variety of conditions like possible infection, dehydration, trauma etc.

Feeling sleepy most of the time, sweating often, fatigue could point to possibility of low blood in your body called Anaemia. So kindly let me know the details of your blood work as soon as possible. The digestion problems could also be due to infection which can lead to anaemia as well like Tropical sprue, Celiac disease.

Celiac disease can be caused due to sensitivity of the body to gluten diet. You may try avoiding gluten in your diet for a while, also consume lesser carbohydrates. Eat food XXXXXXX in fresh fruits and XXXXXXX leafy vegetables, proteins.

The sleep problem can also be seen in Anaemia but isolated sleep disorder may also be there. This can be confirmed only after the blood work and other tests.

Kindly keep me updated on your investigations and follow up with me on your progress.

I hope I have answered your query. I will be available to answer your follow up queries.


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