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What causes dizziness and numbness in body while waking up?

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Question: hi ive been extreamly dizzy and woke up feeling numb this morning all day its felt like some one pulled a drain plug and everything is draining out my feet when ive stood up about 5 times today iv had a bad head rush im so thirsty and my throats and mouth are super dry i sat down at 5pm and just woke up now about three days ago i noticed a extreamly sore lump about 1/2 way between my left ear and the center of the back of my head ive been on antiinflamitory for a toe injury for a couple of days and thought that was helping the swelling decrease on the back of my head its stopped hurting when not touching it and not hurting now when touching it also the swelling has decreased is the two related
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Answered by Dr. Dariush Saghafi (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Orthostatic hypotensive symptoms

Detailed Answer:
My hopes to you to get better. It is possible that the infection you are treating and the painful lump you have in your head are PARTLY responsible for what you are describing symptomatically.

However, more likely to be giving directly the symptoms you have is a phenomenon called ORTHOSTATIC HYPOTENSION. In this process what happens basically is that sitting or standing from a lying position causes an intense and temporary pooling of blood in the lower extremities which then, takes at least 30 seconds if not a bit longer depending upon severity to redistribute. That is because the system is DRY...it's very much like not having checked the water levels in your car's radiator for some time. Even though the engine has been running pretty well and reliably...the fact is without the proper amount of water in the circulatory system the engine will eventually begin to falter. And when you check your radiator in the car and realize that levels are that low..you might even be a bit surprised (even shocked) and say, "How the heck did that happen? I know I don't have a leak anywhere?"

Well, your body...just like the engine of a car....requires periodic checkups for fluid levels which means that in the face of things such as infections, fevers, taking antibiotics, and other illnesses or just increased stress that reduces your food and drink intake...the amount of fluid coming in to the body vs. going out will be compromised and often without any big announcement or warning to the person. Until? Levels are so low that now the engine (or body) start to falter and tell you, "Hey there......PLEASE pay attention to me!"

And no matter how much a person drinks...when one is treating an illness or taking an antibiotic we need to automatically increase our fluid intake of WATER...not soda pop, not coffee, not tea...not Monster drinks or other energy compounds which contain 5x the amount of caffeine in some of the strongest Colombian coffees....but good 'ole plain WATER, JUICE, OR MILK!

So that is my most likely explanation for your symptoms. Proof of that would require your visiting a doctor so they can do what are called ORTHOSTATIC BLOOD PRESSURE readings which I always do using a MODIFIED AMINOFF TECHNIQUE. See your doctor for details but if you want to simply get a good start yourself then, I need you to drink no less than 128 oz. of H20 (water), JUICE (preferably with lower sugar content), or MILK, and start putting fluid BACK into your body's radiator system. If need be you can also use at least thigh high compression stockings which will help improve circulation back to the heart from the legs...and lastly if symptoms are really severe then, increase your SALT INTAKE to about 4000 mg. daily....even if you have hypertension.....this will shift water retention to your circulatory system instead of to the bladder....and once your infections are taken care of then, you can go back to normal status...but still remembering your hydration status cannot be ignored and just like your car radiator needs PERIODIC LEVEL CHECKS to be sure you're not becoming unknowingly dehydrated.

I hope this addresses your concerns and that you will keep me in mind for future queries and questions regarding these or other neurological/medical issues that I may be able to help resolve.

Write to me at: bit.ly/drdariushsaghafi for additional comments, concerns, or to provide status updates if this possible.

This consult request has taken a total of 20 minutes of time to read, research, and envoy as a response to the patient.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Dariush Saghafi (1 hour later)
thanks ive been diagnosed with this before ive increased my water and juice intake and am feeling better I just keep forgetting to transition more slowly than I want to does make sense that my fluids are not in balance thanks for the reminder
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Answered by Dr. Dariush Saghafi (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Notice to Self--- Eat Mor Chikin! Ever seen that Advertising Sign?

Detailed Answer:
Yes, in fact, that makes perfect sense. You should print my note out highlight the diagnosis of ORTHOSTATIC HYPOTENSION......and paste it on your refrigerator.

Have you ever seen the Cow in the advertising signs that is telling us to EAT MOR CHIKIN? I've got an idea.....How about if you find that picture on the internet....print it out nice and big......HIGHLIGHT WITH A YELLOW PEN......the part that says, "Eat Mor Chikin" and that will be YOUR reminder to Drink More Water....ALL THE TIME.

I am also an assistant wrestling coach at a local university here in Ohio....In fact, we travel out to the Meadville area to wrestle on many occasions. I believe Allegheny College is out that way and we do wrestle against them in some of the tournaments. Anyways, my point (aside from admiring PA wrestlers!) is that in our room you can imagine how much DEHYDRATION is present....it runs rampant.

Every season I have no less than 3 or 4 of my wrestlers doing dumb things like not drinking enough fluids because they are trying to cut weight....you know what the end result for those guys usually is? Most of the time they can barely move on the mat and they get their tails kicked around because they are simply dry.....NO WATER IN THE RADIATOR basically. But what's worse is when they simply pass out in the room or in their dorm rooms and have to be taken to the hospital and tanked up because they simply got dizzy and hit the deck.

So, please don't let that happen to you.....EAT MOR CHIKIN......DAILY....whatever it takes. Perhaps, if you keep thinking to yourself, "I'm not drinking enough water....I'm not drinking enough water....I'm not drinking enough water...." Get the picture?

Good luck to you and your Allegheny wrestlers.

I hope this addresses your concerns and that you will keep me in mind for future queries and questions regarding these or other neurological/medical issues that I may be able to help resolve.

Write to me at: bit.ly/drdariushsaghafi for additional comments, concerns, or to provide status updates if this possible.

This consult request has taken a total of 32 minutes of time to read, research, and envoy as a response to the patient.
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What causes dizziness and numbness in body while waking up?

Brief Answer: Orthostatic hypotensive symptoms Detailed Answer: My hopes to you to get better. It is possible that the infection you are treating and the painful lump you have in your head are PARTLY responsible for what you are describing symptomatically. However, more likely to be giving directly the symptoms you have is a phenomenon called ORTHOSTATIC HYPOTENSION. In this process what happens basically is that sitting or standing from a lying position causes an intense and temporary pooling of blood in the lower extremities which then, takes at least 30 seconds if not a bit longer depending upon severity to redistribute. That is because the system is DRY...it's very much like not having checked the water levels in your car's radiator for some time. Even though the engine has been running pretty well and reliably...the fact is without the proper amount of water in the circulatory system the engine will eventually begin to falter. And when you check your radiator in the car and realize that levels are that low..you might even be a bit surprised (even shocked) and say, "How the heck did that happen? I know I don't have a leak anywhere?" Well, your body...just like the engine of a car....requires periodic checkups for fluid levels which means that in the face of things such as infections, fevers, taking antibiotics, and other illnesses or just increased stress that reduces your food and drink intake...the amount of fluid coming in to the body vs. going out will be compromised and often without any big announcement or warning to the person. Until? Levels are so low that now the engine (or body) start to falter and tell you, "Hey there......PLEASE pay attention to me!" And no matter how much a person drinks...when one is treating an illness or taking an antibiotic we need to automatically increase our fluid intake of WATER...not soda pop, not coffee, not tea...not Monster drinks or other energy compounds which contain 5x the amount of caffeine in some of the strongest Colombian coffees....but good 'ole plain WATER, JUICE, OR MILK! So that is my most likely explanation for your symptoms. Proof of that would require your visiting a doctor so they can do what are called ORTHOSTATIC BLOOD PRESSURE readings which I always do using a MODIFIED AMINOFF TECHNIQUE. See your doctor for details but if you want to simply get a good start yourself then, I need you to drink no less than 128 oz. of H20 (water), JUICE (preferably with lower sugar content), or MILK, and start putting fluid BACK into your body's radiator system. If need be you can also use at least thigh high compression stockings which will help improve circulation back to the heart from the legs...and lastly if symptoms are really severe then, increase your SALT INTAKE to about 4000 mg. daily....even if you have hypertension.....this will shift water retention to your circulatory system instead of to the bladder....and once your infections are taken care of then, you can go back to normal status...but still remembering your hydration status cannot be ignored and just like your car radiator needs PERIODIC LEVEL CHECKS to be sure you're not becoming unknowingly dehydrated. I hope this addresses your concerns and that you will keep me in mind for future queries and questions regarding these or other neurological/medical issues that I may be able to help resolve. Write to me at: bit.ly/drdariushsaghafi for additional comments, concerns, or to provide status updates if this possible. This consult request has taken a total of 20 minutes of time to read, research, and envoy as a response to the patient.