I have suffered from HA for at least 15 or more years. My first real experience was right after the birth of my son 14 years ago. After two or three trips to the ER in a year, I finally accepted the anxiety diagnosis and started meds. Things have been good - stressful job keeps me busy and so does raising a teenager. I went off meds about 2 years ago. I was doing ok - then last summer my son had to have an ER appendectomy - a few months later my mom was dx with breast cancer - stage 1 triple x. They scared me to death with the genetic testing. Mom just finished chemo and radiation and doing well. I was with her during the whole thing but it was tough.
In February, I started experiencing perimenopause (I believe) even though blood tests say my hormone levels are normal. I've been regular my whole life, so things started changing - like length, etc. I all of the sudden had a 20 day period - periods every two weeks, then no period for two months. Then I woke up one morning with dizziness/lightheadedness (never had that before). Felt like my head shifted when I rolled over in bed. All day if I looked down or tilted head back I was unsteady. This got better the next day but for days after certain head movements caused issues with balance. I went to doctor - diagnosed with inner ear issues and put on flonase nasal spray. About a month into it I got pretty sick, back cold, noticed the spray was starting to burn my nostrils. My mom (who now wears a wig because of chemo) was grilling burgers one Sunday afternoon and the grill caught on fire. I didn't want her close to fire, so I tried to put it out myself. Later that day I started smelling smoke all of the sudden. Like cigarette smoke (don't smoke myself). This went on for a few days, so called doctor and told to stop flonase immediately because this is a side effect. After a week, went back because concerned still smelling smoke (can still smell other things - smell smoke when not trying to smell anything at all). Put on antibiotics - smell goes away. A week or so later - it comes back for a few weeks. Smell goes away for a month, last week comes back. Always seems to be when I'm on my period (sorry for TMI) but I am having irregular periods - two months without a period and no smoke smell for over a month during that time.
I decided to call doctor back, and now she wants to do a CT Scan with contrast and has referred me to ENT. I'm scared to death of a BT (yes I googled it). I know I shouldn't have but I did. Now I'm thinking back to the last few months remembering neck pain/tension/tightness. A few headaches here and there (maybe 2 or 3 in last 3 months). I'm remembering eye twitching for a few weeks, eye pain, numbness in my cheek (feels numb but when I touch it actually isn't). I'm worrying myself sick.
I am trying to be realistic - I've done some research and there are blogs and sites that talk about perimenopause symptoms, which I'm obviously experiencing. With my HA, I just keep over thinking this and worrying too much. What will happen to my family if I have a BT? I am not strong enough to handle something like this. I'm half tempted to cancel the CT Scan.
I've had every test possible the last few months due to all of these symptoms. Ultrasound of uterus (no problems), EKG (good but one little flattened benign t waive I've apparently had for more many years but otherwise normal), good colonoscopy results, good mammogram and annual exam results, good blood results. But this darn smoke smell has me baffled!
Any advice would be appreciated. Sorry for rambling. I've been reading and researching posts for weeks now and just got the nerve to finally post. I've never had a CT scan and I think I'm more worried over this than any of the other tests.