We've already established that sinuses must be linked somehow to anxiety disorders, but what I don't understand is why. I've been suffering the most from disorientation and an achy head..feels kind of like it's underwater or something. It's also affected my vision...
Anyway, my take on this is that anxiety can cause and/or increase other symptoms, like dizziness. But (my opinion only) the dizziness that's caused by anxiety ISN'T like the dizziness that's caused by (for example) an inner ear infection or sinus infection. I've been dealing with a woozy head for some time now, and in the past when I have had anxiety attacks or high stress, this type of wooziness was not part of my anxiety pattern. I went to more than a few doctors for my disequlibrium issues, as well as a counselor, and all were in agreement that my symptoms were not a result of anxiety.
Most dizzy symptoms that come with anxiety is usually due to shallow breathing (hyperventillation) or forgetting to breath (holding your breath).
Granted, when I am stressed, my woozy symptoms can increase. The same if I have a cole. For me, if I get a cold, my wooziness increases.
I never heard of sinus problems being linked to anxiety disorders. I know disequilibrium disorders ARE linked to anxiety disorders. Most people who develop balance or inner ear conditions that affect their balance on some level, will also experience anxiety attacks from those symptoms.
Last edited by Wowwwweeee; 08-11-2004 at 05:34 AM.
I hope this finds you and the Board doing well today.
When I am dizzy from being anxious, it's more of a light-headed, unreal feeling. This symptom only and occasionally comes on during times of extreme stress, and I am fully aware that I am panicking or almost panicking. My panic symptoms are very familiar to me after all this time, and by the time I am feeling lightheaded, I already know that I am close to extreme anxiety. I would describe it best as that hyperventillation feeling (light-headed from breathing too fast or too shallow), that goes away immediately after the anxiety eposide passes or fades.
The off-kilter feeling that comes with my disequilibrium problems are more of a feeling that I am moving or swaying when I am not, and spinny-dizzy symptoms can occur sometimes if I lie down flat or on my side. These symptoms for me are usually accompanied by a headache of some kind, and will lessen if I take aspirin and antihistamine. I also experience some other issues that come with this condition that appear as visual tracking problems, as well as sensitivity to external auditory or visual stimuli. These symptoms can increase if my disequilibrium symptoms are increased. With this condition I also on occasion have inner ear symptoms such as intense pressure and congestion. I am unable to ride comfortably on machines that change pressure (like elevators) or anything that gently rocks (like a boat). I cannot tip my head forward (to blow dry upside down) or bend back without this bringing on an increase in these symptoms. I have this sensation (as well as other related ones) on some level, daily.
Dizziness from anxiety is a reactionary symptom.
The type of vertigo that I have from my diseqilibrium condition is apparent whether there is anxiety or not.
There are medications that I can take for my symptoms, however, I tried one and experienced some side-effects that caused me anxiety. I was too anxious to comfortably take the medication, so I stopped.
I am able to alleviate my symptoms with plain aspirin and antihistamine.
I've been seen by many specialists for this symptom. There are different kinds of doctors who look at disequilibrium disorders: I have been to a cardiologist, neuro-ophthalmalogist, neurologist. To name a few. Also, of course, an ENT (ear-nose-throat doctor).
I always suggest to anyone with a dizzy condition to make time to see a neurologist if the ENT can't help them, as neurologists look at dizzy conditions from a different angle than ENTs do.
Wishing you a good day!
Last edited by Wowwwweeee; 08-16-2004 at 08:42 AM.
After reading everyone's symptoms of anxiety, it seems that virtually everyone experiences dizziness/ lighthededness. That is my MAJOR symptom right now--feels as if I'm rocking, kind of head rushes, and off balance. I've had every test imaginable--MRI of head, fancy balance testing by a neuro-otologist, saw a neurologist, you name it. It all comes back to anxiety. Sometimes you would just wish they would find something! It is truly ruining my life at the moment.
Ha, I know what you're saying about the symptoms really "ruining your life at the moment". Been there. Today I am really feeling my head symptoms.
For me, as I've said, I do not believe anxiety is causing my disequilibrium symptoms. I know that stress can ADD to that, like it can add to any other symptom that might be physically going on, but it's not the cause.
At one point, I even went to a therapist just because it was suggested that my anxiety was caused solely by anxiety. The therapist stated that he did not feel anxiety was the root of causing my imbalance problem.
If you have a moment, check out the Inner Ear Board (where I am a frequent poster) - you may get some ideas about your symptoms there.
Thank you for taking an interest in my symptoms. I post most often on the Inner Ear Boards under this current user name, as well as an older user name (Wowwweee).
My neurologist and a neuro-opthalmogist diagnosed my woozy head symptoms as a condition called Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV). It's basically migraine headaches without the "typical" migraine headache symptoms, although I do have headaches on some level almost every day. I wrote up an entire post on MAV, which is posted on the Inner Ear Board - what it is, how it results in symptoms, etc. There is no cure, but symptoms can be alleviated with specific medications. Basically, MAV is a spasming of the arteries of the brain in the lower (basilar) region. When these arteries spasm up, they cause feelings of off-balance or wooziness. They can cause dizziness (spinning), and I have had that as well, but those sensations for me have been diagnosed as either an inner ear infection or Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV, or BPPV) - which is when the tiny crystals of your inner ear (we all have them) come loose and travel out of place and into another part of the inner ear. Everyone has tiny hairs within their inner ear - and when these crystals come loose and touch these hairs, a person can become dizzy. Even if the spinny symptoms lessen, these crystals can still hang out of place, causing feelings of imbalance.
I did try one of the medications (Amitriptyline), which actually is an "older" anti-depressant medication. This medication contains properties that have been discovered to work well on migraine headaches, as well as allevaite other things, like menstrual cramps. It's also used as a regular anti-depressant as well as an anti-anixety medication.
Within three days on being on it (a very low dose, 12 mg each night before sleep), my woozy head symptoms went away. But within a few months, I developed some side-effects that were bothersome to me and started to cause me psychological anxiety, so I opted to stop taking this medication. Within a few months, my symptoms came back.
Currently when my symptoms really bother me (headache accompanied by wooziness) I will take 500 mg plain aspirin (two if I need to) mixed with a teaspoon of Children's Cherry Flavored Liquid Benedryl. Aspirin is one of the medications used to combat migraine, and the Benedryl calms down the woozy symptoms.
I do know that I have some inner ear problems to some degree. The Benedryl also sedates the inner ears to a degree, which I also feel helps to alleviate my symptoms.
And yes DBack, anxiety DOES play a part in my symptoms, meaning that if I am anxious or upset over something, my disequilibrium can feel more noticeable. However, I am very familiar with my anxiety-panick pattern, and this sensation is not a part of that. Even with full-blown panick attacks when I used to have them, dizziness was never a part of that. In addition, I can bring on my woozy/dizzy symptoms by turning my head in certain positions, and I cannot lie flat or on my side (for too long) without symptoms appearing.
MAV is a condition that is made as a clinical diagnosis - meaning that it's not concrete and it's made after ruling out other possibilities. I have the "classic" symptoms of MAV, and I reacted positively to the medication that I tried for it. If you go on the Inner Ear Boards, you will see that there are many posters with similiar, if not identical symptoms. My point, that my symptoms mimic a lot of other peoples' - even anxiety symptoms to some degree.
Wow - it's early and I've already typed a booklet. Hugs. xo
Last edited by Wowwwweeee; 08-17-2004 at 04:30 AM.
What are your symptoms? - if you don't mind going over the specifics for me. I have some "bizarre" symptoms that no-one else really ever heard of, until I started posting on the Inner Ear Board and met people with similiar physical sensations.
Some examples of my stranger symptoms (which are now tolerable or considerably less):
If I am wearing my hair in a pony-tail, the weight of the pony-tail throws me off balance.
The wind pushing me throws me off.
If I put my purse strap over my shoulder and walk down the hall, the weight of the purse on one side of my body throws me off.
And, how long have you had your symptoms?
If you have an earlier post on your history already, can you just bump it up? My symptoms/history is listed on the Inner Boards as an older post, under my older user name of Wowwweee.