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Old 03-27-2006, 07:46 PM   #1
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Unhappy Dizziness, Headaches, Ringing of the ears, Double/Blurred Vision...

Please help! Lately I've been having odd symptoms (as stated in the subject line ^), and I'm nervous that it may be a brain tumor or something. I know that I may be over-reacting, but I don't see what else it could be. I had a CAT scan of my sinuses to see if that was causing it -- my sinuses were clear. I had 2 eye exams -- my eyes are fine. I've also been having back problems recently from an old injury. I know that every time I go to a new appointment (for my back) they ask me if I've had any vertigo or double/blurred vision... So does could this have something to do with a back injury (I got very severe whiplash)?? I'd appreciate an answer if anyone knows about this because I'm SO worried about what it could be!!! THANK YOU!

EDIT: I just read more online and I found that these are the basic whiplash symtoms:

* Neck pain and/or stiffness
* Blurred vision
* Difficulty swallowing
* Irritability
* Fatigue
* Dizziness
* Pain between the shoulder blades
* Pain in the arms or legs, feet and hands
* Headache
* Low back pain and/or stiffness
* Shoulder pain
* Nausea
* Ringing in the ears
* Vertigo
* Numbness and tingling
* Pain in the jaw or face

In a way, I'm relieved that it doesn't directly point to a neurological disorder, but in the same aspect, if my injury was almost two years ago, wouldn't I have experienced most of this sooner?

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Old 03-27-2006, 08:04 PM   #2
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Re: Dizziness, Headaches, Ringing of the ears, Double/Blurred Vision...

Give it a little time. It could be just a bug. It does not have to be a brain tumor. Check your blood pressure. Make a list of medicines you are taking and check the side effects. If your symptoms don't go away soon then I would go back to the doctor's and he may refer you to a specialist.
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Please help! Lately I've been having odd symptoms (as stated in the subject line ^), and I'm nervous that it may be a brain tumor or something. I know that I may be over-reacting, but I don't see what else it could be. I had a CAT scan of my sinuses to see if that was causing it -- my sinuses were clear. I had 2 eye exams -- my eyes are fine. I've also been having back problems recently from an old injury. I know that every time I go to a new appointment (for my back) they ask me if I've had any vertigo or double/blurred vision... So does could this have something to do with a back injury?? I'd appreciate an answer if anyone knows about this because I'm SO worried about what it could be!!! THANK YOU!

 
Old 03-31-2006, 12:37 PM   #3
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Re: Dizziness, Headaches, Ringing of the ears, Double/Blurred Vision...

Hello,

First, I don't want to scare you read everything I have to say okay. I have multiple sclerosis, and I am in NO way implying that you do or even might. However with MS comes something called spasticity, this causes my muscles to lock up randomly...however I have had severe to moderate neck pain for the past three years now, and I am now getting in it other areas as well.

I reiterate that am correlating the muscle tightness here, NOT the disorder itself. Anyhow I started in the past few weeks to develop similar symptoms, was terrified I might be developing new MS lesions permanently damaging my nerves that I was going blind a deaf (I also had my Dr check for an inner ear infection, which turned up nothing).

Last night I was shooting pool with my boyfriend...now I'm a very good pool player. However I usually throw my shots to make everyone (including him) think he's better than me. I missed EVERY shot and I was trying to make them for once. My eye felt like it was twitching although it wasn't, my depth perception was off, my vision would swirl, and my neck was killing me right at the base...I finally took a valium when the neck pain started becoming intollerable. When it kicked in my neck pain went away (as I expected) but also I could see normally!!! I suddenly had everything back and could again make any shot on the table that I wanted to.

So it does seem that muscles in the neck can sieze up on those nerves and cause the vision and hearing abnormalities that we both experience. Unfortunately I can't function on Valium, however the simple fact that relaxing those muscles made me able to see normally has me very hopeful now!

 
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Re: Dizziness, Headaches, Ringing of the ears, Double/Blurred Vision...

At this point in time,I do thin it would be best to try and start at the top and work your way down.by that I mean,getting an MRI with contrast done on your brain would really be the best place to start and if that shows nothing,next try and MRI on the c spine.you should actually be able to have both areas scanned at the same time.this would show any(in most cases) possible abnormalities within the brain and also show any possible reasons for your symptoms that may be stemming from a problem within the c spine area.i have many of the symptoms you are having just from a major c spine injury caused by surgery done on the inside of my spinal cord.but anything that is affecting the c spine in some way,espescially if it around the c 7 or c 8 nerve area could possibly cause the symptoms you are describing.If i were you,getting the MRIs done would be what I would do first and then go from there.

obviously there is "something' that is actually causing your types of symptoms that just needs to actually be discovered.hopefully it isn't a major issue and could be rectified without any invasive types of procedures.i know it sucks to have all of the crap your having with no answers.been there done that to death actually.just start from the top.good luck and please keep us posted,marcia
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Old 04-01-2006, 11:35 AM   #5
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Re: Dizziness, Headaches, Ringing of the ears, Double/Blurred Vision...

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Dizziness, Headaches, Ringing of the ears, Double/Blurred Vision...
Rule out the simplest causes first: are you sure you're getting enough to eat?
When I forget to eat or don't eat enough, I get these exact symptoms. It's quite frightening, but very easily remedied; the symptoms disappear immediately as soon as I eat.
Make sure you're getting plenty of food, liquid, and sleep.
If you are, then make sure the symptoms are not a side effect of some medication you're taking (allergy/sinus meds sometimes cause horrendous side effects similar to those you've described, at least for me).
I guess if you rule out all that, then you'll have to look at neurological causes, or maybe it's your blood pressure; high blood pressure causes a ringing in the ears, and dizziness, and headaches... how old are you?
Good luck figuring this out.

 
Old 04-01-2006, 01:24 PM   #6
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Re: Dizziness, Headaches, Ringing of the ears, Double/Blurred Vision...

Hi, If you don't start improving real soon,definately request an MRI as if there is a problem-it should show up on MRI. I had multiple CT scans showing no problems & found a problem when drs finally decided to do the MRI. Good Luck !

 
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