vertigo/dizziness causing memory loss and cognition problems
wow, im very happy i found this messageboard. for a while i thought i might have been out of luck finding anywhere where i could validate my symptoms with others. im going to shorten my story considerably but may add in other details as they become relevant.
the main symptom of my TMJ that is bothering me the most is not the pain or discomfort but rather the side effects associated with the dizziness and vertigo. mine is so bad that i have memory/cognition problems, poor peripheral vision, and hearing loss. i feel like im losing my mind. on top of that my jaw pain, while again, not my main concern, is so bad it renders me nauseas. i am currently undergoing splint therapy and im only still in my first week. im really apprehensive about it; im scared its not going to work. i want to be optimistic but im having a really hard time with it. i just want my life back.
i havent worked in 8 months, i barely leave my house, and i can no longer make art. it literally feels like my life has ended. i gain no sympathy from doctors because none of them can "see" the symptoms and i feel like a lot of them think im lying and only in there to get pills even though i threw down $2000 for a piece of plastic, desperate to have my life back. i feel like im completly alone right now. i have bouts of depression so bad that i've considered not fighting anymore. i can barely support myself because i can't work and i have only a few friends...
i guess what im needing right now is some kind of support. some validation that im not insane from people who would know. i want to know that "yes, you will have your old life back" and that my ability to see straight and function will be here again soon. any words would be helpful.