I'm on a roll in this forum, aren't I? Sorry for the serial posts.
I've noticed over the last few days I have been feeling a little bit dizzy, and I am not sure why. Me being the hypochondriac I am automatically jumped to the conclusion of deadly/fatal brain tumor since I am also experiencing some headaches.
I should note the dizziness is not so bad that it impairs my ability to walk. It's the kind of dizziness where I need to blink a couple times and give my head a quick shake...kind of like I am in a slight daze. I am no doctor, but I really don't think it's a neurological issue since I don't have any other symptoms. My old doctor knows I'm paranoid and she taught me a helpful mantra...if my vision isn't mesed up, if my memory still works, if I can walk and if I'm not sick or throwing up, more than likely it's nothing to freak out over. I am also not fainting either, and my pupils are the same size.
The headaches are not one-sided - I feel them all over my head. Sometimes in the middle of my forehead, sometimes slightly to the right, sometimes a little to the left, and sometimes my entire forehead aches. It's not an unbearable pain, but it's noticeable.
I am also wondering if perhaps my glasses have something to do with it. When I got my new glasses about three months ago, I bought two pair of the same prescription and up until about a week ago, I was wearing Pair #1 with no issues. Then they broke and I had to switch to Pair #2. The dizziness began after I started wearing these new glasses - not immediately afterwards, but only within the last few days. I realize they were the same scrip ordered at the same time, but they also came from a discount eyeglasses store and I am wondering if this particular pair was made a tiny tiny bit wrong and is causing me the headaches and the dizziness. I still have my old glasses, which I had no issues with and I might switch back to them temorarily and see if I notice a difference.
There's really nothing I can do as far as seeing a doctor right now because I have no primary doctor here (but I will be going home where my doctor is in about two weeks) and if I go to the local ER, chances are I'll get told I'm anxious and that I need to go home and relax.
That's another thing too...I am slightly convinced that I may have anxiety. Could the dizziness be from that? And, if so, why did it show up all of a sudden? I think my anxiety ha been manifesting as breathing problems, but why the dizziness as well then? I'm not stressing out extremely badly.
I guess I'm justs looking for insight and someone to tell me I'm not crazy or at least to just reassure me that I'm not fatally ill. I looked into some causes of dizziness and none of them seem dangerous...the possible causes I found were inner ear infections (I've had one of these and it HURT, so this is probably out), stress (maybe - it is finals week and I have also been in a bit of an emotional rut lately; see my other topic here), vertigo, fevers (not a fever), and low blood pressure (don't think this is it either).
Anyone ever feel like this? Should I be dreadfully worried and run to the ER anyway and demand an MRI, or should I just try to relax and switch glasses and see what happens?
"That's another thing too...I am slightly convinced that I may have anxiety. Could the dizziness be from that? And, if so, why did it show up all of a sudden? I think my anxiety ha been manifesting as breathing problems, but why the dizziness as well then? I'm not stressing out extremely badly."
OK I suffer this and let me tell you, you can have them out of the blue from something that happend yesterday, last week, months back, even years if something had a big emotional and mental impact.
I started getting them 3-4 months after a big emotional upset and I thought I was bloody dying as I didn't think you could get them when your not stressed, but it seems when ever something upsets me big time it comes in months after from no where! I made my doctor nuts running in every 5 mins thinking my heart was conking out, my lungs were collapsing, my head was exploding, my vision was going lol everything!
So to me given all info in your post it sounds like anxiety and these are anxiety attacks. It may be worth having a talk to your doctor next time you see her about exercises to help with this or finding anxiety sufferers groups Good luck!
I thought the same thing about anxiety attacks too, Kirsty85. I had no idea I could feel the effects of one when I wasn't even stresing at the moment (I have constant breathing problems that worsen when I am having an attack). You sound just like me - every time I feel a little odd, I jump to the worst possible conclusion. Headache? Must be a tumor. Breathing problems? Blood clot. Neck pain? Tumor in brain stem. Slightly queasy? Pregnant (I know for some women, this is good...but it isn't for me).
Right now I'm wearing my broken glasses...I'll see how well the super glue holds up, but I'll see if these make a difference. I would love to become art of the group here who deal with anxiety, but I definitely want an official diagnosis so I'm not the only one there going, "I feel all your pain. I think I have anxiety too". My doctor did want to put me on anxiety meds to see if they helped, but I think I might want to get referred to a specialist instead because my primary doctor is a little dense (tries to prescribe me things that are clearly listed on my chart as being ineffective).
But if I start feeling weakness in one side or start fainting or my vision tarts to go, I may have to run screaming to the ER and demand an MRI so I don't have a stroke over this.
But thanks for not telling me I'm nuts or I'm dying. It calms me down a wee bit knowing I'm not. Well, the last part stands to reason - no one's getting any younger.
.... inner ear infections (I've had one of these and it HURT, so this is probably out), stress (maybe - it is finals week and I have also been in a bit of an emotional rut lately; see my other topic here), vertigo, fevers (not a fever), and low blood pressure (don't think this is it either).
Both headaches and dizziness could be from the glasses...but both symptoms can also reflect problems with blood pressures. Meds can cause dizziness and so can a poor diet (potassium deficiency, anemia, etc).
My best guess is the dizziness is caused by your diet, based on your previous posts, and the headaches are caused by something else.
I switched back to my old glasses today and, lo and behold...I wasn't dizzy at all. I'm a little iffy about wearing them because they can break even more easily now because of the way they originally broke, but I have a third pair to go back to.
I'm going to slip back into the other glasses again to see if I still feel dizzy and continue testing them, If it seems like those new glasses are the cause of my dizziness, I might go have a word with the store owner about them.
The headaches...ehh, may be from the glasses, may be a sinus infection (the last one I had only gave me a headache and no other symptoms), may be my tension headaches getting worse. Who knows. They aren't my biggest concern, but boy it sure felt good to go the whole day without feeling dizzy!
Just a word of warning, everytime I get new glasses it takes a few weeks to get adjusted to them so if thats the case, try wearing them for a few hours a day upping it another hour each day and see what happens if still no luck go get your eyes tested again.
I don't think it's my eyes, though. I got two pair of glasses at the same time with the same prescription - one pair felt just fine from the start, and the other pair made me feel dizzy after a couple of days of wear. I'm thinking there was an error in the way that second pair was made because if my eyes had changed, wouldn't the first pair also be faulty? Besides that, my doctor told me that it is most likely my eyesight will not worsen beyond what it is right now.