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Old 03-14-2005, 05:44 AM   #1
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Lightheaded, queasy stomach, brain fog....

Hi, I am new to this board and looking for help. I've had the following symptoms off and on since last August:

Lightheadedness, not really dizzy, but sort of off-balance.
some minor facial numbness around my right eye and ear (when this happens it usually goes away in about 15-20 minutes, and has only happened 2-3 times)
Jittery, jumpy, nervous feeling, like I had 10 cups of coffee
queasy, nauseous stomach, sometimes after a lightheaded spell
Anxiety
brain fog
my ears crackle when I swallow
sinus pressure
symptoms seem worse when I'm out in a crowd, walking through a big store.
Sometimes I hear a kind of thumping sound (almost like a heartbeat in my head) in the area around my left ear. (Not constant, off and on)
sometimes my ear will ring for a few seconds
irritable bowels

I have had an MRI (will get results tomorrow) I never really thought these symptoms were ear related (no ear aches) until I found this site. I have not been to a specialist yet, only my GP.

Can anyone relate to my list of symptoms and what it might be?

Thanks!!

 
Old 03-14-2005, 05:54 AM   #2
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Re: Lightheaded, queasy stomach, brain fog....

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Originally Posted by Wink
Hi, I am new to this board and looking for help. I've had the following symptoms off and on since last August:

Lightheadedness, not really dizzy, but sort of off-balance.
some minor facial numbness around my right eye and ear (when this happens it usually goes away in about 15-20 minutes, and has only happened 2-3 times)
Jittery, jumpy, nervous feeling, like I had 10 cups of coffee
queasy, nauseous stomach, sometimes after a lightheaded spell
Anxiety
brain fog
my ears crackle when I swallow
sinus pressure
symptoms seem worse when I'm out in a crowd, walking through a big store.
Sometimes I hear a kind of thumping sound (almost like a heartbeat in my head) in the area around my left ear. (Not constant, off and on)
sometimes my ear will ring for a few seconds
irritable bowels

I have had an MRI (will get results tomorrow) I never really thought these symptoms were ear related (no ear aches) until I found this site. I have not been to a specialist yet, only my GP.

Can anyone relate to my list of symptoms and what it might be?

Thanks!!
some of this could be muscular, middle ear muscles can cause crackling....can you describe that a little more? the thumping is prob muscular too....look into middle ear myoclonus...
good luck, lib

 
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Old 03-14-2005, 06:12 AM   #3
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Re: Lightheaded, queasy stomach, brain fog....

I had more or less exactly the same symptoms as you . i believe it to be ear related . the irratable bowels are classic symptoms of the anxiety . my ears used to also get very hot when i "felt" the thumping .

 
Old 03-14-2005, 06:32 AM   #4
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Hi Wink,

Welcome to the boards. You are definitely not alone.

Your facial numbness could be a sign that you're symptoms may be migraine related. A neurologist could help you look at a diagnosis related to migraines. Many people think of migraines as only "headaches", but there are other types of migraine issues that cause other symptoms, with or without a headache.

You are probably also dealing with some higher anxiety than you are aware of. When you're anxious, your body produces more adrenaline. Sometimes your body can produce extra adrenaline without you realizing it (worry thoughts and dealing with unsettling symptoms could provoke your body to produce more adrenaline) - one way the body expells adrenaline is through the stomach, would could produce diarrhea, a feeling of not being hungry, or nausea.

Adrenaline can also make you feel jittery - even if you have reduced your caffeine intake. Aspertame for some people can also make them feel jittery.

Also, if you are feeling light-headed, for some people that can make them feel nauseous.

You may want to try something like ginger snap cookies (the hard kind, not the soft kind) or Peppermint Lifesavers to help your stomach feel less queasy. Some people find Coke helps. You also may want to try taking something like Pepto-Bismal to see if that helps. Of course, always check with your doctor first!

I have found that for my vertiginous symptoms, my body sometimes will feel shakey - sometimes I attribute that to my symptoms (when my balance is off really bad some times I will shake and I consider this more of an imbalance issue than being nervous), and sometimes I think this is just plain old
anxiety.

I'm not a doctor, but I think some of the things you are dealing with may be considered normal. For instance, cracking ears when a person swallows is something that most people experience. It was explained to me that when you swallow, air moves through the tubes that connect the ear to the throat. The crackling sound is the air.

I know that one reason for ear ringing is caused by congestion (fluid or stuffiness on the ear). Most times, if you just have a ring in the ear that clears up after a few minutes, it's nothing to worry about.

You may want to have your sinuses checked to make sure you don't have a sinus infection. Sinus infections or congestion can make you feel lightheaded, dizzy and have pressure. So can allergies. You may want to see about taking and over-the-counter antihistamine to see if that relieves any of your symptoms.

You will receive a lot of great advice, support, and encouragement here. Let your doctor know that your symptoms are causing you anxiety and that you want to investigate possible causes for why you have them.

Take care. xo

 
Old 03-14-2005, 07:26 AM   #5
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Re: Lightheaded, queasy stomach, brain fog....

Thanks very much for the replies everyone, it really does help.

Wowwwweeee, your explanation about the release of adrenaline, and how that can effect the body (nausea, irritable bowels etc) is exactly how I feel, and sort of the sequence of things. I get this really shakey feeling (like a huge adrenaline rush) then I feel lightheaded, (and sometimes get that facial numbness) then I get the stomach upset and bowel issues. I'm also menopausal, which I understand can increase anxiety. I'm 44 years old, and have never really had a problem with anxiety until about 6 months ago.

I have always had problems with my sinuses and am going to see my ENT soon. My GP also mentioned the possibility of migraine issues, I never realized you can have migraines without headaches! I'm seeing my GP tomorrow to go over the MRI report, and will ask about seeing a neurologist.

When I mentioned the "thumping sound" my GP said that was most likely due to some fluid in my ear, which led me to this board.

It seems difficult to pinpoint what is causing this variety of symptoms, I've eliminated almost all caffiene, eat a diet low in sugar and salt, exercise every day (unless I'm feeling lightheaded), take vitamins, drink a lot of water, etc...so I feel like I'm doing everything in my power to be healthy....but it gets discouraging when I continue to cycle through these symptoms and feel bad.

Thanks for listening!
Wink.

 
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Wink,

Anxiety CAN play a very large part in adding to symptoms. Of course, it's always a good idea to rule out symptoms to make sure it's just not only anxiety.

Many people with imbalance disorders or sensations (like your lightheadedness) do usually experience anxiety on some level along with their symptoms.

You may want to try to alleviate some of the anxiety you're having, so that you can better deal emotionally with your physical symptoms. You may find this old post of mine helpful:

http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=165771

It's listed under the Information Archive on the top of this Inner Ear forum.

Another thought: if you're experiencing some pre or menopausal symptoms, this can be a challenging time for many women due to the shift and changes the body goes through, which can include migraine issues, anxiety issues, hormonal fluctuations, and other changes that can be distressing. You may want to talk to your OB-GYN about your symptoms.

I have been diagnosed with a condtion called Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV). Migraine literally means "poor blood flow", even though most people think of migraine with the word headache. MAV is a condition where the arteries in the base of the brain go into spasm, causing feelings of wooziness, imbalance, dizziness, etc. It may or may not be accompanied by a headache. There isn't a specific test for this condition, but rather a ruling out of other things that could be causing symptoms. MAV can mimic other inner ear problems, but a few key signs of MAV is that the wooziness get worse around 1 or 2 weeks before your monthly cycle, symptoms fluctuate (and some days you may not have any symptoms or very little), migrainal medication alleviates the symptoms. For some people, MAV can be impacted by things like anxiety/stress, certain foods, weather (environment), and illness to name a few.

I get very good relief by taking 1 or 2 plain 500 mg aspirin, mixed with a teaspoon or two (one to start) of Children's Liquid Benedryl Antihistamine, another indicator of MAV since symptoms can be alleviated from some people in this manner. Other people need a stronger medication for that, and in the past I have been on Amitritpyline - my symptoms completely disappeared within three days - but due to side effects, I needed to discontinue.

I understand completely how you are feeling. I've been dealing with my symptoms for almost ten years. My advice is not to stop doing the things you enjoy doing (when you can do them), and discuss with your doctor the option of seeing some specialists if your symptoms continue.
You may want to consider to start:

A neurologist (to discuss migraine issues and rule out anything else that could be causing your symptoms from a neurological point of view).
An ENT (to get a good examination of your ears and sinuses to rule out infection).
An allergest (to rule out allergies).

Down the road:
A neuro-otologist, who specializes in inner ear disorders on a deeper level than an ENT.
A cardiologist, to ensure that your lightheadedness is not heart related.

Just some thoughts. xo

 
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