I am hoping that you all can give me some advice. For the last few days I have been feeling like I'm bobbing up and down in the ocean. Mostly when I am standing and walking. If I lay down I am okay. Also I feel very disconnected. It's hard to focus or concentrate. Do you all think this could be an inner ear problem? Anyone have similar symptoms?
It does sound like and inner ear problem.
I am not a doctor.
I would see your doctor immediately, ask him to do a caloric ear test to help determine if the inner ear is your problem.
Also try to get an MRI.
I have found that you really have to be aggressive and almost manage your own case.
Sorry my first reply was abrupt.
There are actually other things than can make you feel dizzy.
Not all of them bad.
Also ask your doctor about a possible thyroid problem.
As I said, I am not a doctor but do see your doctor as soon as possible and try to be as accurate as possible in describing your symptoms.
Did this feeling come on suddenly? Was there any vertigo (a feeling of of the room spinning or you spinning), or just the bobbing feeling. I have inner ear problems and that bobbing feeling is what I would feel, especially when walking. I almost felt like I was walking on the moon. Go see your doctor. They will probably try to rule out other issues, and then go see an ENT so they can do a caloric test (test your vestibular system).
Thanks for your replies! The bobbing feeling came on sort of gradually. At first I would only notice it when I was working out on my treadmill in the morning. A few moments of bobbing and then I would be fine. But for the last few days it has been almost constant. I had no feelings that I or anything else was spinning, just the up and down motion. Almost like gravity is pushing on my head and the letting go. I sort of have a heavy feeling in my head as well. And I have been feeling a bit of a stiff neck, not sure if that is because all I have been doing is laying down though. I have an appointment to see a doctor tomorrow but I'm not very hopeful that he will be able to give me any answers. I will try to get him to refer me to an ENT. Can a regular doctor do the caloric test? Any specific things or questions I should ask him?
Hi there I am just wondering if you are experiencing any of the symptoms that I am suffering at the moment. This has been going on for weeks now (I really hope you are OK now and that your dizzyness has gone) I find it really hard to describe what I am feeling but here goes! - I feel as if I am on a boat (as you described) which is gently swaying all of the time, but every so often during the day I get a sort of surge - this almost feels as if something is scraping around the inside of my head (very bizarre feeling) when this happens I have to grab onto something as I feel as if I am going to fall over. I am also experiencing a feeling of pressure in my head, and I can hear my heart beat in my ears (like a pulsating sound), I know it sounds silly but even my teeth feel as if they are pulsating. If I am honest I have had these feelings on and off for about 15 years, but this last episode has been the worse one yet. In the past I have had CT scans, blood tests etc and the docs have always found no definate diagnosis and have always said it could be stress related - because of this I have just tried to put up with it. This time however, I cant put up with it, I feel quite anxious and panicky now, and am losing confidence when driving in case one of these 'surges' come on. I have read some other messages on this site and feel relieved that many other people seem to be suffering with the same things (I am not the only one) one condition mentioned was Eustachian Tube Dysfunction - I am going to check this out for more info. I hope you are feeling better, and that all my blurb has helped. My Doc has referred me to ENT so will have to see what happens when I get my appointment through.
I went to the doc yesterday and she gave me an exam and said that everything looked fine. I asked her what she thought about this being an inner ear problem and she said that she didn't think so--that she would have "seen something" when she looked in my ears. Is that true? I am still feeling the bobbing feeling, maybe not quite as much, or maybe I'm just getting used to it? Since I do have a stiff/sore neck she gave me some motrin and muscle relaxers to see if that would help. I took the motrin all day yesterday and it did help with my neck but not the funny head feeling. I took the muscle relaxer last night before I went to bed. I slept really good but this morning I am still "dizzy". I seem to feel better when I am outside, not sure why that would be. Anyway, I go back to see the dr on Friday for a follow-up. Should I be pushing for a referral to an ENT?
"seen something" when she looked in my ears. Is that true??
No that is not true. I have had Menieres Disease, an inner ear disorder for 20 something years and to determine a true inner ear disorder you have to do more than look in someones ear. If she was looking for an inner ear infection, sure..she would see the fluid behind the ear drum. There are a lot of inner ear disorder that take much more tests..If you can find a doctor called an Otoneurotologist--ear/neurology is the speciality.
I hope you find answers!
Jus to second what was has been said above. The dr would not have seen something on looking in your ears. You can't see the inner ear by looking in to the ear, and it sounds like what you have is an inner ear disorder.
How much an ENT knows about the inner ear depends on how interested they are in it. It isn't their speciality they are specialists in the outer and middle ear, nose and throat. I was misdiagnosed with anxiety by two ENTs. THe real specialists in the inner ear are, as the above poster says, neurotologists - aka - otoneurologists. Neurotologists can be hard to find but they do exist.