Help explain my symptoms
This is my first post and I am sorry that it is so long, but the way I am feeling is starting to drive me crazy!
I've had 5 episodes over the past 7 months where I feel absolutely terrible. These episodes usually last a few days to a week and the symptoms are always the same, but the intensity of the symptoms vary.
I wondering if this can be an indication of an inner ear problem?
It always starts out the same and at this point, I know when an episode is about to happen...
I start feeling a little dizzy, not like I am going to pass out but unstable, sort of like being slightly intoxicated. After the dizziness starts, my stomach starts acting up, noisy and gassy. The next morning I wake up feeling terrible. The dizziness intensifies and gets worse when I move my head. Nausea and Diarrhea set in and the intensity of each of these varies.
By the second day, the Diarrhea is usually gone or subsiding. What remains over the next couple of days is the Dizziness and upset stomach. (Not much of an appetite during this time). I usually end up spending a couple of days in bed because of the dizziness. If I feel well enough, I will work from home, but I usually end up having to take at least 1 sick day. By the end of the episode, the dizziness goes away and I start to feel well again.
I've seen my GP a couple of times regarding this. At first he thought it was some sort of stomach virus, then he thought I might be having an intolerance to something I ate, so I started a food log to keep track of what I was eating and cut dairy out of my diet.
My last episode began on Tuesday evening and nothing that I've eaten points to a food intolerance. My GP now has me coming in on Monday for blood tests and after we get back the results, if all is well, he is referring me to a Gastroenterology Specialist.
If anyone else has experienced anything similar, or if you have any thoughts or opinions, please let me know.
Thanks for listening!