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Old 02-18-2008, 05:38 PM   #1
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I feel off balance when my eyes get tired

I feel off balance when my eyes get tired. I have had this going on for about the past 3 years and have not yet figured out what it is. I have had a eye exams, mri of head, blood work. I cannot figure out what is wrong with me. I wake up feeling pretty good, but it does not take long for my eyes to start getting tired. I then get this fog over me and my head feels really strange. I then feel like I am off balance or something. I do not know what to do anymore. Everyone around me thinks I am crazy. If I am standing outside and it is bright outside that really bothers my eyes and makes me feel all cloudy and I have to squint my eyes. When talking to people they can notice that my eyes get like this cloudy look to them, almost like a teary look. They become very tired in and around my eyes which will sometimes give me headaches when the pain is too much too handle. I do not know what to do. Somedays I almost go symptom free and other days and weeks at a time I have all these bad symptoms. I was thinking maybe go see an ear nose throat doctor next. If anyone can help out please do. Thanks.

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Old 02-18-2008, 07:47 PM   #2
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Re: I feel off balance when my eyes get tired

Hey there,
You definitely could have an inner ear issue. Not all inner ear (vestibular) problems manifest as "spinning" or true vertigo. I started off with some actual vertigo which then morphed into brain fog/off balance feeling and especially the "tired eyes". Others on this board have experienced visual symptoms as well. Best thing to do is to go to a neurotologist as they are experts in this area...don't waste any more time with your primary care doctor or even an otolaryngologist (ENT) as they don't know enough about this topic. Good luck!

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Old 02-19-2008, 08:06 AM   #3
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Re: I feel off balance when my eyes get tired

You may want to check out a neuro-otlogist. It could be migraine-related or otherwise related to the vestibular system. I see you're from Edison. At JFK Neuroscience Institute they have specialists in this field that have good reputations. The eyes and vestibular system are very closely related and if your eyes have been ruled out its worth looking at other related systems, especially since your balance is affected. The doc I saw at JFK was actually a neuro-opthomologist, which could be perfect for you. Good luck!
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:58 PM   #4
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Re: I feel off balance when my eyes get tired

I will look into seeing a specialist. Some days are better than others, but today has been a bad day. I woke up feeling pretty good, but around 1pm my eyes started feeling very tired and than I got a bad migraine. Once this happens I totally feel off balance/vertigo real bad. This has been going on for a long time and I just want to figure out what to do for it. Thanks for your help. Any other ideas keep me posted.

 
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