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Old 11-07-2013, 06:19 AM   #16
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Re: Depersonalisation & depression caused by inner ear problem

My depression from it eventually got really bad, so I went to see a psychiatrist for medicine and he put me on a low dose of Lexapro. It immediately helped my mood, I didn't have horrible mood swings and anxiety after. The depersonalization is still here though, I think it's something that will go away in time, I hope it does. But the medicine helped so much just with my mood.

 
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:00 PM   #17
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Re: Depersonalisation & depression caused by inner ear problem

Hi Kimberley,
I have been having problems since March 2012 with inner ear damage. I thought this summer that I was better but hit badly again in September while out grocery shopping. I felt like I was going to die or pass out. It felt like I was in a bad dream and could not get out. Did you ever experience anything like that? I think it might be the depersonalization and dreamy feeling but with anxiety added to it. I'm not so scared to go outside and forget about driving. I have a panic attack almost thinking about driving. I am so depressed and have major anxiety. It's so frustrating because I loved driving and would never have thought twice about getting into the car and driving somewhere. Can you please tell me if you think the anti-depressant seemed to help with the depersonalization and dreamy feelings? I really need to compensate but I feel the anxiety is keeping me from healing fully. Oh, did you feel like your head had a band around it or anything like that? About 90% of the time I feel like my head has pressure or a banding feeling above my ears. Any information would be appreciated.
Thank you and I'm happy to hear you are feeling better. I have an appointment with my inner ear doctor this Friday and am hoping he can help me out. I think I am going to ask about anti-depressants too.
Thanks again!
Nicole

 
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:20 PM   #18
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Re: Depersonalisation & depression caused by inner ear problem

Hi Manybikes,
I too am having problems from inner ear damage. Told I had vestibular neuritis last May 2012 and thought I was getting a lot better over this summer until end of September I thought I was going to pass out or die. Felt like I was in a very bad dream and couldn't wake up. Ever since then I have not driven anywhere and have major anxiety and am afraid to go outside by myself. I wanted to ask if you can tell me when your depersonalization went away? Like, how long do you feel it lasted?
Thank you!!

 
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:25 PM   #19
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Re: Depersonalisation & depression caused by inner ear problem

Hi Manybikes,
May I ask what inner ear problem you had and how long it carried on for you? I was feeling better last summer 2013 with little dizzies and only a few moments of feeling the derealization. Unfortunately, back in September, I felt really uneasy and like I was in a dream. It was like my brain was in a bad dream or coma that it could not break out of. I've had this happen about 8 times since. Did you ever feel that bad with the dreamy/derealization? I just don't understand why it's bothering me so bad now. I also am getting dizzies in stores again and last year I felt ok there.

Please let me know how long you dealt with this and how long the derealzation/depersonalization went on until it faded away completely? I am so depressed and now agoraphobic because I'm afraid to feel this way. I am afraid to do anything in fear of passing out. I feel so uncomfortable outside at nighttime. Very disoriented and unreal and scary. Please let me know how you are and if there is anything I can do to speed up recovery. My caloric testing of the ENG showed 25% unilateral weakness but the inner ear doctor I saw in Dec 2013, just told me that isn't too bad and that I have migraine associated vertigo.
Anyway, I hope you're still doing well. I appreciate any advice and answers.
Thanks and take care,
Nicole
PS-Do you think antidepressant would help me with my anxiety and depression from all this?

 
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:36 PM   #20
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Re: Depersonalisation & depression caused by inner ear problem

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I know what you are going through.
Keep in mind my opinion is not professional (I am not a Dr.)

Once one or both of your inner ears malfunction you very quickly realize just how important these tiny little organs are. You only have to read a few of the posts here to realize that.
They give your brain information on body position, orientation, acceleration etc.
This allows your brain the freedom to tend to other functions like, learning, emotion, work and a thousand other things.
Once the signals from the inner ears stop or start to malfunction your brain is forced to deal with the task of compensating for this loss of reliable information. Walking upright in a straight line is not so simple anymore and you soon realize how much brain power it really takes to do that.
Your brain is now forced to take on additional very hard work that it never really had to do before.
This extra work load can cause mental overload and fatigue.
Add to this you are now scared, worried and anxious as you wait for various tests and their results.

All of this can really wear you down and you end up in an emotional rodeo.
What you are feeling right now seems to be a very common side effect of inner ear function gone wrong.

I know it's not real pro advice or analysis but I have been there and done that.
Your strange feelings of detachment, brain fog, depression etc. will pass.
Hi Manybikes,
I want to ask how long you were ill with this inner ear stuff. I was told I had 25% unilateral weakness in my left ear in May 2012. Then I felt that I was getting better last summer, only to have more problems, this time with the derealization, scary feeling, just like kimberly said above. How long did it take for yours to totally go away? Did you have any vestibular loss?
Thank you,
Nicole

 
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:08 AM   #21
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Re: Depersonalisation & depression caused by inner ear problem

Hi Kimberly,
Can you please let me know how the medicine helped you? Do you feel that the derealization was being caused from the anxiety? I notice that when I'm nervous I feel the derealization more and feel shaky and unable to focus well. Did you feel that way at all?
Thank you for any advice you can give. I'm seeing a neuro-otologist and have a follow up appt November 14th. He has me on klonopin and phenergan now. He said if I'm still having problems when I come back to see him, he will look into a different medicine. I am going to ask about Prozac too.
I just really want to know if the derealization has gone and how long you were ill from this inner ear problem.
Thank you!
Nicole

 
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