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Old 01-03-2007, 10:33 AM   #1
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Question Light headed for two years


I have been light headed for a couple years. It is not the typical vertigo. There is no spinning or movement. It seems to get real bad when I enter a new environment. Entering a mall or restaurant is the worst. The feeling is off balance/the feeling if you get up too fast. I went to my doctor who is convinced it is an inner ear problem. He sent me to the ENT Doctor and he put me through the entire test and said it was not vertigo. Checked my hearing and did several tests. He was very thorough. He could not find anything.

I then visited a neurologist. She scheduled me for CAT scan, MRI, MRI with the I.V. and an EEG test. All were negative. I then visited Cardiologist. He did three tests; treadmill, 24 hour heart monitor and echo gram. He said I was in excellent condition. Although my blood pressure was high140/90

Back to my doctor who said it is an inner ear problem. He asked me to try valium. I was hesitant. But he said it would help. I have been taking 2m 3 times a day and I am much better. I tried to slowly stop taking the valium and the condition came right back.

I am good physical condition and hate taking these pills. Any help would be appreciated

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Old 01-03-2007, 11:44 AM   #2
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Re: Light headed for two years

I am wondering do you suffer from any type of stress/or anxiety? As this was one thought that came to mind.. And also do you have any other symptoms? Such as headaches which could be migraine, or jaw problems which could be TMJ Disorder~Tmj is often mistaken for inner ear disorders..
You mentioned your BP was high.. Did your Dr. mentioned to you that your BP could be the problem as well as treatment to help lower your BP?

Old 01-03-2007, 02:02 PM   #3
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Thank you for the reply. He wants to wait on the BP medications. Were are trying diet and exercise. They all said I am borderline. Just weird why the valium works so well. Stress is an issue. Doctor said I was a candidate for high stress and anxiety. No headaches. High stress job and large family. But, spend two hours a day in the gym. I will ask about the jaw.

Thank you

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Re: Light headed for two years

I have info that may be of interest to you. It is possible you are a "hidden hyperventilater", that is, you are blowing off too much carbon dioxide and do not realize it is happening.

Our body needs a balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in order for the red carpusles to release oxygen to the vital organs.

It took 10 years to find a doctor who knew what was causing my vertigo like condition. Three internists, 2 cardiologist, and a ear/nose/throat specialist did not know the cause. I was put thru the same tests you have had. I finally went to Dr. Kapalan, a Nobel Prize Winner hypertension specialist at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Kaplan recognised the problem immediately and the prescription was to rebreathe in a paper sack 5 minutes every hour. I did that for 3 months and then reduced number of times per day, then did not need the sack. This lowered my BP which had reached almost stroke territory before being diagnosed properly.

For unknown reasons our breathing can get off track and it takes a long time to get it back on track. I used a 3"-4" plastic tube from candy about 1" across and taped a paper lunch sack to one end. To use press nostrils closed and rebreathe in and out of the sack. DO NOT USE A PLASTIC BAG, you will suffocate.

When our vital organs are deprived of oxygen they cannot function well and the oxygen deprivation causes the symptoms including higher bloodpressure. The deprivation also causes anxiety. It is not anxiety causing the problem like so many doctors tell you.

Learn all you can about hidden hyperventilation and hyperventilation.

Hope this is help for you.

I am not a medical professional, speaking from personal experience only.

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You are very welcome..
I asked about the anxiety/stress first because I am an anxiety suffer for many years and what you described is a very classic and common symptom of anxiety/panic disorder. Mostly that you mentioned you feel this way in public places.. Now Valium is used to treat many things, But is mostly helpful in anxiety disorders as well as used to treat the onset of inner ear disorders by slowing down the signals to the brain as well as 'The Nervous" system.
That is why the Valium may be helping you so well.
Now usually with an inner ear disorder you will have some sort of "true" vertigo meaning spinning at some point if your ENT has put you through all the proper test and has determined it's not inner ear then it's safe to say it's not. I am wondering did you have the rotated chair test done at some point to rule this out? Now migraine can cause symptoms without having a headache and that is why I mentioned the migraine to you as well as TMJ disorder. Most anxiety and high stress people including myself tend to clench our jaws when under stress. This in turn can cause problems related to TMJ and "one" major symptom I myself has had is ear pain on occasion and lightheadedness, being that the jaw is so close to the ear, problems with
balance can begin to occur. I thought that theory was worth mentioning.
Now Getting back to the anxiety, I usually post on the anxiety board but happen to see your post here which caught my eye. I wrote a whole topic on "Anxiety" and Dizziness/Lightheadedness that I was amazed at how many others suffer from this as well. I am going to forward this post to you in this thread so you can read what I wrote and see if perhaps this applies to you as well. I hope you find it helpful as well as perhaps useful in getting to the bottom of why you have been feeling like this for so long with no real answers. If you get a chance go to the anxiety board at healthboards
and look around you may be surprised at how stress and anxiety can come out in the strangest ways! Some of us walk around with so much anxiety and stress and don't even know that, that is what they are suffering from.. They are just having symptoms that are not related to any "illness" other then plain old "anxiety". You may look up other post from me as well there that may be helpful as well. Okay so here is the post on Dizziness~~

OKAY so now the big question "can anxiety really make me feel dizzy" The ANSWER is yes, Doctors have known for many years that psychological disorders, such as anxiety, can cause symptoms of dizziness and imbalance. This type of dizziness was given the nonspecific name of psychogenic dizziness. Here is what I have learned through my years of struggles with anxiety related dizziness, and believe me I research and research and ask my therapist to explain it over and over again..
What disorders are associated with psychogenic dizziness a question all of us on this board commonly ask, well the truth is Several studies point to a specific set of disorders that can cause symptoms of dizziness and imbalance. All these disorders are in the anxiety disorder family and include panic attacks, certain phobias, and chronic anxiety disorders.
What symptoms are the symptoms? How does your dizziness feel? Another question we all ask on this board, the answer is Psychogenic dizziness will present with a variety of symptoms including lightheadedness, feeling heavy headed, feeling a pressure sensation in the head, feeling far away or detached from the environment, feeling like they are going to fall, and sometimes even the feeling as if you are going to faint.
Can something else be causing my dizziness? Another question that floats around here as well. And the answer is yes, inner ear disorders are the most common reasons for dizziness, In fact inner ear problems that have completely resolved but the symptoms still persist, despite the resolution of the inner ear disorder can happen. In this case I was told and found VERY interesting is that it appears the inner ear disorder triggered an anxiety, panic, or phobic state. In this situation, the psychological disorder perpetuates the dizziness, despite the fact that the underlying inner ear disorder has resolved. How interesting is that!!! I couldn't believe that when I was told by my Doctor.
Well I never had a ear infection or disorder, so what else could it be? Another question that goes through our minds.. The answer is there are several physical disorders that can present with symptoms similar to those experienced with psychogenic dizziness. Some of these conditions included anemia, thyroid disorders, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disorders, hormonal disorders.. Just to name a few. But keep in mind these disorders present many other serious symptoms and NOT JUST dizziness. Anxiety Disorder can come out in us in so many ways not just dizziness, and I think it should be know that the mind is a powerful weapon and sometimes when we suffer from this condition we tend too become so sensitive to what we feel .... I know that's how it is for myself!! I hope this post helps, any thoughts or questions let me know! Boxerlover
(SORRY for the long post) Just thought this was worth including!!

Old 01-18-2007, 08:57 PM   #6
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Thank you again. Back to the doctor today and he agrees with you and feels I may be suffering from some sort of panic attacks. The only time I feel 100% is when I am running or exercise very hard. I am going to start taking 10mg of lexapro starting today. I am doing a follow-up with the ENT next week.

I was convinced it was Acoustic Neuroma or something dealing with the 8th nerve. He told me any tumor would have been seen on the MRI. I had two and the CT scan. If something was there, I would hope they would see it.

Thank you again,

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