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Old 03-14-2008, 07:35 AM   #1
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Unhappy Dizziness a Feeling Sensation of Dropping or falling

Hi, I am new and I saw some other people who seem to have some of my symptoms. I have TMJ and I can make my jaw pop on a dime. I have very tired and dry eyes. I have neck pain and soreness. Sometimes headaches and jaw aches. My ears feel soo full I am constantly swallowing to clear it all day long. I think the most annoying part of this for me is the dizziness or sensation of falling or dropping like on a elevator. lasts about 2-3 secs. And leaves me anxious and wondering what the heck just happened. I saw a neurologist last summer 2007. He did an MRI and said things looks normal. As far as dizziness goes. Left me unconclusive as to what to do next. I think the Doc dismayed me as having anxiety however; this happens when I am relaxed or even tired not having anxiety at all...

I have pain behind my eyes feels like my eyes are connected to a string and someone is pulling them back into my head...Very annoying. Does anyone else have this and what do I do for some relief or should i see more docs. I feel here in west palm beach not many docs are familiar with this and blow me off....this is soo frustrating and annoying...If anyone could help me please let me know..

I also get very lightheadness upon standing almost to the point of needing to hold onto a wall for 7secs and the it goes away. I have had my blood work doen almost 5 times last year never saw anything in that. Blood pressure is always perfect...and I have had a Tilt Table test done twice!!! Could my dizziness and lighheadness upon standing be do to my TMJ and neck?

Please help me...

 
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:00 AM   #2
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Re: Dizziness a Feeling Sensation of Dropping or falling

Have you ever been to a tmj dentist? If I am not mistaken there is supposedly a very good dental university in northern Florida that deals with tmj and myofacial pain syndrome. The dizziness and lightheaded feeling can defintely be related to tmj/neck problems.

Several years ago after having some major dental reconstruction I experienced symptoms such as you describe but they subsided after a year or so - I went to several various medical drs and no one ever found anything abnormal. When some of my dental work got replaced several years later I slowly noticed more things going on and then finally went into a dental distress meltdown and then started getting facial/tongue spasm which still persist today - so its important to have this looked into before it gets much worse.

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Old 03-14-2008, 08:08 AM   #3
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Re: Dizziness a Feeling Sensation of Dropping or falling

thank you so much thelma for your advice...to make things worse I just got denied health insurance do to unconclusive dizziness...This is what I mean...No one can figure my dizziness out...Now I am on to looking into another insurance company.

 
Old 03-15-2008, 04:11 PM   #4
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Re: Dizziness a Feeling Sensation of Dropping or falling

Hi Laurin1,
I can pretty much match you symptom for symptom. I remember having a couple of panic attacks early on thinking "what is happening to me". I get the lightheaded / off balance feeling - its not vertigo, more like a wooziness. I also have had the sudden dropping feeling though less often now.

From what I've read / learned the dizziness is either due to dysfunction (trigger points, spasm) in the muscles that help position our head and orient us in space or due to the muscles close to the ear (jaw sits close here) being in spasm / dysfunction. The TMJ being off / bite imbalanced can cause all this muscle dysfunction or vice versa. Some of the key muscles to investigate are the splenius (back of neck) and sternocleidomastoid (side of neck). An oral splint as well as other alternative therapies can help balance your bite and help alleviate the muscle dysfunction. Be forewarned though, splint therapy and TMJ treatment in general seems more Art than Science. I'm on my second splint which I feel is less effective than my first splint in some regards. Each dentist claims it puts my jaw in the perfect position bite, but they are radically different from each other. Be meticulous in choosing your dentist - others on this board have given good advice as to how to evaluate your dentist.

I hate TMJ - it has set my life back... though I am in a better place than a year ago.

G'luck,
Loudawg.

 
Old 03-21-2008, 01:08 PM   #5
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Re: Dizziness a Feeling Sensation of Dropping or falling

Laurin & all,
I don't think I have TMJ...not sure. But I do have ...what I call...brain poofs...where I have the sensation in the middle of my brain that something was just released.(Maybe it's the same as your falling sensation.) It lasts for several seconds, but the first one I had turned my vision gray. It scared me so bad, I shook for 10 minutes. My husband took me to the ER where they did all of the necessary tests...MRI, EKG, bloodwork, etc. Nothing was found. I usually have a "spell" every few months. It leaves me feeling tired, a little nauseous, eyes burn...kind of feel week and want to go to sleep. Some people I talk to think it's TIA's...but the ER Doc said I'm fine. It's certainly a little unnerving...I'm afraid some day I'll just pass out with a stroke or something. Any thoughts?

Peg

 
Old 04-02-2008, 04:34 PM   #6
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Re: Dizziness a Feeling Sensation of Dropping or falling

RigginPD and Laurin,
Have you met with an ENT or Neurotologist? Sounds too familiar to me; I have positional vertigo. Even if you're issue isn't entirely due to head position, you could be getting secondary issues with your inner ear.

I have TMJ and although my ENT doesn't see the correlation, I do have both (TMJ and inner ear probs) and both on my left side.

The tilt table test or rotary chair test didn't show anything early on. It took awhile for my symptoms to be full on and now if I so much as lay back, I'll have a spin and show nystagmus.

Maybe check with an ear specialist to see if you have inner ear nerve or structural damage. A VNG test shows nerve damage, a CT scan shows structural.

g'luck
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:22 PM   #7
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Re: Dizziness a Feeling Sensation of Dropping or falling

(I was scrolling down to the R's and saw mention of dizziness)

To those who can't find a inner ear problem or any other reason for their dizziness, has anyone checked your cerebral blood flow? When we stand gravity naturally pulls our blood downwards, usually the body can compensate. Sometimes, if you get up too quickly for example, you'll get lightheaded or dizzy - maybe because of blood pressure dropping and/or just decreased blood flow to the brain.

It results in symptoms of dizziness, lightheadedness, ringing ears, blurred vision or black/grey/white outs, falling or complete fainting.

Just a bit of information if anyone feels lost/confused or like their doctors aren't listening.

 
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