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    Old 09-20-2003, 03:15 AM   #1
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    Unhappy Constant Dizziness-Anxiety

    Hello. I'm now desperate for information from others who are going through what I've been going through for several months now.
    I have a feeling of disequilibrium constantly. (not vertigo, its more a feeling of imbalance or being pushed in a direction). I get headaches, ringing in ears, out of body feelings, tingling, panic attacks, fear I have a brain tumour.
    Just had an MRI scan, haven't got results yet, am going a bit crazy.
    I've seen an ear specialist (he ordered the MRI). My doctor is convinced its all anxiety, my chiro is convinced its the nerves in my neck, my ear specialist is convinced its inner ear - ARGHH.
    I've also had ECG's, ultrasounds, chest xrays, breathing tests, blood tests.
    I've had ear and headache problems for 3 years now, and I had 1st panic attack around same time. Since then, anxiety has got much worse. In the last 2 months I've had 3 panic attacks with racing heartbeat (before this it was just like general anxiety).
    Is there anyone out there who can empathise with me, it helps sooo much to hear my problems may not be fatal, and especially that I'm not alone and going insane.

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    Old 09-20-2003, 04:07 AM   #2
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    Hi! Anxiety will give you all the symtoms you are experiencing. The more you fret and worry and feel fearful the more the adrenalin keeps pumping out the same symtoms. Anxiety effects everything. Your body is responding to fear. I hear alot of fear in your post. Who wouldnt' be fearful with what you are experiencing. However the fear is the culprit. Especially since you have medical consultations that have said that also. The book "Hope and Help with your nerves" by Dr. Claire Weekes will be life changing for you. Please take the time and go to the library or purchase it. It will become your main companion and see you through this. You will get to understand what is happening to you. Blessings!

    Old 09-20-2003, 06:49 AM   #3
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    I was told the same thing by my Chiropractor.
    I told him that when my neck and shoulders are bothering me, that I feel more hyper.
    He told me that for people with panic disorder having neck or shoulder problems does seem to make them a little more "antsy".
    When I go to him and get adjusted it does seem to take that hyper feeling away...who knows...I have OCD..maybe it works because he told me it would.

    As for the ear Doctor, I was having problems with being dizzy and feeling like my head, ear and neck were so full that they'd explode.
    I went to an ENT and he told me I have something called....ETD...sorry I can't spell the first word, but the T is for Tube and the D is for Disfuntion.
    From what I understand it's the tube in my inner ear and it doesn't work the way it's supposed to.
    It will let fluid in, but won't let it back out, so that's what causes the fullness and dizzness.
    Once I found out about my ear and took care of it, the dizzy feeling come only very rarly now.
    Ask the ENT about it, might be worth a shot.

    Old 09-21-2003, 11:34 PM   #4
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    I can empathize! I've had chronic sinusitis for years, several infections the past year, taking antibiotics which haven't helped much. I havey facial pain and tingling, headaches, vertigo, ears are stuffed, teeth hurt, head feels very full with pressure - most of the time it's a pulsing and weird sort of feeling, pressure and tender spots on scalp, neck hurts, and blurred vision. X-rays showed infection, and I just finished another round of antibiotics. Not much improvement, and I really don't want to rely on antibiotics because of the risk of reduced immunity to infections. Here's the thing: In addition to sinusitis, the tests showed mild arthritis in neck; I know that I clench my teeth at night, AND I have high anxiety. Well, all of these issues are inter-connected and it's confusing knowing what compounds what. There are days when I'm certain that it's one particular thing causing the others, then I'll decide it's something else; more than anything, I worry about serious diseases and such, as I'm an obsessive worrier. It sure is frustrating.

    You're certainly not alone - it's amazing how many people are dealing with all these kinds of symptoms; there are several boards here full of posts that have a common thread of stress and anxiety and worry.

    Feel free to post and we can compare symptoms.
    Would like to go from this to this

    Peace ~

    Old 09-22-2003, 12:56 AM   #5
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    Dizzy, lightheaded, spaced out feeling! That's me Well when I first had anxiety start last year I couldn't leave the house for 4 weeks due to dizzy spells.

    I've just been going through a couple of weeks of dizzyness and spaced out feelings again. My legs and bdy seem to go heavy like lead

    Anyway, all your symptoms are common, I've had manu of them including inner ear symptoms such as muffled hearing and ringing.

    The important thing is to rule out the physical illnesses then the big step is accepting that this is is being caused by the mind! I was terrible last year, thought I had everything from tumors to crohns. Now I accept my symptoms, doesn't mean I never worry, I just try and put things in proportion... good luck

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    Old 09-24-2003, 01:53 AM   #6
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    Firstly, to you guys out there in the big wide world that took the time to reply to my post, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I've got my MRI results, and GUESS WHAT!! Normal!! Hoorah! That's eased my mind so much as well as reading your replies.
    Still feel dizzy though, so off to ear specialist tomorrow to get more clues or to narrow down further.
    To Wildflowers, thanks for your advice, as soon as I cancel out ear dramas, I will definitely get that book by Claire Weekes. Thankyou.
    To Graciecat, I'm glad the ear specialist helped you, I am hoping that's my problem. What did you do to take care of this?
    To PW47: I hope you can get through your sinisitus dramas, there's nothing worse. I would love to go to all smiley faces and I will!!!! I've been checked for sinis problem and apparently I have none. Have you tried relaxation to stop clenching your teeth - this would be causing a lot of your problems, I clench as well, I think if you try to attack the stress issue then maybe other things will come good. Keep me informed as to what's happening.
    To Chriscwharris: Isn't it amazing what the mind does to you. Sounds like you are dealing with it though, good luck.

    Take care all of you, let me know how you are going, and good luck, remember, like I keep telling myself, life is a gift, treasure it, some of us have to try a bit harder to keep on top of things but so be it.


    Old 09-24-2003, 06:17 AM   #7
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    The ENT gave me decongestion medication, even though I told him that I had problems in the past with it.
    He then suggested a tube in my ear to help the fluid drain, but have a allergic reactions to certain kinds of plastics, so that wasn't an option for me.

    So I went to the "Inner Ear Disorders" board here and asked if anyone else had this problem and if they had found any natural way to get rid of it.
    Someone responded and told me that they had the same problem with decongestion medication and that their ENT told them to go to the drug store and get saline nose drops.
    It's non-medicated and you can buy it over the counter.
    The label said that since it's only saline you can use it as often as you need it.
    It costs less than $5.
    So I talked to my family Doctor about it, and he said for me to give it a try, that it might very well work, and it does.

    I didn't buy drops, I bought spray.
    You spray it twice in each nostril, then hold your nose shut and blow...very gently...I hear a sort of squishy noise and my ears are unclogged.
    It also helps to unclog my sinuses.

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