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  • Posted By: eckerdj
  • November 3, 2006
  • 11:44 PM

This dizziness has been going on and off for a full year. When it comes, it usually last a full day every day. No other symptoms seem to occur. I feel drowsy and lightheaded. To tell you what it mainly feels like, imagine waking up from a nap when you have the flu. Do you ever feel dizzy or lightheaded. Does it feel like you're still sleeping, but in a dream. That has been going on forever and I have been trying to fight it by going to doctors and doing tests. I had blood drawn and had an eng done. Nothing was found. If anyone and I repeat anyone might have a clue to what this is. Please respond. I need all the help I can get. I'm desperate.


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  • Sorry to hear your concerns ... first and foremost, be persistant with your doctor if your symptoms do not resolve, despite how tired you must be of all of this. I have had allergies and sinusitis that causes similar probs, the inner ears oft get affected by the pressure causing diziness. But my allergies used to make me feel like I had the flu, as usually the first symptom. I finally did the allergy shot deal, and that with a daily Zyrtec did wonders for me.... Or inner ear disturbances can cause dizziness, from injury to the inner ear gyro-scope (vertibular), or the "crystals" in the inner ear that can get affected over time with age, and they can actually reset those... (this would be via an ENT doc)... the vertigo and dizziness can be overwhelming. BUT...I have a question... and if the answer is YES, you may want to consider something I just wrote to another after experiencing a head trauma. Do you recall having any type of injury to your head? Were you involved in an accident around the time all this began... ???I ask because, from what I just read of your posting, your symtoms sound very (VERY) familiar to what I had following a bad vehicle accident... and the revolving doors of doctors for over a year before finding a roadmap!Actually, symptoms I still have for that matter...dizziness (not from the sinus type though)...but I also have had verbal, concentration, multi tasking, speech probs, etc, etc etc.... I eventually lost my job as I was put out on disability and even lost my license eventually, the cummulative effort of trying to return to my old life got harder the longer I tried... fatigue overwhelming as well as the other "problems." Concussions after injury do take time, and you hear all the time of people having them and having full recoveries. But sometimes, after an injury to the brain (which can be from actual injury, but chemical injuries as well can cause brain injury-- and will cause similar symptoms). Sometimes people do not even realize the relationship between injury and symptoms that sometimes become more apparent over time.So what I am suggesting officially, after allergies and sinus issues...you might want to look into what is called a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)...when a concussion does not resolve itself, but it is OFTEN over looked. And YES you can have a normal MRI... TBI's can be mild, moderate or severe... and you CAN LOOK fine... but have all the dizzy, fog, tired, sick feeling, cognitive, speech, and other assortment of symptoms we've mentioned.I say this as a caution only - but I was drawn to your note because I understood the sense of frustration I noted in your posting from getting NO ANSWER to work with... This potential answer is not necessarily what folks might see as good news, but I like to at least know what I am working with, to make it better where I can...So MAYBE this will help you.I was in a nasty car accident 3.5 yrs ago. I was knocked out, experienced headaches that persisted even lo-grade long after the initial days of unbelievable pain, as well as dizziness, a "fog" that never cleared...Even though I was told it would pass, and by the 6mo mark, my EEG looked good too. But things were getting worse the harder I tried to be back to my old life....fatigue so bad it was if I had the flu, and wanted to just put my head down to sleep. I felt as though I had taken 20 SAT exams every day, just too tired to think. I had other disturbances too, incl memory, sleep, speech, ringing in my ears, visual scan probs, visual blurriness that would come and go, multi task issues, driving probs. I also have had balance issues, a sleep disorder, and have recently learned my slow digestion abilities are also related...Plus not knowing what was wrong def made me anxious, as did not knowing what to expect of myself was very upsetting. The sick fatigue feeling has been overwhelming from this at times, and it comes and goes...depending on how fast I run my brain down these days, wih doesn't take much considering all the automatic things we do that get added in there with no choice of our own.Most doctors just shrugged during the first year post accident... it was sad, and I shed a lot of tears and spent a lot of time sleeping.... and loking for answers for the diziness and fog. As sad as it was to eventually learn the permanent nature of it in my situation, which took a YEAR to get a diagnosis. This, even though I was told I had a closed head injury and/or concussion and severe whip lash the day of the accident... AND I reported my symptoms to EVERY doctor I saw for that first year, with little help... and a lot of problems I had no answer for... incl just knowing I was not right... and THAT FOG... aarrrgh... I never felt totally awake. It is a BAD feeling...and worse when no one can tell you what is wrong! Granted, I sustained multiple traumas in one accident, but there are VARYING degrees and symptoms one can get from a head injury. But imagine, the docs had probs with this even when it was right in front of them.... UGH! But, Only your doctor can tell you for sure, as well as time as to whether you will exp a full recovery or have any lasting effects. OR, if this even applies to you. OFTEN though, even mild head injuries can cause problems after long forgotten that there was an injury... But in the meantime, besides looking in to it with your doc should your symptoms persist... I might also suggest you, or others with head traumas to please visit the national organization for TBI, The Brain Injury Association of America, (BIAA), online for more information regarding your potential situation. (Most states have chapters as well).OR, looking in to it may reassure you that your situation is not the TBI scenario described, but it is something you might want to check off your list, as well as allergies and sinus issues. You will have to find someone knowledgeable in TBI's, and a good allergist for the other suggestion. I found even neurosurgeons only wanted to see my case if they thought I was a surgical candidate - which this is NOT! So how frustrating to beso delayed on diagnosis!However, if you find it IS the case, TBI, your doctor can find different meds that will help you cope with the new physiology of your brain, incl the anxiety, and depression is a COMMON side product of the new brain chemistry...and even some meds that help with the "fog," to get your brain awake when it is supposed to be awake. There are also neuro-rehab facilities (see most major hospitals for brain trauma rehab and their outpatient facilities), that may sound extreme, but even mild changes in one's brain can cause a greater problem to the whole body... being that it is the brain you are talking about... it affects the whole dramatically. But they have a whole arsenel of techniques and strategies to help one cope with the newly different brain function... To help even those considered to be the walking wounded.I know for me it was great to be normally broken...once I found the right field of docs, (physiatry doc in my case, or called physical medicine). And once I found him, I was told I was "text book" and "classic." I did wonder at the time, if it was so classic and normal, why had none of the other doctors read the book, (smiles!) This is not to sound dire, but I am sharing to maybe help another avoid some of the maze of diagnosis... And I believe it is something to consider if you aren't feeling like yourself soon or haven't found an answer since your posting. It may be the enlightenment you are so hoping to find...Cause it may not be just "all in your head," as it sounds like you are starting to feel...Because it may well indeed be your head - Surprisingly many docs just aren't up to speed with a lot of the info regarding TBI's... and on the lesser note, most general docs are not up on allergy symptoms and how they can make you feel so sick.So, keep HOPE alive and stick with it til you find your answer and potential help that is really out there. Good luck, take care and I wish you well...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
    • 09:09 AM
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  • I was wondering if you have found any answers? I have been feeling the exact same sensation for over 5 months now. The dizziness, or a sense of lightheadedness, lasts for hours at a time. It has been terrible. I am on my 3rd Dr., still to no avail. I am having an MRI this week and am terrified. The newest Dr. thinks that maybe it is Vertigo but I am not so sure.Please let me know if you had a brain injury as one of your replies suggested. I have not had one and was interested in knowing if you did.Thank you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 08:58 PM
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  • Hi there. I have had a terrible cold...an average cold I get every winter. I got it in August and went on medicine for it but it bearly helped but the doctor recommended I just wait it out without meds so I did. The next few months I started coughing and got stuffy for months and got put on new medicine for it and it bearly worked but I thought maybe it did because I stopped coughing but I still had lots of phlem. I ignored it and went on with my life. Come October-November I was soooo tired soo early in the afternoon and especially at 6:00 no matter HOW much sleep I got and I started feeling a little spaced out too. Come November I got engaged to the man of my dreams and have always been waiting for the happy day. When it came I was thrilled but from then on my dizziness increased and so did my fatigue. Not only that but all my favorite interests were gone too and I just wanted to sleep. Come December my memory was awful and I bearly remembered it was Christmas and I didn;t even enjoy the holidays at ALL...I just wanted sleep. I eventually grew more dizzy come December and soo dizzy and confused that on Christmas Day, out of the blue, I asked my fiance for a break. I don;t know why I did because I know I loved (love) him soo much. Luckily for me he stopped me and then we were fine but I was soo scared of my thoughts and being dizzy. 3 days later I almost took a break again when I was really dizzy but everytime I just can't do it. The next weekend came and I was worse and eventually I started feeling sooo depressed and thought about killing myself to end everything, especially my confusion. I am normally very very happy and love life so this was scary. I felt like that for a few days, went to an afterhours clinic where I got told to just steam because I had a cold...hmmm so that cold NEVER left? That same night I started sneezing. To me that was the first real sign that I might have a cold for sure. The next day I questioned my religious beliefs which was horrible and reaal scary along with suicidal thoughts and not caring if I was with my fiance or not. I ALWAYS LOVE BEING WITH HIM SO WHAT IS GOING ON?? The suicidal and disbelief on my religion slowly passed and so did my thoughts of my fiance slowly but the dizziness neeever changed. Some days, even today, I will just cry in fear and confusion and almost lose control...I feel like I have some anxiety attacks too. I am not the kind of person to EVER feel depressed either. I feel like I am not in the same reality as everyone else and that I am floating almost....almost like someone threw seran wrap on mey face and said, "Here...work with this." I even feel like this when my eyes are closed and my vision seems sooo blurry too. When I am with my fiance I feel like someone is there but I don;t recognize him all the way, it feels like I am starting to redate him. Kissing him still tastes soo good but doesn;t feel the same..like I am dreaming and I HATE IT!! It's like I want to take a break for WHO knows what reason...I can;t even describe it nor understand it....it's like my brain refuses to think with me. THEN I started dreaming about an old obsession crush and when I kiss my fiance I ask myself what it would be like to kiss the other guy even though I don;t ever want to lose my fiance and get with this other guy...it;s like I am sooo dizzy and spaced-out and fogged up that I can;t even make decisions anymore!!! I wake up every morning wondering what is going to become of my fiance and me whereas I used to wake up soo happy and would be able to make decisions. The doctor gave me medicine 2x in the last 2 months and noo difference in my dizziness. I hate my life while I am dizzy...I hate it soo much. He gave me one more med attempt (losening my phlem but that;s it) and I am almost done and not much difference. I am to go for x-rays as soon as possible to see if I have chronic sinusitis. I AM SOO SCARED THAT WITH WHATEVER I HAVE I WILL LOSE MY FIANCE ALL BECAUSE OF ME AND I AM SO SCARED BECAUSE I CAN'T CONTROL MY THOUGHTS OR EVEN MAKE SENSE OF THEM!!! I WANT MY LIFE BACK!! PLEASE, can someone please tell me...if someone is dizzy and constantly spaced out is there a chance that the brain refuses to think or plays tricks on you? Is there a chance that the ability to make decisions is 0%? Is there a chance that because of all this I don;t even miss my fiance as much as I used to or even want to see my friends? I am just sooo petrified that all of these STUPID thoughts are caused because I am engaged and maybe made the wrong decision, whereas, when I said, "yes" to the proposal and cried with happiness I meant it. Can someone please help me?? I am soo out of my mind with this lately!Thank-you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
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  • HI. I just saw your note... I hope you are doing better.Did you ever find answers to your dizzy confused situation? I have a TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY from an accident... noted as a concussion at the time... or a closed head injury. MOST heal, but mine didn not... As I noted earlier it took a year to diagnos, even though the doctors KNEW I was in an accident. They were looking at structure *impt too, but structure and if I needed surgery rather than the FUNCTIONING problems that persisted..... now 4.5 years post accident. I also had my inner er damaged that caused terrible vertigo and dizziness, as well as a host of other problems -- balance etc... All of which I later learned were accentuated by the brain injury, that at that time was not realized as permanent. BOTH situations can be helped though, if even permanent.But I have also found that if I get a cold or any allergy head pressure that makes the head injury and dizziness symptoms worse.... And although I didn't become depressed from my situation, typically I hear it is very common... Anyone depressed though or experiencing negative or suicidal thoughts definately needs to talk to your doctor... and be persistant. Sometimes answers are difficult to find... but don't give up... there is help out there... take care.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 18, 2007
    • 11:06 PM
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  • Hey, i feel really sorry for the way you are feeling, all of you. I've been feeling weird lightheadedness that seems to come and go but is hard to tell. I'm feeling tired chronically and occasionally feel pins and needles in my back, hands, legs, and arms. I've been feeling out of mind too i like im going crazy and afraid that i will, but it doesnt make sense. I've always been happy, and full of energy, and excitement, spontaneity you name it lol, but it seems so hard to concentrate and like im not in my body sometimes. I have this social anxiety that i never had before like i never know what to say anymore and like i wanna avoid people but i dont because im usually really funny and i love being the center of friends and being the leader ya know stuff like that. It's so weird i hate it with all my heart. I've gone for an mri and it turned out ok as well as an EKG which was good. I just dont feel like me anymore. I also i have this anxiety that i talk differnently like with a lisp but nobody can notice it but me n im so suspicious of people im so afraid of coming off as gay or i think that people think im gay but there's no reason for it i figure i dont seem like that kinda person n im not i love women. It's crazy i need someone's help. My ears are always popping n tonite i just noticed a popping in my head behind my left ear. I could kind of feel it too. Could that be a part of the sinuses or could it be lymph, ear wax? i have no clue. I just got a abscess tooth pulled too n theres one still in theer i need to get out could that be messing my thinking up. I think the main cause of all this is stress n working really hard in college n work. I have this thought that my vision is just getting worse and worse but really its not that bad the same with my hearing lol. This sounds insane but i really need somebody to come through for me if they could. I'll pray in ****s's name to God that all of you find whats wrong somehow n soon so all of you on this site are cured or find peace somehow. Remember God saves those who are crushed in spirit and is the redeemer of His loved ones. Trust in ****s honor him and He will send you the holy spirit and you will find peace i guarantee it. I believe what im going through is a test by God and it's written to not despise the lord's discipline. What u r going through may be a test from God. So dont rely on your own understanding but on God's because he made you in the womb, he knit you together with bones and sinews, he understands every complicated process and assures his love for us through is faithfulness to us. He answers all those who do His will and isn't farther than an armstretch away as written in the bible. I'm praying to God about this ordeal and I know he's hearing me. He is too wondrous to understand but his ways are ways of peace. He is a God of peace. All peace comes from God and all pain comes from the evil one. Whether you believe this little bible speal i just added in or not it's what keeps me going no matter how crazy my life gets and theres been low times like this in my life before and God saved me from them and made the times after a lot better, im serious. He blessed all the work of my hands as long as i trusted in him. I've been doing great in college with a 3.45 GPA now im a junior. I've been blessed with loving parents, good health till now, and lots of good friends. Not everything makes sense all the time and not everything goes our way all the time, but thats the whole reason for faith and reliance on the maker and understander of all things. Remember life is short even if its 100 years long it still comes to an end and theres a whole lot of pain and suffering that accompanies it no matter how long. That's why i fear God because he has power to do anything he wants whether you like it or not: His will be done. Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that come forth from the mouth of God (Mathew 4:4). So learn the commands: love 1 god, love your neighbor as urself, dont murder, dont falsly accuse or lie, dont cheat, dont steal, dont deceive in any way, honor parents, no adultery, no coveting neighbors things or husband or wife of another, honor the sabbath do no work that day, give with joy n ull get 10fold in return, remember to love the lord ****s because whoever doesnt love him doesnt love God because *****t ****s came from God. *****t ****s is the savior of all those who accept his gift of grace of eternal life. Your either with ****s or against ****s. In other words you are either for God or against God determined by whether or not you received his messanger. Accept it the burden is light. And it's not through works you receive this gift, its by receiving *****t ****s. Because whoever receives *****t ****s receives the father in heaven and the father therefore receives the one who receives *****t ****s. The more i write and read the more i now understand that i feel like this because of my lack of faith. Where was my faith when i began writing this surely i haven't been trusting in the Lord. I recall asking above i hope somebody comes through for me, well the Lord surely will because i will pray to him and listen to scripture. Ask and it will be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. I hope whoever reads this takes it to heart because i now know that thats whats wrong with me that im not taking His words to heart, otherwise if i was i wouldn't be worried and I'd be healed. I pray for whoever reads these words that they take them to heart and im sure they will be healed in body, mind, and spirit. God Bless you. May ****s be with you and peace.
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