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Constant Dizziness, Numbing of the Fingers, Legs and Feet

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 16, 2006
  • 02:42 AM

I have been constantly dizzy (lightheaded as opposed to vertigo) for about 4 years now. I have had every test imaginable (MRI, skull X-ray, CT scan, EKG, blood tests, etc, etc) and everything came back normal. This dizziness causes loss of balance and when it is at its worst causes me to feel extremely nauseous. Along with the dizziness I experience headaches and chest pain. Within the last couple of weeks I have been experiencing numbness in my fingers and now in my feet and legs. The numbness in my toes is constant and the numbness in my legs seems to come and go periodocally throughout the day. Information/advice from anyone with similar symptoms would be greatly appreciated.

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  • The numbness sounds like peripheral neuropathy, which is common in diabetics. But others can get it, too. It could be unrelated to the dizziness. For the dizziness, have you had your ears checked?
    donnarm 5 Replies
    • November 16, 2006
    • 08:23 AM
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  • Five-six years ago I started with the dizziness, numbing of fingers, front of my legs, slurred speach, fuzzy brain. Like you, had all the tests--everything came back normal. Finally a neurologist told me that the neurons in my brian were firing constantly due to stress. I went on Paxil- 10 mg's which really helped. Through the years, the mg's had to be increased to 30. Recently, the Paxil stopped working and all the symptoms have returned. I am now on Effexor 75 mg's and starting too see a difference. I really do feel for you...this is a horrible condition to have and no doctor seems to really be able to pin point any of it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2006
    • 00:19 AM
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  • I have been to an ear nose throat doctor in my home town as well as a specialist...nothing from them either.Thanks for the responses, greatly appreciated.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2006
    • 03:25 AM
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  • I UNDERSTAND YOUR FUSTRATION. I HAD SIMIAR SYSMTOMS FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS ALSO UNTIL THEY DID A MRI/MRA ON MY HEAD AND VERTABRA (NECK). THEY FOUND I HAD A RARE DECEASE CALLED ARNOLD CHIARI MALFORMATION OF THE BRAIN. THIS IS WHEN YOUR SO CALLED TONSILS AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR BRAIN FALL OUT OF YOUR SKULL AND COMPRESS UP AGAINST YOUR VERTERBRA. THIS CAUSES NUMBNESS AND SEVERAL OTHER SYSTOMS. I WOULD SEE A NERO FOR THESE PROBLEMS. I HAD DECOMPRESSION BRAIN SURGERY IN FEB 06 AND HAVE BEEN RELEIVE OF ALL THOSE SYMTOMS. CHECK IT OUT ON THE WEB. TAKE CARE Diane
    armygirl 4 Replies
    • November 17, 2006
    • 03:58 AM
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