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dizziness, feels like "shocks" for 7 days

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  • Posted By: strachse
  • March 18, 2007
  • 03:57 AM

I have had what I only can call dizziness since last Sunday. I had a low grade fever (possibly from a cold I had), and mental confusion also. I just couldn't get my thoughts together quickly. So I took a few days off work because I just felt unwell. It was so bad on Thursday that I thought I was going crazy. I finally went to a very old doctor who couldn't even hear me a couple days ago and he said it's probably just a virus (how often do we hear that?) in my inner ear. He said he'd have me do some tests to check, but decided against it. It took about 10 minutes and I was out the door with a prescription for meclizine that did not help at all (just put me to sleep). But when I looked up that condition at home - labrynthitis - it did not describe my symptoms at all.

So while looking up all the descriptions of dizziness, I've found none of it describes me. It is not vertigo (no spinning). I can still walk without falling over. I just have a feeling that things aren't lining up how they should. Things blur sometimes just barely, and I feel off balance, but I can still walk. However the feeling is constant as in it happens every 10 - 30 seconds. The last couple days I've been getting frequent "shocks" also. I don't know how else to describe it. It goes throughout my head and reminds me of when I'd be driving and realize I might be dozing off and I shock myself awake. Maybe kind of like adrenaline? It's so fast it's hard to put a handle on it. My eyes seem to try to refocus quickly too. I think what scared me the most was being at work and not functioning mentally. I can speak, but I've been having to take pauses to try and think of the word or how to say the words sometimes.

I'm starting to get a little used to it now. I was able to mow the lawn and help my daughter ride her bike, but the sensations are still there.

I went to a very old doctor who couldn't even hear me a couple days ago and he said it's probably just a virus (how often do we hear that?) in my inner ear. But when I looked up that condition - labrynthitis - it did not describe my symptoms at all.

Anyway, has anyone ever felt this way, and if so what do I call it so if I ever do decide to go back to the doctor, I know what to say? My dad now thinks it's stress or dehydration. But I've been drinking water, juice and don't feel that life is stressful.

Anyway, thanks to anyone who responds. For now I'm going to keep looking around the site to see if I run across anyone else like this.

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  • i have a thread similar to yours, i hope it is ok to ask you this, anyways, have you or do you take ZANTAC? i took one before all this started to happen, just 1, i'm not saying thats your problem, but i do think it is a good chance it could be mine, i dont know? anyways i was reading upon rxlist.com/cgi/generic/ranit_ad.htm and also drugs.com/zantac.html
    Mountain1 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Have you taken or are you currently taking any antianxiety/antidepressant meds like lexapro, cellexa, wellbutrin, xanax? These are notorious for causing a "shock like" sensation, especially if you have lowered dosage or tapered off recently. Are you on any other meds? Any antibiotics for your cold? I agree with last poster to look them up on rxlist or drugs.com. Docs usually miss this and pharmacists too. You really need to be an informed consumer when it comes to taking pharmaceuticals. Sometimes you can get side effects even several weeks after taking certain drugs. Other than that, do you experience and ear ringing or ear pain? Headaches? Swollen glands? Sinus pain? DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you to both who've answered thus far. I've never had Xanax. I was on Zoloft for two years and in the last month was taken off of it. Doc switched me to Lexapro for two weeks, but that caused me to have very restless nights. Then switched to Effexor for two more weeks. The dizziness started on last Sunday, went off Effexor on Tuesday because I have a daytime sleep study this coming Tuesday (I don't have anything wrong with night sleep, but am oh so tired. They don't think it's narcolepsy either). I'm also on Levothyroxine (150 mcg), and the pill (Trinessa 28). I took one pill about three weeks ago for drowsiness while driving back from an appt with my sleep dr. (I've forgotten the name...it's for narcolepsy). I so appreciate what you've said...I'll be looking into that website!
    strachse 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • I hope you find out what's causing this. I had a patient who was reporting very similar symptoms, electrical shock sensations that lasted for only a few seconds but she was getting 20-30 a day. She had stopped taking lexapro (was on an EXTREMELY low dose of 2.5 mg) and on googling her symptoms I came across this as a side effect. Her docs dismissed this, but sure enough after 2-3 weeks her symptoms were gone. But it did last nearly 3 weeks! Google this and you will probably come up with a lawyers page on this. Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • I got that feeling after coming OFF Lexapro (10 mg, and I'm 100 lbs) so maybe just the switching around of Effexor and stuff may have thrown you off. It was bad the first week, then it slowly got better. It took me a month to feel 100%. Hope you feel better soon :)
    deadlysauce 67 Replies Flag this Response
  • I hope you find out what's causing this. I had a patient who was reporting very similar symptoms, electrical shock sensations that lasted for only a few seconds but she was getting 20-30 a day. She had stopped taking lexapro (was on an EXTREMELY low dose of 2.5 mg) and on googling her symptoms I came across this as a side effect. Her docs dismissed this, but sure enough after 2-3 weeks her symptoms were gone. But it did last nearly 3 weeks! Google this and you will probably come up with a lawyers page on this. Best wishes.DOM Aha...I think we may be on to something here! Thank you sooooo much!
    strachse 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • I got that feeling after coming OFF Lexapro (10 mg, and I'm 100 lbs) so maybe just the switching around of Effexor and stuff may have thrown you off. It was bad the first week, then it slowly got better. It took me a month to feel 100%. Hope you feel better soon :) Thank you so much for this resonse. I was on a "double sample" dose for two weeks so I'm guessing 20mg? Did you get your symptoms right after coming off of it? I hope I feel better too! :o
    strachse 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • i have a thread similar to yours, i hope it is ok to ask you this, anyways, have you or do you take ZANTAC? i took one before all this started to happen, just 1, i'm not saying thats your problem, but i do think it is a good chance it could be mine, i dont know? anyways i was reading upon rxlist.com/cgi/generic/ranit_ad.htm and also drugs.com/zantac.html Note: I did respond to this a couple spaces down...just figured out the "quote" thing!
    strachse 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • i have a thread similar to yours, i hope it is ok to ask you this, anyways, have you or do you take ZANTAC? i took one before all this started to happen, just 1, i'm not saying thats your problem, but i do think it is a good chance it could be mine, i dont know? anyways i was reading upon rxlist.com/cgi/generic/ranit_ad.htm and also drugs.com/zantac.html Thank you for getting me to think about my meds. I went to my real doc on Monday, she ran blood tests (CBC, THyroid, Metabolism) which all came back GREAT. So that left us with a severe side effect of either Lexapro or Effexor...leaning toward Effexor as it was the most recent. I'm still having the symptoms, though not nearly as regular. Usually more severe later in the day. And my job is suffering as I can't keep track of what I'm doing! But I'm staying off the meds for two weeks to see if symptoms improve more and I sure hope they do! Thanks!:rolleyes:
    strachse 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • Aha...I think we may be on to something here! Thank you sooooo much! Your response helped the most! It got me thinking towards the meds instead of something biological or viral. I went to my real doc (see story in another response below) and she thought either: Encephilitis, Meningitis, or my thyroid, possibly an actual episode of thyroiditis. We did blood tests...ALL Normal so all that ruled out. I had asked her "do you think it could be a reaction to the lexapro or effexor?" and she said they did not have that as a side effect. Now she has come to the conclusion that is EXACTLY what has happened. I've been off for over a week now and the symptoms are getting better. I am going to be soooo much more carefuly now before I put any chemical in my mouth. I even bought Organic fertilizer for my plants! I am so frustrated with that medication(s). This has been medically the worst week and a half in my life. And I looked fine to the outside world. I still can't focus at work...feel like my mind is racing. Is this what it's like to have ADD? Thanks again SOOOO Much for your response. Big high five to you across the internet!:D :D
    strachse 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • I hope you find out what's causing this. I had a patient who was reporting very similar symptoms, electrical shock sensations that lasted for only a few seconds but she was getting 20-30 a day. She had stopped taking lexapro (was on an EXTREMELY low dose of 2.5 mg) and on googling her symptoms I came across this as a side effect. Her docs dismissed this, but sure enough after 2-3 weeks her symptoms were gone. But it did last nearly 3 weeks! Google this and you will probably come up with a lawyers page on this. Best wishes.DOM Your response helped so much! It got me thinking towards the meds instead of something biological or viral. I went to my real doc (see story in another response below) and she thought either: Encephilitis, Meningitis, or my thyroid, possibly an actual episode of thyroiditis. We did blood tests...ALL Normal so all that ruled out. I had asked her "do you think it could be a reaction to the lexapro or effexor?" and she said they did not have that as a side effect. Now she has come to the conclusion that is EXACTLY what has happened. I've been off for over a week now and the symptoms are getting better. I am going to be soooo much more carefuly now before I put any chemical in my mouth. I even bought Organic fertilizer for my plants! I am so frustrated with that medication(s). This has been medically the worst week and a half in my life. And I looked fine to the outside world. I still can't focus at work...feel like my mind is racing. Is this what it's like to have ADD? Thanks again SOOOO Much for your response. Big high five to you across the internet!:D :D
    strachse 14 Replies Flag this Response
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  • I am so glad I could help you and please just hang in there you are going to feel better soon!:) I have seen quite a few patients with strong reactions to medications and this has been completely dismissed by doctors. I even had a patient's 5 year old daughter develop a seizure after starting an antibiotic. she took her to the ER and asked them if it could've been cause by the drug and they said "no way, keep taking it and we will schedule an MRI". I was talking with her on the phone and took the two seconds to look it up in my drug reference guide, and it had SEIZURES as a side effect IN BOLD! This is just one of several examples I've come across in my practice. We as consumers MUST become educated about the medications and supplements we put in our bodies. We can't rely on docs and pharmacists to do this! They just don't take the time:mad: I hope you feel much better soon!DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • I had this same problem when coming off of Paxil (when I had anxiety attacks) after taking it for about six months... it took several months for it to stop. Whatever it is in anti depressants, it's weird... I will NEVER take another anti depressant no matter how bad I feel! I hope it goes away for you as it did for me.
    samwofABQ 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • I had this same problem when coming off of Paxil (when I had anxiety attacks) after taking it for about six months... it took several months for it to stop. Whatever it is in anti depressants, it's weird... I will NEVER take another anti depressant no matter how bad I feel! I hope it goes away for you as it did for me. Each day is getting better. Yesterday I felt like I had ADD or something, was fidgety and felt like I was making no sense. My co-worker came up to me this morning and said she had the exact symptoms years ago when she went off PAXIL. This stuff is not even listed as a side effect! I'm very frustrated about this whole think. My doc is now letting me stay off of it for the next few weeks. My irritability, anxiety has been bad, but I'm hoping it will improve. This needs to be in the news. I know the suicide of teens made it known that there are serious issues for adolescents, but what about adults? I never ever want to go through a week like that again. Thank you for your post!
    strachse 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am so glad I could help you and please just hang in there you are going to feel better soon!:) I have seen quite a few patients with strong reactions to medications and this has been completely dismissed by doctors. I even had a patient's 5 year old daughter develop a seizure after starting an antibiotic. she took her to the ER and asked them if it could've been cause by the drug and they said "no way, keep taking it and we will schedule an MRI". I was talking with her on the phone and took the two seconds to look it up in my drug reference guide, and it had SEIZURES as a side effect IN BOLD! This is just one of several examples I've come across in my practice. We as consumers MUST become educated about the medications and supplements we put in our bodies. We can't rely on docs and pharmacists to do this! They just don't take the time:mad: I hope you feel much better soon!DOM Thank you, thank you, thank you. If you had not posted, I would never have brought up the meds as a possible cause to my doctor. Like I said elsewhere, her initial reaction was "this isn't a side effect" which it is not listed. But after the tests came back, she agreed with me. What a relief this site has been! Thanks to all who participate!
    strachse 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • I found this thread by googling on "diagnosis + dizziness + shocks + head". Yup, I've got it too. I'm so grateful for the advice here because it appears you have provided the answer. I had been on a low dose of Celexa (citalopram) for about a year and stopped taking it about three weeks ago. The 'shocks' started about a week ago and have got worse, with light-headedness and disorientation which I think is related to difficulty getting my eyes to focus properly (feels like a hand-held camera in my head - most disconcerting!) I have a slight cold at present and have had tinnitus for the past few years - so I thought about inner ear probs and Meniere's. But are these 'shocks' characteristic of these conditions?If it is the Celexa - how long can I expect these withdrawal symptoms to last?????
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I found this thread by googling on "diagnosis + dizziness + shocks + head". Yup, I've got it too. I'm so grateful for the advice here because it appears you have provided the answer. I had been on a low dose of Celexa (citalopram) for about a year and stopped taking it about three weeks ago. The 'shocks' started about a week ago and have got worse, with light-headedness and disorientation which I think is related to difficulty getting my eyes to focus properly (feels like a hand-held camera in my head - most disconcerting!) I have a slight cold at present and have had tinnitus for the past few years - so I thought about inner ear probs and Meniere's. But are these 'shocks' characteristic of these conditions?If it is the Celexa - how long can I expect these withdrawal symptoms to last?????I don't think these symptomes "shocks" are part of ear problems or menieres. In all my research I could not find it, but then again, I am not a doctor. Today has been 2 1/2 weeks and I feel just about normal. I had a couple symptoms yesterday and today, but in general I feel find. I'm so glad this thread helped you. I know I thought I was going crazy because I had such a hard time finding someone who experienced this. Stay in there. I do not
    strachse 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • Two months ago I started to get dizzy. The dizziness came one day and didn't go away, it was there day and nigh. I also got blurred vision some times, at times only in one eye, and, for the first time in my life, I got panic attacks, all completely out of the blue. I went to see many doctors, an ear-nose-throat specialist, a neurologist...I had all kinds of test and they told me I had an anxiety disorder and needed medication. By mere chance a friend of mine read me an article from the Balance and Dizziness Society of Vancouver (balanceanddizziness.org) that talked about blurred vision, anxiety and dizziness all related to having the first and second vertebrae of the neck out of place.Fortunately for me, I went to see a chiropractor that very day, though I had no hope of recovery because I didn't feel any pain in my neck.I had lots of anxiety and was willing to take the medication just to feel better. I thought I was going crazy.But the chiropractor explained to me that my neck was really out, and that the squishing of the vertebrae was causing the blurred vision in one or both eyes (it was even one of the questions in the questionnaire, "do you experience blurred vision in one or both eyes"), and that the anxiety was caused by the nervous system sending a "fight or flight" signal on it own, on and on, with no external reason.He told me I had a chronic back condition, though I had no back or neck pain, and asked me to give him 10 sessions without taking the medication. Well, I have gone there 3 times and I feel so good, 80% better. I am not dizzy, I have no anxiety, and no blurred vision.Without this chiropractor I would be on meds, thinking I am crazy.Please consider trying a chiropractor, it saved my life! I hope this helps.Venus
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 20, 2007
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  • Thank you all, no one understood what I meant by "shocks" when I moved, or a small sound would startle my system. They all kept saying it was vertigo!I never thought about going off medicines causing this reaction, but I went off Paxil about two weeks ago, and this started about one week ago. Who knew?Hopefully this won't last much longer, as it's making me nuts, with my husband running around trying to keep me from falling or bumping into things!:rolleyes:
    Mommajo 3 Replies
    • December 23, 2008
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  • All of the above you listed! I use a cell phone (in this day and age, who doesn't), have and use a wi-fi router, and as I'm in downtown Yuma, AZ, I'm sure there's a phone tower somewhere close! It's starting to get better, or I'm getting used to it!:rolleyes:
    Mommajo 3 Replies
    • December 26, 2008
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