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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 25, 2007
  • 03:41 AM

I've been having constant, nonstop dizziness. For the most part it's just lightheadedness, which is kind of tolerable throughout the day, but sometimes it's vertigo too. So with that, I went to an ENT, who ran the test where they put the warm/cold air in your ear. I couldn't stand it, and said to stop after the first minute. They got the results back yesterday. Everything was normal, and they said to rule out any ear condition like meniere's, etc.

Today I went to eyeland, I figured maybe it's my glasses, since they're a bit crooked from all they've been through the past two years. I told the eye doctor, he said it sounded like an ear thing, blahblahblah, did the test to check the eye pressure, that was fine too.

Blood tests are fine, when I had a CAT scan done all they found was a small cyst, probably nothing. TSH level was 5, they said it was a little high, but since my weight didn't change at all that it probably wasn't related to the dizziness. Other symptoms are that if I'm walking around in a mall or something, my legs feel like jello. I've never fallen over or anything, but I'm worried about eventually having my legs randomly go out from under me. I've been having anxiety attacks, and I can deal with those for the most part, it's the dizziness that makes everything just awful.

Also, when I'm taking a bath or shower, I think the water does something to affect the pressure, and sometimes makes it worse. Just laying down in the bathtub yesterday, it was like my heartbeat was echoing through my head/neck. I think any pressure in general makes it feel strange. For example, wearing things like hats and scarves. Especially scarves, I'll feel restricted and like I can't breathe. I also thought it might be neck problems, because if I'm in school and we're watching a movie that involves me tilting my head upwards.. yeah.. that definitely makes the dizziness worse. My neck will feel weak, and I'll get a bit of eye strain. I feel alright when I'm just looking down at the ground.

Then on New Years day, I went to the ER with this crushing feeling in my head. It was pretty messed up. Only lasted for a few seconds, but it was like my head was caving in. Not necesarilly painful, but just a funny sensation that made me grab my head and repeat the words "oh my god" over and over and over until it went away, haha. Craaazy.

Other more really common hard-to-diagnose symptoms: fatigue, shortness of breath, small headaches, depression, occasional heartburn in the throat, blahblahblah.

If nothing else, I guess the entire thing could be anxiety, but I don't know if the anxiety is caused by feeling dizzy, or if the anxiety IS actually the dizzy feeling itself. One other thing that relates would be Migraine headaches. The symptoms match in a few places, but that would mean I had a migraine every day for the past few months, lol. Everything gets a bit worse around my period, too, but I guess that's normal.

Maybe someone could shed some light on my situation?

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  • Sounds like hyperactive thyroid to me - make them test T3 & T4 along with another TSH. If no answer, see an endocrinologist
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
    • 07:57 AM
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  • Hormonal. Check T3+T4, this will confirm. Any family history of any Thyroid problems?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
    • 00:20 PM
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  • Where was this cyst that they were talking about? It COULD be causing your problem. Even more likely (even if it is a small cyst) if it is on or near you pituitary gland. Your pituitary & hypothalamus control your thyroid (& I think adrenal glands) gland. It regulates your TSH, FSH, Cortisol, etc. I am not a doctor so I don't know the specifics. And, if you have this cyst (or whatever it is) on your pituitary it could be causing problems with your thyroid & that is where your problem could lie. I would see an Endocrinologist if I were you to rule everything out.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 26, 2007
    • 01:08 AM
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