Hello, thanks for reading my post. (sorry for the length, just wanted to be thorough)
I am 28 years old, Male, 5'9", 180 lbs. pretty healthy for the most part. I did quit smoking about 7 or 8 months ago (cigarettes) before that i had smoked for 7 years or so.
I have been dealing with a strange light headed feeling for the past 4 months or so.
When it first started I was in a building with a lot of natural light. I began to get light headed, feeling faint, sensitive to light (like whites became whiter, reds more red), my hearing became more sensitive, a person's voice from far away seemed louder. This all seemed very strange and i began to feel like I was going to faint, had a sweat on my brow, but i tried to just stay conscious by breathing, thinking, etc. I didn't faint. I felt the same that night when i went home and then went into a Walgreens, felt faint, light headed, as if i had little control over what might happen, my balance.
Since then I have had the same sort of feeling. It isn't off and on, it is CONSTANT, but often it can be less intense or noticeable (but is always there in some way) Now i have a hard time focusing on people talking, i have a hard time thinking of what to say, often times blanking on what to say (other times i can remember new things though that i haven't thought about in a while) My short term memory is suffering i think. (An example of blanking would be a teacher calling on me to answer a question when i know the answer, i just can't get my brain to form the analysis to answer it) when in the comfort of my home i can thinking a little straighter, but am still light headed, don't feel like myself.
Also my neck / shoulders have dull pains, soreness, stiffness.
I have a general weak feeling, a bit of my strength i feel has faded.
I have a strange sensation in my eyes (behind my eyes) today they were sort of icy feeling (like there was icy/hot on them) Most of the time They JUST FEEL TIRED, like they are straining always (but my vision isn't blurred) I basically don't feel like my normal self, my personality has changed because of this light headed feeling.
I went to a Neurologist 3 times. Ideas evolved throughout my visits from prolonged migraine, to anxiety. I had a CT scan of my head (nothing wrong) and a PET scan (nothing wrong that my doctor saw). I also had a blood test at another general doctor and nothing seemed out of ordinary. I was given an experimental dose of Provigil (for alertness) which in the first couple of weeks helped to give me confidence in my balance, and i liked it (but the feeling was still there in some capacity) and after a while i felt that cracked out chemical feeling, so i have since stopped using it, sometimes i'll use it here and there.
Recently he prescribed Paxil CR (12.5 mg), which after a week of using it seemed to intensify the light headed feeling. (although i did have an alcoholic drink for three of those nights) But still it made me feel even LESS in control of my balance or mind than before i had taken it. I have since stopped taking it, because i didn't like the way it made me feel, perhaps i will give it another shot. For some reason though I feel it's not going to solve the problem.
(I do work on a computer screen a good portion of my day, not sure if that has anything to do anything)
The feeling of fainting has gone away.
Anyway, just wanted to get that out, ask for any suggestions, possible causes, any similar stories or conditions. I'm holding out hope this isn't something serious, but want to know what it is so i can perhaps make an effort to change it in some way.