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Dizziness, insomnia, sinus/head pressure

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  • Posted By: rocknnroll
  • November 9, 2010
  • 05:09 PM

Hello all,

I've been struggling with these symptoms now for...well over a month, at least. The dizziness started first, seldom at first then more and more noticeable. Over the past two weeks they've become serious and are keeping me from living my life.

I've been to my primary care physician three times about this problem and once to urgent care. My GP seems to think it's a sinus infection -- been through two runs of antibiotics, decongestants, nasal steroids, etc; no relief from anything yet (except maybe the zofran injection I received at the UC clinic).

I think that part of my problem is that my symptoms are somewhat vague and I have trouble describing them. I have a general sensation of dizziness nearly constantly. It seems to be better when either lying down or standing up/walking around and worse when sitting -- especially in front of the computer. I can still drive just fine, at least for now. I'm not 100% certain it's what is considered "vertigo", though I do at times experience the sensation of movement when I'm at rest.

The feelings of dizziness are generally accompanied by pressure in my head -- most prominently in the forehead but radiating to the back of my skull. In general I'd say the pressure is in the top half of my head, from the forehead to the ears to the back. My doctor has attributed this sensation to sinus pressure, but a sinus x-ray revealed "no problems" as he put it -- which leaves me with something of a contradiction. At my appointment in the morning he attributed the dizziness to sinus pressure, but later his nurse called with the results stating "good news, your xray looked fine!" leaving me confused and more worried.

The doctor did simple balance tests and tracked my eye movements with his flashlight. He said there were no neurological symptoms that would merit further testing (CT, MRI) or make him suspect anything serious like a tumor. While this was reassuring, I still want to make sure something isn't being missed.

In addition to the constant dizziness, I've also had trouble sleeping. I wake up dizzy, or sweating like crazy, my heart racing. When I do sleep I have awful dreams or dreams that occur in that sort of half asleep/half awake state.

And finally...could this all be anxiety? I recognize that I have problems with anxiety, and I know that my worry and panic can make my symptoms worse (I do feel somewhat better when relaxed, after all). At the same time, I feel like there is something physiological going on here as well. I've never had anxiety or a sinus infection make me feel this terrible before.

Thanks for any insight you all might have.

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  • Did you ever resolve this issue? Did u find out what it was and fix it?
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • October 19, 2014
    • 10:04 AM
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  • Did u ever find out what was causing this? And did it go away?
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    • October 19, 2014
    • 09:17 PM
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