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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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