Hi everyone, I’m new to this forum. I’m 18 years old and have been dealing with persistent dizziness for awhile. I am unsure if I have VM and would appreciate any insight. Here’s my symptom history:
November 2017 - Had my first bout of dizziness on vacation with my family. Felt like I was on a boat/rocking and the ground was moving up and down. Also had sensation of fluid in my right ear. Symptoms disappeared within a week.
March 2018 - The dizziness and ear fullness returned during a hectic period of my life. Went to a clinic and the doctor told me it was probably allergies. Flonase and Sudafed did not help me. Happily, symptoms disappeared again after 2-3 weeks.
I had no vertigo for the next 2 1/2 years. I graduated high school in 2020 and was preparing to start my first year at my dream college (albeit online) when everything came back again 10 times worse
August 2020 - During freshman orientation, the vertigo (walking on a trampoline feeling) returned out of the blue. I wasn’t particularly anxious at the time–just slightly stressed about starting a new chapter of my life. I again had a sensation of fluid in my right ear and crackling tinnitus, so I went to an ENT. He couldn’t find anything wrong (hearing was perfect, no evidence of infection, not BPPV, etc).
The next day, the vertigo escalated significantly. I also developed intense pressure in my head and weird spasms/pulsating sensations on the right side. This sent me into a bit of a panic spiral and I ended up at the ER. Blood tests and an MRI came back normal, which relieved a lot of my fears, but I still felt awful and had no answers. I made the heartbreaking decision to take a year off from college because I could not complete any schoolwork or attend Zoom lectures in my condition.
The dizziness reduced in intensity after my trip to the hospital, but it ended up lasting for 3 months before it disappeared completely in mid-November. I had 3 full months of feeling totally normal and started to wonder if it was all just anxiety (definitely not).
February 2021 - The vertigo returned again and I started to feel really depressed because I thought I had recovered. The first week was hell–lots of head pressure and spasms (mostly on the right side again), eye strain, severe fatigue, tinnitus. When I walked it felt like the ground wasn’t solid. My symptoms were especially bad in supermarkets and the shower. Caffeine (which I have since cut out) and sugar were also big triggers.
Fast forward to today and I am still dizzy. I can mostly function in my daily life, but even simple tasks are exhausting. I still have head pressure that comes and goes, so I am thinking I could have vestibular migraines. I doubt this could just be PPPD, as I have mostly gotten my anxiety under control and I don’t believe that condition is episodic. I am seeing a neurotologist in April, but would love to hear from anyone who has experienced similar symptoms.