Hi everyone, I am new to the forums and after reading the guide I was hoping to share my experience with everyone to see if I might get some answers.
My problems started just over 4 weeks ago where I experienced two bouts of dizziness, the first was when I was at work the room suddenly began to start moving, I immediantly slammed my hand down on the table in panic and it subsided. I put this down to anxiety as I had being stressed and also had being drinking the night before (I get horrible hangovers).
The second time this happened I was at the pub the following night, this time the dizziness just came on suddenly and I felt like I was moving from side to side. So I staggered to the bathroom and washed my face, calmed myself down and it went away (again putting this down to anxiety).
The following day I woke up with flu/cold like symptoms and a sensation like I was on a boat, or there was some sort of internal movement. This affected my balance, after several days of this I began to worry - went to the doctor who said this was a case of Labrynthitis.
Whether or not it was the anxiety, or the internet searching or not my balance and dizziness seemed to get much worse over the next few days, to the point I was unable to get out of bed for more than a few minuites and maybe go and have a ciggerette to calm myself down. During this period I was was experiencing anxiety like I have never experienced before. Fear of impending doom, ringing and fullness in my right ear. I was so tense my body would be locking up and I would be fidgeting with things just to keep my mind of it - feeling like I was going insane.
Since the “worst” of the symptoms - I have being waking up feeling not right everyday since, with days where I feel like I am improving only to wake up the following day feeling awful again, strangely this seems to be in a one on and one off kind of situation. Whether or not these symptoms have actually improved or I have just started to get used to them, I’m not sure.
Throughout this duration I have developed sore points all over my head, tension headaches (which I have never experienced before), eye straining, tired eyes, headaches that move around and a constant popping sensation in my ears. The feeling like I am somehow moving is still here, especially when I wake up in the morning - but I dont know if this is because I am constantly thinking about it? When I sit on the floor I have a sensation the floor is moving, and sometimes when I close my eyes it feels like I am spinning but when I open my eyes I am not.
I went through a similar stage 5 years ago when I was 20 - I awoke with what I felt was a viral infection which never left and then developed anxiety and hyprocondria. I complained of a spaced out feeling, depersonalization and derealiziation which is triggered by floresent lighting such as supermarkets, or just rooms which are well lit artifically, although I never received and rocking sensations or loss of balance - I never really fully recovered from it but most of the symptoms went away and I was living a normal life up until 4 weeks ago, apart from the anxiety which flared up every now and again. I had scans and saw various specialists who found nothing wrong with me, and I was told the problem was a general anxiety disorder.
So here I am, the doctor has reffered me to a ENT doctor, he says my ears have a lot of wax inside them which could be making the situation worse so I am applying ear drops daily. I had blood tests which also came back fine, and the doctor gave me many neurological exams. But did not feel it was appropriate to send me for any scans or otherwise.
I have suffered from migranes throughout my life, I never noticed any specific triggers as they did seem to change a lot, they are a nuisence but have never being a chronic thing and a good nights sleep has always got rid of them. Last year I experienced quite a lot during the summer, but found keeping my sunglasses on and drinking plenty of water stopped them. I have never experienced any balance problems or dizziness from migranes before though. I suppose I just wanted to see if anyone here has followed similar circumstances.
I never usually take this long to get better, if I have a cold or flu or something I am back on track after 2 weeks maximum. Feel a bit lost at the moment, I spent so long getting to where I was and now feel like I am almost back where I was 5 years ago but atleast I could go out and still do normal things! I am skeptical about diseases and diagnosis because with me it always seems to be “unexplained” problems or things that have no conclusive diagnosis.
What are your thoughts, if any?
Thank you for reading, and sorry for the long post.