I really appreciate all the information this board offers. I have been suffering from vertigo/dizziness for about 5 months now.
I am 27 - seemingly healthy (low bp) (I don’t drink alcohol, coffee or smoke etc)
At this point all of my life activities have pretty much ceased.
I went for a run in July and when I got home I checked my cell phone and the looking up and down motion made me feel quite dizzy. I assumed I was getting a bug and went to bed, but when I awoke it was still there.
It progressively worsened to the point where I could barely eat and take care of myself. I never had severe vertigo just constant dizziness.
During this early time I had a wisdom tooth infection on my left side which resulted in a tooth extraction and antibiotics (which did not help the matter).
My doctor believed I had an ear infection and said it would get better in a couple of weeks.
I was also sent to the ER at one point because due to lack of water and food and anxiety the dizziness resulted in a panic attack. I was sent home with the same diagnosis - ear infection.
I had a nystagmus which seemed to indicate it was my right ear.
I was sent ot a physio who firmly believed it was inner ear damage to the horizontal canal in my right ear and gave me exercises to do - none of which helped the problem.
Here I am five months later and my whole life has pretty much ceased to exist. I try to go for walks, go shopping etc and all of these things exacerbate the dizziness and uncomfortable eye feeling to the point that I need to go home and nap.
I was referred to an ENT who believes I may be experiencing MAV. She says my ears are fine. I am being sent for am MRI but I have to wait up to another 4 months for this to happen.
Recently I started to experience tingling in the tip of my nose and mouth area. Neither my Gp of the ENT seem concerned with this.
I am foolish and googled it and am terrified I have MS.
The other strange symptom I have is feeling heavy in the left side of my body. When I walk my left side feels “off”. My headaches (not migraine strength) occur on the left side of my head. I feel a large amount of pressure, fog, discomfort in and around my left eye region (cheekbone/eyebrow/ear). I feel off balance (though I pass balance testing tests) and my physio says I favour my left side when walking and cock my head to the left when I am talking to people.
I am told the tingling(which is not constant) and one sided heaviness can be caused by anxiety (which I am definitely feeling). I am depressed, exhausted, can’t stop crying. I just don’t know what to do.
Much of what I have heard on here rings true to how I have been feeling. I have a hard time believing the migraine diagnosis as this came out of no where and has been so consistent and bizarre.
I basically wake up in the morning feeling a little off balance.
I am working very hard to drink lots of water and eat properly.
I am not working.
I spend the day with my eyes feeling off and have trouble and get dizzy watching tv. I cannot stand to be in busy places or big-box stores as I feel so out-of-it in those places.
The only time I feel better is when I sleep and even then, when I flip over in bed I feel dizzy/nauseous (I have been tested for BPPV - definitely do not have it).
I try to go for walks and usually feel quite dizzy by the end of them.
I feel fine driving, but as soon as I step out of the car I am very dizy. I never vomited or had aura (I had migraines with both these symptoms when I was about 12-13).
I am currently on the food triggers diet (1 week) - no change yet.
I will go back to my doctor in a few weeks and hopefully try out a medication while I wait to go for the Mri (So frustrating).
Thank you for this forum and any advice or information you could give me would be much appreciated.
It keeps me from going off the edge thinking it is MS etc.