I’m pre-doctor consult on this (though I have some medical connections in my life who have weighed in.)
I’m trying to sort out some fairly strong symptoms I’ve had for about 6 weeks and hoped you all could imput.
Quickly, here’s what I have:
-Off-balance feelings - wobbly at times when walking (But not to point of falling etc)
-Ear ringing (this is not new, had some level of this for years and honestly not a primary concern or issue)
-A few medium/mild headaches (I can also get these from time to time then they go)
-Feel some weakness in legs
-Head feels a little “full” or swollen senesation
-Eyes feel kind of heavy and slow
-Anxiety is ramped up - I’ve mostly overcome a stress/anxiety disorder but these symptoms have fueled the condition back into making an appearance.
-Some brain fog, blurry vision at times - then other times it’s fine.
-At times, maybe a litlte light sensitivity - other times fine
*Primarily the biggest thing is the boaty head, balance thing. Can be worse when looking down at a screen for example, or if I look up for a while, then look down. (positional)
Here’s what I DON’T have:
-No true Vertigo
-Never felt any “pop,” leakage or any real ear sensations.
-No contact injury
-No real issues in either ear aside from the ringing which is a bit more pronounced but has been there.
-No speech issues
-Memory is pretty much fine
-No odditiees like being able to hear my eyes move, no noises in ears
-No pain in either ear
-No fullness feelings in ears (or very little… more a full head feeling at times)
-No apparent sensitivity to pressure etc (Or perhaps very light sensitivity)
-No head pain, outside of maybe 3-4 days of headache in about 40 days
How did this come on?
During a busy time I was working out pretty heavy and did an inclined pull-up (on my back on a machine) and stood up and felt kind of dizzy, like I had kind of overdid it. Felt a little foggy/dizzy that night and it carried over into next day… then continued on for over a month with varying degrees. I’ve had some dizziness in the past with anxiety/stress disorder so I didn’t think much of it. So, looking back it SEEMS like it started that night, that moment. This was the only reason I stumbled upon this idea of Fistula.
-The balance and everything else seems a bit better at night. (Though my anxiety behaves this way too.)
-When engaged in activities I can forget about most of it, but it’s there.
-Balance is off, but I can do basic things. Yesterday I was even hitting some tennis balls (gently) to my daughter back and forth on the court.
-I’m able to get to work and function
-Some days it’s just a minor annoyance, some days really hard. (Usually feels related to how my mind is responding to it.)
-I’ve felt the need to try to rest a lot, sleep can sometimes be deep and symtpoms a little stronger right out of sleep, then slowly ease up as I move around.
Had I not felt this come on during a lift, I think I’d chalk this up to another episode of what stress/anxiety can do. (I’ve certainly had symptoms like this in various mixes before - but not so long and consistent.) But, because of how it seemed to relate to that straining, I thought it was worth getting some opinions/input.
I’m not convinced this IS fistula or even anything phsyical for sure. But, my hope is that some of you with experience can recognize some things and comment.
Thanks in advance!