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Topic: Dizziness daily

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  1. Helenmaree46
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    19 October 2019
    Hi I am wondering if anyone can help me understand what is happening to me. This last 12 months has been a difficult with lots of home conflict mainly due to us both being exhausted by our jobs, family tradgedy and limited spare time. Communication started to break down some months ago. I find myself always worrying, then 2 months ago I ended up in ER with vertigo that lasted 7 hours. I was told it was inflammation in the eustachian tubes and given stemitil. A couple weeks after this I started having daily, up to 10 times a day lightheaded and dizzy feelings. I copied ok for the first week but now everytime it happens my heart pounds, my legs shake, my mouth is dry and it comes at anytime without warning. In the shops , at home, at work. I'm really feeling panicky and drained. I am scared when it happens. I wake with butterflies in my stomach and they come and go throughout the day. My heart, blood pressure have been checked and are ok. I am desperate to cope with the symptoms as I love life and doing different things. I feel this is making it so hard to relax and do the things I used to do.Thankyou for reading x
  2. 44Max44
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    19 October 2019 in reply to Helenmaree46

    Hi,

    I was actually just about to make a post about something very similar.
    For around a month now I've been experiencing a strange dizziness/lightheaded feeling daily. It's a very strange feeling and I can't even really explain exactly what it feels like, the closest thing I can compare it to is a slight dizziness/lightheaded feeling or almost like a slight headache.

    A couple of weeks ago I went into the doctors about this and told them I was getting a slight dizziness feeling and the closest thing I could compare it to was vertigo, they said that it was probably an inner ear infection causing me to feel a sense of imbalance. They said there's nothing you can really do except wait for it to go away on its own, which should happen within a few weeks, but a few weeks later it's still here.

    It's not super debilitating or anything, I can still walk, ride my bike, and do all that kind of stuff just fine, but I find it hard to concentrate sometimes and enjoy the things I like to do because I'm too busy focusing on this unusual feeling all the time and stressing over it.

    I'd very much like to know what could be happening, could this feeling just be caused by anxiety and stress? Has anyone else experienced this? I'm not sure what to do at this point.

    Thanks

  3. Helenmaree46
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    20 October 2019 in reply to 44Max44
    Hi, I'm sorry to hear you are experiencing this too. Mine started almost identical to yours. I would still do things and had the feelings and thoughts just hanging in my mind. I felt I could cope with it . It was the severe vertigo attack that seemed to make it so much worse. Any time I feel the slightest off balance I immediately worry that it is the return of the vertigo. I couldn't sit, stand, do anything during the attack and it worries me I could be anywhere and all of a sudden lose the ability to walk. Do your feelings make you panic and how do you cope if you start to panic ? I'm pretty sure it's the constant worrying with added life stress that has led me to be where I am with this.
  4. 44Max44
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    20 October 2019 in reply to Helenmaree46

    I think like you, I'm in the coping stage of things right now, the vertigo feeling isn't so severe that I panic whenever I feel it, it's just worrying. I've yet to experience really severe vertigo from this, it's more of a slight feeling of vertigo paired with a mild headache feeling, I honestly don't know how else to explain it.
    I do believe it's the constant worrying and stress that has caused or at least contributed to what we are feeling, maybe our brains are just overloaded with adrenaline all the time or something like that.
    Unfortunately, I don't really have any coping advice I can give you, but I'm sure some other people on here would. You could maybe try searching the forums for people who've experienced similar issues and see if there's good advice on them.

    I really hope someone can help us out with this issue. If this persists I'll probably go and see my GP again and see what to do.

  5. Helenmaree46
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    20 October 2019 in reply to 44Max44
    Hi and yes I agree, I am going back to GP for a final check and also referral for counceiliing. I have spent a lot of today reflecting on the past year and I am leaning towards the fact that maybe I truly am unhappy with a lot of things. I have a lot to be grateful for and appreciate those moments. Im really not living completely the way I would like. I love peace and harmony and that has certainly not been the case this last 12 months. I think the physical symptoms are scary and I need to somehow accept that's my body sending a message. I agree the flooding of adrenaline over and over has most likely caused this or should I say the constant worry. I think I'm going to tell my work colleagues tomorrow as it happens at work and I make excuses to leave a conversation or leave the room. Very nervous about this but I feel I have to just be me. Thankyou for talking with me I appreciate you sharing and I hope you find peace of your symptoms x
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  6. 44Max44
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    20 October 2019 in reply to Helenmaree46
    I wish you the very best of luck and hope you can find a way to resolve these symptoms.
    I'd love to hear back from you if you get any helpful advice from your GP, I'll do the same when I visit mine.

    Good luck!
  7. 44Max44
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    26 October 2019 in reply to 44Max44
    The dizziness for me has actually pretty much subsided, so either I've just stopped worrying about it which has caused me to stop getting the symptoms or maybe it was just an inner ear infection this entire time and it's finally healed.

    Whatever the reason is, I'm very glad I can go about my days without constantly feeling dizzy.

    I hope you managed to find some help for your dizziness.
  8. Helenmaree46
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    27 October 2019 in reply to 44Max44
    That is fantastic news. You must feel so relieved. I'm so happy for you. I am still having moments each day , but I am facing them and doing all I can to not panic. I feel less worried and have noticed the intensity is getting weaker. I did see the doctor yesterday though and there is fluid in my eardrum. Keep moving forward and enjoy your amazing dizzy free days .
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  9. Malaalsieh
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    27 October 2019 in reply to Helenmaree46

    I’m struggling so hard with dizziness that it’s making me think I’m going to pass out or I have a tumor!!!! I cry all the time because it’s ruining my whole day every day!! Did the doc know straight away if you had fluid?? I’ve heard about getting my ears checked but scared to go to the doctors...: again!!! I simply have been living there this year :(

  10. Helenmaree46
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    28 October 2019 in reply to Malaalsieh
    Hi there. I completely understand what you are going through.Yes the doctor could see straight away, fluid behind the eardrum. Having said though it's not the cause of my anxiety. The trapped fluid does cause a floaty , dizzy sensation and ringing in the ears. I panic whenever I feel dizzy, from getting up too fast, moving too quickly, shallow breathing etc. So although health problems can cause dizziness the anxiety response is it making it worse and I believe I have anxiety dizziness when my health is ok.I too have been checked for brain tumour and all the other tests that I could possibly have. I too spend a lot of time feeling like I will pass out and fearing I will pass out. I have tried hard the last few days to not panic when I feel off balance. I know for certain that anxiety can make you feel awfully dizzy. The only way it will stop is to start practicing not panicking, and fearing it. Extremely difficult when in the middle of a situation. But the more you do and the more you see you haven't passed out yet the more confident you will be. My doctor told me it takes a lowering of blood pressure to actually pass out. Anxiety sufferers rarely have very low blood pressure.So although it feels it will happen physiologically it can't. Not sure if this is true , but it makes sense. Don't worry how many times you've been to the doctor. Go back and tell them what your fears are and what you think is wrong. They will work out with the symptoms you tell them whether you need tests. Don't worry about needing reassurance, because reassurance is a good thing. I'm at work today, and I've felt dizzy , and I notice my heart pounding and shallow breathing. I'm focusing on slow deeper breaths and so far I've managed to not go into panic. But I'll have to tell my self all day, it's going to be ok, I will cope with each attack. Exhausting and scary. It's my only option because I believe 100 percent it's anxiety. So please go get the health checks done and spend some time understanding if it's anxiety then this is what it's supposed to do, feels awful but normal. Reassure yourself and go slow.Good luck :)
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  11. 44Max44
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    29 October 2019 in reply to Malaalsieh
    I can totally relate to how you feel like you're 'living' at the doctors, I've been to the doctors 10x more in this year alone then I have in my entire life beforehand. I haven't kept track but I wouldn't be surprised if I've been there 25+ times this year. Because of this, I sometimes hesitate to go to the doctors about things because I feel like at the end of the day it'll just be another symptom caused by my anxiety.

    I fully agree with Helen, the best thing to do is practice not panicking because the main thing making you feel the dizziness is your anxiety and giving in to those anxious feelings does nothing but empower your anxiety and make the sensations and symptoms more intense. I actually find that when my mind goes off of the symptoms I'm feeling and onto something else those symptoms vanish as if they were never there, and then the second I go back and 'check' to see if I have those symptoms they magically re-appear, it's almost as if it's all in my head (because it is).

    I've felt anything and everything there is to feel with it comes to physical anxiety symptoms, and not even once has what I feared actually ended up being true. It's ironic because the stress I get from worrying about these symptoms is far worse for me than the symptoms themselves.

    Good luck! :)
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  12. Helenmaree46
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    4 November 2019 in reply to 44Max44
    Hoping everyone is doing as best they can. I have started reading the Claire Weekes anxiety books. Self help for your nerves. It is really helping me understand and move in the direction I need to go. I noticed others on different forum topics recommending the books. I highly recommend them too. Have a great week :)
  13. Truetomyself
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    4 November 2019
    Hi
    I had issues with dizziness. I had all the tests done, went to have my ears tested, had a warm and cold water ear test, sound etc. I later found out that your vestibular in your ear is greatly impacted by anxiety. I even saw an ENT. But to no avail.
    I had dizziness, could not turn my head in certain directions, felt nauseas and it would come and go.
    You might want to see your doctor about your Vestibular in your ear. This is greatly impacted by anxiety.
    I am not sure if it is the same but I had to see a vestibular specialist who luckily is available in my state.
    I believe physiotherapists can also help in this area too. But they must have specific qualifications.
    It was a God send finding this out.
    I thought what is going on!
    If you have any dizziness issues go and maybe see your GP.
    I was diagnosed with Vertigo first but it was incorrect.
    Your balance and dizziness is helped through talking to someone but your vestibular could be something to look at.
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  14. Helenmaree46
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    8 November 2019 in reply to Truetomyself
    Hi thankyou for replying. I do agree this is worth looking into. Particularly given my experience the last couple of days. I have come down with a bad cold and my right ear is completely blocked. The swaying and dizziness is very bad today and it's taking a huge amount of self talk to not panic. It's a very scary sensation magnified by having a cold.
  15. AnotherOne12
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    12 November 2019 in reply to Helenmaree46
    I have literally gone through thread after thread and replying so that other sufferers can suffer no longer. I went through this dizzy, off balance, elevator drop sensation for 6 months and it was constant day after day driving me crazy. I went to see a psychiatrist and a good experienced one at that. He put me on a moderate dose of an SNRI and within a few months i am completely back to normal. I too was fearful id be stuck in this space forever but I made the promise I would reply to help others and not leave the forum once i was better. I am 100% back to normal, no dizziness, no symptoms and i feel exceptional. Go see a good psychiatrist and go on some go anxiety meds. Initially you will notice your physical symptoms seem to improve some days and worsen others but after a good 6 or so weeks youll see them lessen and lessen and they fade and you will be back to feeling good. It is possible. Good luck.
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  16. Helenmaree46
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    13 November 2019 in reply to AnotherOne12
    Hi there, I'm very happy that you have found peace. I do agree with you. If it can't be managed and is the focal point of each day and there's no underlying medical issues, then why suffer. It's exhausting hard work at times. My panicking seems to have eased and I'm left with self induced anxiety. I'm going to continue on with cbt and relaxation, but I have decided if it interferes to a point where I feel I can't stay at work or socialise I will be looking at this option. 100 percent agree sometimes it's the only way . Thankyou for sharing :)
  17. 44Max44
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    10 February 2020 in reply to Helenmaree46
    I've recently had this symptom come back for me.
    I think AnotherOne12 described it the best, it's a sort of 'elevator drop' sensation with a little bit of dizziness and unbalanced feeling.

    I noticed that it came back after I had been particularly anxious about some other symptoms, and then those other symptoms went away and this one stuck with me. I'm not overly worried about it but it is pretty exhausting and makes it a little hard to concentrate sometimes.

    I think going to see a psychiatrist is the next thing on my to-do list. Better late than never.
  18. Meg_611
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    12 February 2020 in reply to 44Max44

    This is a great way to describe this feeling! An elevator drop I have been trying to describe it for months! I would call it a surge!

    I too have different from lightheadedness, dizziness, sensitivity to side noises etc since June 2019! I have started meditation, magnesium and reflux medication and they have all helped!
    I definitely recommend the Headspace App- it teaches meditation for a brand new beginner and the sessions are 10, 15 or 20 mins - you can chose! At first doing it get like a bit of a chore but now it’s something I actually look forward to doing! Give it a go for a few weeks! It won’t do any harm!
    all the best

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  19. 44Max44
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    12 February 2020 in reply to Meg_611
    I've actually had that app installed on my phone for quite a while now but have never gotten around to using it. I'll definitely give it a go! I've still consistently been experiencing this dizziness symptom since my last reply, but it's not constant, I only really experience it when I 'check' to see if I am experiencing it and then it sticks around until I get my mind onto something else, which can be difficult.

    In other news, I'm finally booking an appointment to see a psychiatrist and I'm considering looking at medications to help with my anxiety, but I guess I'll wait and see what happens. I'm glad I'm taking steps to deal with my anxiety.


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  20. Helenmaree46
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    2 October 2020 in reply to 44Max44
    Hope everyone is doing ok. It's been a year since my symptoms started. And only list last few weeks has panic subsided. I still get super nervous, but now I am left with even more fatigue. I sleep all night and wake up tired and remain tired throughout the day. I seem to feel a little better late afternoon. I still have some dizziness and nervous tension on most days but it's not turning into panic. I wonder if the exhaustion is from a year of nervousness. But I'm now tired of being tired. Very grateful some symptoms have eased though.
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  21. Marty74
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    16 November 2021 in reply to Helenmaree46

    Thanks for following up with an update Helenmaree, and for creating this post. It's always good to read similar experiences.

    I'm going through a period of lightheadedness/woozyness myself at the moment too.

    I've had this a long time (20 years) ago when I was younger, and was having some health anxiety (and of course it turned out to be nothing cause I'm still here).

    Last year I started having some health anxiety again, and this time at least I recognized the feeling of lightheadedness. I could even find some old notes from way back to make me reflect on how this feeling is similar to then.

    And since about 2 weeks, it's started again unfortunately. A bit stronger and more persistent than in the past.
    Like some of you on here say, it's hard to describe. I would say feeling "off-balance", lightheaded, woozy, with a hint of headache/pressure in the background. I also find that from time to time it's like a 'jolt' going through my brain.

    PS My stressful background is that I've got a 6 month old baby, so sleep is not always as much as I need it to be, and the pressure of responsibility is subconsciously weighing on me. Also the fact that my (/our) days are pretty much scheduled now, which is much different from just do whatever you feel like outside of work hours.

    Sorry for the ramble, just had to get this off of my chest.

  22. Helenmaree46
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    11 May 2022 in reply to Marty74
    Hi there . Absolutely understand. What a rollercoaster this can be. How are you doing now. I've done a full circle and had recovered when bam this year it all came back. Doctors are now looking into possible menieres disease. A diagnosis won't stop the symptoms unfortunately, so I'm finding I need to pull out all the anxiety coping strategies again. Such an interesting complex situation for us all .

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