I am sorry to hear of the involuntary movements/twitching etc. and I believe that you would do well by making an appointment with a neurologist to receive a good medical screening exam to rule out any physical problems that may be causing your sx. Do not try to dx yourself as we always assume the most devestating diseases.
Also may I gentle suggest that you lose the Google feature for awhile as there is always some dreaded disease out there that we are sure must be the one.
I had severe vertigo a long time ago and could not stand up...........I talked to my Doctor by phone while lying on the living room floor. I was sure I was having a stroke..........dizzy and room spinning. Well she came up with a dx I never thought of much to my chagrin, a middle ear infection. So please remember there are plenty of other reasons for your sx that can be easily dealt with.
Please know that I understand how scary it is to have sx but do try to stay in the moment and not moved into the panic mode.Mecalzine! A great med, you can buy it over the counter by the same name or it is also known as Antivert. I use it for vertigo. I have recently weaned of of SSNI drugs and I have some vertigo in the morning...........I take this med and it works well. I have used it as necessary for many years.
Please remember I am not a professional.
Take care and know we are here for you.
Hi...have you been checked for Meniere's Disease? It a very benign condition but very distressing and causes the whirling/spinning sensations that can last for an hour or days. It is caused by a build up of fluid in the ear and is believed to be triggered by salt, MSG, nitrates and other things that make the body retain water. I have had this disorder for thirty years. My balance is permantley effected. Sometimes it is triggered by visual stimuli...I looked through a kaliescope once and got it immediately.
I was put on anti-vert but was told I had to take it every day to prevent the attacks. I was in a coma so I stopped it. Now, when I feel it coming on I take a valium which is supposed to sedate those little hairs in the middle ear that effect balance.
As for your other symptoms..have those too. TMJ...big time and ENT told me that can cause vertigo from clenching the teeth and forming somekind of vacuum in the ear canal.
I don't have health insurance either so I understand your concern about going to the doc. Maybe they have a clinic where you live that will charge you on a sliding scale...most counties do.
Hope you feel better...
Vertigo is an illusion of movement and is specific for a lesion in the inner ear, vestibular nuclei, or vestibular pathways. Momentary vertigo associated with rapid head movements typifies benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Vertigo lasting for several hours tends to occur with inner ear disorders. Persistent vertigo of greater than three weeks' duration may be due to a problem within the central nervous system.
Otologic inspection may rule out disease of the external and middle ear. So yes you can dx an inner ear problem with an otoscope.
Thanks for the tip on the ginger Gretchen. I did not know that about ginger. Sometimes Antivert does not work as well for some people as they may be underdosed. Vertigo (prophylaxis and treatment)—Oral, 25 to 100 mg a day as needed, in divided doses is the range however I know my OTC bottle comes in 12.5mg but I only use it when needed. If using higher doses you should have your physician prescribing for you.
Phixgrrrl, I sure would like you to start to feeling better.