Extreme Dizziness

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 11/11/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
For the past week I've been dizzy. The past 4 days it has been pretty much constant all day everyday. Sometimes I allow it to scare me and I start to have higher anxiety, like I'm about to have a panic attack. I've been to the doctor twice about my anxiety and he did a check up both times too just because he wanted to, I didn't request it. He checked my ears, nose, throat, eyes, abdominal area, heart, breathing etc. He never said anything about any of that looking abnormal. I think perhaps the dizziness is either sinuses or an ear infection because I have alot of pressure and pain in my ears and my head feels extrememly stuffy and congested. I don't really have a runny nose or anything like that. I do have a bit of a sore throat though. Anyways, my point is I have constantly been dizzy and it is definitely distressing to me. I honestly don't think I'm overreacting, I am feeling this. Does anyone have any suggestions or similar feelings/stories? I am thinking about going back to the doctor about this but I don't want my doctor or my parents to think I am overreacting and that there's nothing really wrong with me.

Thanks and God Bless!

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   Posted 11/12/2009 12:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, I am mainly on the lyme forum but figured I needed to be over here too due to my anxiety and depression. Sometimes anxiety, even severe anxiety, can be a symptom of a medical condition- and sometimes it is just anxiety.  I think if you continue to notice NEW symptoms you might need to do a little research into what you are experiencing.  For example -migrating joint pain- is often not directly caused by anxiety-  the feeling that your head is bloated or stuffy may be anxiety but i can also tell you that it might not.  If your instinct tells you something is up- check into it.  If the dizziness becomes overwhelming go to a doctor even if it is just anxiety extreme dizziness is not something to take chances with.  There are certain medical conditions that require specialists to diagnose- such is true with lyme.  Most regular medical doctors are not educated on this illness or how to diagnose it.  Many of the symptoms may mimic anxiety but if you begin to feel things like frequent bone popping, joint pain, too much tingling- to the point of numbness, these things are more than just anxiety.  Educate yourself but try not to feed the anxiety- as if that were easy! Honestly, when i read your posts you sound just like me! I'm an anxious wreck- but i also have a medical condition- there were many times when my head feels stuffy and i might feel dizzy on occasion now- but not usually as i discovered for myself this was partly due to nutrient deficiences, but it could also have been due to anxiety.  Have your magnesium, potassium and iron levels checked if they have not been. I truly hope you feel better soon I know those feelings are not fun because i've had them. But each case is different and so please don't think i'm telling you that you have a medical condition! I sympathize because i know everytime i hear something new about my situation it overwhelms me and that cycle can be tough to break whether you have a medical condition or not.  Chin up- the answer will come and just remember that if you have new symptoms -write them down and look into them.

I refuse to stay sick! Period. 

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   Posted 11/12/2009 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
New symptoms are a part of having anxiety. They come up all the time if you let them because we are so sensitive to everything. I mean if you do start feeling joint pain and your bones popping and stuff, then I'd look into it. Right now with the sore throat, the history of sinus problems, and being what time of year it is, I think you're probably okay to assume sinus for now.

In other words I think 'finding' is trying to do the right thing but I don't think you should be freaked out by lyme disease or anything. Of course I'm not a doctor. But I've had sinus problems all my life and have had anxiety for several years now.

Anyway I've been feeling a lot the same way recently. Dizzy. Ears "popping" during the slightest elevation changes (walking down a flight of stairs, driving on the freeway and going down a mild slope). Intermittent sore throat. Snoring. Head congested. All of these are sinus symptoms. Every one. You do not have to have the runny nose. You sinus cavities are inflamed and congested and they're draining down your throat...that's what causes it to be sore.

Being dizzy does cause stress. When your equilibrium is off, nothing is going to seem quite right. What I'd do is try something called a netti pot. It sounds disgusting and actually it is a little, but you use it to pour water into your nose and clean out the sinuses. You can use medical salt or buy a cheap solution to mix with the water.

I do not recommend taking sinus pills if you're new to anxiety. They still freak me out...they either dry me out so much that it's worse than having sinus problems, or they are stimulants which obviously doesn't mix well with anxiety. You can also try a couple of ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory among other things and I've found they help out a little.

Anyway, I'd try these things and if none of it helps, go back to your doctor. You don't want an ear infection getting out of control if that's what the problem is, and of course blocked and congested sinuses can lead to an infection.

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   Posted 11/12/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
If you are thinking you might have a sinus infection then I recommend that you go back to the doctor and tell him that you think thats whats wrong. You don't need to say anything about your anxiety, let him check you for sinus issues and see what he says. That way he can look at the problem without thinking immediately that you are just having a anxiety attack. If he can't find anything, then you can assume its just your anxiety. Good luck!
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   Posted 11/12/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much you guys! I think I'll try to stick it out a couple of more days and see what happens :)
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