Dizziness, lightheadedness, "weird" feeling - is this anxiety?

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   Posted 12/11/2010 1:16 AM (GMT -7)   
There are days when I feel like my balance is being thrown off, I feel generally lightheaded, or slightly dizzy. Sometimes, I getting a tingling sensation around my left arm and left foot, and the muscle around my left eye feels weak. Some days, I don't experience these issues at all. Sometimes, they occur in greater or lesser intensity. Anxiety seems to have nothing to do with it. It can occur on days when I feel perfectly calm, and be non-existent on days when I'm completely freaking out.

Sometimes, it feels like I can't shift my head a certain way, or turn my head too quickly. If I do, I fear I'll pass-out. A lot of my anxiety tends to result from these symptoms occurring on some days, and being really intense. By no means is my anxiety, in turn, causing them to become more intense. It just wouldn't make sense.

I kind of suspect some sort of ear problem, after reading about similar symptoms, and how they're usually linked to ear infections. There seems to be a lot of blockage in my left ear. If I just slightly press against the area around the ear, it becomes completely blocked off; I can't hear anything through it. It's just like inserting an ear-plug. I also have very bad allergies. My head usually stays stopped-up.

It's worth mentioning that I had a terrible ear infection a few years ago, which caused my left ear-drum to rupture. There is also generally more build-up in the left ear than there is the right ear. I've been used to this for some time; but I never suspected it could cause anything such as dizziness.

When I was a child, I had something placed in that ear to drain fluids. Since then, I've noticed that my left hear has more sensitive hearing. If I place my hand completely over my ear to block it, and then quickly remove my hand, it's quite painful. This doesn't occur in my right ear.

I'm considering seeing my family doctor and suggesting that my ear may be responsible for all the disorientation I'm experiencing lately. In fact, it's largely responsible for my anxiety. I freak out over this problem so much, because I fear passing out. (or I fear it's something more serious; like a neurological problem)

Any insight is appreciated. I'm wondering if anyone experiences dizziness similar to what I described, and if they're confident that it's related to their anxiety.

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   Posted 12/11/2010 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had a inner ear problem for years and at one time had an ET tube placed which help me a lot.  With plugged ears, your eustachian tubes — the pathways between your middle ears and the back of your nose — become obstructed. 
  • Ventilation tubes, in some cases, to drain fluid are place in a minor surgical procedure.
  • Vertigo or dizziness is a symptom, not a disease. Mental stress can make many forms of vertigo worse, but will not, by itself, produce vertigo.

    I am not a Doctor so the information above is strictly FYI.  I do feel you should visit your physician as many other things besides anxiety can cause your symptoms.  I know how disturbed you must be feeling over all these physical problems so do advocate for yourself.  Take care and let us hear from you how you are doing.




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       Posted 12/14/2010 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
    I often felt dizzy with my anxiety too! It is a very weird feeling but dont worry ( I know- not the best advice to give) it will be okay!

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       Posted 12/15/2010 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
    This sounds like Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV. You should probably see your doctor asap. Turning your head a certain way and passing out is definitely an indicator that something is not right.

    It could be an inner ear infection, or the crystals of your inner ear might be out of whack, you could have fluid in your inner ear, or numerous other issues.

    Just please go to a doctor and then you'll probably receive a referral to an ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) Doctor.

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       Posted 12/15/2010 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
    I have dizziness issues too. mostly I feel like I am on an elevator and the floor is either dropping out or rising to meet me. very weird feeling, but thankfully only lasts a few short seconds. dr. says it is anxiety.

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       Posted 12/16/2010 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
    I have vertigo and anxiety and they play off of each other. Somedays I can feel fine then have a slight episode of vertigo and my anxiety kicks in and makes it feel 20 times worse.
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