6mnths Dizziness, confusion, anxiety, headaches and nausea. Vestibular Neuritis?

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Around 6 months ago I had 2 very strong colds of flu knocking me out for 6-7 days a peice.  Along with an extremely stressful time at work I started becoming very dizzy after having alcohol the day after.  It got to the point that a half a beer would have me in bed for days and what was seemingly triggered by alcohol was a non stop dizzy feeling.  I would be so dizzy that nausea would be very strong.  Now it is a constant dizzy blurry feeling with sometimes being very confused.  Along with everything I have been pretty anxious, something I've dealt with in my early 20s but hasn't been much of an issue for last 8 years(I'm 36 now). 

Currently sober for 6 months, exercising roughly 4 times a week depending on how bad the symptoms are.  Diet is pretty healthy, lots of fruits and veggies.  Sleeping roughly 8hrs a day.  3-4 caffeinated drinks a week. 

I run my own business and obviously it is difficult when walking at times is a task itself.  Have missed quite a few days and continue to have a hard time making it through the days here.

After getting to Drs I've gotten an CT scan, MRI full blood work and everything is totally fine.(They did incidentally find a 4mm cavernoma with acute bleed deep in my brain, with 4 specialists saying this is not the cause due to size and location).  Have been given meclizine which did not work.  Aprazolam for the anxiety which has help manage the anxiety that comes along with this. 

Finally saw a neurologist that suggested that it could possibly be vestibular neuritis.  After reading up and looking on forums for other peoples experiences it seems pretty spot on. He's put me on steroids and its day 2 so haven't noticed any movement.  He suggested a anti depressant also could be useful to knock out some of these issues.  I was given an RX for one from my GP when I first mentioned anxiety.  I've avoided because I wanted to not take since I remember them in my 20s.  Is there a specific one that suits the affects of vestibular neuritis?  I'd start taking this immediately if i knew it could possibly help.  Just don't want to have to start over again if it isn't ideal.

Big question is what have people heard that could help makes this recovery faster on top of the therapy?  Supplements that helped people, particular antidepressants or any vestibular exercises that have made progress.

Waiting 3-4 weeks in between appointments makes this thing drag on forever seemingly.  If there's something I can be proactively doing I'd start immediately.  In a day to day struggle the thought of another month or even 6 is terrifying. 

Glad I found the site and have seen there is hope.  Just need a bit of advice to get through the rest of this thing.

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    I hear it can take a year to heal.
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    Oh you poor thing.. I know how your feeling... I've suffered vertigo for about 7 years but for the  last 3 months I've been really bad..for me it feels like I'm out in the middle of the ocean on a boat and my head feels like it's full of fog.. a few days ago I got diagnosed with PPPD( functional dizziness)... if you get a chance google it. Let me know if it sounds like you.. I'm here to help

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      Sorry to here that.  It seems that some symptoms are similar but others do not line up. 

      It's just a dizziness that is there all the time and moving/standing doesn't seem to affect it all all.  I still have the caloric tests coming up and a hopped on the vestibular exercise as much as possible. 

      Just finished a dose of prednisone and definitely felt worse and not experiencing any positive sides to it yet.  Pretty bad week all in all.

      Noticing starring at my work computer and possibly sound is not helping.  Work as a sound engineer so unfortunately it is hard to avoid the 2.  Reducing time at work as much as possible without staying stagnant.

      Staying away from alcohol, cigarettes and now caffeine.  Having a harder time working out lately with the anxiety issue and nausea but hoping that has been more a result of the steroids.

      Hoping for an anti depressant rx and a call with the neurologist tomorrow.  Will check back in and see this whole process though here.  Hopefully a happy ending sooner than later!

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