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Hello to all. I am new to this website and have come for help as a last resort.. I really do not know what to do anymore.
First, I will give some history.
At the beginning of this year I caught a nasty virus which, while making me feel unwell, caused a pressure sensation within my head, as well as feeling off balance and slightly dizzy or 'woozy.'
I knew of two other people who had the same virus and complained of the same sensations which put my mind at rest.
At this point I recieved some very bad family related news which I shan't go into too much. It was fair to say that it threw me off guard and elevated my anxiety levels to the extreme.
After a few weeks, both the virus and the head pressure/woozyness went away completely and I felt back to normal and despite the news I had recently recieved, I did begin to find some normality again.
A month later both the head pressure and woozy/off balance feeling returned and so I contacted my doctor. I expressed my concerns (I seem to have added anxiety to my general anxiety now,) and explained that I feared I had a brain tumor.
I was told that the virus had been particuarly strange and had left many people with reprocussions of the virus. As I knew of one other person who still was having trouble with balance and feeling woozy, my anxiety was quelled for a short time.
As my symptoms did not go away, I went to see my Dr once again (I have deliberately been trying to see the same doctor and for the most part have been successful.)
My ears were examined and I was told that i had a fluid build up which would cause my symptoms. I was also given a checkup and again I was able to talk through my fears.
Again this appeased me for a short time, but I soon felt the symptoms were persisting and I began to obsess and worry that they were not relenting. Sometimes the symptoms of feeling woozy and disorientated were worse, especially when I became stressed.
I have seen other doctors too who have looked into my eyes - they also felt my worry was unfounded. I have even had a thurough eye test to check the back of my eyes (again I explained why I was there to the optician,) and was given the all clear.
Under a month ago the personal family situation that I mentioned earlier reached a peak and came to quite a catastrophic end. I started to get pins and needles, especially after one specific time of high stress.
In all, the situation left me feeling emotionally rung out - in fact at one point I was so over-raught that I felt an electric vibration run though my head - which terrified me further as I was convinced I had just had a fit.
Three weeks on (and my personal situation has started to dull down slightly, though there are still problems,) I developed a headache a week ago. It was mild but worried me, though it did go away.
The next day the headache came back and it went on like this for a few days until it has now become persistant and varys in intensity.
I have been back to my doctor who once again examined me and asked me about my symptoms, which I carefully detailed. He also asked about my personal situation. He told me that as this has been going on four eight months now that I would have many other symptoms and that my headache is caused by anxiety, both my own doing and through external stresses.
I have over the past few months caused myself so much distress that I have had frequent panick attacks...but despite the amount of time my doctor has given me I cannot get past my fear. nor can I get past my anxiety.
I've started therapy but it is early days. Can anyone give me some advice???
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