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Hey whoever is reading this, I'm a 20 year old male and for about 2 months now I've been feeling lightheaded. It started out randomly at night I was on my phone and I thought I was fainting but never did. This prompted me to go to the doctor and got a blood test done. It came back normal. Doc ordered an MRI as well to rule out a tumor and the MRI came back normal.

Doc told me it could just be my anxiety. So I ignored it but it never has really gone away. The thing with me is I don't feel the room spin or anything it just feels like I'm fainting . It sucks it has caused me to get panic attacks. Recently now I've noticed whenever I flex my fingers they shake. I don't know if that's anything but my thumbs shake when I position them in certain positions. Same with my toes. Other things I've had is 2 times I've had a ringing sound in my ears. I'm really worried if anyone has any idea what it could be? Usually I only feel the light headedness when I lay down or sit. And it happens randomly

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    Forgot to mention, whenever I make a smile or squint my face when I'm out in the sun my face twitches not sure if that's anything.

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    I am not to sure about the shaking of the fingers, but the ears ringing and light headedness you should try get a referral to a ENT/Neurologist or a Neurotologist smile

    One of them should be able to help you depending what diagnosis you get.

     

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      Thanks I am planning on going to a neurologist, I just wonder if it's something big. I've only had the ringing ear 2 times out of the 2 months the only thing I'm worried about is the lightheadedness. Do you know what type of test they will do on me?

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      I am not to sure because i am not a doctor but don't stress too much because that usually only makes it worse unfortunatly.

      I have only been to an ENT and i am going to a Neurologist/Neurotologist next week so i am not 100% on the tests they will do on you but probubly some vision tests, balance test and perform the epley manevour on you i'd imagine.

      I have occasional ringing too but it is rare, i am mainly lightheaded, i have bouts of feeling like my brain is floating, heavy head and pressure in my forehead. The room is neevr spin for me, it is that is moving(even when i am not haha)

       

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    First off don't let it freak you out. If you let it then that will make it worse. An ENT will check your ears and may doa inner ear test. No big deal. Also consider that it could be a vestibular mirgraine or an issue with your SCM muscle. Look both up for further info. You may want to go to a Neurologist about the shacking to rule things out. Many doctors love to say it's stress usually because they don't know what the problem is. When you took the blood test make sure your vitamin D, B12, magnessium, and Iron levels were good becuase when they are low they can make you dizzy. Also consider Lyme Disease.

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    This could be a long shot but have you recently stopped any medications such as an anti-depressant? I get what are called "brain zaps". It's an electrical shock feeling throughout my body. Almost like a cold chill. However, sometimes I don't get a shock or zap with it, I just get the lightheadedness you speak of and it feels like I'm going to faint but I don't. It's worse when I use a phone or computer too much, that's why I'm asking.

    I was never on any SSRI medication so I'm not sure why I'm having these and some people have them without being on meds but I'm not sure why.

    With that said, I would definitely go to your family doctor to rule out the regular tests and then move on to an ENT or neurotologist (neurologist who specialties in otolaryngology) or regular neurologist, if cause cannot be found by PCP.

    I know it's easier said than done but try not to worry too much.

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      Hi I haven't taken medications such as anti despressants in my life so don't think that will be it but thanks for replying! And yeah I'm trying to just live my life and forget it, but it's very difficult feeling it everyday!

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      Hi these electrical zaps are exactly that.  This is all caused by extra electricity in the brain stem and whatever it crosses, causes the weird and changing symptoms you get.  It also crosses the trigeminal nerve which goes from the top of your head, round you face, behind your eyes, cheek, jaw and round the back of your head, neck and shoulders.  Ive had my MAV now for four years and have found that botox which freezes this nerve is brilliant.  I am more or less symptom free apart from some dizziness left late at night.
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    Hi Ed I would go back to your doctor and ask for a referral to an ENT doctor. Also have you had your blood pressure checked? With saying you feel faint it could be high or low!? Hope this helps
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    Hi Ed - it could possible be part of migraine associated vertigo.  Mine started in the same weird way as yours and Ive had it for 4 years.  You def need to see a neuro.  GPs and ENTs dont know anything about it.  An MRI would come back normal.  I did shake at the beginning but not now.  Dont worry it will just be something vestibular like VESTIBULAR MIGRAINE or MAV as mentioned before.  There are two facebook sites which are very good called Vestibular Migraine Professional and MAV Support.  Very informative.  Its probably nothing serious but it is debilitating.  Get an appointment as soon as you can so you can get on with getting rid of it.  The longer you have it, the longer you seem to have it. 
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      Hey Paula thanks for the reply,

      Is this vestibular migraine possible even if I don't have headaches? And is it gone for you? I really hope it's nothing serious and a simple medication or trip to the neurologist can help it.

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