Bad night and day

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Last night was horrible, couldn't sleep, couldn't calm down, I have an inner ear disorder the doctors haven't figured out but told me insert labyrinthitis but it's effecting my left ear with tinnitus and slight muffled hearing so I'm scared us acoustic neuroma, around 8 I started feeling worse. I took .25 (half a .5) and it seemed to make me feel better and worse at the same time. Made me a little tired but couldn't sleep. Is it possible that I didn't take enough? I was finally able to sleep then this morning I've been in and out but is been really hard to wake up.. this morning I have felt very off. Semi headache, anxious thoughts kept making me have weird dreams and waking me up every few minutes. Now that I'm up I have no appetite, my head feels heavy, I'm dizzy, anxious, high heat rate, super tired, vision is still off. Is this all still my anxiety? Should I take another ativan? our should I just see how the day goes? This is so irritating and frustrating. sad sad sad

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    Hey Lockerby, U may have an ear issue as do many people but I can guarantee what u are feeling everything is anxiety. I know it is hard to believe. I also remember asking myself what started this di the dzziness start the anxiety or did the anxiety start the dizziness. I went to all the Dr. incl. ear nose and throat and they thought I had some inner ear proble also but fast forward many years and I now know it was all anxiety. When we go to the Dr. I believe we present as calm and only tell them our symtoms that always mimick a possible condition so they are trained to look at the possible condition they are not shrinks that understand mental illness or anxiety, so they aren't looking for that, they are only looking for a name to give the problem. But I know u say to urself " I was fine until this dizzyness happened" but it was a long time comming and now this anxiety, that u still may not recognize as the way u react or feel about things i.e. the way our brains are wired has created the muffled sound in ear or the tinninitus or the dizziness etc. It really is anxiety. Your nervous system is on overload that creates these symptoms. If I can help u anymore please let me know. I so understand the fear and terror. There was a time my anxiety got so bad with the dizzies etc. that I got frightened to even take a shower without my husband around, I was afraid I would loose my balance and fall through the glass door. I also thought the trees were moving outside my home that made me feel kinda off balance. Everything scared me because it felt the further I got into the anxiety without definitive answer the more scared I got and the worse everything became until I began gathering enough info. to believe it was anxiety and get on meds. I do feel for u so much. Let me know how u are doing 
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      It's so scary that all this could just be anxiety, I don't doubt it either. For the longest time I thought it was just my anxiety. The only thing telling me otherwise is one of two things. 1. I never fully had anything like this when I first fought with anxiety, I had it for about 3-6 months and driving always helped me, now driving makes me even worse. 

      2. I had two doctors do eye tests on me and both times I had involuntary eye movments and both told me it's an inner ear disorder. I know that 99.5 percent of this IS indeed anxiety though. It's just fighing for sanity and still fighting with the dizziness throws me in the slump I can't seem to pull myself out of. I will wake up, and feel horrible, power through, get up, shower, walk a couple miles, do my daily rutine, and then my anxiey and dizziness calms down (most days) then right as the sun starts to set or right after the night darkess hits. I am back to full dizziness and anixety. Some nights after a couple hours I get used to and then others I fight with it until I fall asleep. It's a huge pain. Thanks for your reply!! cool

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      Hi lockerby, I use to have some good days and some bad it got where most of it was bad, but nothing like the night. When the sun went down I had no distractions and I would scare myself all the time telling myself I want to be my old self again and I was never going to be normal again. I really believed I would never be my old self again. I didn't really want to burden anybody with my problem so I pretty much stayed to my self. But I did like I said have some distraction in the day. However I got to where I was afraid to drive for a while, or really go anywhere. I would push through it though and then would be exhausted when I got home even if it were a short trip to the store having to look like everything was o.k. and smiling etc. just wore me out. But the nights were the worst I was so frightened. I would wake my husband up crying because I was terrified of the woozie dizzie feeling and I was so afraid. I was even afraid to get on my treadmill, anything that had movement made me scared. 

      You could have an inner ear thing as I probably do, but I believe it has turned into anxiety and now what u are feel is a ramped up body that is electrified and it will take a time to quiet ur body down but first u have to run toward the anxiety and not away. It sounds easier I guess than it really is accepting it and not letting it scare u. IT WILL GO AWAY. Take care keep me updated on how u are feeling.

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      That pretty much describes everything I have been experiencing. It sucks so bad feeling like this all day. Right now I have a bit of a headache but it feels more like heavy head, fullheaded, and pressure in my head. It sucks. My ears feel full too, eyes heavy because I'm tired but sleep isn't my friend anymore, which sucks because I love sleep. My body always wakes me up early too, which also sucks because it's 11:15 pm here and I probably won't be able to sleep for another hour. What helped your anxiety? I'm trying to stay away from meds as much as possible.
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      I have to say I had to get on meds because I refused to believe it was anxiety. I was just sure it was my inner ear or my neck causing this. I had a chiropractor manipulate my neck when I was about 32 and it caused horrible vetigo for a few weeks so naturally when it happened again I thought it was maybe my neck. I kept looking for physical reasons as to why I felt this way. My Dr. is one of my good friends and he could see I was getting worse and worse and not even believing him or the ent or the neurologist not anyone I just knew something was wrong with me and that it had created the anxiety. This was going on for months before I would take any meds. He told me I had to start taking something so I said o.k. and I made him stand there while I took the 1st pill and I honestly thought within a few minutes that the pill was making me feel wierd. That is anxiety for u. But people with anxiety are afraid of medicine. Anyway I prolonged my recovery because I would not take the pills as perscribed I kept cutting them in thirs because I was sure I didn't need them and that I could do fine by myself because after all I just knew something was also wrong physically and they hadn't found it yet. It wasn't until my central nervous system began settling down that I could actually believe maybe this was anxiety and could begin my journey of really understanding why I had anxiety and began believing this was indeed anxiety. It is the about same time here I live in Idaho where are u ? My head felt so wierd I would get a heavy head my eyes would burn my spinal cord would send electical zapping currents through my back at night dizzy felt offbalance a lot of pressure in my head and more but sleep soon became my enemy I dreaded the sun going down. What is it ur afraid of the meds? How do u feel about them? Have u ever had anything remotly like this before? How old are u? All of those things matter. Let me know
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    Hey Lockerby, just woke up and came to the computer to see how ur doing. I hope u slept a little better last night.
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      Eh I slept okay. It varies. I don't get a full 8 hours and when I do get 8 hours it's on and off. I'm almost 25, I just feel like meds will make things worse or kill me. It's hard to explain, there just scare me. I've had anxiety before for 3-6 months and finally just got over it. I only took ativan one time at that point in the hospital. The rest was on my own.
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      Have u ever tried just a zoloft or prozac or some ssri to calm down ur nervous system? U are young and I would say my anxiety looking back started when I was in high school but had no idea that is what it was until I hit my 50's did I realize I had bad health anxiety on and off for years. It would go in cycles.I'd be free from one health anxiety issue for up to a year or maybe two and then something else wierd would happen (a sensation in body) that would start up a new health anxiety issue, until I got on a ssri. Now when a sensation comes up I don't freak and get the dizzies and the ear stuff etc. I can rationally deal with it so far anyway and it has been Im not sure but I'd say 5 or 6 years now. The feelings come on but I can stay calm now and think it through most of the time at least I haven't had the horrible dizzies and exhaustion and wierd sensations in my head etc. anymore. Just food for thought. I promise u the meds would be the best thing for u so u could stop this cycle while u are young, instead of going almost 57 years like I did trying to control myself without the meds.
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      I tried Lexapro for 2 days.. I'm not sure if it was my anxiety or the side effects but I couldn't get passed the 2 days. I felt so horrible. I figured and told my gf after I get my ear tested and everything if there isn't anything wrong and it's just my anxiety in would try another Ssri, because the only thing I take for anxiety (and I barely take that) is lorazapam. (Ativan) that makes me feel funny too. I use it only for emergencies and when it's so bad I can't sleep.
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    Good job at least ur open to the idea. It may be lexapro was totally not the drug for u many people have to try 2 or 3 to get the right one. It seems zoloft is the most tollerated ssri and it has great antianxiety properties in it. When do u get the actually results about ur ear? Soon I hope.
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      I don't even take the hearing test until tomorrow, so 5 days after that. I don't know when I'm going for the MRI yet. It's all been hit or miss lately. I do have a schedule with a dizziness and balance center on the 28th also. I just want to know if it's my ear or my anxiety, so I can treat it. My birthday is in July and mine and my gfs baby is due in December and I have no job and we're staying at my moms. It's been horrible.
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      Oh u poor dude. I can understand how ur anxiety is through the roof. It seems waiting for all these test put u so on edge u can't help but go through all these feelings.Do u have no job because of ur anxiety? Hey even if it is an inner ear thing u will need ssris to deal with an inner ear thing. I remember when I use to think if I only knew for sure, I could then calm down, but my body is wired to worry and amplify health problems and body sensations as is urs. Take it from an old lady get the help while ur young so u can get on with ur life. I know u feel trapped right now but ur not, not really but first u have to have a coping mechinism and that means get back to ur Doc and discuss what u should do. There is no point suffering with or without inner ear thing. I can't tell u how many times I have had vertigo and dizzies and off to the Dr. I would go and the opinions drove me crazy from the Dr. but I truley believe I maybe was hiding somewhat the anxiety from the specialists and presenting like I had a real health problem so they treated as such until all the test were done . I just hate to see u go through this, u are so young.  
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