Brain fog, pressure above eyebrows and temples, dizzy, ears click when I swallow

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Hello everyone,

I have been unable to figure out what’s wrong with me so I’m hoping someone can help. For the past 2 months I’ve been really off balance and dizzy, feel lightheaded, pressure in my forehead right above my eyebrows going down into my cheeks, and have white spots in my vision, not like a migraine though I can see through them just feels like I’m looking through a dirty glass. My ears also click every time I swallow. None of this would bother me so much if it didn’t give me such bad brain fog. I can’t even think straight and my memory is awful. I’ve been to an allergist, a doctor, and ENT specialist and I’ve gotten different answers. I’ve been told I have rhinitis, then a sinus infection, then vestibular migraines. I got 4 tests done on my ears and there’s nothing wrong with them. I’ve tried nose flushes, antihistamine nasal sprays, antibiotics for sinus infections, and supplements for the migraines and nothing has helped. I had pseudotumor cerebri 8 months earlier from my IUD and got a spinal tap to fix it and have been fine until now but I feel like it might be related to that somehow. I had an MRI and CT scan after my pseudotumor got fixed and everything looked okay. Does anyone have similar symptoms? 

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    Look up scm muscle issues and trigger points. Its a muscle in your neck. See if that sounds like your issue.
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    I have the same exact problem and can not figure it out its horrible i feel dizzy always and i have to keep my eyes scrunched like a bad headache but no headache ive had extensive test on my heart and nothing i had it last yr for like 4 months it went away for like 10 months and came back and been going on since October
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      That’s interesting that it went away and came back. I have figured out that it’s most likely anxiety, because I’ve gotten a ton of tests done on everything and even got another spinal tap thinking the pseudo tumor was coming back but it’s literally just anxiety. Do you think when it went away you were less anxious about something or just life in general? Are you more stressed now? I also have hypothyroidism so I got on levothyroxine again and I started seeing a psychologist for my anxiety and it’s been better. It’s just the more I think about it the worse it gets and the harder it is to get it to go away. 
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    Hi jacquelyn, how are you? I've had these exact symptoms for quite some time now, a little over a year. I stopped going to see my doctor as test results were not showing anything. The symptoms you describe here are so much alike to mine I was wondering if you figured out what was wrong? I've never been an anxious person so I'm finding it hard to believe that it's anxiety. However I am curious about the Scm muscle that rocksolid mentioned.

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      Hi Billy,

      Yes I’ve stopped going to doctors as well, they have never found anything wrong. I have never been able to get a definitive answer on what’s causing all of it. I believe it is stress/anxiety for me (mainly stress) because it tends to get way worse at high stress times like starting new jobs or final exams and right now I’m not very stressed so it’s not so bad. My anxiety is coming from not knowing what is wrong with me and why I’m feeling this way all the time, so maybe you’re having some form of anxiety like that you just haven’t realized it?

      The white spots in my vision went away, and I only feel somewhat dizzy and have that pressure in my head in the morning when I wake up now. My ears still have that horrible clicking though, I was never able to get that to go away. I tried the trigger points for the scm muscle and it never worked for me. If you hit the trigger points correctly and it’s painful for you or makes your symptoms worse then that’s probably your issue, but that was never the case for me. You should still look them up and try it though! 

      All these symptoms started out of no where for me and never really went away and I still haven’t figured out exactly why unfortunately. I started eating much better, and got a weaker contact prescription and it got a bit better. I can’t put a name to it but I just try to ignore it and take care of myself. Have you ever had your thryoid checked? My TSH was super high and once I got back on my thyroid medication I started to feel much better as well. 

      Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!

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      Oh don't be sorry! Just replying is great, thankyou. I've never posted on the internet about it before, only read people in similar situations. I want to go back to the doctor and have all the tests ran, it's slowly driving me crazy. I have thought before that it may be anxiety, but the symptoms feel so real and like there is an underlying problem. Even if this is anxiety how would I even know or fix it? I don't feel anxious. I guess I'll just wait and see what the doc says and keep trying. It definitely worsens my symptoms when I don't get enough sleep. Its so hard to even keep my eyes open sometimes when I'm outside and it's really bright, almost like I'm more sensitive to light than I used to be.

      My scm muscle does feel a bit sore in certain spots but I'm not sure on how to go about fixing thing? Whether I just kinda apply pressure to it every day or is it a one time thing? For me it started as a nasty flu, I got a tonne of weird symptoms from it including a few vertigo moments, the next day I woke up with this awful foggy feeling and it's never really gone away.

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      I got a ton of blood work done for autoimmune diseases and vitamin deficiency’s and everything came back fine. I took a bunch of antibiotics when it first started thinking it was sinus issues since I have those a lot and the antibiotics didn’t help at all. I’ve already had my eyes checked for glaucoma or something weird like that, and I’ve had an MRI last year with nothing out of the ordinary so I have no idea what could be causing it ! I also went to an allergist considering I was having some weird allergy symptom but that came back clean too. And as I said at first too, I had my ears checked for ear infections that could cause vertigo and everything was normal so it’s all very odd. I would suggest getting your thyroid tested though, not just TSH but for T3 and T4 as well, thyroid issues can cause a whole ton of problems including dizziness. My brain fog also went away after I got my thyroid regulated. I also read that you should make a doctor test your urine or stool for parasites I’ve read a few blogs where people were having similar symptoms for years and they found out it was parasites, so I have yet to get that checked at all. Ive also considered getting a food intolerance test, because maybe something I’ve been eating my body just can’t handle it and it’s reacting in this way. I’ve learned though to just demand for a test that you want done, don’t let doctors just take a few simple tests. Do your research, and If you think something needs to be tested ask them for it. 

      I’m definitely with you on the light sensitivity though. After my pseudotumor last year and then this all started I’ve been really sensitive to light and it makes me super dizzy and weird feeling when I’m under bright lights. 

      You should read up on anxiety. It’s pretty crazy that anxiety can manifest into physical symptoms it’s just a brain trick, I actually started seeing a psychologist a few months ago because I’m just a total hypochondriac now about my health and feeling like there’s something really wrong and my symptoms have gotten better since I’ve seen him, but maybe it’s just the placebo effect I’m not really sure. However, I feel like it’s all a mind trick because the more I focus on it and think about it and worry about it the worse my symptoms get. 

      For your SCM you’d have to massage it and work on the pressure points every day a few times a day for a few weeks to see any improvement from what I’ve read so it’s worth a shot. 

      I’ve also considered a chiropractor but have not been able to get to one yet, but I think that would be very helpful. I went to the chiropractor when I was having bad headaches and head pressure and it helped a lot. 

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      Also, if you’re taking any medication I would really look into the side effects and if you’re taking multiple medications look at the interactions between them that could be a cause too
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    Have you guys tried a cervical chiropractor? Your C1 or C2 might be out of place.
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    I had the same symptoms, saw several docs about it and it wasn't until speaking to an endodontist did I figure out what it was.  I had severe teeth clenching at night and even during the day that I did not realize.  I started wearing a temporary mouth piece and within an hour I could feel the pressure release.  My next step is meeting with a TMJ doctor to get a proper diagnosis with testing and hopefully a custom mouth guard.  Hopefully this might help you as I had all the same symptoms.

    Good luck 

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