Chronis Dizziness (1 year and 1 month) (age 23)

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Hi. I am attempting to reach out to people for support/ answers on here due to not being able to get any answers for over the past year.

I am currently suffering with what i would describe as 24/7 drunkenness. I am constantly dizzy/ lightheaded and the easiest way to describe it is as if i am constantly under the influence of alcohol (woozy, dizzy etc).

It all happened last year July when i went out with a few mates and got considerably drunk. I remember coming home to vomiting black coffee grounds (went to ER, was find the next day so the bleeding was induced by alcohol. i do suffer with heartburn also). When i was vomiting i was in the most awkward of positions, ie; laying on my side with my head off angle touching the floor and i was vomiting in that position, i don't think i vomited so much in my entire life.

It came to the next day and i felt hungover and dizzy but put this down to alcohol. The dizziness lasted a week and carried on. I have been to the doctors numerous times and they have gave me blood tests, urine tests, etc etc with everything coming back as normal. Iv'e had tablets for anxiety/ depression which didn't do anything and im currently still on a waiting list for neurology (1 year later) and am currently seeing physio as i personally think that it is neck related due to the position i was in when vomiting. I am also due to see a ENT specialist because i seem to have a deviated septum and wet ears (whether that has anything to do with it i dont know). The more and more i think about it, the more i assume its the vomiting in the awkward position because it came on all of a sudden. I do get nausea sometimes, but not everyday. Im putting that down to irregular eating. I have not lost weight, infact i put it on due to the anxiety media cation, mirtazipine.

I haven't let it take over my life and have worked and done my daily routine as i would if this was not existent (cycling, exercises, working, driving, dog walking etcetc).

I am currently waiting for an appointment for a Doppler exam? which is some form of CT scan of the next i believe because the physio is adamant that it is something to do with my neck as i don't like extensions of the neck and so on.

Any advice or tips would be great as im due to start a new job which i am very excited about but feel that the illness/ problem will drag my attitude/ motivation down.

Thank you in advance.

Daniel Jones.

South Wales, UK.

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    If it is caused by a problem in neck area, and the symptoms you describe could point towards something like cervical spondylosis which is a condition I've had for years, then the best way to check the neck is to ask your GP to refer you for an MRI scan of neck.. I have often been accused of being a 'drinker' because of similar dizzy/muggy head symptoms that I experience constantly. I'm a very moderate drinker in fact....either that or I'm in such denial I've managed to fool myself about the amount I drink ! A stiff neck or sore back of head in the mornings would also point towards neck problems. Might be worth checking.

    Another condition which might cause dizzyness and 'drunkeness' as you describe might be Thrush...i.e. a yeast imbalance, particularly if there is some stomach discomfort as well, or rashes in private areas.

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    Just an update.

    Since i last posted, I have been to the neurologist, had an MRI scan of my brain and nothing found. Everything is as normal.

    I feel as if the symptoms have eased up slightly, or it may just be myself getting more and more used to it as time goes on.

    What I have found more recently though, is that I have been suffering with severe neck pain (more with stress). With this I have also found that if i tilt my neck in a direction that would allow me to look up and to the right, i get a ringing in my left ear?

    Would anyone have any ideas about this?

    I have also found that I am easier to, scare/ or make jump, if that makes sense. The slightest unexpected noise will send a weird surge through my body to my head, and cause a brief moment, of severe dizziness (half a second).

    Any suggestions?


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    Also i have found that laughing makes the dizziness worst and my tolerance of being startled is lower. When i am startled/ scared, a weird sensation goes to my brain kinda of feeling, which makes dizziness worst, momentarily.
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    Maybe you are stressed out with everything that has gone on lately. Has your Doc suggested trying something to calm your mind and body.

    Re the neck, any problems in that area can cause dizziness, as can some medications, as well as stress

    Perhaps you could try talking to a medical counsellor. Whatever, keep in touch with your Doctor.

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    It sounds to me like you're suffering from generalised anxiety disorder – GAD – look it up on this website, there's lots of useful information there. That always makes you feel jumpy and can make you feel permanently unstable, as if you're not quite in the real world (I know, I've been there). If you are predisposed to anxiety, a sudden physical event like your extreme hangover can trigger GAD – it just tips you over the edge and you can't get back again. If that sounds like you, just knowing about it helps. And so does counselling/therapy, if you can access it.
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