Constant dizzy/drunk feeling along with brain fog, concentration issues, etc

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Hey everyone

So my story begins back in 2017. It was early May and I had worked a 26 hour straight shift at work due to an emergency. A day or so after I noticed I was quite dizzy. Almost like I was drunk or had taken Nyquil/gravol. I thought maybe I was just sick or tired. I went up to the cottage and I found my self stumbling a lot especially when walking on the dock. I went to the hospital after 1 week of symptoms and they tried to tell me it was just vertigo and it would clear up in some time. The symptoms got worse and I started to feel like a fuzzy haze that made it really hard for my eyes to focus and I became very sensitive to light, and heavy stimulus (In shopping malls and busy stores) This lasted for about 6 weeks and one day I woke up and it was gone. It the returned in the fall of 2017 so I made an appointment with my GP but by the time I was able to get in to her it was already gone. She set me up with a MRI in March of 2018. I had the MRI which showed nothing concerning. I went pretty well all 2018 with 0 symptoms. This year though in april I felt it starting again. Started gradual again with the dizziness being the first symptom. As time went on my vision got worse, the sensitivity to light and sound surfaced and then intense brain fog and concentration issues. I find it extremely difficult to troubleshoot or even do just a simple math problem. It is almost like my brain just freezes. I also find it hard to focus when reading or in conversations and I have such trouble coming up with yur right words and my memory is poor. I have now had it since april and it has not went away. I had one week in September where I say I was about 70 percent better and believe it or not I had a sinus cold at the time. My doctor finally has referred me to a neurologist and I see him in feb 2020. I also should mention I get very extreme neck pain at times with this and when my neck is in pain the symptoms seem to be worse. I do see a chiropractor and when he treats me I do find my symptoms improve but only for an hour or so after treatment. Any idea what this is ? It really is ruing my life and I am extremely worried I am going to get to a point where I can no longer perform at my job.

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    hi I was exactly the same since the 12 th July this year I had just just turned 50!! 11 neurologist later I finally got diagnosed with vestibular migraine which doesn't actually give you migraine or you could look up optical migraine very similar! but definitely need see an neurologist! I'm on different medications for it ,its very trust and error! any questions please ask

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    It sounds like you might be dealing with occipital neuralgia. If your neck hurts where your neck ends at the base of your skull that could be your issue. Also look up SCM muscle issues. Talk to the neurologist about occipital neuralgia

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    My occipital neuralgia is always worse when the weather is bad

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    Hi Justin, I also have almost the same symptoms with you - see my posting https://patient.info/forums/discuss/dizziness-pins-and-needles-in-arms-and-legs-tight-chest-721990

    Particularly the extra sensitivity to light (and sounds), and to stimuli especially busy stores and malls etc. that really aggravate the symptoms. Been 6 weeks now experiencing them everyday and affecting my daily life too.

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      so sorry to hear that buddy. yours sounds a little different than mine. I've never had pins and needles. I sadly thig the braing fog, dizziness and drunk feeling can be caused by so many different issues. makes it hard to find the solution for each individual. its brutal though I know. keep at it. I only just found this website a couple days ago and there is a ton of info on here.

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      Same here. Found this website a few days ago and it's really quite sad to be taking to the forums to try to find a solution, though encouraging to see people here with similar problems. Another advice is that we should try to refrain from googling the symptoms too much, as it doesn't really help and churn out all kinds of uncureable diseases and illnesses. Makes you even dizzier and anxious! 😦

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    i have the EXACT same issue. ive had it for 3 months now and hasnt gone away but the neck pain has gotten a little better. ive had a brain MRI, neck MRI, xrays and a MRA... all normal. my eyes are blurry especially at night and seems to get better and worse in segments. i also lost a lot of my appetite. no one knows what is going in but it is effecting me daily. please let me know if you get an answer. im 27, male and otherwise healthy.

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      honestly im just glad to see someone with the same symptoms. i post on this site a few months ago but couldnt find anyone who had this issue. Maybe we could collaborate a bit to see what we can find out. ive spent 7K in 2019 troubleshooting this...

      in July i was in the shower when all of a sudden i felt a shocking pain that went from my neck down my back then went away. this scared me so i went to the emergency room. they did an EKG and chest xray and blood work. all normal. but after that inicident i began to experience vertigo. for about 2 weeks i couldnt go anywhere without being nauseous. i saw my primary doctor weekly who could not dignose the issue. the vertigo went away, but blurry vision and brain fog continued. im generally a pretty smart person and can process information well, but it was hard for me to concentrate or read, i began forgetting simple things (ex. i would open the wrong drawer in the kitchen looking for silverware.) the brain fog continues, and the blurry vision gets worse at night for sure. its like my eyes cant focus. this was all accompanied by a very sore neck. i have had no injury or accident to cause the neck pain. here is what ive had done.

      -Brain MRI W/WO

      -Various blood panels

      -Dizzy & Balance Test (this was done at a national center for dizzy and balance issues. i was found to have no vestibular issue)

      .. full Opthamology eye exam

      .. Cervical Spine MRI

      .. MRA - MRI (ordered by neurologist)

      .. chiropractor

      all normal

      ive noticed the chiro helped the neck pain go away. but the brain fog continues and blurry vision. i take Toprol XL for 3 years now for Blood pressure and BP has been normal. For the past 3 weeks ive now noticed a decreased appetite.

      I wondered if it could be from a sleep issue like sleep apnea. As i am fatigued A LOT. i also noticed wearing glasses helped with the blurry vision.

      i really hope we find answers. this has changed my life, strained my marriage and cost us a small fortune to keep trying tests with no results.

      it is effecting my performance at work and could result in my losing my job if its not fixed.

      keep me updated please!

      michael

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      I'm in canada so I dont have to pay for stuff but sadly it takes months to see a doctor and gets tests done. Again for sure some of our symptoms overlap but some dont at all buddy. I understand your pain though for sure. I will keep everyone in the loop with what I find

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