Debilitating fatigue, mental fog, dizziness, weakness, vision change, under the influence

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In June 2022, I was diagnosed with Vertigo. Before seeing the doctor and getting the diagnosis, I started feeling like the room is slowly spinning at times and ongoing sensation as if I'm being pulled sidewards or backwards. Fast-forward to July, new symptoms have developed and have been ongoing on a daily basis (scary part!).

  • Fatigue/Tiredness: I wake up everyday with extreme fatigue regardless of a full 7-9 hours of sleep. I've started taking 15-20!minutes naps within 1-2 hours of waking up and throughout the day if possible to feel somewhat recharged and go on with the day. Very low energy!
  • Vision: I feel strange looking at bright lights, and the sun. I cant explain it, except I'm more comfortable seeing at night-time now. Unclear vision, almost like a fog where my eyes quickly looses focus throughout the day. Objects closer to me appear very blurry.
  • Mental State: I feel as if I'm consistently under the influence even though I am not smoking or drinking. It is comparable to the feeling I'd get after 1-2 glasses of wine. I am not myself and I'm moving slower. My mind is not as sharp and I have a hard time keeping focus on conversations or meetings at work. Getting through a full work-day has been challenging.

    The beginning of the day is the worst, I slightly feel some reprieve with these symptoms into the evening. My doctors cant diagnose what is happening to me. I have upcoming appointments for a sleep study and an eye doctors. Has anyone felt like this before? What's wrong with me?!

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    I have experienced all of your symptoms except vertigo. I got it one day after having a cold and i have not been the same since. I have improved in some ways and feel like it is a cycle that I am on.

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    I've had very similar symptoms for 2+ years now. Fatigue (though not quite as serious as you've described), lightheadedness/dizziness, and a general sense of being under the influence - almost like I'm constantly "zoned-out" and can't snap out of it.

    Prior to this, I was consistently waking up dizzy in the mornings but that would go away after about 15-20 sec. Now it's constant - every second of every day.

    Your point about it being a bit better in the evening is interesting though, and something I've seen on a few other similar posts. That, combined with the fact that I have a severe dizziness upon waking makes me think it could be something going on with sleep. Perhaps it's something overnight that causes a debilitation for hours and hours the next day, then when it starts to recede, we go back to sleep only for this "something" to occur again.

    Figured I would just add that commentary in hopes it spurs productive thoughts. Curious to hear about the sleep study. That's always been something I've wondered about but have not gone through.

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