Diziness and off the balance for last 9 months

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I am facing a strange diziness in which I feel a presurre in my head and a feeling of being pulled to one side. It aggravates on neck movement and on walking. Sometimes I do feel that something is pushing my stomach from inside and i feel choked. I went for ultrasound abdomen, TMT, stress Echo, holter, MRI , ENT, PFT and nearly 50 doctors. None of them have any answers. My life is getting pathetic day by day. Everyone says these are anxiety attacks. I visited psychatrist as well, but as per him i am mentally stable and just need a morning walk and exercise. I tried everything but got little help. I try to keep myself relaxed and positive in such situations but in the end I surrender , I am a normal human being.

Does this make sense? Can anxiety lead to such pysical symptoms. Has any one faced these types of symptoms? Am I missing something ? Please help. My life is getting affected badly.

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    Hey there,

    I have had moments where my anxiety and stress have overwhelmed me so much I've just passed out. How we feel emotionally is directly tied into how we feel physically. What it comes down to ultimately is how you feel about yourself and who you are. Do you feel it is truly something physical that is causing this or do you think it's more likely that your mind has a bunch of stressors that are making you feel physically weak and disoriented? Or both? Trust your gut instincts, you know how you feel physically and mentally far better than anyone else knows about you. Your uncertainty of not knowing what is going on with your health is enough to put you in this state, just try and think of all the little things that have some effect on your physical and mental health. For me, I am scared to get out into the world because i hate the thought of failing or lettting someone down, having someone think poorly of me...the thought of it just eats at me. I've allowed what I do to be influenced by what i am afraid of for a good portion of my life. A lot of times it takes admitting the things about ourselves that make us feel small and embrace them. We all have the potential to be amazing beings of life, we just need to open our minds and hearts more...accept that we need to suffer in order to grow. Just some perspective though, it's not 100% truth but perspective is very important...finding different routes to go in your thinking is vital to rising above the minds desire to live repetitiously when the soul wants to flourish. 

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      Thanks Eric.

      As you mentioned whats your gut feeling...My gut feeling says that its something physical which causes anxiety. I go to doctors with the same opinion but they reject it and call it as pure anxiety. Sometimes I also feel that doctors are right as I had been into such situation many times and I was not treated or didnt take any medication and I was normal next day.

      But symptoms are so real that they are impossible to ignore. Sometimes in the midst of a meeting I feel like choking , lightheadness which comes and goes without any reason. I am so confused and I have no idea what to do. I am also afraid to go out as I feel I may face a terrible situation.

      But if this is phsychological, why does it doesnt goes permanently with relaxing and enjoyment like normal worries. It sometime comes to me in the middle of having fun with friends. This forces my mind to think that something is wrong with me which is undiagnosed.

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      Have you ever thought about your way of thinking being the reason that you have these discomforts? Having the thought in your mind "something is wrong with me," it will destroy you buddy. There's not anything especially wrong with you, at least not in a way that stands out from the rest of us. we all have our struggles, it just seems that you are allowing your struggles to be the focus of your attention. I think it would help a lot if you were to start finding positive ways out of your negative thinking. For example...."I feel so anxious today that it feels like my chest is going to rips open and like I am just going to break into pieces," telling yourself that that is how you feel, will make that be how you really feel. You are in charge of your emotions, it's not the other way around. It's really scary to be strong in a world where there is so much pressure to be someone and by certain social standards. Don't let fear and anxiety influence your decisions and your thoughts. You are not anxiety, you just have it. Stop giving the things that wreck you all the power. I know it's so much easier said than done, believe me, I can still hardly step outside in public but reminding myself every day that I am strong and can rise above all of this has changed my life. You have endless amounts of potential, so many ways you can grow. Don't shut that mentality out because you feel afraid or anxious, hold onto it instead. Courage is not the absense of fear, it's not giving fear the power it wants and rising above it. Hang in there buddy!
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    I feel your pain I have had dizzyness and neck pain for over 3 years now. Have they prescribed you any medication to help you cope.? It took me till 3mths ago to admit I had to try an anti depressant - sertraline, you still have to relax, eat  and sleep well, but it's definetly reduced the dizzyness a great deal. Maybe it's something you could consider short term to get you back on track.
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      Thanks chico1974.

      I havent been prescribed any medication. I have been advised morning walk and playing games. I can say exercise helps a bit but diziness returns with no warning. Worse than diziness is uneasiness in chest. I went for emergency many times in such situations but was told that heart is normal.

      As far as anti-depressants are concerned, I took Etilaam (not an anti-deprerssant, but controls panic) for 6 months and I started with low dosage (0.25mg) but as time passed my body was demanding more and it stopped helping me. When I thought of quitting it, I realised that it was very difficult for me to stop it. I couldnt sleep for many days. I felt uneasiness in chest for a long time. But fortunately I didnt bow down and stopped completely. Thus this experience has made wary of using medicines to treat these types of issues.

      Anyways I wish you a quick recovery.

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    Hi Mahone,I sometimes suffer with dizzyness esp when im lying down. Its like im being dragged to one side at times.

    The Dr thought I could have a possible myelin disorder. My mri showed no abnormalitys infact I have a very good brain lol. I think they mixed me up with someone else tbh. I am a bit loopy at times.😆

    Anyhow,Ive been prescribed amatryptaline due to migraines & they seem to be working up to now.

    I hope you feel better soon.

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      Thanks Angela

      Did you have any symptoms of migraine. As far as I understand, migraines cause headaches. I dont have headaches so just want to rule this out.

      Its good to know that some medicine worked for you.

       

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      Hi Mahone,Sometimes I would wake up with niggly pains mainly over my right eye. Then there were other times I could feel a funny sensatipn like being dragged down to one side but no pain. Like my head wasnt attached to my body.

      I havnt had that for a while now .I cant ecplain how or what it was. I think it may have been a sign of migraine.

      It can a couple of days to get a full blown one.I felt like I had a brain hemorage,very scary indeed.

      All my tests&scans have come back clear.It could be due to a chemical inbalance.The amatryptaline I take seems to working *touches head*

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