Dizziness, fatigue, grogginess

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My dizziness started out of nowhere. When it initially started, I would get episodes of light headedness but at the time I worked in an office so the only time I noticed it was when I got up to go to lunch or to walk to my car.

Now I work in a hospital and have to go on wards. Initially I would go on the wards and feel dreadful. I would become so dizzy that I'd have to stand against a wall or prop myself up on a desk. On occasions I had a few hours where I was fine and could carry on as normal but then within a few hours the dizziness was settle in, I would feel awful and would be unable to concentrate. This went on for two weeks until one day I had the dizziness so bad that I had to sit down. My body felt like it was on fire, my hands went clammy and the room was spinning.

From then on the episodes have been constant. I am unable to do my job because I am unable to stand for long periods of time. Previous to these episodes I would go to the gym 4 times a week, I attempted to go to the gym last week and I lasted 15 minutes. My whole body felt weak, the slightest of movements sent me dizzy and my heart was beating out of my chest. I used to run on a football pitch for 90 minutes every Sunday. Now I barely manage 10 minutes due to feeling dizzy.

My head feels like it's full and heavy, I often have a sore neck due to how heavy my head feels. I can no longer go into shops or busy areas because I feel dizzy and anxiety about fainting makes the dizziness worse until I have to leave. I have severe fatigue, I often have 9-10 hours sleep and still feel exhausted throughout the day. I saw a doctor who sent me for blood tests that all came back clear. I was secretly hoping for something to come back abnormal just so I knew what the cause of this horrendous feeling is.

It's ruining my life. I can't work. I have worked incredibly hard for 4 years at university and I am now doing my training year but I will be lucky to pass it due to the amount of time I'm having off sick and just generally being unable to do the job. I can't go to the gym or play football. I have to avoid social occasions. My life isn't worth living in this way. If anyone else has these same symptoms or knows of any ideas of what this could be then any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    So the usual stuff should get checked first. Have a blood test and check your Iron, Magnesium, B12, Vitamin D level. Most peoples Vitamin D is too low so don't freak out if your is also. After that you can have your ears checked. Also consider vestibular Migraines. I am guessing your posture is not very good. The reason I say this is because you said your neck hurts and often the SCM muscle in your neck gets strained if it is working too hard and it works hard with people who have forward head posture.

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      Sorry I should have mentioned I had all those blood tests and all came back normal. I think I was secretly hoping something would come back abnormal so at least I could find a cause for it. I have read a lot on here about vestibular neuronitis and that sounds a lot like my symptoms. I'm seeing my doctor again Wednesday so I'll mention that and hopefully get it investigated. Thanks for your input smile

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      Do you have nouses in your head too does it get worse when you put pressure on the back of your head i think it msy be a blockage somwhere i will send feedback after my hospital apointment 12 december seems there are a lot of this going around may be an unknown viras doctors do not know anything about do not stress too much for me stress makes it worse be firm with your doctor took me 4 months to get them to refer me you have patient rights insist on all checks seems most people go for scans and all is ok may clear up on its own tryeditation this does help
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      I don't have noises. I do have a feeling a fullness in my head and ears though. Also no change when I put pressure on the back of my head. Yes if you can keep me updated that will be great 😊

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    Makes sense what debbie is saying mine started when i had 3 stressful situations all came same time these forums can help especially if someone as conquered these awful symptoms thankyou i will be trying this method
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    I suggest seeing a neurologist that specializes in the ears - a neurotologist or a doctor of that degree. A correct diagnosis will help with treatment immensely. Most of us here have had it for years because either we've been misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. Do you have ringing in yours ears any? The reason I ask is because you said your body felt as if it were on fire and you became clammy with the spins. It sounds like a vertigo attack which is what I've experienced. I would get a hot flash that would make me extremely hot/burn and I would get clammy/lightheaded and everything would spin. To my knowledge, vertigo attacks happen due to migraine associated vertigo or Menieres. Could be anything, though, as that's the tricky part with these things. Definitely get some CT scans and MRI of brain as normal precaution (we've all had them; I've had multiple) and then go from there! 

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    I suggest you got,to,the Veda , vestibular Disorders Assoc. page where there is loads of info on our condition. Also they have a list of recommended practitioners in the US
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    Hi Charlotte, sorry to hear you are suffering so bad. Have you been referred to a Neurologist ? You need further tests as a blood test surely isn't enough. Go back to your GP and asked to be referred.

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