Dizziness is Back With a Vengeance

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I am 21 years old and last year I was hit with extreme dizziness, which was the most recent time before now. I went to the doctor, had a bunch of tests done and was told I had high blood pressure and was given anxiety medication. Then, I went to an ENT and nothing was found and I was giving some nasal drops. Finally, I went and had an MRI and there was some fluid sacs behind my ears but they didn't seem to be concerned. After weeks, which seemed like years, the dizziness went away. Now I am here a year later and the dizziness slowly starting coming back and now it is so bad I can barely get out of bed. My balance is off and I feel like I'm on a really rock boat. I also have headaches and feel my heart beating really fast and start to sweat because I get myself all worked up. I also have no appetite because I always feel naseus and can tell I'm starting to lose some weight. I have been like this for almost a week now and don't know what to do. Should I even bother going to all those doctors again, or will this just pass on its own? I got the anxiety medication refilled and I still have the nasal drops from the last time, though I don't know if either do anything. I did have a head injury in the past, is it possible to get these random dizzy attacks from that?

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    I think you need to see a medical professional who can actually help you. Some recommend seeing a neurological oncologist. 

    Start with your GP and get a referral to a specialist.

     

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    Hi Dylan, definitely go back and see your GP.  Head injuries can cause problems later down the line with balance problems as i was told in ENT following a head injury i had 19 years ago they think it has caused me to have BPPV.  Best wishes and hope you make a good recovery but it does take some time.
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    As I have said, the thing that helped me the most--and  am aIlmost 98% better--is seeing an otalaryngologist (head and neck doctor) who tested me (and also read some records from when I had this last) and referred me to a Vestibular Therapist.  The diagnostic tools there were amazingly scientific and accurate. The exercises I was taught, and sent home to keep doing for 3 months, I beiieve, have "retrained" my balance--which involves ears AND eyes.

    Also, the "liquid" they found in your ears makes me think they missed the point. We all have liquid in the 3 canals. But if a particle gets into one or more of them, our balance is completely thrown off. The exercises, as I understand it, prod and cajole the particles out.

    Oh, and I forgot to say: at the very beginning I did the "Epley Maneuver" every day for many weeks. That improved my balance more than 50%. The subsequent vestibular exercises completed the job.

    Also, I've noticed many people on this site they are nervous and fearful and are given medication. Of course you're nervous and down! You can't operate as usual, and your whole world is upside down. Don't let them tell you it's "in your mind" or because you have high blood pressure. You may have the latter, but meds for that will not help the vertigo.  It needs to be addressed with proper exercises and monitoring.

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    Hi dylan, sorry to hear you are suffering, i have sufferd it for years, i have found no medication works,keep hounding the docs, and specialists, Because what i have gathered from everyone i have seen,No one knows what we suffering is like, and no one knows how to treat it.when you get the dizziness, focus on one object till you feel the room is slowing down, slowly walk up and down the path.focus on getting your balance back into place.I found the embarrising bit the hardest, people would think i was drunk,So talk to people let them know what your suffering , the biggest factor is stress.so try to relax.i kjnow it's hard.my bouts comes about every 2 years now, i can cope with that.

    all the best,Good luck

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    Bumping this because It came back again! This is the 3rd time in a year this has happened and it just randomaly comes and goes after a couple weeks.

    I just really don't know what to do at this point. When I am dizzy I am miserable and when I am not I am dreading the next time I will be sidelined for weeks on end.

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      i have remained quite well over the past couple of months as have BPPV and MAV, have you had a diagnosis.  The consultant i saw gave the best advice which was not to get the 2 different conditions mixed up.  My BPPV usually goes after a couple of weeks, whereas the MAV was causing me visual vertigo which i was also confusing with having BPPV.
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      Where do you go to have to be diagnosed for that? I have been to an ENT, had my vision checked and had an MRI all within the last year and nothing came of it.
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