Dizziness will not stop!!

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I'm a 27 year old heathy female, although I do smoke cigarettes occasionally but has never caused me dizziness. In the past 2 months I have felt dizzy like I am going to faint. This mainly happens when I am out in public, never at home but I have a constant feeling of brain fog and pressure in my head and around my eyes. I have been to see a doctor and every test came back as normal. Nothing wrong with my eyes or ears. I am at a loss as what it could be and have not been given any answers. I am now constantly anxious and refuse to go into any shops by myself and even with other people I have to leave because I feel faint. When I get dizzy it doesn't feel like anything is moving around me like how vertigo is said to feel, I just feel completely off balance. I came off antidepressants a few months ago which I was on for 3 years but never experienced this feeling before ever going on them. Could this be because I am no longer taking them? I have read so many people posting the same symptoms with out any clarity on what is going on either! I really look after myself so I don't understand why this is happening and it's starting to scare me thinking this is what life is going to be like from now on. I couldn't even imagine working right now, I can't even go to an appointment without getting these dizzy spells but once I am back in my car and going home I am completely fine! People might say anxiety but apart from getting anxious about going places now that this is happening, I am not in the least afraid to go out, but once I am this happens out of no where!

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    It could quite possibly be from going off your anti depressant. Did you wean off of it or go off all at once?

    I was on a medication called Effexor. I tried to just stop taking it cold turkey and had horrible effects in my head. Dizzy, lightheaded, amd what they call brain zaps. It feels like a jolt of energy going through your head. I went back on the medication and then slowly went off of it. It took approximately 3 to 4 months. Then felt fine.

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      Thanks for your reply smile I was on 100mg of pristiq, started taking 50ml until the packet finished which was around two weeks left and then stopped. I did get brain zaps for about a week but they stopped so I thought everything was okay. I don't have any other problems except dizziness. Maybe I weaned off them far too quickly if you did it over a 4 month period! I have never experienced dizziness like this before and its worse if I haven't had a proper nights sleep. Would you suggest I go back on them and wean off of them for a longer period of time? Doctors don't seem to give me any answers so I'm open to anyone's suggestions!!

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      I would try that and see if the dizziness goes away.

      Unfortunately, doctors just don't get it!

      When I was hospitalized for the vertigo not one doctor ever examined me. Just said it would "eventually" go away. I'm now going on week 4! Has it eased up? Definitely, but gone? No!

      Keep us posted.

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      Thanks, I will defiantly give it a go. I'm so very over it and although my partner has been very understanding, it's not fun not being able to go places with him and just enjoy life. You're right, doctors don't get it at all!

      Will keep you posted smile

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    You mentioned that all tests came back normal.  Can you list for me what tests you did exactly?

    Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

    Clinical Neurophysiologist

    Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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    Smoking wont bring this on, but it can aggravate what's already happening. Have you had a bad cold or virus recently? GP s rarely understand Vestibular problems which is usually what causes this for most of us.  YOu need to go back to,your GP and ask for a referral to an ENT to start with.  Not saying they can diagnose it unless they have training in Vestibular system as,opposed,to,just Ear nose and Throat. 

      But if they cant you can go,on to a Neuro Otologist.  Basically the messages from your balance system are messed up for one reason or another, so,you need a specialist who has trained in this ok!?

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      I haven't had a cold but did have a ear infection for a few weeks which is why I thought I was dizzy but that has gone and dizziness still here. I went back to my doctor and he put me on beta blockers(propranolol). I took two 10mg before I went to the supermarket yesterday and was completely fine. He thinks the dizziness might be due to anxiety coming off my antidepressants but I never experienced this sort of anxiety before ever going on them but I will continue with these pills

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