Does vertigo cause anxiety or does the anxiety cause vertigo?

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Hello Everyone

I feel as if I am going around in circles and although I was diagnosed with Vestibular Neuronitis in 2009, I am no longer certain if it's this condition thats making me anxious and light headed or it's the anxiety making me lightheaded.

Before 2009 I was very active in business and socially. I led meetings and would mingle with no problems at all. Yes I had all the usual stresses that comes with working, being married, kids, money (or lack off sometimes) but nothing that would bother me.

Since 2009 and since being diagnosed with VN, this constant lightheadedness has given me social phobia, I developed a driving phobia which in fairness is a lot better than what it was. I go out more and drive more, but nowhere near like I used to.

I seem to be struggling with stupid things, like I can't seem to tolerate queues, I hate queuing to pay for petrol, or for shopping. Anxiety seems to kick in and then I feel light headed and feel myself swaying and I just got to get out of there.

If I go into a large store a shopping mall I feel vile, feel anxious and want to leave.

Now I don't really know why, I don't even know if this is proper anxiety or just a side effect of having Vestibular Neuronits. All I know is that after 5 years I still don't feel normal.

Another thing, when I am stood at a counter to say pay a cashier for fuel, I sort of feel gravity pulling me downwards and I feel kind've heavy on my feet, if you know what I mean?...It's weird !!

Does anyone get me?

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    i absolutly know how you feel, i cannot stand anywhere without feeling dizzy , off balance and then panic really sets in. i had a really bad giddy turn which started this bout of anxiety about 3 months ago but have asked myself often is it the giddy turn giving me anxiety or anxiety making me giddy i didn,t have any anxiety before my initial giddy turn but i now have all the usual symptoms but dizzyness affects me the most , i find i can function with palpatations and shakiness but the dizzyness and the off balance feelings really wipe me out 


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    I absolutely understand what you are going through!!!....

    Ive now had this thing since the 22nd of sept.....

    and my world has shrunk beyond compare!!!

    I dont work, drive, or go out on my own.....

    my best friend of ieght years has suddenly dissapeared....

    havnt seen her since I told her over the phone that ive got this.....

    my sleeping patterns have changed....because of the noise in my right ear is so loud!!

    I have no respite from the swimming feeling...the eye strain.pressure on my face....stiff neck...shakes...sweats and palpitations. ...

    on the upside!!! smile

    I got in to see a specialist....and I am waiting for an m.r.i scan!!!! Yaaaay!!!

    I cheer because I feel like something is being done!!!

    Also waiting for an appointment from the balance disorders clinic!!!

    The only meds I take are nurofen for the headaches. ...

    I manage my housework chores and do a steady pedal on my static bike to keep the wieght from piling on....

    my hub is fab and is being very supportive.....

    especially when I cry.......

    The main thing here is to keep upbeat and remember that you and I are not alone......

    Our lives have changed uncomfortable for us I know.....

    its hard because its invisable..... nobody really undersands because they cant see it

    Im determined to keep telling the medical people.....

    sometimes we have to stamp our feet a little to be heard lol!!!

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