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Hello Everyone.

Its been ages since I've been on here and I am sorry If anyones messages have slipped by unanswered. The truth is I made a decision to stop constantly researching my problem and unsubscribed from various groups that I belonged to. Although the internet is great and is full of answers and full of fellow sufferers , it was having a negative effect on my well being.

For anyone who doesn't know me, read my posts and you'll see the journey I've been on and its been a long journey and many of you should recognise my symptoms.

The worst thing for me was the anxiety stuff that came with this so along with the dizziness, this was another thing I had to deal with and one was aggravating the other.

Along the way I did have another ear test and the discrepancy between my ears was within the 10% accepted tolerance so I knew that was all good.

So then I looked into MAV, silent migraines.

I actually told the GP I wanted Propoponol for silent migraines and I wanted Fluoxetine to kick the anxiety into shape, which he gave me. I've been taking them now I guess for about a year or so now.

Also I got back on the proverbial horse and forced myself to do all the things I was avoiding. (That was the hardest thing to do)

I am now 99.5% back to my old self (0.5% I get the odd dizzy spell but I ignore it.

* Foggy head aches has now gone *

* Supermarket & shopping mall environments, no longer bother me *

* Standing in Queues - The odd sway, but doesn't bother me

* Driving fast on ring roads and motorways, no longer bother me or give me headaches.

* I know longer feel generally fatigued and wiped out.

I am now doing everything I was doing before and no longer give anything a second though and I no longer have 'what if' and worry constantly running through my mind.

I did go to CBT for anxiety but that didn't do nothing for me, probably because I had previously read The Chimp Paradox which explains why your brain behaves the way it does. Fight, Flight and all that stuff. I recommend it, its a good ready. It was tablets that worked for me and will power to stop avoiding stuff.

Thats me for now. All the best everyone !

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    HI Darren,

    I have read your poast in the past, gald you are feeling almost back to yourself. I know you had glasses changed and you felt better. So....the Propoponol and Fluoxetine  is what you think finally made the difference?

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    Hi DizzyDaren, 

    Yay, your're better! Gives me hope! I'm about ready to ask my doctor for Verapamil and Effexor/Zoloft. Thank you for posting your "success"story. It helps me to hear them and I imagine others too. I wish more people would post theirs. 


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    Hi Darren, glad to hear this!

    Would you say in hindsight that anxiety (however that is interpreted) was possibly a prime reason for your illness?

    I'm willing to take any approach to be honest, although I have no reason for anxiety and am only stressed through illness as you probably were. Just sick to death of this dizzyness.

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      No I would say Anxiety was the secondary illness which agravated and fueled the primary illness. I was dizzy at the beginning due to VN and when the anxiety sneaked up on me it just made me dizzier.

      In hindsight, I should never had let the anxiety take a hold but it did becuase I let it. I started to avoid everything. I made every excuse not to go out, not to drive, not socialise but all it did was make me scared of everything.

      My advice to anyone is please don't avoid the things you used to do. You'll feel like crap and you'll be fatigued and suffer brain fog but don't let that anxiety get a grip on you.

      You might have to take baby steps but that's much better than taking no steps at all.


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    Hi Darren

    I sent you another PM. Is the second drug you are taking propranolol?


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      Hi Terry

      I just replied to you and yes the 2nd drug I take is Propranolol for silent migraines and the first drug is Fluoxetine is to curb the anxiety

      I used to get that horrible foggy head mushy headache but since taking these tablets I don't. Before I was always popping parecetamols. asperins or whatever I could put my hands on, but very rarely now.

      I forgot to mention in my earlier post that I need at least 8 Hours sleep. Any less and I can feel a bit crappy the next day and also I sleep as flat as possible (no pillows). I found that sleeping on pillows kinked my neck and restricted the oxygen flow to my head and contributed to the foggy headaches. I find that I feel more refreshed the next morning when I lose the pillows. Wierd I know....but works for me.

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    This is best news Darren ,Im wondering if it's down to just anxiety ,simple something like that . What triggers it can be various reasons. I know that illness was my kicker to what's all led on to health issues . Think if we all looked back hard ,we'd maybe see the kicker ,illness ,job.family etc . Allergies seem to throw up a lot from what I've read ,had a tests last October ( private ) allergies a lot showed up . so again maybe we need to look at the whole picture . Not just what we read on sites as these . Thyroid test done at same time as allergies ,again that showed up Elevated Paroxidase autoimmune antibodies . Finally going to see Dr this Friday after an absence of over 2 yrs . 

      Keep doing what you are Darren ,you've got your life back proves it can be done . Glad you looked in and gave us an update . 

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    Hi dizzydarren

    Thank you for your post, I keep reading posts trying to find comfort- answers- hope -but your right what I find mostly is other desperate people like me. My story is so difficult and it has caused me anxiety as a secondary issue.

    reading your hopeful story made me cry.

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