HELP! Dizzy, lightheaded, head/ear pressure, blurred vision, near fainting- anyone?

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My 19 year old daughter woke up one morning 3 weeks ago light headed and dizzy (no vertigo). It gradually got worse over that first week to the point where she starts to gets episodes of blurred vision, head heaviness, and feels like she's going to pass out. No pain. These episodes get worse with the more activity she does during the day, but they can occur when she is seated and doing nothing. (At one point, she was driving in the car. ). The only thing that resolves it is laying down. She does not have these issues when laying down or sleeping at night, but mentions it as soon as she opens her eyes and gets out of bed...sometimes even just moving her head. She has headaches a couple times a week ive noticed...but that could actually be since starting prednisone. She has had a head and neck CT scan and bloodwork, which were normal. They placed her on a 5 day Prednisone rx which has done nothing. She's also taken Meclizine, Flonase, and homeopathic natural supplements, as well as, acupuncture to help...but nothing has. She has had some relief with acupuncture, but it's random and usually only lasts until she wakes up the next morning. Out of the 7 times she had acupuncture this week, 4 were effective. Taking her to a chiropractor tomorrow and doctor referred her to an ENT. We're at a loss . She started a new job 3 weeks ago and she's in danger of losing it because she can't work. Anyone had something like this? We're thinking possibly inner ear or neck issues...

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    Hi Charcey, I read your thread with great interest as, apart from the blurred vision, I have identical symptoms. With the NHS I have had MRA, MRI and various other test, none of which have indicated anything wrong. A couple of specialists did suggest that I have an unidentified cerebral insufficiency which I think means that for some reason there is insufficient blood flow through my neck to part of my brain. A neurologist I saw last week is sending me to a physiologist who will, I presume, try to manipulate my neck and spine to find where any restriction may be. I will keep you informed.

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    Look up bppv. It could be the crystals in her ear that have become dislodged. Waking up in the morning and turning your head to your ear that is affected and becoming dizzy is a classic symptom of bppv.

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    sounds like an inner ear issue, but I'm not a doc but her symptoms seem to mimic mine when I started out with this disorder, the ENT should be able to either confirm it or rule it out.

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    This may not be the issue but look up occipital neuralgia, it's a nerve issue that a Neurologist can help fix.

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    the passing out part smells like "POTS" affects teenagers should mention to doctor.

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    I should also mention, the symptoms get worse with fluorescent lighting.

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    the flo lights bug lots of people with vestibular migraines as well as pots. Three weeks is not enough time for natural supplements to work, can take months. look into diet, put her on the Anti inflammatory diet, look into magnesium, vitamin d, b12 if she is deficient. Of course some kind of diagnoses helps first to know what direction to go. things to consider, parasites, lyme disease auto immune conditions, and of course what the others suggested above.

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