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I have posted on these forums before regarding a range of symptoms I was suffering from, I have some updates to this information but I still require some help and advice, so thank you in advance.
I have been suffering from labyrinthitis for 4 months now, and in addition to all the symptoms related to that condition, I have also had multiple anxiety/panic attacks. As far as I am concerned in the past month or so, the anxiety has taken over massively and so I won't talk about the labrynthitis symptoms (dizziness, blocked ear, pressure in head, nausea etc etc.) as they pale in comparison even though they are still there.
After a 10 week wait, I had my ENT appt the other day, where the doctor said that I don't actually have labyrnthitis though I do have symptoms associated with it and so I have to wait another 6 weeks for further tests to be done. In the mean time, I DESPERATELY need some help with the anxiety.
I feel like I am constantly in a state of panic and I am very conscious of my breathing, feels like I am choking. This feeling is there almost always and gets much worse if I know I have to go shopping or meet friends so much so that I have pretty much confined myself in my room for the past few months. I have had MRIs and blood tests done which have ruled out anything serious and therefore my anxiety isnt related to medical reasons as far as I know.
It also gets worsened or triggered after hot showers, after sudden movements which trigger dizziness and therefore anxiety. In fact, when any of the labyrinthitis symptoms flare up, it instantly affects the anxiety. Very recently, my vision has also made my anxiety worse. I feel like my eyes are going cross eyed, almost a straining effect on my eyes. This in turn makes me dizzy which makes my anxiety worse. I have had eye tests done and there is nothing abnormal.
SO, this leads me to believe that as I haven't got any serious problems, my main problem is the anxiety and so I have posted in this topic rather than for Ear disorders.
Is there anyone out there who can help me control my anxiety? I tried some breathing exercises but that didn't do much but maybe I did it wrong. I am willing to try anything to control this. Until my next appt I can't do anything about my 'labyrinthitis' symptoms so this is my only alternative. Please can you guys (especially people in a similar situation to mine, who have overcome this) direct me to any material or techniques that will help me with this?
In addition, if people have been through this and defeated the problem, can you briefly let me know what you suffered from, how long it lasted, how you recovered from it and any further information.
Thanks in advance!
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