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I'll get straight to the point. I have been suffering from Vestibular Neuritis for almost a year (for those who are interested, you can look it up), to summarise it, its an inner ear problem which affects your balance and can take years for the brain to compensate for it.
It has multiple side effects, the most common and most problematic one being anxiety. At the start I had too many panic attacks, I couldnt even leave my room. However, by doing things like yoga, meditation etc. I managed to recover a LOT in terms of ANXIETY. Medication didn't help and as my anxiety got under control along with my brain compensating for the lack of balance, I started to feel better, but all symptoms were still there 24/7 to a lesser degree.
One month ago, I relapsed. I assure you, I did nothing different and have no idea why everything came back. As you can imagine my anxiety sky rocketed again. It took me about 2 weeks for the dizziness to calm down as brain compensated for it again. However my anxiety seemed to be there, I tried yoga etc. again ( as it was so successful last time) but it did nothing. I have also noticed for the past 2-3 weeks, my bowels have been very irritated- without going into too much detail, I will just say that the frequency of my toilet visits per day shot up. I assumed (and still assume this was anxiety related) so I continued yoga etc. with not much improvement. I changed my diet to eat only bland, simple food...still not much luck.
My latest problem, and this is the one I need MOST help with. Three days ago, as I was trying to sleep, I started getting palpitations which really scared me- I have never had them before. NOTE: I had EKG, ECHO, Holter done 6 months ago and all was normal, so my heart was fine then and is fine now. This has really made me feel anxious especially because I never had this symptom last year when my anxiety was at a peak.
Along with the palpitations, I also get a feeling of being winded (almost like I have exhaled too much when I breathe out, and I feel like a pit in my throat and stomach). I mostly do NOT feel out of breath. This started happening more when I was lying down and/or after I had just eaten food. But now this is happening at random points, and everytime I get this sensation it makes me jump/ freak out/ get anxious. Its like a 'dropping' sensation, like a forceful exhale...I just don't know how to explain it but I hate it!
Has anyone experienced this? Do you think its anxiety related?- If yes, why has it started to happen all of a sudden? Any other explanations?
Any help at all would be greatly appreciated!
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