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Does anyone else find dizziness/vertigo provoked by open spaces?. I had a bad time 3 years ago with dizziness/vertigo - was ill for 7 months, off work for 4 of them. Had all manner of investigations which excluded my heart, brain or ears as the cause. Only possiblility neither proved nor disproved was migraine associated vertigo, but I couldn't understand why it happened all the time. Eventually was ok, don't know what helped, but persisted with very occasional problems in open spaces, which I kind of worked around. Had recurrence about 6 weeks ago and now get really panicky when approaching open spaces, which doesn't help. Taking amitriptylene as migraine prevention which makes me very tired. Anyone had anything similar?

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    I have exactly the same problem open spaces send my dizzyness into overload,have been forcing myself to walk the local park everyday and focusing on objects while I am doing this which has helped me.I have had vestibular labyrynthitis for 6 months now with 24/7 virtigo,I would say i am around 70 percent better,in your post you mention having your problem for 7 months and would like to know how it went away with yourself? Did you find youself getting better bit by bit or did the virtigo go as abruptly as it started?.Cheers.
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      Hi, Mark. It improved gradually. Don't know if due to medication, prayer, or just time. But never went away completely, as I said I worked around the open spaces thing to a large extent, but now it's not so good, even crossing the road is a problem. I wouldn't dare try a park at the moment - good for you!
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    I agree with SarahCuda, open spaces  are a visual overload. It were an issue for me for around 2 months. I would find it hard to focus on anthing, it all looked a little odd I could only walk looking at the ground to begin with as all the different distances of things combined with motion of walking, overload of colour and stimulus would make me feel ill. 
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    Open spaces will give me the feeling of unsteadiness sometimes.  I will feel unsure when walking on a parking lot.

    I want to tell you about my experience with amitriptylene.  My regular doc described it for nervousness.  As time went on I had the feeling that my throat was tight when I wanted to swallow food or drink.  Not all the time but sometimes.

    My gastro doc said that that med tends to slow things down.  I stopped taking the med & the problem went away too.  For your information.

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