Rocking Dizziness and Head Pressure

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I am a 20 year old male with an otherwise clean physical and mental health history. For the past two months, I have felt as though I am walking on a boat or airplane. When standing still, these symptoms persist, and I sometimes feel as though the floor is dropping out from beneath me. For the first month or so, sitting down or laying down would almost completely eliminate these symptoms, but as of the past month, symptoms are present almost all the time. Thankfully, I am still able to sleep comfortably as exhaustion overrides the feeling that my bed is floating, and I have not lost my appetite. I feel best when in a moving car, but am at my worst after disembarking the car, especially after a long trip. At these times, my legs will also feel weird, almost like jelly, for a short period of time. Another prevalent symptom is sporadic pressure in my head and sometimes upper nose, it is not painful, but still quite an uncomfortable feeling. Symptoms are significantly worsened by feelings of anxiousness, and smoking marijuana and drinking also exacerbate symptoms. I have undergone all of the brain, heart, and ENT tests thanks to my caring parents, but have been told by my city's very own top ENT that i'm completely fine, though he did tell me to take allergy medicine every day along with flonase, which has done little to ease my symptoms. Important things to note are that I have seasonal allergies, though have never experienced dizziness from them. Additionally, I have been under a lot of stress at college and experienced some panic attacks which included a fast heart rate, trouble breathing, and this same dizziness. I still experience this about once a week, though I feel the only thing giving me anxiety now is the fact that I can't go about my life as normal due to this dizziness.

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    mcnulty

    there are many different causes for what you are experiencing. my advice is to look up a "dizzy clinic" near you. you need caloric testing. also you could possibly benefit from vestibular PT. google vestibular issues. an ENT- may be able to tell you that you are fine, but you are showing classic vestibular problems that wont go away on its own. dizzy clinic. usually in the major city where you live. nose spray ect wont help. for now, try mecclizine, its over the counter at the pharmacy, brand name bonine. try it and see if it helps with your symptoms. that will give answers too. tell your parents to help you look these things up.

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      Thank you for your response. I have undergone caloric testing and only slight weakness was found in my right ear, whatever that means. I also had a CT scan to check for vestibular dehiscence but this came back inconclusive and more "invasive" testing would need to be done to resolve this issue. As for meclazine, it does little to nothing to ease my symptoms, and I have even found it can worsen them. At this point, my only guess is that I have PPPD, anxiety, or a combination of both, and I doubt the root of my problems lies within my vestibular system. As a precaution, I just got tested for lyme as I spend a lot of time outdoors.

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      thats good to rule out lyme. i did too. you mentioned anxiety, do you have a hx of anxiety prior to this? has a dr mentioned pppd? since you got yourself to the dizzy clinic and had the testing, has a doctor discussed a possible diagnosis with you? they should have after the dr reviewed your testing. has the dr mentioned taking an anti depressant?

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    Wow what you wrote exactly describes me! I still haven't got a name for what type of vertigo as yet. The vertigo i got has been triggered by by an ear disease which grew and destroyed everything in its path. When I had a ct scan it just don't show up the extent of it. Mri did....have you had a mri? I'm praying to get to the bottom of this as its debilitating.

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