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Strange Cross-eyed Feeling causing Loss of Balance

For about the past 2 years I have suffered from a sudden feeling of visual imbalance or cross-eyed sensation (although not actually cross-eyed)! This in turn causes a type of vertigo involving loss of balance accompanied by nausea. This lasts for approx 10-15 minutes before my vision returns to normal. I have had 2 eye tests which confirm nothing untoward (I have replacement single vision lenses in both eyes following cataract surgery). My doctors have given up trying to diagnose this condition having carried out blood tests for Pituitry, thyroid, diabetes, anaemia and infection which are all perfectly OK. I would be interested to know if anybody has suffered similar or knows a possible cause. I have not been rfeferred to a neurologist or recommended for CT or MRI. I am female aged 65

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  • I have experienced the same symptoms & my Optician said it is probably a form of migraine & nothing to worry about. I must admit it makes me feel weird & nauseous. I helps to keep your eyes closed & remain seated until the symptoms pass.

  • I also suffer from vertigo and the doctor has said that it is connected to my sinuses and given me Nasobec nasal spray I have been taking this since last Wed and as yet no improvement but will give it a week and then go back to doctors

  • katewarn39

    I too had these exact symptons a few months back. Feeling of being cross-eyed but wasn't actually and pronounced dizziness. This lasted well over an hour, almost two hours. I was taken to the hospital and checked thoroughly for a stroke (including cat-scan, MRI, etc) which proved negative but my blood pressure was reading 210. It was diagnosed as a mild heart attack, even though I felt no pain.

    • dan72669

      Aloha Dan

      I do believe that you have BPPV, as I do.

      It's one of the most common forms of vertigo.. I went thru the crazy symptoms.. Pounding heart.. Thought it was a stroke.. The world was spinning, felt like my eye was twirling..

      I did some serious searching.. I found BPPV. Bingo!

      I saw my specialist who immediately and easily diagnosed me with bppv.. My right eye actually twirled.. A positive diagnosis. BRANDT-TAROFF maneuver can help.

      Good luck and alo

  • katewarn39

    I have the exact same symptoms, went to the doctor he couldn't tell me a thing told me that I might have an ear infection or sinus problems,  went to a different doctor she picked up a heart murmer I had an echocardiogram and was diagnosed with a bicuspid valve and Aortic aneurysm. Due to have surgery later this month.  

    Don't know if its relevant or not but test all avenues!

    I'm a 34 year old female no one would usually think to check for what I have .

    • stephanie02341

      Hi Stephany and all members reading this. I had the same problems and it did scare me every time and I dislike using medicine. I searched for an alternative on the internet and found info on CBD oil and gave it a try. Sofar the symptom hasn't come back. I am now busy with a project and anyone who wants more info about this your welcome to let me know and I send you information. 

      You all have a healthy, happy and prosperous 2018. With love / Pax

    • stephanie02341

      I had exactly same as you.

      Fortunately I saw my specialist who immediately and easily diagnosed me with BPPV. One of the most common forms of vertigo. The bppv has crazy symptoms.. Besides vertigo and spinning eye.. Pounding heart.. And more.

      Caused frequently by having your head back, like a dentist chair.

      BRANDT-TAROFF maneuver can offer relief immediately.

      Good luck and aloha

    • Uguessright

      Aside from also taking CBD oil for my seizure condition.

      I do believe that the type of vertigo you have is BPPV, one of the most common forms of vertigo. Crazy symptoms, can even cause a pounding heart.

      bppv is easily diagnosed by your head gently back, turned from side to side... your doctor will watch to see if your eye(s) twirl. It will cause the vertigo when checking.. No worries.

      Brandt-Taroff maneuver can start helping right away..

      Good luck and aloha

  • katewarn39

    i have had similar symptoms for 15 years still scares me because when it happens i can't control my sort of becomes electrified (i don't know how else to describe it) and detached from reality...some parts of my vision even disappear temporarily...and my mind starts to panic...lying down with closed eyes has the best effect but when you're downtown it's say the my case it probably has something to do with brain overload...we are living in fast paced times with much sensory is also important to keep blood sugar in balance...i am a male nurse and on the workfloor it struck me about 8X per year...very distressing...lying down with eyes closed in quiet surroundings for 20 minutes and drinking some water usually made it pass...but sometimes i had a terrible headache after which would last the whole day...i had an MRI scan of the it is something which i will have to live with...a medical alert necklace is handy to warn others of the condition...     

    • jeremiajohn

      Hi my name is Christian, I've had a couple of times where these symptoms have happened. Mainly during physical activity at work. But it could be related to too much brain activity as well. You say you wear dog tags to identify your symptom, do you have a name for these symptoms or do you just write on there what the symptoms are thanks

    • kristal2141

      It really scared me at first I thought it might be a sign that I was going to have a stroke. When I spoke to my doctor about it he just kind of said I don't know what that could be. I brought it up several times to multiple doctors and I get the same unconcerned disregard from them. It bothers me that they don't feel it's something worth looking into because it's definitely a problem. Reading all of the different comment it looks like it could be just about anything. I don't know I recently got a new doctor because my doctor moved and I may bring it up to her because I really think she would be a little more concerned then my last doctor.

    • jeremiajohn


      I know this was 3 years ago or so but I just wanted to let you know that I had exactly the same thing happen to me. You described what happens to me to a T. I was just wondering if there was any update on what it is or if you've heard anything more. I sure would like to hear about it.


    • lljames59

      I have suffered these symptoms for over three years now had loads of tests and they still don’t know what is causing this to happen l thought after a while l was going crazy because no one could give me any answers and still Under investigation it can happen any time l have mobility issues so cannot walk very far so ime not rushing around Very confusing 🤨

    • linda 64296

      After many years of misdiagnoses and wrong medications that actually made my symptoms worse I was finally diagnosed with Menieres Disease. Check out the symptoms and see if it relates to yours. Although there is no cure the medication I am on now is helping to control the symptoms. I still have episodes and have to deal with the before and after effects but it's manageable now. Good luck.

    • jeremiajohn

      From experience, it sounds like all of you are experiencing BPPV.. One of the most common forms of vertigo.

      Crazy symptoms, twirling eye, pounding heart, the universe is spinning.. And more.

      I urge you to read about it and tell your doc to check.. Diagnosed by your head tilted back.. Will will cause vertigo, no worries.. Your head will be turned slowly from side to side. If an eyeball twirls.. Easily seen.. You have. BPPV

      Good luck and aloha


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