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I've been a submarine sailor for 16 years knowing full well that I have a vestibular disorder. My normal symtoms include vertigo, tinnitus, full feeling in my ears, ear pain, extreme sensetivity to barometric pressure changes When I have episodes or attacks it culminates in depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Recently while at sea we had the ship pressurized to 33.5 in/hg and after about a week and a half of those conditions I was in full panic attack on a daily basis for the better part of 3 weeks. The depression, anxiety, and panic lead to suicidal ideations and I am now no longer on the ship. After we equalized ships pressure with the outside atmosphere I started to feel better immediately and I'm now trying to prove to Navy medicine that it's not psychological that is been a vestibular disorder the whole time and that I'm not crazy. I'm certianly being met with large amounts of resistance by the regular doctors and the ENT who are looking at me like I have three heads when I try to explain what happened to them. I don't know what I have but I know I'm not crazy or suicidal unless I'm in the middle of a vestibular episode. Anyone that can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated. My career and my sanity my be at stake.
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