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Where do start? January 2017 I first went to the doctors with sudden waking at night and dizziness (as well as many other unpleasant symptoms). I was quickly diagnosed with vertigo, prescribed Prochlorperazine and referred to ENT. My first appointment they concurred however my second with a different doctor didn’t agree with the vertigo diagnosis believing it was something else and referred me to a sleep clinic and for an MRI. After a few tests for sleep apnoea this was ruled out. My MRI, however, showed an arnold Chiari malformation. A further referral to a neurosurgeon was done with a second MRI to check my cerebral fluid flow. During this time, my symptoms were worsening with chest pain and a numb left arm being thrown into the mix. Another visit to my GP resulted in a referral for a 24 hour ECG. The results from that showed I had 4 episodes in one night of tachycardia whilst asleep so the doctor diagnosed arrhythmia. A cardiologist appointment had already been arranged but not until the beginning of October. In the meantime hardly a night goes by now without me waking with one symptom or another and I’ve had to go off sick due to lack of sleep and inability to do my job properly (I’m a community nurse). I’m worried obviously and would like people’s thoughts. I’m trapped in this horrible world and it has affected my mood considerably which probably doesn’t help. I haven’t got stress or anxiety from my job which has been suggested. By the way my cerebral flow was fine so discharged from neuro now, my Chiari is a watch and wait. It’s rare I have issues during the day other than palpitations on occasion and every now and then tachycardia after eating. At the moment I’m controlling the best I can but I’m truly fed up now after 19 months of this.
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