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I've had 'dizziness' for months...Help?

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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've had what I can only describe as 'dizziness' since late September...
I feel light-headed, like my mind is kind of fuzzy and my everything seems a bit 'off'. Occasionally I feel as if I'm teetering, going to lose my balance, but not often. I've heard that's what vertigo feels like, but I'm not sure if I have that or not. Sometimes it feels as if the room is tilted. I've also noticed that if I take any sort of medicine that makes you drowsy it gets worse.
It isn't terribly hindering me, but it's causing me anxiety and stressing me out.
I did go to the doctor and complain about it, along with ear pain (Several people have told me I'm probably feeling this way because of ear infection) but all she did was prescribe me a decongestant and some nasal spray. Worked well with some of my sinus problems (I'm a frequent sufferer) and my ear pain has died away, but the dizziness continues.
Has anybody else felt like this? Does anybody know what's causing it / how I can possibly treat it? It's really been bothering me to the point of fear.
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Nocturn0wl Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely, as *Omega-WereWolf said, go see an audiologist (essentially, an ear doctor), and ASAP. If you're having dizziness spells and also ear pain, there might be something going on in your middle/inner ear and/or vestibular system (the two are physically connected even though they serve different functions--hearing and balance, respectively), and only someone who's specialized in studying them will be able to reliably tell you if there's something not quite right there in the first place, and if there is something off they'll be much more likely to accurately diagnose you. The fact that you've mentioned a potential ear infection and constant sinus issues (again, the two are physically connected) tells me that there's a higher likelihood that it's something to do with your ears (and I've only taken one class on audiology stuff so far), so those'll be things you absolutely want to mention to whichever audiologist you go in to see, even if they don't ask.

Also, the sooner you go the sooner it'll potentially get resolved, and the less potential damage you'll have done to your ears/vestibular system. Best of luck!
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Elfynity Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Interesting, I also experienced alot of dizziness; it was caused by my heart murmur. Everytime i had anything with caffeine or an upper in it, i would feel faint and dizzy. Heart murmurs are not fatal like other heart conditions, so don't worry, but you should find out for sure if you maybe have one.
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Elfynity Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
I also mistook having a heart murmur as panic attacks because they feel the same.
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JetPowerFIE Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate to be "un-scientific", especially compared to all these responses, but my sister suffers from diziness, and (as tired of hearing it from me she may be) I can not stress how important it is to watch your water intake. Atleast 2 quarts a day. When she drinks atleast that amount, her diziness seems to be greatly reduced if not almost solved. Just try drinking two big Gatorade bottles a day. Trust me, if nothing else proper water intake will certainly help.
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I've been trying to take in water a lot more than I usually do c:
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AvianEx Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I have low blood pressure, and that sounds a lot like what I have whenever I stand up. You should get it checked out, because you are at a high risk of fainting. The last time I fainted I split my chin open and broke two teeth, so fainting is serious.
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Mew-Sumomo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
I'd see an ENT as soon as possible. I have two friends who experience something similar. One of them was referred to a neurologist.
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MayJackson Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Sounds like low blood pressure to me. You can definitely self-treat this by eating more salt, (drink water too but w/o the salt your bp will not increase) but MAKE SURE YOUR BP DOESN'T GO OVER 130/90. (You can check your bp at almost any pharmacy on one of those machines.) I don't want to be putting you at risk for hypertension here xD But I'm guessing your systolic is ~ 90 if you're getting dizzy (the top number which should be 120, since 120/80 is normal).

If your doctor doesn't take your complaint seriously, mention that you think it might be low blood pressure and that you're going to start taking in more salt! - he doc might tell you not to, but I can almost guarantee that they'll take your complaint more seriously and check your bp more closely.
:)
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, I'll be sure to ask about that c: The last time my bp was checked the nurse said it was "Kind of high" but she wasn't concerned.
Last night I had a panic attack though, it felt just like my dizziness but worse and with rapid heartbeat. I'll definitely be asking the doctor about my anxiety...
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MayJackson Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Yes, it could be anxiety, but I wouldn't expect that too have a large impact on your blood *pressure.* (But maybe you should be put on an anxiolytic to help with that.) If your bp is a little high normally than be cautious with salt... but yeah, definitely ask. Also, don't want to scare you but it's possible you have a heart condition - just make sure the doctor listens to your chest :) If anything is too wrong he/she will know :) (even if you did have one, most heart conditions are really not scary and don't decrease length or quality of life)
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for your input c: Usually whenever I take a visit to the doctor (Which is a bit frequently, I get constant sinus infections) they listen to my chest, and nothing has been said about it so far, so hopefully that's not the problem.
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MayJackson Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Good!! Glad you've been monitored :) Good luck with it.
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Planthearth4u Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Remember my vertigo spells during BOA season our junior year? I constantly felt "off" like the world would tilt or get fuzzy, but I would get moments that the vertigo would make me feel like I was in constant free-fall. It gave me headaches, the light made me dizzier and I got serious motion sickness. My doc said it was all caused by a virus and that a lot of cases are cause by either ear problems, skeletal pressure problems (like Mr. Shultz) or by viruses.
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I do remember that. I'll be going to the doctor tomorrow, though, I hope that'll solve it.
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workoutprogress Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Photographer
Yeah, I'd get a second opinion at least. Are you eating enough? You can get dizziness from too few calories ( < 500 ) per day.
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I definitely eat enough every day, I'm a bit chubby lol.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
There are many things that could cause balance issues and a few of them can KILL YOU

You need to go directly to an Otolaryngology or ENT/Audiologist and soon.
General practitioners are not going to be any help, you need to see a specialist.
You might even need an MRI.

If it's an ear infection you might need drops combined with medicine and a vacuuming (the doctor sucks goop off your eardrum).
But if you have a tumor, that can kill you if left untreated.

That's why you need to see a specialist.
Your current doctor hasn't done shit since September and you still have the dizzy issues.
It's worth your time to get a second opinion.
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AnAliasUnknown Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Is it a constant dizziness, or are there certain triggers for it (aside from medication)?
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It comes and goes, but I haven't been able to find a trigger for it. Sometimes I wake up in the morning feeling dizzy, and others I don't, only to find as the day goes on that I become dizzy. (Usually at night)
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Harpygirl91 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I would see if you could schedule an appointment with another doctor or visit with your doctor again, and make sure that doctor checks for all possibilities. There are several health issues that can lead to feelings of dizziness including hypotension (low blood pressure) and inner ear problems. I have complications with hypotension and sinus problems, and I know both can cause dizziness.
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always had frequent sinus infections, so when I complained about dizziness almost everybody in my family were telling me it was likely an inner ear infection. I'm thinking so, also, because occasionally my ears still hurt, usually when I lay down at night.
I'll be returning to my doctor this Friday, though, and hopefully I can get some answers.
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Harpygirl91 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
When your ears are hurting get a hot water bag and fill it with warm water, wrap in it a towel, and place that over your ear. It will help relive the pain. I usually get an ear infection at least once a year because of the shape of my ear canals.
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tip c:
Ear infections really suck, I don't get them very often. Apparently my last sinus infection was bad enough to give me one.
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Harpygirl91 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I've heard about that happening once or twice. I am more familiar with ear infections than sinus infections though.
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Aret Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
When you get dizzy, try eating a chocolate bar or something sugary, see if that helps. I know when I get dizzy it's sometimes due to low blood sugar.

The other thing is, you may not be getting enough vitamin B12. I was having awful dizzy spells for a long time, and it turned out I was near fatally low on B12. Once I got those levels back up, I felt great and stopped getting dizzy. You can buy B12 at any drug store and they aren't that expensive, so try that while you wait to see your doctor.

But definitely see a doctor anyway. Dizzy spells can mean something minor, or they can indicate something serious. Get it checked out.
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a funny thing you mentioned B12, I used to take Vitamin B Complex pills every morning before school, but since I've graduated I've slacked off on taking them, I'll try to put them back into my routine and see if that helps any.
I'll be going to the doctor on Friday once more, and hopefully we can get some tests done or something similar.
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puppy-dangerous Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, dizziness is most commonly caused by sinus problems, so it's not a surprise they turned there first. Sinus pressure does all sorts of things to our balance and stuff.

It can be a whole lot of things. Your inner ear could have some issues. You could have blood sugar or circulation problems. Or it could even be an imbalance in hormones or something like that. It could, of course, be something really bad, like tumor or abscess in your brain.

Certain medications and other substances can cause it, so can going off of them.

I'd definitely go back to the doctor. They will probably want to do some blood tests first, to rule out hormone issues, then they may even want to an mri or something.
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm hoping it's something as simple as sinus problems, especially since I've had ear pain and it comes back every once in a while.
I'll be going back to the doctor on Friday, hopefully I'll get some answers then.
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nokari Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I did go to the doctor and complain about it, along with ear pain, but all she did was prescribe me a decongestant and some nasal spray. Worked well with some of my sinus problems and my ear pain has died away, but the dizziness continues.

So call the office back and set up a follow-up appointment or go see another doctor.

Could be vertigo, could be that you aren't eating enough as frequently as you should, could be you have hypertension, could be physical or mental stress, or any number of other things. Going to a doctor is the best decision to make. Just make sure you describe all your current symptoms, what happened with your last visit, and be completely honest in your answers. You can't properly treat this without knowing exactly what's going on. Taking medical advice from complete strangers with no professional medical experience nor any knowledge of your medical history is not a good idea. Anecdotes are not sound medical advice.
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I understand I should go to the doctor, and I wouldn't take advice to be absolute truth from a stranger.
I'm going to try to see her soon, and hopefully this time they'll listen to me when I say that it really concerns me. When I visited I really did have ear pain, and I told her all other side-effects I felt, like occasional sinus pressure. She seemed to act like it wasn't a big deal, so I was optimistic. Now that it's been a few weeks without relief I'm getting concerned...
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nokari Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Well if you thought it was a serious issue, you should have gone back sooner and not waited around for several weeks. But better later than never.
It probably isn't anything serious and just a combination of stress and sinuses, but they have to rule out the simple stuff first. So just go in there, tell her the problem is persisting even after the stuff she told you to take helped the other problems and you think you need more help.
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm trying to be fairly optimistic about it because it all seems to be linked to my sinuses.
Though, if something's wrong, leave me to worry about it...
Thanks for your input.
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siantjudas Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Digital Artist
:icondrjudasplz::iconsaysplz: Never fear, Dr.Judas medicine man is here.

Being plagued by a perpetuating dizziness can be a troubling experience. The inclusion of fuzziness in the head and things feeling off are also helpful symptoms in figuring out what is ailing you.

Quite possibly you are interpreting extraneous static television channels. Those waves enter your body and are moving through your nervous system into your brain where they are being interpreted as a kind of loss of clarity.

The other option is that you have a brain worm. Brain worms are small and discrete, but as they move their way through your cranium, they can cause the host to feel symptoms from dizziness and light headedness to loss of clarity. In this case the worm will continue to slowly cause havock in your head until the worm is removed, slowly deteriorating areas leading to further complications. The suggested cure for this would be to dangle a piece of raw meat under your nose so the worm will make its way out of your brain and through the nasal passage to the meat. :D
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, just the thing(s) I needed XD
Really, though, I think it's all because of my wonderful sinuses. Ah, and anxiety problems help, too.
I pretty much posted because I want to find somebody who's felt like this for this long, also. And maybe to find somebody who would know of any way to treat it.
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Fxuker Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Do you know what is causing the dizziness and stress?
Go visit your doctor again and tell her the results.
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm intending to go back as soon as I'm able.
As far as I've guessed my dizziness is caused by my sinus problems, as I've seen people talk about having dizziness with sinus infections (which I suffer frequently).
I'm just hoping I can get it to go away soon.
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Fxuker Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
You should read about the many people very similar to your condition, having very similar/the same sinus infections with a side of dizziness, and then recovering from it! :)
Other than that... I can't really help much since I haven't been in that condition myself.
The best advice I can give you is to go to your doctor again... Don't stress yourself on reading the negatives... I am a hypocrite for saying this... But... Focus on the positives! Your dizziness may also be coming from a different source your unaware about.
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm really bad about anxiety and making something a lot worse than it is, though, I can say that it isn't nearly as bad as when I first became dizzy, so that's good, right?
I'm hoping that a return trip to the doctor will be just what I need.
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Fxuker Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
I don't think anxiety is good at all especially after getting less of it after becoming really dizzy. I think your over thinking to many things... Usually dizziness comes because there's not enough oxygen running in your brain.
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, yeah. My mother and I both have anxiety issues, and several people I've talked to tell me I'm making it worse for myself.
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Fxuker Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Relieving your pain by hurting/making it worse for yourself won't do any good... I'm sure those many people have told you that already, or something similar to that. I don't know you. I don't need to know you. I'm worried about you. You don't have to... But tell me when you see the doctor. Your mother has anxiety too.... It's your mother. I think a parent plays a big role in their child's life. Your mother hasn't cured from anxiety. I know that much now. But she is still alive, she is still sane. You and her will get through this.
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dlaESP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, I'll try to remember to tell you what happens c:
I'm hoping for the best, because I'm really tired of being worried about it.
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Fxuker Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your not alone.
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