Hello... I just registered tonight and find this forum full of information. I hope can find someone experiencing the same agony and torture I am feeling
I have lightheadedness from the time I get up in the morning until the time I go to bed. I constantly have a feeling of swaying when I walk and have eye floaters when I am outside or looking at a computer screen. It seems to be worse when I am at work and improves when I go to the gym or sit down and watch TV after a hot shower. However, I have been like this for almost 6 months and never had a break from it. Other people experience bouts or panic attacks.... it is constant for me.
Yes... I have been tested for everything....Through the mill. In the beginning I was hospitalized for 5 days thinking I had a heart condition. EKG, stress test, stress echo, cardiac MRI and ultimately a cardiac catheterization. They performed a cardiac catheterization because I was complaining of chest pain and my stress and stress echo tests came back "inconclusive." Fortunately, nothing was found... not a heart problem. Blood pressure is controlled through medication. All types of blood work... everything normal. The cardiologist suggested that I see a GI doctor.
So on to the ENT doctor.... performed an MRI of the brain and sinus passages... again, all came back negative. Onto the neurologist with the advice from my internist.. I was convinced I had MS. He performed some tests and said I was fine. He explained to me that I was too stressed at not breathing correctly and that I should "belly" breathe and start having fun again. His last words were "I doubt I will ever see you gain."
On to the eye doctor... 20/20 vision. She stated it can be normal to get floaters... but if they get worse, I should come see her again. (Detached retina... I don't think so. Floaters started when the lightheaded feeling said "hello.")
So here I am back to my internist... he put me on Prozac... that did not work. He suggested Lexapro... we started and 5mg and went up to 30mg. I felt the same. He suggest that I see a therapist and perhaps try a different medication... Not too sure if I want to go that route. I am not convinced medication is the answer. So that's where I am right now along with visiting a chiropractor to help relief the neck tension.
Nothing is helping!!! Not even breathing exercises. I cannot shake this feeling of lightheadedness. Each day is torture for me. Is this GAD??? Stress? Anxiety?
I am not convinced that GAD can last for 6 months. Sure... I worry about money... health and family. Who doesn't. I have a son with ADHD that stresses me out every day. And yes, my marriage takes a lot of effort. Plus, I have a negative cash flow every month that requires me to withdraw money out of the bank to live.
I am at wits end... I cannot enjoy life anymore. No one understands this torture... Not even my wife.
Stress can do this???? Anxiety?
Am I alone feeling like this???
I look around and everyone is enjoying life. I am not asking for much... I just want to have a normal day again.
Will this ever end?