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Re: this just has to be a brain tumor it just has to be!!!!!
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2014, 10:46:50 AM »
You need to stop goggling, stop making yourself puke, stop combining alcohol with xanax (particularly NOT 4 beers 30 minutes after 1 MG of Xanax), and stop obsessing. 

I know you said the SSRI made your dizziness worse, you have to fight through those first few weeks.  It's not fun, particularly when you're in the state you're in but when you get to the other side, it's sooooo worth it.

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Re: this just has to be a brain tumor it just has to be!!!!!
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2014, 12:55:21 PM »
I agree that I am always in a state of anciety. I wake up knowing when I open my eyes I will feel off balance I expect it everyday. It's so hard to believe anxiety can do this everyday for 3 months ... I had four days with no symptoms in between this. When I'm driving I'm ok or laying but when standing or walking I can feel that sensation. Maybe it's worse the last few days from drinking four nights. I  nauseous today I don't want to start thinking nausea and dizziness from a brain tumor. I'm going to see a neurologist Tuesday. It's to the point wen looking around at the world I get off balance. Or using my phone the little letters. I try so hard not to believe it's a brain tumor or an episode of MS.
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Re: this just has to be a brain tumor it just has to be!!!!!
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2014, 01:11:07 PM »
I saw an ENT like two months ago about a month into this ordeal. And nothing he said and he's a known ENT around the area. I just can't fathom anxiety making dizzy feeling like this so real.

Actually, anxiety CAN make you feel dizzy. Anxiety can and does cause REAL physical symptoms—it's not just all "in your head." And that's whether or not you "feel anxious." Put some of your expert googling skills to use and research anxiety, how it works, and what it does to your body. When your nervous system is wound up, it will react in unpredictable ways, even if you feel "relaxed." For how long you've been chronically anxious, it's going to take many months of concerted effort of NOT getting yourself wound up before things go back to normal.

I think there are some very real possibilities for your dizziness that don't have to do with a brain tumor. Drinking, first of all, plus Xanax. Xanax itself can cause dizziness. Drinking itself can cause dizziness (and needing to puke). I know on a morning after I've had a couple too many, I'm feeling off all day. Alcohol is also a depressant, so any anxiety you feel generally is only going to be worse after four nights of drinking. But to get drunk two days in a row, pop 1mg of Xanax, eat a lot of heavy food, and THEN feel scared that your puking and "off kilter" feeling is being caused by a brain tumor is a stretch.

VP42, this is really the time that you should be kind yourself. Googling is not a helpful activity. Repeated visits to your doctor is not a helpful activity. Mixing alcohol with Xanax is not a helpful activity. I know how you feel—being with friends and relaxing, especially with booze, can feel great, because it's a time when you actually feel NORMAL, but in hindsight, it just sets you back. Aiming for healthy eating habits, healthy sleep habits, and curbing reassurance-seeking behaviors (googling, doctors, etc) will all take you much further. And I would certainly recommend some kind of professional therapy as well. Sure, these things don't "feel good" in the moment, but learning to tolerate these patches of short-term anxiety in exchange for lasting, long-term mental peace is worth it.
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In case anyone is still confused:  googling your symptoms will cause you to remain in a state of extreme anxiety. Stepping away from the internet is the first step toward lasting peace.

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Re: this just has to be a brain tumor it just has to be!!!!!
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2014, 03:03:58 PM »
Cardenas I appreciate the reply. It is just so concerning that I 24/7 feel off balance. As soon as I open my eyes it is there until I go to sleep. 3 months straight. I know I have had a very tough few months emotionally and this is the first time anxiety has caused me to constantly feel unsteady off balance (besides during a 10 minute panic attack.) I sit down look around at things it's like my eyes don't catch up with my head. I hope this neurologist Tuesday (first time ever seeing one) can help put my mind at peace and to accept it's anxiety and move forward. I pray to god he doesn't think it's MS or a brain tumor and maybe starts me on something like Busparone.
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Re: this just has to be a brain tumor it just has to be!!!!!
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2014, 07:45:51 PM »
Just out of curiousity, have you been checked for Labyrinthitiss? My mum recently got diagnosed with it after about two and a half months of problems with her balance. Problems with out ears can really destroy our balance, and cause horrible dizziness.

the main symptoms of it are balance issues, dizziness and vertigo, with sickness as a secondary symptom.

Just something that occurred to me, so I thought I'd mention it.
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Re: this just has to be a brain tumor it just has to be!!!!!
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2014, 07:48:55 PM »
No Talon, the only thing my ENT said was its anxiety. He said its not an acoustic neuroma like I think and he never like did any other tests to look in my inner ear.. I have no idea why he didnt do more.
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Re: this just has to be a brain tumor it just has to be!!!!!
« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2014, 08:24:07 PM »
Well if you possibly can, I'd see a different one and ask them specifically about the possibility of Labyrinthitis. I'm not saying it's what is causing your problems, but they do sound remarkably similar to my mothers. She even had an initial diagnosis of anxiety  I think doctors are predisposed to think that when we're anxious anyway. The third doctor she saw told her they thought it was Labyrinthitis, gave her some medication to help with the dizziness and loss of balance, and now she feels totally fine.
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Re: this just has to be a brain tumor it just has to be!!!!!
« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2014, 08:30:53 PM »
I will mention it to the neurologist that I see on tuesday that im deathly afraid to go to. This is killing me. Nausea, and the continued imbalance feeling. Its just not right, how can it be something benign its just so real and scary. I have come to realize alot of things are from anxiety and I have been through my share of illnesses (thinking I have them) but this persisting for 3 months is just extraordinary.
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Re: this just has to be a brain tumor it just has to be!!!!!
« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2014, 08:34:47 PM »
Oh yeah, I understand you entirely. I've been having a lot of symptoms that have been persisting for months now, and I always struggle with the idea that they are anxiety related, but after all the tests I've been through I just have to accept that that is what it is. My doctor once said to me: If you can imagine a symptom, there's a pretty good chance anxiety can cause it. It can do all sorts of crazy things to us. That doesn't mean it's not worth investigating other possibilities though :)
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Re: this just has to be a brain tumor it just has to be!!!!!
« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2014, 10:34:51 PM »
I think you already know to skip the alcohol to help with not making the symptoms worse, but also, have you tried the test to see if you have an inner ear problem? My doctor did this with me, and it was kind of neat. Lay with your head off the side of something like a bed or a couch. Have someone look at your eyes. If your eyes start to twitch, you may have an inner ear problem.
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