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Re: Something is just off. I don't understand.
« Reply #20 on: June 26, 2014, 04:08:23 PM »
By the way, what type of off balance do you experience?
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Re: Something is just off. I don't understand.
« Reply #21 on: June 26, 2014, 04:36:56 PM »
Spinning sensation is usually an inner ear thing, yes, but that doesn't mean that it will always feel like that. I do get the spinning feeling but only very rarely, like once or twice. Usually what I feel is sort of like being a bit drunk. Actually it's more like what it feels like if you've been on a boat for a long time and then you get onto solid land and it still feels like you're on a boat. If you've ever felt that before, that's exactly what it feels like most of the time. You kind of feel like you're not quite balanced right and your legs try to compensate when there's really nothing to compensate for.
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Re: Something is just off. I don't understand.
« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2014, 04:42:23 PM »
Yeah I have had no spinning. Thank goodness.

Yes I know that feeling! That's how it was for me too. When I walked I felt like i was walking on a boat even though on the outside I walked perfect. I felt it more on the inside. Like I was just off balance. When I took predinsone for my infection that feeling went away. Thank goodness.

So you did see your ent about this?
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Google diagnosis : brain cancer.

Symptoms : dizzy head feeling.

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Re: Something is just off. I don't understand.
« Reply #23 on: June 26, 2014, 05:01:11 PM »
Yes, on the recommendation of my primary doctor. She knows that I suffer from GAD but has never mentioned health anxiety before and I never knew that it was a thing that existed until I stumbled on this forum and said, "Eureka! That's what I have been dealing with!" I mean it's pretty obvious, really. This imbalance thing is just the latest in a  long, long line of classic health anxiety issues.

Anyway, when I told my doctor about my balance problems she referred me to an ENT and he did a bunch of tests. After everything was done, he told me that anxiety was most likely a contributor but that it was probably also related to a fluid imbalance in my inner ear as well. He gave me the exercises to do at home.
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Re: Something is just off. I don't understand.
« Reply #24 on: June 26, 2014, 05:04:37 PM »
I see. Well did she say that your ears would clear up?  I've heard of all kinda of inner ear issues like Labryinthitis, Mineres disease, even migraine with vertigo. Is it anything like that?
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Re: Something is just off. I don't understand.
« Reply #25 on: June 26, 2014, 05:18:21 PM »
They said that it usually does clear up eventually and that mine should since it's not severe vertigo (the constant spinning kind) but that there's no telling how long that might take. They said that the test results were too mild to be Meniere's or anything like that, but that it could be just an imbalance in the inner ear fluid, possibly caused by something like sinusitis or allergies or even just by anxiety itself. I do get migraines sometimes (not very often) and they can make the vertigo very bad, but they are not the main culprit. They're just something that pops up every once in a while and they always go away after I get some rest. As far as I could understand, they thought that anxiety possibly coupled with something like an ongoing infection or allergies is what is causing it.
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Re: Something is just off. I don't understand.
« Reply #26 on: June 26, 2014, 05:54:27 PM »
Oh ok. That's interesting.  Maybe it will subside soon. How long has this been going on?
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Symptoms : dizzy head feeling.

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Re: Something is just off. I don't understand.
« Reply #27 on: June 26, 2014, 06:15:47 PM »
Almost a year now, off and on.
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Re: Something is just off. I don't understand.
« Reply #28 on: June 26, 2014, 06:29:36 PM »
Wow. I'm sure that would set off your anxiety. It sets off mine big time.
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Google diagnosis : brain cancer.

Symptoms : dizzy head feeling.

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Re: Something is just off. I don't understand.
« Reply #29 on: June 28, 2014, 01:42:49 AM »
i'm having these EXACT same symptoms, in fact i've had them for over a year and they're the leading source of my anxiety. i always feel like my eyes are strained and my head is in a vice. i feel like something is pushing from behind my eyes and sometimes it's hard to even keep them open. this is especially worse while driving. focusing is nearly impossible and i get random dizzy spells which feel like they're coming from BEHIND my eyes rather than in my head. it's horrific. i recently had an eye exam and nothing came back, and i remember being shocked because i genuinely thought they would find a tumor or something behind my eyes causing me to feel like this. even still, nothing. it's very frustrating.
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