I thought my problems had passed and chalked them up to anxiety...but they're back. :/ This is a very quick version of my story. It has caused me an insane amount of stress and depression - I'm a single mother of 2 young kids. I have no family to help me so I don't know what I would do if I got really sick (huuuuuuge fear).
At the beginning of April, I woke up with sudden hearing loss. Initially there were no other symptoms so they determined it to just be from a virus. This answer wasn't good for me and I cried every night afraid I would lose total hearing. After starting steroids (typical protocol for hearing loss), I started feeling dizzy (like I'm looking cross-eyed), shaking hands, and had tingly hands/feet. The dizziness and tingly feet faded after a couple weeks. I spent the next three months getting hearing tests and tests at the ENT. Despite the constant ringing, hearing tests show my hearing has returned to normal. The ENT initially thought I might have Menier's Disease but an ENG test showed my inner ears were functioning normal. I went to the general doctor and got blood work. I initially received a phone call telling me I tested positive for lupus (I spent 3 days in bed crying about this). At the follow-up appt, he said my body showed no inflammation in the further bloodwork so he thinks it was a false positive. I have a follow-up with the rhumalogist just in case. After being told my blood work was essentialy normal, my dizziness seemed to fade away. I went for an MRI and a neurology appt. MRI was normal and as my symptoms had faded, the neurologist agreed that it seemed to be nerves, probably stemming from my hearing loss, when I became more hyper aware of my body - he could find no other concerns. A few days after my neurology appt, as I took my dog to the vet for a lump I found concerning, I began feeling dizzy again. I thought it had gone away, as I was symptom free for 3 weeks! I've been dizzy for 5 days now. The only correlation I can find is stress, severe dry eye (when I get dizzy, my eyes always feel insanely dry and I need drops every 30 minutes), and maybe hormone related? I've been to the eye doctor who says I look fine. I started Cymbalta about 3 weeks ago, right when my dizziness subsided and I have noticed a great increase in my anxiety. I'm comforted that all major tests show I'm healthy and the dizziness isn't every day of the month. However, the shakiness and dizziness is back and I'm bummed. Could this truly be stress rearing it's ugly head for a couple weeks at a time?