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Dizziness/lightheaded after binge drinking?
I am 20 years old. I drink with my friends socially about once every two weeks. Last week I got really drunk (which I regret). I had around 8-9 drinks. I ended up puking. The next day I felt hungover as usual, but now 5-6 days later I have a feeling of dizziness and lightheadedness which will not go away. I tried drinking water but it has not helped. I saw my GP and he didnt think much of it, just said give it time.

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Alcohol messes with your central nervous system. I actually had a similar problem, but I was drinking daily for years and my body finally crashed.  In my case, I gradually got better, but it took time.  If your doctor has no answers, then I would tell you to lay off the alcohol until this goes away.

Look at your nutrition too..... eat fruit, take a multi-vitamin, and drink Gatorade or something similar.  
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Well i might suggest you stop the binge drinking as this will send you down a long deadly road.  There were 6 young adults that lost their life to binge drinking in a 5 month period only 60 miles from where i live.  Hard cold facts as to what can happen......

As for the dizziness, i was plagued by vertigo when i drank......havent had it since i quit drinking almost 8 yrs ago.........sara
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Hi. Lay off the booze and you should start feeling better. You're not too young to be developing a problem, I began hitting rehabs when I was 21. It sounds like your CNS is rebounding, and I can promise you if that is the case it will get worse if you continue to drink in excess. Give yourself a break-trust me, you don't want to go down the road that myself and countless others had to in order to try to change. Take care, GM
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Your feeling of dizziness and lightheadedness may well be associated with your binge drinking. I would binge drink on occasion while in college and had similar problems when I did it.

Binge drinking is an indicator of a potentially larger problem which is alcoholism. The first person who can help you is yourself. A person with an addiction problem must be willing to admit to the problem and genuinely want help.You ask for help and I will be glad to help you in any way that I can.


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u've been given very good advice here..u'd be wise to heed it..i can't add anything else new!
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I have stopped drinking since. I am not an alcoholic. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this dizziness?
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i would talk to your family MD about getting a CAT scan and a MRI.
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By filling your stomach with alcohol, this caused your body to react by trying to process it out. Your brain is telling you enough and has sent signals to throw everything up until it senses the alcohol is completely out of your system. I cannot explain the dizziness for 5 - 6 days after, but you may have an intolerance to alcohol. You mention you drink socially. If you decide you do not want to give this up I suggest mixing a light cocktail. 1 part alcohol and 3 parts on a non-alcoholic mix and sip on that one all night. Keep bottles of water around you to drink over the time you are around the alcohol. This way you can have your one drink for the social aspect, but keeping your wits and waking up without a hang over.
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I'm dizzy but I just had 5 beers. I went to sleep and woke up light headed. However, I don't have the feeling 5 days later. If I do, it's not the beer causing it.

I do have an inner ear infection, which causes me to feel dizzy at times.

Also panic can cause me to feel dizzy and the drinking beer does not help my panic attacks, like it used to. When I am drunk I feel fine, until the booze wears off.

Also, drinking gives me diarrea. Which I have right now.

I would say see a doctor. You might have an ear infection, or you might be having panic attacks. You could also have vertigo, which makes it seem like you are dizzy, or light headed. I have that to.
Well, it could be something else. I don't know for sure but your doctor would be able to help you.
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Hey man I know what you're feeling because I have had the same symptoms as well.  A big part of the light-headedness relates to your daily intake of nutrition.  After a night of binge drinking, your body is struggling to draw in any available nutrient resource from your stomach to help you recover quickly.  Somebody earlier mentioned the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables, which are not only loaded with vitamins and minerals, but are also soft enough to make your vomit less painful coming back up, if the situation occurs.  You mentioned that you go for about a week or two following a binge, and that alone can have an effect on your body.  To switch from going days without alcohol leading up to a massive intake within a few hours can really play a harmful trick on your insides, which is working super hard to process all that raw liquor.  The weak, light-headed feeling means you are suffering from what I call "running on battery acid", in which your body has no nutrients to burn up, and basically your brain tells your body to give you the finger if you attempt any physical labor, so take into consideration the types of foods you consume on a daily routine.  A tip for softening up hangovers: before passing out for the night, try to drink a 12-16oz glass of water....you'll feel loads better when you wake up, and have energy to get up and start your day.  Take it easy!
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I know exactly what you mean. I have the same thing and I've been sober for about 6 months now. Can't really explain it.

blood tests were good, MRI was negative. Shrug.

Entirely possible its not related to drinking but I wouldn't rule it out. Drinking can also make other problems worse or cause other things to flare up. You really should take it easy for a while and see if that doesnt help.
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Are you still feeling this way? If not, how long did it take for you to recover (approx.)?
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Hey man, I've been feeling the exact same way, same situations and everything.  I  was just wondering if the dizziness was still bothering you.  I've been told that it was anxiety related so I try to shrug it off.  Its just hard for me to believe, I'm 25 and have gotten drunk several times.  This is the only time I have felt like this...........its been 6 days now.
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Hi Guys, are you still dizzy?? i was binge drinking 6 weeks ago, i wake up everyday Lightheaded and exhausted, i did all tests and came back negative....any ideas??
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I know this is a old thread but It happened to me as well :( its been 6 days now sense i woke up in a hospital with a .25 alcohol level and every time i get up it feels like i loose sense of direction and im not sure if its vertigo or dizzness but i feel like im about to just fall forward but then snap out it. its kinda scary sense i have never felt this way before. sense that night i have stopped smoking weed completely  ( smoked weed about 5-6 times a day for as long as i can remember)  as well as stopped drinking. I will start eating more healthy in hopes that this stops :( cant believe i let my self get like that ..
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Hi all, I've been having that same dizzyness for 3 weeks now. Got really drank three weeks ago, drank 3 days straight and then when sobered up it didn't just go away... it has been continuous, always on "like drunk" but not quite feeling...the ironic part is my life is perfect now except for this. I went to doctors couple of times, other said it's my shoulders which I took care of (took ciropractic massage), didn't help, other one sent me to tests and nothing came out. I'm hopeless and anxious. Too bad no help of this topic... -24 years old dude from Finland
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It could be Migraine Assiciated Vertigo.
http://vestibular.org/migraine-associated-vertigo-mav
I have your symptoms after binge drinking almost 4 months and it is not get better.
I had also light sensitivity for 1 month because I smoked daily electronic ciggarette. I quited and it is better with light but other symptomos are still present
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I'm having this problem right now.  Dizzy 5 days after an embarrassing bout of binge drinking.  I as well don't drink often but it got out of hand the other night.  I had gone out with some class mates after our final exam.  Can anyone say if their problem ever went away?  Reading this is terrifying.  I'm an electrician and I go back to work tomorrow.  I'm up on ladders all day and I can't be dizzy.
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Just curious, what was everyone else drinking.  I was drinking Smirnoff vodka and some kind of cheap tequila at the pub.  Also about half a glass of beer on tap.
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I just wanted to come back on here to say that I found something that works to get rid of the dizziness!!  There is a yeast called candida that lives in your body and your good bacteria usually keeps this yeast under control.  If your body's balance is thrown off you can get an overgrowth of this yeast.  I know about it because my sister in law has to take corticosteroid inhalers which can cause her to have this problem frequently.  My symptoms sounded a lot like hers and I read online that excessive amounts of alcohol can be one cause of a candida outbreak in your body.  So I got some really good probiotics from the health food store and I've been taking large doses of them and I feel fine now.  It only took a couple days.  I'm SO RELIEVED!!!  I thought I was maybe facing permanent brain damage or something.  Worth a try for anyone who is having this problem.  You have to take ALOT.  And avoid sugars and refined carbs as the yeast feeds on it.
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What if you're not a "drinker"? I just went out with a few friends after work and had TWO margaritas (med size); and still 3 days later I have a headache and I'm dizzy. I felt better yesterday, but this morning I'm dizzy again and that was after I drank a huge glass of water. I'm beginning to wonder if it was just the alcohol and not something else tgAt could've been in my drink.  But if it is just alcohol is it normal, if you will, to feel like this days later? The drinks were around 6 on Friday night and it's now Monday morning. I'm 46, active/in shape, drink 1 every 3-4 months (1 drink).  
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I think it is some brain or inner ear problem. Because when I take coffee or alcohol I feel immediatelly dizzy ( after 15 minutes). When I go to pub where is lot of tobacco smoke I am lightheaded next days. I lasts about 2-3 days and after this it gets better. I was in EEG and doctor told me he see some irritation of the brain (same like if you have migraine) but it is all what he told me. But I don't feel pain or some other migraine symptoms.
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Hey Ami,

Just curious if you're still having any issues or if the propbiotics took care of everything for good now that it's been some time passed. Am having similar issues and hoping it is candida...
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I know you wrote this ages ago but you just wrote exactly how Im feeling!! I could never explain to anyone about this falling forward then snapping out of it. It happens for weeks after i go on a huge bender and its like I have to think before i move my eyes. I'm not drinking again after this goes away, its happened a few times now and takes ages to go away.
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Hi
I have been reading through the old feed and your comment was the most recent so i thought i would write to you but i have been feeling the same as you. I drank a lot on Christmas eve and felt the normal hangover symptoms the next day but its day 7 since i last drank and i feel dizzy, very tired and i feel a lot of pressure on my eyes, i just feel like im not on the planet (Strange i know) but just wondering has your symptoms gone and how long have you had them for?
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Well I am no expert but Alcohol causes Dehydration--add to that vomiting and your body is probably crying out for fluids (no, not more alcohol), So try drinking Gatorade, or plenty of water, eating bananas anything that will put the potassium loss to drinking back into your body. I am not sure why this would last for a week after the binge---but that is my 2 cents worth.

Hate to say this but it also may be your body crying out for an alcohol fix. What you think of as "binge" drinking may have now crossed the line to NEEDING alcohol for stability. Just a thought?
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I have drank lots of water and have had banana's but it just seems to not have gone away, right now i have a headache, im tired and my eyes are stinging but i have had plenty of sleep over the last few days, so i really dont know why im feeling like this, when i was drinking i remember vodka and coke splashed up in my eye so i dont know if thats anything to do with why im feeling like this
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OK! Time for the Doctor to step in . See them ASAP, and be honest about the bingeing. Can't help if they don't know the whole story.

Sincerely,
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try to look at Kindling effect. I think, this is the reason

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3268458/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindling_%28substance_withdrawal%29
http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/alerts/l/blnaa05.htm
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Yes this happened to me on Smirnoff Vodka, I did some binge drinking for 2 days and now have Vertigo for last 3 days. I have never had this happen and rarely drink Smirnoff. I think it is somehow related. I was diagnosed with Vertigo years ago and had some problems with it unrelated to drinking but now this is a different kind, not just an intense spell related to an inner ear issue but this is all the time anytime I am laying down and roll over since drinking a few nights ago. This is very scary, because what I have read here from others it lasts a while. I am done drinking for good, this is not good and really a wake up call.
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I commend You for accepting Your "wake up call"

Our Bodies DO talk to us but often we just don't 'listen'.  If only We'd listen to our bodies, We would be much healthier/happier, both personally and in Our relationships.

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It wasn't the "Smirnoff" Vodka - it was the alcohol
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when I take coffee or alcohol I feel immediatelly dizzy ( after 15 minutes). When I go to pub where is lot of tobacco smoke I am lightheaded next days. I lasts about 2-3 days and after this it gets better. I was in EEG and doctor told me he see some irritation of the brain (same like if you have migraine) but it is all what he told me.
After one year I want to share my progress. Doctor said to me it is depression problem and gave me citalec pills. After one year all my problems disappeared and I am now healthy and I am abstinent. I am still using citalec and I am expected to use it for next 7 months. the cause of all your problems could be the depression.
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Ohh wow so long ago!! I havent been on here in ages. I started to feel 'normal' after about a month. I dont go on those sort of benders anymore haha but when I do drink I get the same sort of symptoms but nowhere near as bad. I think after that episode I was very dehydrated.
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How long to go each time Tagulah for it to go? same each time or different. I have just dizziness and light headedness after binge drinking one night. in fact i felt a shift in my head during the night and have been dizzy ever since. It happened to me about 9 years ago and took ages to go. and that was after drinking too, i also felt the shift that night too. it is driving me insane. feels like it will never ever go.It started to go then i went out and drank! stupidly. and now after 2 weeks its still very apparent.
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For the new posters go back and read what anonymous1980 said back in 2010 in this thread. Read it. Long and the short you have crushed your body and if you were binge drinking on an empty stomach it's 10x (if not more worse). The dizziness come from lack of nutrition for your body, for days after a binge drinking session (which I'm not suggesting you do) you need to eat correctly and drink water.
Read his post it's good.
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Hey there, just thought I'd contribute to what I think you might have.  I reckon (though don't hold me to it) that you have something called Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.  I'd bet my house that you suffer from hayfever, which releases histamines in your body (the same things that get released when you have a cold).  95% of people are allergic to alcohol, which also releases histamines in the body.  My theory is that you're one of these 95% of people, and the alcohol combined with your hayfever caused your eustachian tubes to become inflamed and close (which would explain the sudden shift in your head that you felt). If you took two decongestants, and it vastly improved your symptoms, then you would know it was that.  Then you can go to your doctor, tell them you have that, they'll look in your ears and go 'yep it's that', you'll get a bottle of steroid spray, spray it a couple of times per day (towards the tubes) and then you should be absolutely fine.  If I'm right, that is.
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Just to add to this question.

I have been a heavy drinker for 15 years now (still enjoy it :)
The PROBLEM I have run into though; is exactly what you described, after  binge drinking...in my case 8 acl beverages a day, lasting for more than a two or three days, I get really dizzy on the forth!
As one of the former posts stats "your stomach is telling your brain it cant process the alc anymore" its dead true!
Your brain will start sending signals through your nervous system to your brain. When it gets really bad, my stomach will just tell me flat out "we are done drinking!" (meaning, I loose my appetite and have a sour stomach)
When these dizzy spells hit i have two or three drinks a day, for a couple days and the symptoms go away.
I am some still some what young (33) and still love my beers! So i am not going to go "cold-turkey" just because i have dizzy spells. But I know exactly what your are going through!
I only binge drink anymore; when I go on my twice annual three day camping trips (its a ritual with my family and friends) but when I do...twice a year like clock work, the dizzy spells always come back :)
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Hey, how long did your lightheadedness last? Let me know if you can  im on 5 months now and not getting better if anytmeng.
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Hey, how long did your lightheadedness last after alcohol. I know  an old lositslostDt would love to know.Did you find out what it was too?
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Went through the same thing.   In my case it took a very long time.   If I remember correctly I had severe symptoms for 7 months.  It brought on anxiety, dizziness and a constant fogginess that impacted every part of my life .   I couldn't see a way out of it which made me feel worse. Then I started to do all the right things.  Saw a psychologist to help with the anxiety.  Ate very well and consumed a lot of water and mediated.   Then it happened, it started to ease up and I could see the light at the end of the tunnel.  A year later I felt like myself again.  
Alcohol can be such a bigger problem than some realize.      

First thing is to give yourself a break, it's OK.  We all have issues.  Get some help so it doesn't get worse.  A psychologist may help.  And eat the right foods.  Plus sleep when you need it.  
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hi Iand440, how long did your symptoms last in total? a year? or 7 months then another year on top of that?
many thanks in advance.
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I have similar symptoms for 12 days now...worse in the morning and get a little better through the day.  Any improvement in your symptoms?
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I have always had the same problem. I am 45 now but ever since my Uni days if I have had a really huge binge drinking 'bender' (of which I may have had around 10 in my life), then I feel dizzy and lightheaded for 1 week to 1 month afterwards. It depends on how much I drink. If I drink a small amount then this will not happen, if I drink a moderate amount (say 10 drinks) then I may get dizziness for 5 days, but if I drink a substantial amount (say 15 drinks-enough for me to forget how I got home), then I may feel this cloudiness for 2 - 4 weeks afterwards. I am no doctor but I am convinced that it results from two factors 1)- Minir brain damage (binge drinking does cause damage to the brain), and 2)- Candida caused by a yeast imbalance which is caused by the alcohol.
As for symptoms - I am suffering from them now as I write this since I had a massive bender 5 days ago. I get dizziness, cloudiness and foggyness, minor micro shakes in my fingers, I easily forget things like my keys when I leave the house. Or at work it is so frustrating-complicated tasks that could deal with last week I just don't have the cognitive ability to deal with them this week. People talk to me and I cannot listen properly. So frustrating.
It really scares me and I always promise myself I will never drink like this again then once every few years it happens again.
I am STILL doing horrible smelly sloppy poos and it's 5 days later now. My poor body is still clearly flushing the toxins out.
As for cure. I eat anything that's good for the brain eg fish oil tablets. And tomorrow I will start eating pro-biotic tablets to fix the candida.
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Hey guys,
It's the next day now and I felt like updating everyone on my progress. This morning to target the possible Candida, I drank one of those Yakult pro-biotic drinks (full of good bacteria for your tummy), then at work I ate 5 pro-biotic tablets (2 in morning, 2 after lunch, one when leaving work), each tablet contains 15 Billion good bacteria. At home I drank another one of those Yakults. And I actually feel heaps better. For the last 6 days I felt around 80% fuzzy and cloudy with little improvement. Now I feel around 20%. Hence it may actually be helping. I also made sure that I drank no sugary drinks today since candida likes to feed on sugar. I also had two fish oil tables today to help repair the brain.
Might update how I am going in 2 days see how we go.
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Hi everyone. Ok well it's been 5 weeks now and I still feel the same. I did improve a tiny bit after taking those pro-biotic tablets and for one day I thought that I had recovered but it looks like I haven't. After 5 weeks I still feel dizzy, fuzzy, cloudy, lightheaded. When I stand up I feel like I may fall over, but I never do. I still get those 'micro shakes' in my fingers. I can't see them shaking but I can feel it. My short-term memory is much poorer now - I forget simple things like to bring my keys or some lunch when I leave the house. Like I am getting ready for the day and I think oh I should bring a banana to work and then 2 mins later I just leave and then when at work I remember. Grr! It's so frustrating. It's also hard for me to form complex sentences without stumbling over my words. I am so concerned that I still feel like this after 5 weeks. I still eat fish oil tablets, pro-biotic tablets and have a banana every day. I do sometimes feel a little bit better after having a banana. Maybe I should eat 2 a day. The only thing that I have going for myself is that this has happened to me a few times before but usually it's over after 3 weeks. Now it's 5 weeks maybe because I am 45 now and my poor body can't deal with it anymore. What an idiot I am!! Never again. Imagine life with a dysfunctional brain. Why do we punish our brains so much? I also need to do some complex thinking at my work and need to concentrate and that's harder for me now. I have a family who need me how stupid of me. Let's hope that I and everyone else here reviewers eventually. If I get better then I will let everyone know. T_Sweet from Australia.
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i have the exact symptoms and have been going down the same diagnosis path.. im 38 and staying away from alcohol and caffeine helps but i am still getting lightheaded as if there isnt enough O2 going to my brain.  Candida would be a great scapegoat but i cant be sure its the cause.  In the past i was B12 deficient so I would check that out as well.  I got B12 injections which made me recover 100% but a year or so later the symptoms came back but this time my B12 levels were fine.  Ive been dealing with this about 11 months now and have been improving but having a few drinks on teh weekend sets me back some.. I am going to try a few weeks without to see if that improves my condition
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Hi jsmoot,
Sorry to here that you are suffering from the same symptoms. I have been drinking Beroccas a lot which is vitamin B. Not too sure if it helps but I drink one daily anyway.
So for me it has been 1)- 4x Fish Oil tablets daily, 2)- One banana daily (I do actually feel a little bit better after having one - but maybe it's psychological 3)- The pro-biotic tablets, and 4)- Beroccas. I still felt like crap. Well a slight improvement but still felt like crap. It didn't change or improve for the last 5 weeks.
In the last few days since my last post I decided to stop drinking caffeine - as per what you said. And I do actually feel better now that I have stopped. Because I felt so cloudy, for the last 5 weeks I started drinking more caffeine daily to TRY to feel more alert. That is probably the last thing your brain needs whilst trying to recover from the damage caused by binge drinking. The caffeine would be sending neurons all over the place in your brain! I would say that today without cafeine I felt 10% cloudy, whereas a few days ago I felt 20% cloudy.
Mate 11 months sounds like a long time. So take your own advice cut back on the caffeine aa I think it actually worked for me.
Rgds, T_Sweet.
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My symptoms are similar to yours however I notice there is a direct correlation with the amount of stress that I am under at the time - there will be days when i have little to no symptoms and others its prevalent - In my opinion i have to believe it is largely psychological - I started excercising, eating the best I can,  I  see a psychologist and I am attempting to meditate - I was prescribed antidepressants however i have not been good about taking them as they have nasty side effects - my next appointment is with an integrative doctor, the mind body connection is complex and maybe he can shed some light on the condition - please keep the updates coming as they help me know others are going through this and thank you
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Are you still feeling this way? How long did it take for you to recover?
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Has anyone found anything that helps? I have felt dizzy for a few months now and i have panic attacks when i go out bc i feel like i am going to fall down! I had a cat scan done nothing came up. I tried taking meclizine it seemed to make it worse. One dr Perscribed me xanax. It helped with the panic attacks but i was still dizzy. Im schedualing a appointment with a nuerologist this week. Im going to try the pro biotics and hopefully they will help!
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It happens to me very tired but cant sleep, lightbheaded, balance off. I also get what feels like a foot ball in my chest that makes it feel like Im not getting enough air. After a lot of research I think the football thing is jUst gerd caused by the alcohol so i take anti acids. For a few years now my liver enzymes been 3 times higher than normal so i tell my self maybe the odd dizzyness is from that or maybe toxins built up over days of binge drinking. Once i get hyderated whidh takes normaly a day or so and adter that i get very bad direa my guess is its my body detoxing. I also gain around 10 pounds from my body storing water, then over a weeks span being sober the water weight comes off. Your blood sugar can go low to so keep juice in your home and eat carbs like pasta before you go to sleep to keep ur sugar from going low. Eggs also good they have an enzyme that atacks the toxins in alcohol. Methanol is also in all alcohol which is pure poison hard liqour has the least and wine the most so wine or beer will affect your health and hang over the worst.
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This is a pretty old thread. I had a major problem with this, after years of uninterrupted drinking. It's what first got me to consider getting sober. The problem gradually went away when I stopped abusing alcohol.   And there is no dizziness or lack of balance today.

There can be multiple reasons for feeling this way, so you should always consult a doctor,  but consistently high blood pressure and increased heart rate can be one factor.   And alcohol abuse can cause these issues.
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How long did it take before you got better? Weeks? Months? Did it get better right away of was it gradual?
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It was gradual over the course of 3 months. And I did not drink at all during that period of time.
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Did it constantly get better or did you have "good" days and "bad" days until you were back to normal? How did you feel after one month?
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It stayed better, as long as I stayed off the alcohol. It's as if my body hit overload, and couldn't handle it anymore.
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Hey Hun. Im twenty one and Ive felt that way as well. Thought it was normal until I realized that for weeks it didnt go away ... I found out I was pregnant the whole time.
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I've never been a heavy drinker, I may have a couple of beers every month, or very rarely a little more but never even enough to get drunk. Two days ago things got a little out of hand because of some stupid challenge and I drank way too much, it got me sleepy so I went to bed. In the morning after I felt a bit dizzy, no other symptoms. It's not going away, it's not even impairing in any way, just annoying. Been eating healthy, taking lots of fluids and even exercising normally, but there's not even a little improvement. I'll go see a doctor today and let you know what he said. I just wanted to share this cause it may help someone realize that it only takes one time to get ****** up,  avoid heavy drinking, avoid alcohol as much as you can, you don't really need it to have fun.
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Please post what you find out asap
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