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Allergies, sinus infection and dizziness

In May I began to have dizzy spells which coincided with a sore throat and earache, which cleared up on their own. However, dizziness and fatigue continued for several weeks. The dizziness resembled being carsick, with lightheadedness and occasional moments of nausea and feeling faint (but I never passed out).  I had a CAT scan and blood work twice, and so far no diagnosis for the dizziness/fatigue.  It got better for a few weeks but last week I began to have dizzy spells again, this time accompanied by maxillary sinus pressure.  I had just switched allergy medications, from Nasonex to generic Flonase, right at the time my symptoms returned.  Could allergies have led to a sinus infection?  Can the sinus infection cause dizziness and fatigue?

Due to the holiday weekend I haven't been able to call my doctor, but after 3 prior visits he's never suggested sinuses to be a cause.
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I had the same thing. (See my 9/6/06 post)My ENT doesn't think my sinus infection is causing my dizziness so I can relate to your frustration. I know that allergies can cause a sinus infection and I've read posts that sinus infection causes dizziness but I guess my ENT doesn't think so.
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Sounds like we have a similar problem.  How long did it take for your doctor to recommend an ENT?  I'm probably going to try some antibiotics next, but then if they don't work would like to go to an ENT but my GP hasn't even mentioned it yet.  I've seen some webpages saying you have to have 4 infections in a year before an ENT will see you, I hope that's not true.

I can definitely empathize with how you feel.  I've been so upset by this, really depressed and frustrated and bored from not feeling like I can physically do the things I could do just 6 months ago.  Hang in there, though, we'll get this figured out.  Thanks for your post.
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I saw my GP three times and took about 4 rounds of antibiotics before he gave up on me and sent me to a ENT for my dizziness.
The ENT gave up on me after 2 visits and is sending me to a neurologist. I just called the ENT myself and made the appointment. They didn't ask how many infections I had or anything. So I would say open the phone book and call a few unless your doc gives you a referal.
How long have you had the dizziness? For me it's going on 4 months. I have 2 little kids and I haven't played with them all summer because I get so dizzy. I just want to know it's not life threatening and it can be treated. I called the neurologist to find out what they plan to do and they said they are going to mainly look at my MRI,CT and ENG and ask me a bunch of questions and go from there. I've read online that a infected middle ear matches what I have, but I have yet to hear from anyone who's actually gone through it.
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I've had mine since May and right now it seems to be responding to antibiotics, but my ears are still occasionally full and they hurt a bit, so I expect the ear problem will come back.  What I've heard is that dizziness is usually not dangerous but there's not a lot of research on chronic dizziness, either.  Good luck, if it's an ear issue I think there's a lot of treatment for it.
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Been suffering from some dizziness/vertigo for the last year, roughly.  Went to primary, then to ENT & allergist, who suggested I see a neurologist, who then informed me that most cases of vertigo w/out a "serious" cause are caused by inflammation of the 8th cranial nerve (a benign condition, other than for the symptoms it causes.)  What happens is, in sensitive people, when they get a (usually) cold virus, it inflames the nerve temporarily (meaning anywhere from a day to 3 weeks) and causes the dizziness.  Treatment is aimed at symptoms, usually w/ meclizine, which can be purchased over the counter or by prescription.

Also, I've had 2 brain scans (MRI's w/ contrast) and they've both been negative.  Think you have to get the scans WHILE the dizziness is going on, if ya wait to long the inflammation goes down.  

Hope this helps.  Good luck.
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I have terrific allergies and am very susceptible to colds, as well. 10 years ago I had an intense cold that lasted for several months. Toward the end of the cold I developed a nasty case of what my primary care called "vestibular neuronitis." Either fluid backed up into my ears or the pressure from the inflammation throughout my sinuses caused balance problems. The dizziness lasted for 4 months. It took awhile, but my primary care figured out the best treatment was antibiotics, antihistamine, decongestant, and klonopin (a form of valium that relaxes the nerves and stops the dizziness). I found that meclizine was useless.

A few weeks ago, the problem occurred again. This time my allergies had just kicked in from exposure to extreme mold and hay fever season. There's no infection this time because we caught it early, so I'm just on an antihistamine/decongestant, a 2nd antihistamine, and klonopin. I am slowly improving.

I have a new primary care who understands the issue. But she decided to send me to an ENT, just to be safe. I was so annoyed when he said there is no proven connection between allergies and dizziness. He's now ordered an MRI and additional balance tests and has started talking about ruling out tumors, etc.

Thanks for sharing your stories. It always surprises me how many non-allergist MD's don't understand how allergies can affect the body.
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I was glad to read I am not alone.  I have been having all the symptoms you-all describe, sinus pressure in face, ear hurting, just feel bad and extreme fatigue, sometimes dizzy, for 3 months.  Three rounds of antibiotics, over the counter allergy meds, my family Dr. sent me to an ENT who diagnosed rhinitis - gave me steroid nasal spray and nasal spray antahistamine - which did not help.  I've been using nasal saline irrigation.  Started on vitamins.  I'm now on Prednisone.  After a day and a half I'm starting to feel relief, but I take it for 6 days and I'm scared to death I'll be right back where I was and I'll have no time to build myself back up where I'm so run down from this. I am scheduled for the allergy tests, which I believe 99% of people are allergic to dust, grass, etc., and I'm sure I will have to have shots, which I will do just in case there is a possibility it will help a little.  I'm at wits' end.  If any of you get relief or help please post it, as I will.  If it's viral it should be gone by now!
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I too have had sinus issues and dizziness the past few months.  Family Dr gave several rounds of Anti-biotics, did not work. Tested Hormone levels blood glucose levels, thyroid  total cbc. They were normal. I was referred to ENT- He had me get CT scan, stated I had deviated septum and that I needed surgery.  I have had severe dizziness, blurred vision, almost like car sickness.. major headache and was then given Steroid (6) day dose. This helped and I too dreaded the 7th day, which I began to feel worse again.  So, I call ENT and they told me to have the surgery. I have been too scared of surgery so ENT gave me Alavert D12, and Flonase to take this has made me more dizzy. I am at my wits end, thinking I have some serious illness?  I would like to know your status now and if you have had any resolvement?

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Took the 6 days of Prednisone. 5th day I was getting the pressure back in my face so stopped by the ENT office. Dr. called in another round of Prednisone, 10 mg. for 3 days, 1/2 a pill 3 days, 1/2 a pill every other day for 3 days.  I'm now down to...skipping today, tomorrow I start 1/2 a pill every other day for the next 3 and I'll be finished.  I feel MUCH better.  My head was feeling lopsided inside, like pressure & now pressure is gone (yesterday I did have to take 2 Advil, but it went away with that, which usually it doesn't).  I'm not dizzy, running into things, and not feeling car sick anymore. I quit the Astelin antihistamine spray and the Rhinocort spray, because I felt it was making me worse and dizzy-er.  I've been taking Bcomplex and Niacin and Vit. C.  I run an air cleaner in my bedroom at all times. Went to see a chiropractor.  Normally I wouldn't trust one, but he's a friend and has helped my husband with disk problems.  He's used some kind of electrical vibrating thing where my neck meets my skull and now my ear's not hurting. (Could be him, could be the Prednisone).   He's cracked my neck (scary).  He said if I started with the pressure/pain in the face he'll do acupuncture.  His receptionist said she's never believed in that but she had the face pain and he did it on her and it actually worked!  So...if I need it I'll try that.  You just get desparate and will try anything!   I'm going for the allergy testing next week.  I just had blood work done by my GYN (no other Dr. suggested it) so it'll be 2 weeks before I know any results from that.  I also have panic disorder...so being like this for so long has caused that to kick in even more and I'm taking more Xanax.  I'm thinking something's just weird this year....and whatever it was, I got it!  I've heard of a lot of people being like this this year. I don't have a deviated septum and Dr. said I didn't need surgery...but if it would help me I would try it!  How do you get a deviated septum?  And...why are you having problems now from it and didn't before?  These are questions I'd ask.   I'm also thinking my immune system was run down due to so much stress in my life recently which wouldn't fight this.  I, too, was thinking I had a SERIOUS illness.  Now I'm feeling better.  I just hope it continues.  Sorry this is so long.  Write back and let me know how you are progressing.
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Funny you mention the panic disorder, after my second round of anti-biotics my GP said I was stressed and anxious and put me on a anti-depressent/anxiety med and I felt great for the first week or so, then had the WORST panic attacks ever, one after another and so on. (I had a reaction to the drug- I think it was celexa)?  Then when I called my GP- and said what is going on here, they sent me to a  pyschologist due to my sensitivy to meds. I spoke with them a few times and they felt that my sinuses needed to be taken care of and the meds for anxiety- well, I quit them and felt a bit better.  Then I was off to ENT.  My first thought was- what the heck is going on- I have this bad sinus infection , on meds for that for 20 days- it never goes away- was told to take celexa- (which I took at the same time as the anti-biotic)- and then started having attacks, tingling in my fingers and toes, and then I am being sent to a pyschologists? for anxiety or panic disorder.???  I really hope you get better and I did go to chiropractor ( I have not been in  a few months though)...maybe I should go back for a visit. My family feels the septioplasy surgery is my only option and I do not.  I will certainly keep you posted. And will pray for you...Thanks for the input, I do not feel so alone.  OH, I did ask ENT about the deviated septum and that I probably have had all my life, and why now, why surgery?  His only answer is that sometimes when people get to their 40's these symptoms start to get worse and he could not guarantee that the surgery would fix the problem. and I am not 40 yet, by the way..  I am just a bit skeptical of this surgery..want to check all other avenues first.  sorry so long... :-)

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We have a joke around our house - that's why it's called a medical "practice" because they are just "practicing" on us!  I think it's trial and error.  If you feel you want to hold off and try other options I certainly don't blame you.  The ENT said "non allergic rhinitis" and is sending me for allergy testing?  Nothing has changed - same house, grass, dust, pets, use same products.  I've had my teeth checked, my furnace/ac checked, cleaned the house a little better (after all I didn't feel good so sure didn't feel like cleaning) got the air cleaner, CT Scan, 3 rounds of antibiotics, Alavert, Alestin, Rhinocort...and I'm guessing Prednisone was the last resort.  I just turned 50 yesterday (oooh that sounds so old).  Couldn't even make plans to go out because wasn't sure how I would feel.  So it definitely has affected my life!  I'll continue with the chiropractor for a while and the vitamins....wait and see how my blood work comes back....and I don't go back to the ENT until 11-21 (unless I get worse again and can't take anymore).  I will keep you posted.  I have prayed and try to think positive, but the longer it goes the harder it gets.  I've been on meds for panic disorder for about 18 years!  As long as I take the meds I have been under control, until this!  They always act like it's in  your mind when they can't figure it out!  I hope you get better!  Maybe a second opinion from another ENT.
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You guys have been experiencing a lot of what I have as well.  My doc basically told me a few weeks ago that he thinks I'm just "worrying" too much and not sick at all.  Because of that, I was about to go to a therapist for anxiety, but then my maxillary sinuses started hurting again, and I had the carsick feeling again, and I decided my doctor was wrong.  I really don't think this is all in my head and it's just anxiety.

On some anxiety forums I went to, I saw a LOT of people who said their anxiety started with sinus infections and allergies.  Doctors apparently either don't understand it enough or don't think it's very serious, while those of us who are living with it KNOW how bad it is.

The prednisone sounds like a good idea, I think I'm going to try and find an ENT and skip my GP for now.

Also, I've seen some studies online that said a lot of sinus infections were fungal, which is why antibiotics don't help.  I know my doctor says this is viral, but if it was viral it wouldn't have lasted 7 months!
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The tingling in the fingers and toes could be the panic attacks.  They affect people differently.  I have felt like my arms were vibrating like using a jackhammer, like I'm going to pass out, and also hot spots on my cheeks like you'd draw on a clown.  

I'm now finished with my Prednisone and feel pressure in my head today...which may be just the weather change as it has gotten really cold here today, and my sinus don't handle weather changes, especially cold, well.  I'm still hoping I won't go back to where I was...but very skeptical.  My ear's also hurting again.  I'm just waiting to see.  It's no fun not being able to live your life!

Has anyone gotten any relief yet?
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Wow!  I can't believe I found other people going through the same thing I am!  It started with a mild viral illness in July, and went into equilibrium problems that just won't stop.  The viral thing turned into a sinus infection that took 3 rounds of antibiotics to cure.  Even when the sinuses were better, the equilibrium stayed messes up.  The balance problems finally started to resolve, and then I caught another cold, and now I'm right back where I started.
I did get a referral to ENT who ordered an MRI of head/inner auditory canal.  The only thing they found was a cyst in one of the sinuses, which they feel is not causing the problems.  Now I an scheduled for an ENG/VNG.  Has anyone had that test?   Is it as unpleasant as it sounds?  Let please keep posting, so if any of us
finds the answer we can pass it along to the rest.......
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Well, got my blood work results -- seems my thyroid is elevated 11 points and the Dr. wants me to have that retested Dec. 1st.  I'm wondering, does anyone know if Prednisone could have caused that to elevate?  It never has been before.  I tried to find info on it but didn't understand a lot - other than it can be fatal if it's too high, so I guess that's why he wants me to retest so soon.  Other than that, since I've taken the Prednisone I'm feeling better with sinus and dizziness.  If anyone knows about thyroid levels please post.
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lmnd, I am not a doctor but I did find on the nih.gov site about prednisone that it's used to treat problems that affect the thyroid.  Looks like it actually lowers thyroid numbers, but you should probably confirm with your doctor on that.

Also to what someone said upthread, apparently sinus infections can take a LOT of antibiotics to address.  Several years ago I had an infection that caused the left side of my face to swell up.  I thought it was a tooth but the dentist said no, it was sinus infection, and that because the antibiotics have to basically "go through bone" (that's how he put it) it can take several rounds to clear up an infection.
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Thanks for the input.  I tried to find what the levels are supposed to be online but could not.  The girl that called me from the Dr.'s office said it should be 5.500 and mine was 5.511.  To me that's not 11 points, but 11/100ths.  Anyway, I guess I will follow up with that 12-1, and maybe ask the ENT when I go back 11-21, since I've read it can be dangerous.  Although I'm better...I still have the severe pain in the back of my head on the right after a night's sleep -- or it wakes me up at 4:00 a.m.  Not every night, but 1 out of 4 at least.  And I do still have some pain in my right face and ear.  Again, I definitely will talk to the Dr. about what I've read in the forum and I appreciate everyone's input.  I hope between us all we can get relief!
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Seriously Im so glad you all have the same symptoms. My parents died within 9 months of each other and everyones been telling me I had depression. Well my symptoms seem to come and go. When I dont feel crappy im my normal self. Bit when they come back I get extremely tired my right ear pain comes and goes and my sinuses are horrible. I dont usually have a runyy nose but the pain is awful. I also git my tonsills out 4 weeks ago and everytime I would start feeling like this my throat would swell up and I would get white patches on my tonsills too. I thought it was just from my tonsills but it isnt because I still get the sinus pain and ear aches. I dont know what else to do. It is making me depressed. Anyone with some advice please help!!
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My mom (& best friend) passed away in May.  I have been severely depressed and lonely.  So I know how you feel.  My dad has been deceased for 18 years.  I thought maybe I irritated my sinuses from crying so much -- so I've tried hard to stop crying just in case.  It is very depressing to have that hurt, much less being sick on top of it.  I started to wonder myself if it was depression making me sick.  But..I don't want to be sick, and I'm sure that's not it.  Whatever is going on is wearing us all out.  I know it's sinus and ears.  Did you go back to have your tonsils checked?  May be infection in there.  If you're reading the forum I think we're all trying to help each other and getting nowhere.  My face hurts today.
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My mom died last halloween in 2005 and my dad died in july of this year. Its just weird cuz it started in the spring and it hasnt gotten any better. Like today my face hurts and Im tierd. I just want a break. I got my tonsills looked at and they are fine so I honestly dont know what it is. Im almost possible it has something to do with my ears and sinuses. I though at first it was chronic fatigue syndrome but I dont know. When I dont feel like **** I feel great.
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I've thought of chronic fatigue, too.  I'll do good a couple of days, then bad...but I have been SO bad at times that when it's a little bad I can handle it.  I mean there for a while it was never ending feeling bad, no strength, face pressure, head pressure, balance problems, ear hurting, and I thought life wasn't worth living if I had to live like that.  Just couldn't do anything!     I didn't sleep well due to the right side back of my head hurting again last night.  It gets better when I get up.  I just don't know what it can be.  I've read everything...looked up everything...so even though I doubt it will do any good, when I go back to the ENT the end of the month I will again tell him all this and see what he says.  All we can do is keep trying to get to the bottom of this!
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I guess, as they say, misery loves company.  I have been the same symptoms as the rest of the posters here for five weeks now; doctors visits, MRI, and now an appointment with a neurologist, who can't see me for another month. Yes, there has been a lot of stress in my life: death of a loved one, husband with cancer and surgeries, son in Iraq.  The stress exacerbates the problem.  I feel worse on rainy days when the pressure system is high. I did find a couple of interesting articles that the rest of you may want to consider:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001420.htm
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001054.htm
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000702.htm
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I'm wondering if all of us are so stressed and depressed our immune systems are not fighting whatever we have!  Weather does play a role.  It's raining today and my face has hurt all day to the point of making me sick.  Go the ENT next week, will discuss all of this and post back.
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I agree. It's raining like crazy here and I feel like my head is about to explode and I can barely walk straight.  Please post and let us know what the ENT says.
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I can sympathize with you all.  I myself just recently started experiencing dizziness associated with allergies. I turned 40 this year, and I have suffered from seasonal allergies for about ten years now, but it has never been accompanied with dizziness. I reside in NY and we have been having lots of rain lately, and for the past two weeks I have been experiencing dizziness.  I truly believe that my dizziness is associated with the severe congestion, itchy throat and clogged ears I have had for the past two weeks.  The first day I woke up with the dizziness it was really bad, I had to stay in bed all day because my world was spinning around me so fast I could not stand up and I felt nauseous. I have seen my GP about this problem and he has prescribed a nasal antihistamine spray called, Allecort.  I used it one day and stopped, because it made me feel worse. The dizziness has now turned to lightheadedness for me.  I am currently taking Benadryl-D Allergy & Sinus when I go to sleep and during the day I take Tylenol Sinus Congestion & Pain - Daytime tablets.  These drugs seem to be helping, because I have not felt dizzy.  Hopefully, the rain will end soon and the cold weather will come. I tend to feel better during the cold weather months. The cold weather tends to kill the allergens in our air. Good luck to all in hopes that this problem ends for us all.
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I will post after my ENT visit.  Isn't it strange that all of us have felt the meds they prescribe have made us worse!  I was sicker than a dog yesterday with my face pressure to the point I thought I would throw up, and balance problems.  Today...I feel like a normal person.  I can't understand how it changes from one day to the next with no apparent reason.   (But for 3 months I was sick every single day until the Prednisone saved me.)   It's poured the rain here today and it didn't bother me.  I have no clue!         A couple of times I've been so dizzy I could not get up, and it ended up (the Dr. said) a virus, which lasted like 48 hrs.  Who knows..you may have that along with the sinus!        I just turned 50!  I'm in WV.  Everybody post if they get relief!!!!
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I am 33 and I also have been having problems with dizziness. My symptoms started late August with heart palpitations and quickly morphed into wheezing+congestion+dizziness on rainy days but only when I would go outside. I accidentally discovered that antihistamines made me feel better, so I started taking the maximum day in the morning which calmed things down for the rest of the day. I felt some of the symptoms a few times at home, especially around my plants so I got rid of all of them and purchased a good quality air cleaner.
For the past 3-4 weeks, it's been getting worse. The antihistamines barely work anymore. After walking 5 minutes outside on a rainy day, I feel completely dizzy, my vision becomes blurred, I get hot flashes and the roof of my mouth gets completely dry. Lately, I started feeling this way in certain indoor spaces as well. I saw an ENT doctor and had my eyes checked, no problems with my sinuses or my ears or my eyes...
Last week I saw an allergist who thinks it might be something called "vasomotor rhinitis" that apparently causes inflammation. He prescribed a nasal corticosteroid and I am supposed to be off the antihistamines for a while so that they can do the allergy tests. The spray has yet to help, and while I am off the antihistamines, my solution has been to limit the amount of time I spend outside to under 5 minutes. This has really been cramping my style!
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I forgot to ask. I was wondering whether anyone had a complete check of their blood for any virus or bacteria. Was that also negative?
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I did have my blood checked - just routine, but had to fast after midnight for the thyroid check - which they said was elevated and I've never had before, which does cause heart palpitations.  However, I was taking a large amount of Niacin and B Comples to give me energy because I was feeling so bad and exhausted, so that could have caused it - I hope.  But then I was on Prednisone so I don't know.  Supposed to have it re-checked 12-1.  The ENT didn't mention anything about bacteria or fungus.  Of course the 3 rounds of antibiotics I had from my GP before I was sent to him should have taken care if it was something like that.  I, too, have purchased an air cleaner for my bedroom.  I got this in late July.  I am doing saline irrigation now, and waiting for the allergy testing the end of the month.  Read the labels on those nasal sprays - some cause dizziness, which when I quit that stuff (because it wasn't helping) I was still dizzy, but less dizzy than when taking it.  I do have panic disorder and take Xanax for that...and if you're as stressed as the rest of us with whatever we have, you may be having anxiety, too.  This forum has really helped knowing there are others out there feeling like I do.  Hopefully we can help each other.
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You cannot imagine how relieved I was to find this site.  I, too, have the same symptoms everyone else has listed.  My vertigo started with mild cold symptoms.  I have had it for 3 weeks now and cannot work, drive or enjoy life.  I do not have health insurance and was put through costly MRI's, CT Scans and now I've been scheduled to see a neurologist who expects $140 up front or he won't see me.  I'm hoping to show this to my family doctor and definitely won't waste my time with an ENT which is what my next move was going to be.  Short of moving to a drier climate, what works best for everyone else?  I have noticed when the weather changes, my symptoms get worse.  How does everyone manage to work, drive and have a normal life?
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I have not been able to have a normal life!  I am a self-employed court reporter so I turned down many jobs, although I forced myself when I could, because of course we all need our paychecks!!!  When you're dizzy and balance is off you can't drive, and you just don't feel like you can sit up.  No way you can concentrate or work...all you can do is lay around.  I can't make plans because I never know how I'll feel.  Like again today I have the facial pressure and getting ready to take some Advil (which doesn't work 100%) and I usually put a very hot water bottle on my face, before I get sick at my stomach again with it.  

My summer was ruined!  And the longer this goes on the more paranoid I get that this is never ending.  I just can't be like this for another summer.  I have a couple of acres on a hill to mow and weed eat and my husband has SEVERE back and knee problems and is unable to weedeat...and can't do the mowing by himself...so I have to do that!  That's why I'm going ahead with the allergy testing at the end of the month, because if I've suddenly become allergic to grass, I will have to take the shots and hope I can build my immunity back up in time to do yard work!  

I feel for you with no insurance!  But at least you've ruled out some bad things!  I certainly am going to tell the ENT dr. Tues. when I go and post what he says.  I've been 4 months at this now and that's too long for anything!      

Maybe we can all help each other!!
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I was also surprised to find others with similar symptoms. Online is one thing, but I was in near shock when last week I actually met someone who went through the same symptoms (dizziness, hot flashes, sweating, chest constriction, fast heart beat)! Though hers started last march and lasted a month and a half. She went to a whole bunch of doctors, no one could tell what was wrong, and when the symptoms went away, she stopped pursuing it.
Which is why I am now really really wondering whether this could be a virus/bacteria/fungus... I had a fairly bad cold a few weeks before my symptoms began (I also got bitten by a few mosquitos, but I don't want to get that paranoid); which might have weakened my immune system enough to let other things in. In fact I know my immune system is in a terrible shape because I suddenly woke up with a tooth ache last week, went to the dentist who found 2 of my teeth had become infected!
Hanging in there...
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I went back for my follow up to the ENT and asked all the questions we've been talking about -- 1. sternocleidomastoid muscle in the neck which can cause facial pressure/pain - Dr. said not my problem, wouldn't be on one side of my head/neck, would be more like stress. 2.  bacteria serratia - Dr. said you very seldom would see that, and people would be hospitalized they'd be so bad before it was found.  3.  fungal or yeast - he said no.  4.  Thyroid - didn't seem concerned that it would cause any of my problems, although he said my numbers being high would mean my thyroid is slow so I should definitely follow up with that.  5.  The vitamins, Niacin, B-complex, none of that would have changed my thyroid levels.  6.  Humidity - I asked what normal levels should be in my home - Dr. said whatever feels comfortable for me, there is no set number.  7.  How often to use the saline irrigation - Dr. said once or twice a day.  

So he's still saying non allergic rhinitis - and said they really don't know much about it!  Well!!!!   Told me not to get paranoid about it!  Easy for him to say.  I told him when I was at my lowest I could not function or work.  Told him the Prednisone saved me.  He said he would only do that once or twice a year and only if absolutely necessary, that he doesn't like to use it. So he's still recommending the allergy testing, which I will be going next week.  I told him Rhinocort (steroid nasal spray) and Asteline (antihistamine spray) made me feel worse.  He said which one.  I didn't know.  I was taking them both at the same time like he said, so when I was worse I quit both.  We did talk about allergies and he said mold was a big problem for this!  

He also said after the testing he would like me to go on Singulair (prescription) and Nasalcrom (otc).  So...that's where we are!  I will do just that.  I hope this gives you-all information that might help.
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Thanks for the info about your visit to the ENT.  I keep putting off going to an ENT because I have days where I feel just fine.  Actually, when this all started, I thought it was depression/anxiety because I had dealt with my parents dying (so I was shocked to see others on this forum say the same thing! I can completely relate to what you all said, it's very tough to go through.)  I won't recount what I already wrote in this thread, but I felt GREAT after 14 days of antibiotics in September.

I had about 4 good weeks when I started having the dizziness again.  The 1st two days were bad but the 3rd day was terrible.  It got better after about 12 days, so I talked myself out of going to the ENT.  

Of course, last Thursday I felt like I had a cold again, and again, 3 days into it, I felt terrible.  Today I feel better but the sinus pressure is just throbbing.  Still, if this only lasts 12 or so days like last time, I worry that the doctors will say it's no big deal.  My GP already said he thinks I've made this all up because I'm "worrying too much", but he's wrong.  This is real, but it is so tough to find a doctor to take you seriously, they think it's "just a sinus infection".
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I've thought maybe it was depression, but it's like you say, one day I'll feel normal, just fine, and the next  I'm having the facial pressure/pain, getting sick at my stomach because of it, head feeling lopsided and can't walk straight.  

I use the hot water bottle on my face to relieve pain, too, and the ENT said that was fine.  My husband's always fussing - thinking that's making me worse.  But it does help.  

I go for the allergy testing next Monday.  I'll post again.  I hope we all continue to feel better.
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Hope you get some good news at the allergist.

I just found an old comment from 2004 that I thought was interesting: it's from a nurse who says anxiety and sinus problems can be related.  Just thought it was interesting.

http://209.51.172.19/forums/RespiratoryDisorders/messages/1593.html
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I read what you suggested about anxiety and sinus, but I swear, I don't think my anxiety is causing this!  Yesterday I felt fine.  Today, my right side of my face is hurting, I've taken Advil and I have the hot water bottle on my face.  I've used saline.  You just never know from one day to the next.  And it is depressing.  I also asked the Dr. if all the crying I did over my mom could have caused irritation in my sinus, and he looked at me with a strange look like it was possible, but didn't respond.  I have really been trying not to cry...just in case it was.  Every time my mind goes there I try really fast to think about something else.  

Hopefully whatever it is, whether sinus, allergies, anxiety, depression.....it will go away.  It's just good to know that we're not alone, huh?  

I go for allergy testing Monday and will post my results.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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I wasn't trying to imply that it was anxiety.  Just that the nurse at that link apparently said some symptoms of sinus problems could seem like anxiety, so maybe that's why it's so easy for doctors to dismiss it as anxiety?  I dunno, was just putting that out there.

My next step is to try some herbal stuff (garlic pills helped me the last time) and see what happens.  If anything changes I'll post.  Hope everyone is feeling better.
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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  All we can do is try what remedies we think may help and hope for the best.  One day at a time.  

I know you weren't implying it was anxiety -- and I did read the stuff -- and anxiety does cause a lot of weird feelings, but I've had panic disorder for 18 years and never has it affected my sinus.  Makes me break out in the sweats, feel like passing out, tingly, and all the other stuff.  I think doctors pass it off to that when they don't have a clue.  

I will post Mon. when I find out what I'm allergic to.  And then I'm supposed to start the Singulair and Nasalcrom.  I'm thinking I may go back to the chiropractor, too.  And since the Dr. said the B-complex and Niacin wouldn't affect my thyroid levels, may go back on those.  Have to recheck my thyroid the 1st of Dec.  Makes you feel like an old person complaining all the time.  You can't help but have it on your mind when you feel bad most of the time - as the Dr. said don't obsess or get paranoid with it.  DUH!!!!!  

Let me know what the garlic does.
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Got the allergy testing.  Severe to dust, dust mites, ragweed, and timothy grass, moderate to mold, mild to trees and grass, negative to my cat!  Said I do not have to have allergy shots yet.  Try Singulair and Nasalcrom for at least a month and then decide.  So today I'm going to start that...and again take it one day at a time!  Sorry I'm no more help!    

Has anyone gotten any relief or found anything new?
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Thanks for the info. I myself got tested for inhalant allergies today, and it appears that I have none. This is quite odd because a year and a half ago, I used to be allergic to mixed trees at least. So my doctor is now quite certain that this is vasomotor rhinitis (non-allergic rhinitis). But he also thinks something triggered it in the first place and his theory is that it was a sinus infection.

I had had a cold a few weeks before all my dizziness symptoms started so it is quite possible that I had an infection even though I didn't have any sinus symptoms. He ordered a CT scan.

Now granted this may not last very long but I actually started feeling a lot better yesterday afternoon; in fact I went out today and despite the rainy weather, I did not feel dizzy. Yesterday morning I finished a 10-day dose of clindamycin for a tooth infection and that seems to have done the trick.

I had used Zithromax for 5 days a month ago for a sore throat but that didn't affect the dizziness. The allergist's interpretation for this is that either Zithromax was not the right type of antibiotic or the 5-day treatment was not enough. Depending on the result of the CT scan, I might have to continue taking antibiotics.

This was actually a very good doctor, so I do trust him. And he didn't think I was insane, he had an "I've seen it all" attitude. Beyond the infection, he explained that the treatment for vasomotor rhinitis varies greatly. For instance rhinocort spray made me feel a lot worse even though it works on other people. I already know high doses of antihistamines work on me so he told me to continue taking those and prescribed a salt water mist for my nose. At this point, it is a matter of finding what works and in the meantime clearing out any infection that might still be in my body.

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See, the ENT Dr. told me too many antibiotics are being prescribed and make it worse!  And....my GP told me sinus infections are becoming resistent to Zithromax (I had taken 2 rounds before he gave me Keflex and when no better did the CT and referred me to the ENT).  My ENT diagnosis is non allergic rhinitis, too.  Rhinocort made me worse.  I think.  At least no better.  Anyway, you're right, it's finding what works.  I question those allergy tests - becauase I think most people are allergic to things.  And I didn't have big whelps or itch or anything, although there was little bumps like where she stuck the needles in, and to me that's about as big as they were.  I'm a skeptic I guess.  I did not take my Singulair today because it says if you're taking for allergy problems to take in the morning, and since I took it after 3:00 yesterday because that's when the allergy testing nurse told me to take it (after the test so it would help me) I didn't want to take it early and overlap.  So I'm skipping today and will start in the morning.  Again, the weird thing is...I feel absolutely 100% normal today.  And it is raining on and off.  If I had taken it I would think it helped.  (Even though they said it takes about a month.)  And I did not even start the NasalCrom. I know I'm getting better as time goes by....because August, September, October, I could not function at all.  But it is slow.  I don't know if this was a bad year...or like you, my sinus got messed up and it turned into that, my  immune system was stressed and couldn't fight it off.  Anyway....I hope we continue to get better!!!!  Thanks for writing back with the info.
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Hmm, my sudden recovery didn't last that long...
I was so excited about feeling better that I went to the supermarket, something I hadn't been able to do much lately. The cheese section got me! I don't get it, I am not supposed to have allergies!?! I started to feel really dizzy and numb all over, I don't know how I made it back home.
I am surprised about your allergy tests, I had small raised dots on at least 6 of the points and they itched like crazy but the nurse said I didn't have any allergies. I thought perhaps I had to have a real big dot for them to consider it to be an allergy.
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It sounds like you might be having a panic attack!!!  You know, when you are stressed, not sure if you can get through the store, haven't been for a while...even though you're not thinking about the stress, even if at the time you're feeling ok,  the feelings you had, that sounds just like it!  I'm not saying you don't have your sinus or other problems, but those are symptoms of a panic attack.  Talk to  your Dr. and see if he'll give you something for that.  I take Xanax. Remember, I'm not a doctor, but I've had panic disorder for over 18 years!
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I posted but it didn't show up so I hope I'm not repeating myself, trying again.

That doesn't make sense about your bumps raising and itching and you not allergic, and I never itched, and me allergic.  Who knows.

What you just described sounds like a panic attack!!!!  Not allergies in the cheese department!  Please talk to your dr. and see if he will prescribe something for panic disorder (I take Xanax) and see if that helps.  They happen when you least expect, stressed or not, and since you've been down so long and not been able to go, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if that's not what it was.
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Thanks for the post. I am indeed entertaining the idea that it was a panic attack, how long are they supposed to last?
I took an antihistamine (just in case) and lied down for a while; after an hour things were getting back to normal, I was able to go on the internet, walk around, etc. But suddenly it got worse and I got a splitting headache in addition, so I ended up in e.r. :(
It took 6 hours for the heart rate to drop to below 100 and the blood pressure to normal levels. Apparently I had a low grade fever but no infections. My heart was checked 3 months ago, so I guess this might indeed have been a panic attack. They need to find a new name for this because it feels too real to believe it is all psychological.
As for the allergies, after reading your comments, I decided to get the blood tests done. I just want to be as sure as it is possible. And I did wonder whether the tachycardia was a delayed allergic reaction to the skin test but it was a good 7 hours after the test when things started.
I'd better not miss the after christmas sales because of all this! :P
P.S. Do you have to take xanax all the time or only when you feel a panic attack coming?
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A panic attack can last for minutes or hours.  You have to kind of talk to yourself, relax yourself, make yourself not be paranoid. You're not going to die!  I take Xanax every day of my life!  Could not drive anywhere by myself, would have to pull off the road and wait, then try again, having to leave my buggy at the store and get out of there.  My heart would race, left arm went numb, hands tingle, short of breath.  Face would heat up like you painted circles on my cheeks.  I indeed thought I was having a heart attack, thought I would pass out.  I was put on 3 a day, then weaned myself to 2, then 1, but since my mom passed away in May...and since all this allergy/sinus bit, I'm back to 2 a day.  If I'm going to shop or out to eat, I'll take a half of one before. You just have to not let it get to you.  I try to stay away from crowded places, and places that are hot/no air flowing.  If you want to shop...go.  If you start feeling weird, just talk to yourself, telling yourself you'll be fine, get some air, sit down, get your mind on something else.  But by all means make sure you're checked by your Dr. so that you're sure it's not something else.  

I think the cold weather will kill most of the allergies (except all my dust inside)...and hopefully next year won't be so bad.  I am definitely doing better now.  I hope it continues.  I think you are on the mend...but probably not trusting, which seems to be when the panic attacks start.  

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That's interesting about the allergies.  I don't know much about allergies although I'm eventually wanting to see an ENT or allergist about the sinus problems I'm having.

Last Wednesday the pain on the left side of my face, in the maxillary sinus and around my eye, was horrific.  Just awful, I was crying all day and of course no doctor's office was open.  Friday I called the on-call emergency number for my doctor and the on-call doc suggested Zithromax.  I finished my 5 days of Zithromax yesterday and it's helped, the pain is gone and I have some energy back, but this doesn't feel like a permanent fix.  There's too many other symptoms that it didn't address at all.

I went to my GP on Monday and he's just no help.  He suggested nasal rinses which I already do, and even gave me a prescription for saline solution!  What doctor thinks saline solution needs a script?!  He also suggested Mucinex (guaifenesin) which I took today and which helped drainage but only for a couple of hours.

My GP insisted it wasn't time for an ENT.  Very frustrating.  He seemed to think this wasn't the same problem I've been having since May, like he thought I just had several small sinus infections and not one eight-month-long illness.
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Once again, these doctors just aren't getting it, are they?  I don't know what to tell you!  You can buy NasalCrom over the counter - that's what I'm using, along with Singulair which is prescription.  But...I got stopped up today at work and used one spray of the NasalCrom and actually got over it and it didn't throw me into the whole face pain thing.  Maybe you could try it.  I think we've all tried everything else.  What's $15 more dollars at this point.
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Well, here I thought I was doing better...but just had a horrible dizzy spell and face started hurting.  Don't know whether it was just going to happen anyway, or if it's a reaction to Singulair since I've started them and one side effect is dizziness.  Always something!  Depressing.
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It is August 25, 2007, are you guys still posting or interested in posting your latest results? I am new to this site and noticed 11-2006 was the last posting. Would love to share info if you guys are still active with this site.
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all sinus sufferers should try some of these theraputic massage like techniques

http://www.distanthealer.co.uk/sinus_chart.htm
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I am not sure if this will help everyone, but i feel compelled to give you some information that might help you after reading your comments and seeing similarities.  
Several years ago I started to have headaches, stuffiness in my sinuses, and a feeling of being drunk (delayed vision is the best way to describe it).  The delayed vision was the worst of all the symptoms.  I went to my family practitioner and he felt it was sinus related and put me on Claritin.  That seemed to help, but the worst symptom would occasionally manifest itself and that was really affecting my concentration and focus at work.  I decided to see an ENT surgeon and after months of trying antibiotics, antihistamines, steriods, etc... He sent me for a CT and he noticed I was really blocked up.  I was so happy.  I know that sounds weird, but for the first time I thought I was going to rid myself of this curse.  I decided to have sinus surgery, and unfortunately the worst symptom persisted.  I subsequently went to an allergist, neurologist, neurosurgeon, opthamologist,  vascular specialist and my uncle who knows everything...  All tests negative.  I went back to my ENT surgeon, who at this point was as determined as I was to get rid of this torment. After quite a bit of trial and error with many medications, he recommends a Dexamethasone spray to be used twice a day.  Although I had to go to a special pharmacy to get this spray, because they make it there, it was not expensive.  I also suspected that i had some form of food/drink allergy and began depriving myself of coffee and alcohol.  
The end result is that I eliminated coffee and alcohol (as much as i can) and do the nasal spray with the daily claritin and I feel better than I have felt in a long time.

Hope this information is helpful to some, if not all of you.
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I too have had troubles with my sinuses for some years now,  To the point had teeth pulled that were in pain and thought the tooth was bad, turns out the sinus above the tooth was causeing the trouble. But the thing that haves me wondering is, I stop useing my cell phone a few week ago and now I'm starting to feel better and my sinus are runing and clearing up.  Do you think that haveing a cell phone up next to you head could cause troubles in your sinus and other things in your head? with the 100's of people useing there cell phone every day . had any one tested and see if it's causeing troubles ? I'm starting to think that we will find out that haveing RF next to are heads no matter how low the power is , will still cause troubles.. What do others think?
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Feeling dizzy can be related to an inner ear infection.
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I am so frusturated as well with these symptoms. off kilter, tight forehead, concentration issues, post nasal drip. Antibiotics are just not cutting it.

I've tried zithromax, levaquin, augmentum, and now on avalox.
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I'm dizzy most of the times i've been like that for the past two years, i went to the doctors twice and they said, i have vertigo and the the last time i went they said that my problem was the i worry to much, he said (you are going to live 100 years but know since you worry to much you only going to live 99 so go home and don't worry if was something serious you would'nt last this long with this symtoms (symptoms), so I stop going to get some help and know i cry every day because i dont stop been dizzy I'm scared of going to get tested I don't want to find out something is really wrong, but I know there is only one person better than any doctor that could cure me and that is GOD I'm glad he exist so when i get cure without any help from the doctors I will come back and let you know the power of GOD, when you have tried everything, and it does not work try 3 in 1 person.      
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Your comments are very interesting, and I can relate to most of them. Have been suffering from dizziness, nausea, one-sided facial pressure, pressure on back of skull and occasional diarrhea and stomach upset since July 2007.
Had thyroidectomy in September, saw GI doctor for intestinal problems after that; had upper and lower endoscopy done, which came back normal. Was put on Clidinium for the stomach problems, and they seemed to subside, but just came back recently. Started taking Clidinium again today. Have had allergy testing done in the meantime, and will start taking shots next week. Still not sure about what causes the problems, but hope that the shots will help. I am allergic to cats, dogs (which I have two of), dusts, molds, different grasses. I have been very sensitive to fluorescent lights, which doesn't help, since I work in this environment. Oh, also have been on Amoxicillin for possible fluid in one ear, and Singulair. Saw chiropractor last week, and he confirms that the pressure in back of the head definitely would be related from sinus pressure, which MDs usually don't acknowledge. He says to go for the allergy shots, which should take care of the problems. I have to say that I had similar problems about 15 years ago, started on allergy shots at the time, and it definitely changed my life for the better  after that .... dizziness went away, and I felt like a newborn. Hope therefore that the shots that I will be starting next week will take care of everything again. They are definitely better than all the medications that you may put in your system. Won't have all the annoying side-effects.
Good luck to everybody! Will let you know what I come up with.
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Add me to the list... I've been dizzy for the past 4 months and my GP and ENT don't know why.  I had a CT scan done of my sinuses and it showed a bit of inflamation (inflammation) but not enough for surgery and the ENT didn't think that would cause dizziness.  I had a VNG (videonystagmography) done last week and won't find out the results until tomorrow.  I tried taking clarinex and nasonex but that didn't help.  Then tried a 5 day course of prednisone and that didn't help.  I am so tired of feeling like this and all I want to do is go to sleep.  I thought it was possibly my teeth and had root canals done and crowns redone - to rule out infection and that wasn't the cause.  My life is passing me by and I can't enjoy it!  Sorry for ranting but I just don't know if I can stand it much longer.  The congestion and ear pressure get so bad and the dizziness happens no matter what I am doing.  I feel like my face is full of cotton and the doctor just shakes his head like I'm making it all up.  I'm so frustrated.  
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I am at a loss..and beginning to think that the cause of my dizziness for the past 3 months has been due to allergies. I get bad sinus pressure, headaches, infections..so I went to an allergy/sinus Dr. and had the allergy tests done...he said I was "borderline" allergic to dustmites, mountain cedar, and spring grass..he told me to to use Nasonex and Astelin (which I hate the taste of the Astelin)...

In Nov I was given Toprol from GP bc I was having severe stress headaches..and my BP was higher than usual..by Christmas I began to have bothersome dizziness and some nausea...I assumed it was from the Toprol (although I have taken this a few years ago with no side effects).....so they switched me to Lisinopril bc my BP was still high..the dizziness got worse....but they still didn't know why I was dizzy...they treated me for Vertigo with meclizine..but that knocked me out..so I couldn't take very much of it and function...so the dizziness has continued. I finally decided that maybe it was the BP medicine..bc she increased my dosage to see if that was the problem...and the dizziness, drugged feeling got worse.
I have now been "weened" off of the Lisinopril...the last dose was this past Monday...but so far..the dizziness continues....
It's very strange....it starts at night after I fall asleep....if I wake up at night and turn over or move, I notice that it's "back"....I feel drunk..and it lasts all morning the next morning until around 12n...and I start feeling a little more like I can function normally....just very mild unbalanced feeling...and then it comes back EVERY night!!!!! I remember having this feeling once last summer just before I had the allergy tests done...I woke up in the middle of the night and my nose was stuffy..couldn't breathe out of one side...and I could not walk to the bathroom...my body "veered" drastically to the left...that particular week I had some sinus issues..and felt "fluid" in my ears...so the Allergy Dr. said it could have caused the dizziness.
So I went back to him a couple of weeks ago and he said I had a sinus infection, and he did not think I needed to get allergy shots..bc my allergies were only "borderline"....so he gave me 2 rounds of anti-biotics...but the dizziness STILL continues....My GP ordered a CT of my brain and sinuses....both came back "negative"...not even a sinus infection...only polyps (which I knew I had..and a deviated septum) which she doesn't think is causing my dizziness...
So I am basically back at square one..and my gut is telling me that it might just be allergy related...since it starts every night when I go to sleep...? I purchased the allergan pillow covers and mattress cover last summer and have been using a vaporizor at night....I am just soooo frustrated..it is really becoming depressing and affecting my work..especially from 8am-12n!!!!!
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So surprising to read how others have the same problem like I do. Mine has been there for 10 years, can you imagine? Life is terrible! Dizziness, lightheadness, sinus pressure, blurred vision, and fatigue. I have seen all the doctors there are to see on all the symptoms I've been having. I had a sinus surgey in 2004 which was quite successful- the terrible colds and nose blockage I was experiencing is now a thing of the past. However, the lightheadedness, dizziness and blurred vision are still with me. I'm a martyr to all these problems! Last month, I saw a neurologist who ordered an MRI done, examined me thoroughly and said there was nothing wrong, apart from occasional pain which my body has accumulated for year. He gave me Neurotin and Floricet which have been working great on the headache. The MRI showed that my sinus problem is still much alive and he then directed me to see an ENT. He said my left ear also has a problem and said the dizziness could be as a result of balance problems from the ear and sinuses. Last week, I saw one who put me on some nasal spray I have used for years. He also gave me Meclizine which, sadly, is worsening the dizziness. My ears make some funny noise especially during the cold season and the ENT said we gonna address that in a fortnight when I report to him how the Meclizine is taking me. So, I will keep you all posted incase there is something good that comes my way! Thanks all.
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update: I go in for allergy testing on 4/15.  I had sinus surgery after a brain MRI showed a cyst on my adenoid and a blocked sinus passage.  I am on my 2nd round of 10 course of antibiotics for the recurrent sinus infection.  This has been so horrible!  I thought the dizziness went away while I was on the antibiotics (at the end) but once the infection came back, so did the dizziness.  I know there is a correlation between sinus congestion and my dizziness.  I also had an ultrasound of my caratoid arteries and that came back normal... so I'm thinking it has to be allergies/congestion.  I'll post the outcome.

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Hi All,

I had my sinus surgery in 2002 and the sinus surgery was a success but I still get sinus infections sometimes. In fact, I just fought one off last week. I wanted to let you know that I posted tricks that I have learned throughout the years on how to get rid of a sinus infection on Dr. Choi's blog. These tricks have saved me from taking more antibiotics. Here is the link if you are interested.... it is the last post:

http://www.medhelp.org/user_journals/show/3418

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I too have had dizzy episodes over the past year, but I would also describe it as unbalanced, since when I would walk sometimes I would veer a little. The last time I had this happen I did a very dumb thing, I was feeling a little better and thought I was fine. I took my daughter up skiing to Mt. Rose, elevation almost 10,000 feet. I had some problems up there and when I came back it was a nightmare. I could barely stand up and felt like the room would move when I did. I went to my doctor and she say fluid in my ear and pressure, she put me on prednisone for a week. I also had ear ache and lost 15 pounds in two weeks, due to motion sickness. It helped but still not doing well. I have been taking flonase, pseudoephedrine, loratadine, fand drinking hot water. These I have been taking for weeks and helped a little. Then my ear started to hurt again and I realized there is inflamation (inflammation) going on so I took Aleve or Advil. It helped more, then I took a stronger dose, then I saw a huge difference. I feel much better although not back to normal completely yet. But you have to be careful with anti-inflamatory NSAIDS due to stomach issues like bleeding or ulcers, so my doctor has me on omeprazole for prilosec to help while taking those. Also to make sure you have some food on stomach and lots of water.

I still don't know the original cause of this dizziness, but if you have any issues do not get on a plane or go up in elevation, it will make it way worse. I had to learn the hard way.

Now I am trying to recover from that horrible experience and try to find out the original cause of these smaller episodes. I do not get any other symptoms of allergies, except swelling and some post nasal drip. I went to an allergist and they said I didn't have any allergies that they could find. I am going to go back and have them check for more. But I have heard of dizziness coming from allergies. Also, my mom has been tested for allergies and they said she didn't have any but that she had vasomotor rhinitis, which gets irritated due to some certain smells, like perfume, cigarette smoke, etc.
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Hi,
     I just sighned up because I have been having every symptom plus others that everyone of you have been chatting about. It started 6 months ago with severe dizziness, fatigue, headaches,ringing in ears, body aches and pains along with alot more symptoms I just took for work related. I have been to several Doctors and finally my Ear Nose and Throat Doctor said I probably have TMJ disoreder. He also believes my dizziness is from Allergies. I have been to a Dentist to have a splint made to wear at night and he ground down some of my teeth to make my bite more even. It has helped alot with the headaches and body aches. I was diagnosed with dust mite allergies 6 years ago. So I have an appointment with my Ear Nose and Throat Doctor on the 10th to get more allergy test done and if he believes they are bad enough to cause my dizziness he is going to start me on Allergy shots. There is something more for you out there than just allergy meds. Right now I'm on Singulair, Nasacort and Zyrtec. But, I don't think that is enough anymore. If that doesn't work he is going to refer me to a Neroligist.
     My Ear Nose and Throat Doctor has already rulled out Inner Ear Infections, Meniers Disease and I have had the MRI scan it also came out good. I still have another appointment with my Dentist I think I'll have him grind down a couple more teeth that are bothering me. TMJ can also cause dizziness.
     I have been searching the Internet for answers just as you all have been. I was starting to get depressed and I am on Intermittent Family Medical for when I have really bad days. But now I have some hope that my Doctor will figure this out. I just wanted to let everyone else know about other possible solutions.
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Im having a  lot of these symptoms with the severe sinus infection, dizzyness and feeling anxiety. I understand that sinus infection and create an imbalance and causes the dizzyness. I feel slightly dizzy when im by myself or with just another person, but whenever im exposed to an area with many people interacting I become extremely dizzy causing me to feel a form of anxiety that I have never felt. I dont know if its my brain trying to balance all the interaction and its causing me to freak out inside or am I just going crazy.I did a two week cycle of Sinus antibiotics and felt great for a few weeks, no dizzyness or anxiety occured. Once I got sick again(sore throat, tired, sleepy) I started to get the anxiety and dizzyness all over again. Does anyone else get a form of anxiety in a crowded area?
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Hello, everyone. I MIGHT have a solution for this horrible problem!

I to have been suffering from the same problem everyone here has been suffering from. Ive had it for about a year and I have seem many Dr’s and have also had polyps and septum surgery. Like you, I have had ZERO results…heck I get better results when I OD on Advil.

I spent many hours researching this problem on line and I came across the website of Dr. Erin Elster, a chiropractor. At first I was extremely skeptical, even after reading all her case studies on Vertigo. It then dawned on me! For YEARS I have had to continuously crack my neck to relive pressure and headaches. Well, its been just about a year that I am no longer able to crack my neck, coincidently I have had my vertigo for about a YEAR!

Here is her website with her case studies www.erinelster.com/CaseStudies.aspx?ConditionID=9

I don’t remember injuring my neck but I figure that at this point I would have nothing to lose from seeing a chiropractor. I went for my first visit, he said he has treated vertigo in the past and confirmed Dr. Erin Elster studies. He also said that I did not have an accident but I contributed to the neck injury by cracking my neck myself for all these years. He studied me from head to toe and performed a small neck re alignment exercise, it been 3 days now and I feel great. The light headedness is 80% gone. Could be a coincident but only time will tell, he said I will need a couple treatments to completely realign my neck. After all the suffering this is the first time I have a little hope.

I will keep you all updated from time to time.

good luck everyone!
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Hi everyone - Just an update.  I had my allergy test done and it turns out I am allergic to tree pollen (oak, maple & elm), cats & dogs (which surprised me because I have always had a cat) and the worst one was dust mites.  I start allergy shots next week (1x week for a year!).  I'm excited to try it because I am still miserable even after the sinus surgery and no meds have seemed to help much (even steiroids and nasal sprays).  Funny how doctors don't seem to think dizziness has to do with allergies, but the nurse who did the testing said it definitely could... plus others I know who get allergy shots say it really helped their lightheadedness.  So... I really think allergies are the culprit (at least for me) since surgery didn't help, Brain MRI was fine, CT scans were fine, blood tests etc were all ok.  Good luck all :)
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Confirmed! I have Cervical Vertigo

I have been treating thos for 2 weeks and 80% of the symtoms (symptoms) are gone. Here is more info on this

http://www.tchain.com/otoneurology/disorders/central/cervical.html

I never had a neck injury, my cervical vertigo is cause by me sitting behind a deck and working on a pc for 6 years now.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
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For the past three weeks I have had severe dizziness--especially in the morning when I wake up.  I have gone to the doctor several times and he told me I had vertigo and prescribed metclazine.  Well I have been on the meds for about a week now and I find no relief.  I dont have a cold and dont feel any pressure in my ear or sinus pressure.  I don't have any headache or vomiting.  My blood pressure was elevated but has gotten it to normal levels.  My sugar level is normal so I cant figure out what is going on.  I am going to strongly suggest to my doctor that I see a neurologist next week.  He told me unless things get worse he does not believe a CAT scan or MRI will reveal anything.  I will keep you posted later.
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several years ago I had what they said was labrynitis. Viral infection in the middle ear
That can cause dizziness. Nothing I took helped. It took a long time to go away. The worst was over in 1-2 months but it kept resurfacing,never as bad as it was initially.
I still have bouts with it infrequently,usually when my allergies flare up, it is accompanied
with with weakness. It is was when i move around alot and better when i rest quietly
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This sounds so familiar. I am going through the same thing right now. I have just been told by a Physical Therapist and a friend who went through this that it could be BPPV -- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. When I looked it up on the internet, I think this could be it!
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I have had problems similar to all mentioned above.  Have had dizziness on a regular basis for about 7 yrs.  Have had septum surgery twice - told I had allergies but became bed-ridden from the shots.  Had to have 2 teeth pulled right near maxilary sinuses which were infected a while ago.  Also, had a few falls a while ago.  Was told it was Benign Positional Vertigo but recently the dr. did not think so and wanted me to have more tests.  No dr. thinks it's related to my sinuses.  My ears feel like they have fluid in them.  MRI is normal. Am afraid of those balance tests as I went to PT and that caused me to have relapse of dizziness for 5 wks.   These tests make you put your head in various positions just like the therapy and the other tests can make you vomit.   Dizziness is worse when it rains.  It usually begins in the morning and subsides later in the day.  But when it is real bad, I can be bed-ridden and it occurs 24 hrs. a day.  I am considering chiropractor.  I know my septum has grown back but drs don't think it is related and that surgery is awful.  E mail me at:  ***@**** if you have any other solutions.
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I have had a lot of these same symptoms. I did not know it because I have been on allergy meds since I was a child but when I was trying to get pregnant I stopped the claritan. I became very dizzy, I felt carsick just from walking around. My GP told me to go back on allergy meds, this time it was Zyrtec. My dizziness went away within a few days. I have been fine for years until the other night it all came back because I started taking a magnesium suppliment that was interfering with my Zyrtec.  I stopped the magnesium continued with the Zyrtec and feel much better.  Good luck to all!
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I have the dizziness/lightheaded symptoms off and on.  I can go days (and sometimes weeks) between episodes and then have them everyday for weeks on end.  If you have not read it, I would suggest reading "Heal your Headache."  A pretty persuasive case is made that the symptoms are migraine-related.

For me it usually works like this:  I feel dizzy which brings a state of panic and anxiety (it can freak you out!) and then it ends with a fullness and pressure behind the eyes.  Sometimes, it ends with a actual headache.  This echoes what is mentioned in the book.

The author recommends the elimination of certain dietary triggers.  It is definitely worth trying.
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I forgot to add that the most depressing thing for me is that you can feel absolutely fine one day and like **** the next.  It really seems to come out of nowhere.

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I started experiencing the dizziness about 2 years ago after a sinus infection. It feels like I have fluid in my ears from swimming. ENT said to go to a neurologist but I didn't even bother. I've tried a lot of things and I finally found something that helps: colon cleanse. I started using aloe ease a couple of weeks ago and I'm noticing a big improvement. You should have 3 BMs per day - 1 meal in 1 out. It doesn't happen overnight but I am feeling better each day. Supplements that also help are garlic oil, bromelain, curcumen and goldenseal. Hope this helps.
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I too began experiencing unexplained dizziness and vertigo several years ago; bad enough that I went to the emergency room thinking I was having a stroke.  My GP did the usual, ENT, OTC medications, CAT scan, bloodwork - all normal.  Then he noticed I came into his office the same week in May three years in a row, so he figured it had to be allergies.  

He next prescribed Singulair, an asthma medication that stops the body's response mechanism to allergens and it has worked for me.  For the whole month of July I felt 90% normal, with my symptoms either gone or significantly reduced.  As a test, I stopped taking the Singulair about a week ago and my symptoms are returning so I'm going back on it.

The only side effect I noticed was it causes the sweat of my hands to turn slightly sticky, but that's it - no fatigue or anything like that.

Talk to your doctors and see if they think it might be worth a try.  It has been a God-send for me as I almost had to stop working this year.

Good luck, I know what you are going through.
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I tought I may be going crazy until I read this.  About three weeks ago I felt dizzy at work left and went to the doctors where i was told  I had a sinus infection.  I took a 10 day course of antibotics and got sicked when they were done.  My primary doctor had me get blood work done and everything was ok.  She also recommended I see a ear, nose and throat specialist, their I was told I had a inner ear infection and was put on a ten day dose of steroids, I felt better for a few days and then my symptoms remained the same.  I am going for a series of teststhis week, VNG and catscan of the brain and sinuses.  I have been unable to work do to the dizziness and blurred vision.  If anyone has any insight I would greatly appriciate the advise.  Thank you
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I finally found people who are on the same boat as me. I have the car sick feeling since Nov 2008. does anyone have the muscle pulling sensation when moving the eye? The back of my head also hurts. May be I have something else. However, I was quite confidence that it all started one morning when I sneezed, that afternoon I started had dizziness and headaches. My allergy is getting worse. I had CT scan and blood test it all turned out to be normal. I do have a history of imbalance equilibrium infection on my ear decades ago. not sure if this has anything to do with it. I am thinking I am having some kind of autoimmune disorder...?? The ENT doc just gave me antibiotics and nasal spray which had zero effect on me. Eye doctor thinks that I have tumor or thyroid problem but test results was negative...Now I don't even know what kind of doctor to see. From what I read above it could be allergist? I'll will give it a try then.
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Here's some additional comments that might be useful to someone.  
My first experience with vertigo happened when I was in high school.  I was just sitting there and the world started spinning.  I was told it was otitis labrinthica and was told to put hydrogen peroxide in my ears and let it bubble. It always worked.  Then, it came back years later severely and I was told not to use hydrogen peroxide because it might leave water in the ear, and to use rubbing alcohol.  I was prescribed antibiotics which then worked.  I was told by other docs that antibiotics don't work especially if it is viral.  Just a few weeks ago, my vertigo came back, I had a sore throat and sinus pressure and felt miserable.  I was told it was allergies, which I have never had but am becoming a believer. I was also told my eustachian tubes don't drain well.   NOW I am on steroid nose spray at night with the neti pot sinus cleanser, I take nyquil at night - a big help- and sudafed 2 times a day.  My vertigo disappeared and all symptoms are at bay.  I stopped for a couple of days and it all returned.  I'm sticking with what works for now, although I hate taking meds.  I hope some of this might help somebody.  Oh, and meclizine not only didn't work, it was worse.  
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Thankyou all so much...Im very glad that there is a community online which helps others...This information is very helpful because i do have allergies to the cat  and this is my second time i've experienced the sinus sore ear and vertigo...I'm seeing the dr next week and this information i have gathered is really gonna help me =) THANKYOU EVERYONE THANKYOU MED HELP
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I have been experiencing dizziness, blurred/double vision, fullness in ears, severe headaches/migraines, lost weight, indigestion, joint/muscle pain, low blood pressure randomly, pressure in the face, palpitations, and so on.  I have gone to the ENT, he did a hearing test on me and checked for fluid behind my ears... none.  I went my GP had every blood test done... everything's fine.  I have been researching every symptom in the WORLD to figure this out.  The only conclusions I have come up with so far is chronic fatigue syndrome and anxiety.  I have researched black mold, inner ear infections, meiners disease, adrenal deficiencies, migraines, heart disease, lyme disease, sheehan syndrome, hypopituitarism, hypoglycemic, stomach virus, thyroid issues, carbon monoxide poisoning, vestibular neuritis, addisons disease, idiopathic intracranial hypertension pseutotumor cerebri, and so on and on.
I have been suffering from anxiety since 2001.  I have only had three episodes(this being one).  I do not take anything for it because it is not horrible... just don't get me on a plane LOL   I do not feel anxious most of the time, only when I have palpitations/taccecardia bouts and the week before I menstruate.  I have multiple doctors telling me that because of some stressful situations in '08, I basically reached my capacity on stress and this is my body's way of dealing with it.  I have read everything and anything.  So my diagnosis for me so far is chronic fatigue syndrome.  I went to mayoclinic.com for the best answers for it.  I matched about 3/4 of the symptoms... it was quite sad.  I now just regulate my activity level.  I have quit drinking and have knock the not so important people out of my life who either brought stress or had their own unmanageable stress that I did not need to hear.  I used to do a lot during the day now, I have cut that in half and I have noticed a difference.  Now, I need to focus and learn how to please myself more before I please others.  I am not sure if I just babbled to no one or someone.  I hope this helps.  I will try to check this blog as much as I can if it helps anyone.  Just try to remember to laugh, everything we are experiencing *****, just remember to laugh :) Take care
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I haven't posted in a long time, but I suffered from dizziness for over a year and went through all the tests etc.  I had brain MRIs, CAT scans, sinus surgery, I'm on nasonex and singulair, switched to Clarinex, still no relief.  Funny thing is, I ended up asking my endocrinologist (I also have a thyroid disease) about the dizziness and he did some bloodwork.  My cholesterol and triglycerides were way too high and my vitamin D level was a little low.  I started taking Tricor and Vitamin D supplements and I feel so much better.  Maybe the dizziness isn't sinus related all the time.  I do still feel somewhat dizzy when I get congested, but not nearly as bad as I used to before the Tricor.  Maybe this can help someone... I can only hope.  Good luck everyone!
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This is my first post. I've read alot of the posts and Iam having some of the symptoms. Mine started about 7 months ago. At first I was having trouble going to sleep. Everytime I would start to doze off, I would immediately wake right back up and have a racing heart and a sensation that felt like a mild electric shock start at my head and travel the length of my body. I then started having nights that I would wake up and see things that were not really there. Sometimes it would be like distorted people and other times the room would just look different or weird things would be happening in the room. Everyone reading this probably thinks Iam crazy by now. Oh well I have to tell the whole story. I thought maybe I was suffering with sleep apnea and I had a sleep study done but the study said no sleep apnea. The only thing that stood out on the sleep study was the fact that I never did go into the REM phase of sleep. After the sleep study I did seem to get better. I don't have these things occuring as often. I also developed another problem about a month later. Iam now having pressure in my head. I have had an MRI of the brain and cervical spine. The brain scan showed a little bit of sinus congestion and it also showed a small white subcortial mass on the left frontal lobe of  my brain. Whatever that means. My family doctor didn't seem to concerned about it so he didn't explain it to me.
He started treating me for sinusitus. Nasaqort AQ nose spray, Flonaze, Antibiotics. The pressure did seem to get a little better but a few days after finishing the antibiotic the pressure was back in full force again. My family dr. sent me to an Ear, Nose, and Throat Dr. He put me on another antibiotic and told me to use Afrin OTC nose spray but wanted me to have a cat scan done of my sinuses because he was not convinced that my problems were sinus related. Iam not either I told him because Iam not having any other symptoms of allergy or sinus except for the pressure in my head. The cat scan results showed a slight mucusal thickening in the right maxillary sinus but nothing else of significance. My ENT dr. after reviewing the cat scan results doesn't think it is sinuses now. He is now leaning toward allergies and wants me to have allergy testing done. I do not have the money to have allergy testing done I told him. My insurance is awful with a huge deductible so I can't afford any more Drs. I am not having any other symptoms of allergy or sinus problems except pressure. Can anyone out there help me? Can you have allergies that only cause pressure and nothing else?  I still wake up occasionally with that weird electric sensation and seeing things that aren't there but not as often now. In the last few days I have started feeling very nauseated, sick to my stomach. Don't know if this is a new symptom or just a passing thing. Oh I forgot to mention that I have suffered with headaches for about 20 yrs. Sometimes they would last for days but Iam not sure if they were migraines or not. I just know they hurt. Since I have started having this pressure in my head the headaches have been very few. Weird, huh? The pressure isn't really painful, It is very annoying. Iam just tired of living with this weird pressure feeling in my head everday. IT GETS ON MY NERVES!!! By the way Iam a 43 yr. old female. I am hoping someone out there can help. Thank you!
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Wow, glad to see I am not alone out there! I too have been suffering from dizziness, although they are spells rather than constant dizziness. I did suffer from anxiety but these are different than panic attacks.
At night I feel like I am falling and my heart palpitates right when I start to doze off..I have 4-5 spells a day, the dizziness is accompanied by increased pressure in my head and followed by vision problems and fatigue....they are draining. Ive been to the Doctor who has prescribed antibiotics, sinus spray, serck, large quantity of gravol....nothing helps.

Glad to see I am not the only one with the heart problems at night (altho I don't see anything around me)

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Hey, I was really glad to hear from you. I was beginning to think I scared everyone off when I mentioned seeing things when I wake up at night. HA HA   It does sound really crazy but it does happen. I was also glad to hear that someone else out there has the heart palpitations right before dozing off. I know what you mean about the fatigue, I can get 8 hours sleep and still be so tired and sleepy all day. I am definitely more fatigued since I started having this pressure in my head 7 months ago. I don't know if this is just coincidence or what. I don't really have dizzy spells very often, mine is more a pressure sensation in my forehead. Iam thinking about seeing a neurologist. I have tried antibiotics, nose sprays, and Claritin but nothing has helped at all. I am just about to go crazy with this problem because I have no clue what is causing it and no one else does either. You mentioned anxiety attacks being different from panic attacks, I really don't know the difference, please explain. Thanks
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Hello, this is my first time posting as well. About two weeks ago while away in Japan for work I thought I was having a panic attack, the docs did two EKG's and stuff and found that everything was fine. They suggested it was a panic attack. After recouping for three days I went back to work. It felt like I was drunk vision wise and had a low sense of balance. Took another day off then went back to work for three days. On the third day it happened again just not as severe, got really dizzy and the tingly sensation in my fingers and all that jazz.

They took me to the hospital again and said I was partially dehydrated, wasn't getting enough nutrition and had an anxiety attack. The first time I found it hard to breath and this time I was able to breath mostly. All my stats were normal so it was all in my head. It felt like me head was kinda vibrating. They also gave me some antibiotics because I had a tooth infection. Everyday since then I get to the point like it's going to happen again and I just control my breathing to calm myself down. I flew back home on the 20th of March and was a little worried that it might happen on take off or landing but nothing happened.

My BM have only been maybe once a day sort of thing and last night after eating dinner which was the most I've eaten in one sitting for a couple weeks it happened again. Got really dizzy. I haven't had any pain the ears or sinus area's and haven't had a head ache for awhile (since I cut in caffeine intake by next to nothing because I thought that might be causing these attacks) so I'm going to guess it's a panic disorder. Now I was in Japan for 73 days and my diet over there greatly changed from my diet that I was used to having here in the states.

I just can't stop thinking about it and if it is anxiety or panic disorder this could make things worse.

On a side note, I have had alot of dental work done and still have more to do. I also have had seasonal allergies for most of my 32 yr life. This just started up last year around July. It was a small attack that lasted a brief 20 seconds and I thought it was because I didn't eat a whole lot and was drinking coffee all day. 2 weeks ago it felt like I was having a heart attack and then last week it was some dizziness. I'm going to the docs today in hopes that they have some idea's.

I've read every post here and am going to take everything into consideration. I'm going to try to chiropractor thing, start taking vitamins again (have just been taking V-C), and see about a possible panic disorder meds.

I would like to thank everyone on this forum and hope to keep it going.  
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Hello again... I know I haven't been on lately, I apologize for that :)  I have gone back to my therapist, and she has put me on Neurontin.  I am very sensitive to drugs so she started me on a very low dose of 100mg.  I am now up to 400mg, and am doing much better.  I think I forgot to add I am a 26 yrs. old female, and I have just recently quit drinking (Oct '08).  I do have a horrible alcohol problem and I quit cold turkey.  My symptoms (headaches/migraines, dizziness, lightheadedness, palpatations and tachecardia) have subsided tremendously, but it has taken about a month for it to do so.  When I start to feel it coming on, I know I have to up my dose.  Neurontin is a seizure medication, but can be used for headaches/migraines, and anxiety.  Am I totally convinced that ALL mu symptoms are anxiety related...NO.  But, as my doctor said, do you really want to become one of those patients who go to any and every doctor for no answers and possible exploratory surgeries for no results...NO.  If this medication is helping me to be able to function enough for my daughter, be there for all my animals, and to be able to drive, I'm doin it.  I feel like a frickin nut job.
Oh, and by the way. I went to an allergist, she said I came up for everything and anything.  Told me to take zyrtec twice a day, mucinex twice a day, nasal rinse once a day, and do a nasal spray every night.  NO!!!  I tried it for alil bit, nothing.  She sent me for more lab work, fine  but no more.  She said my eustacian tubes aren't working properly.  My ENT told me in Dec they are fine.  
I have horrible anxiety, and yes I do feel like I am going to die (not anymore-neurontin), but I have been out of work and out of being a mom for seven months now.  This is the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with and probably will be the only thing.  I have had to learn how to take a deep breath and relax.  And I keep telling myself, 'ya know, we are all going to die, and we don't know when that is.  So, I need to try to enjoy as much as I can before that time comes'.  I have also been told that this could be a sign of maturity.  I am not a doctor, but trust me when I say I have been through more than most.  Like I said before, try to smile as much as you can, laughter can help cure symptoms.  Take care everyone
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Wow, just can't believe what I'm reading, seems like all of what you guys are talking about is me...LOL  About a month ago I started feeling Lightheaded and went to urgent care, they diagnosed me with Media Otitis and Vertigo (Fluid in the ears) they gave me some kind of nasal spray which I used for 2 days then quit, MY BAD!  The lightheadedness has never went away, and now about a week ago, I developed a darned sinus infection...the smell is HORRID, I'm just glad to read that there are people in this world like me.
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hi all,

I started reading this thread a couple weeks ago because I was trying to figure out why I've been feeling dizzy/lightheaded/disoriented.  I have a history of allergies and sinus-related headaches, but wasn't sure if that was the cause of the dizziness.  For a couple years now I've been taking Rhinocort, and occasionally using nasal saline spray.  After reading much of this thread, I stepped up the saline spray and took phenylephrine, but that wasn't enough to help me.  So I dropped the phenylephrine and instead started taking Zyrtek in the morning and Benadryl in the evenings, and that actually worked!  Within 2 days the dizziness was gone.  Once or twice now I forgot to take the allergy meds in the morning, then started feeling bad at work later in the day.  In those cases, I had phenylephrine with me and that helped just enough until I could get home and resume the allergy meds.  Wishing all of you clear and comfortable days.
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p.s. Having gotten the "anxiety" diagnosis at one time myself (for these health issues obviously unrelated to that), my understanding is that this diagnosis is a blame-it-on-the-victim approach for health providers who don't understand what's going on.  For sure, don't let anybody tell you you're crazy for experiencing this.

one more p.s. If you decide to do the Zyrtek/Benadryl thing I'm doing, be sure to drink a lot of water as these things can dry you out a lot.  Staying hydrated keeps the sinuses clear after they've shrunk back enough to let pressure equilibrate.
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I wrote about my problems back in March. I went to a Neurologist today and she seems to think that Iam suffering from Migraine Headaches. She seems to think this is what is causing the pressure in my head instead of Sinus problems. She is putting me on a medicine called Topamax. I guess I will try it and see what happens. Hopefully it will get rid of this pressure I have been having for like 8 months. I also told her about the problems I have at night while falling asleep (the hallucinations, waking right after dozing off and the weird electric like sensations in my head when I wake up right after dozing off) She seems to think that I may have Narcolepsy. I have looked this up on the Web and I do have alot of the symptoms. She wants me to have a special kind of sleep study done that may be able to tell me for sure if it is Narcolepsy. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
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I've had dizziness during allergy season for two years now.  Last year I also had terrible positional headaches (they went away as soon as I laid down) along with it.  I've seen various specialists, none of whom can figure it out.
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Hi. You might want to try eriodictyol glycoside. It's a component of lemon bio-flavonoids. I had poorly diagnosed vertigo, tinnitus, meniere's disease, etc. a couple of years back. It was getting very bad.

I went to all the usual doctors described previously and all I came away with was prescriptions for antihistamines. However, one ENT doctor prescribed an over-the-counter product, Lipoflavonoid. It's a supplement.

I was very skeptical. I said so. She told me that some research had been done that showed it worked. So, okay, I'll try it.

To my great surprise and relief, it DID work. Apparently it works like an antihistamine and improves blood circulation in the inner ear.  Lipoflavonoid is a brand-name and is pretty expensive, so I found thru other online forums that you can get plain old Lemon Bioflavonoids for much less. I take two caplets of Lemon BIoflavonoids a day and my inner ear symptoms are nearly gone. Apparently--and you don't hear this everywhere--the eriodictyol glycoside is really only in Lemon bioflavonoids, not all citrus. If you buy just 'citrus' bioflavonoids you probably won't get relief. I use Lindberg brand Lemon Bioflavonoid Complex, and no, I don't work for them and this is not spam.

Look up eriodictyol glycoside on the internet. You'll see it's for real. It's the only thing that helped me. It helped with vertigo/dizziness and ear pain, specifically.
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Folks, my dizziness is gone and all I needed was …drum roll please….glasses!  I’ve had many of the same symptoms as people on this forum for a long time, including the chronic sinus issues, daily dizziness and unsteadiness episodes at certain times during the day, not to mention the daily headaches.  I work at a computer all day and I honestly thought all my symptoms were stress related.  I finally went to the eye doctor last week and he told me that my right eye had an issue seeing things up close (far sighted), and that I should consider glasses.  Well needless to say I got them, and now it’s been almost TWO WHOLE DAYS WITH NO DIZZINESS.  I had gone to the doctor as well and she put me on a round of antibiotics for you guessed it, a sinus infection.  So is it the meds?  I think it’s the glasses, I HOPE it’s the glasses.  Time will tell but so far so good.  I am a 34 year old male in decent shape, and was very surprised I needed glasses.  Do some research on it and maybe worth checking out for yourself, and if you have glasses then maybe you need to check your prescription.  Good luck and I feel for all of you.          
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I got sinuous infection several times each lasted 2-3 months, when I was living at Carbondale, IL  between 2000 to 2003 ( age 32 to 35 )
after first sinuous infection, I discover driving a car is much more difficult, and I was not able to keep the car go straight.  
ever since I have some balancing problem, it is not usually become problem in normal life , but when I drive a car, it become problem, specially when I turn or rough road I become dizzy.  
now I live in southern California ( orange county )  sinuous infection happen much less often here, but I feel balancing problem getting worse every year.  I am 41 years old now at 2009.
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Hello All
About 2 months ago I went to the emergency room.  When I came out I had all of the same symtoms (symptoms) described here.  Dizzy, balance, tingling fingers and some other issues.  Im not sure how much of it is caused by some of the antibiotics I have been on.  I just want to say that I have never had allergies in my life.  I am 38 years old and pretty much never get sick other then the occational cold.  I will write more later.  What I have been through at its worst I can only describe as hell because no other word fits.  I hope that if one of you find a solution or a cure post it here.  For now I am still going through a lot of these symtoms (symptoms) though it has gotten better from when it was at its worse.  I had a regression last Tuesday the doctor thinks thats about the same time the antibiotics ran out and that it may have been responding.  I wil write more later.  
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Wow. I've spent over an hour reading posts for the last 2 years. There is comfort in numbers!
I have a little bit to add to the forum from my own history. I have suffered sinus infections that are all internal. No nose blowing,. no stuffy head (I have no septum so its always a great breath of air!).. which having no septum is most likely the reason I suffer from the infections. Sidebar: A severe addiction to nose spray 20 years ago was the demise of my septum. Had a septoplasty and there was nothing to save. Opted NOT to have a piece of ear carteldge created and structured... I'd rather have ALOT of air than an obstruction. So I've had to be very careful what I was around. A week ago I noticed my cat liter was hard to scoop! I was standing over top, struggling to scrape this dried concrete cat wee...and then realized... I was inhailing the residual dust. In 2 days I began the sweat,.the hot face flush,. the malaise..
Now the ONE thing I want to add to this forum is that 7 months ago, I had a sinus infection (or the symptoms of, flushing malaise, lethargy, with a new symptom! Racing heart! Fast thumping, middle of the night,. wake you up. To make the story shorter I took 5 trips to the ER where the last one they admited me for cardio issues. I'm 46 and in perfect health. They were giving me allergy mediations, psyciatric meds,. medication like medroprolol,.beta blockers. FINALLY my GP walked in and said..GET HER OFF OF ALL THIS ****.. this is not what is wrong.
I would get a little better, then I would get symptomatic again. Headache, body ache, tingly, numb, chest pain,. panic,.
Always happened right after my hospital meal.
Like an angel, a customer wrote to my mom and said.. 'HAVE YOU CONSIDERED Julie may have ASPARTAME POISONING"..
my mom googled aspartame and almost fell off the chair. EVERYTHING I had was on that list!. For those who don't know, aspartame is in your gum, your sugarfree hospital jellow,. your diet gingerale. I was on the LOW CAL MENU at the hospital, so everything I was eating was loaded with phenylenaline!
My mom showed up with a bag of food. For 12 hours I ate non aspartame food. By morning, ALL MY SYMPTOMS were gone and I was released. Hospital bill (I have insurance, but for the sake of irony) was 12K. I had so much aspartame built up in my system from diet pepsi, juicy fruit gum,. jello, pudding,. my diet meals. And the worst part was the hospital was plugging me with even MORE of the same deadly chemical.
I still get sinus infections. I still eat a xanax when my stress goes through the roof. But I got my life back. I existed for years with feeling like I was going to die,. all the time...
Not that everyone has what I had. Aspartame is deadly, but the good part is, stop taking or eating it and in 24 hours your symptoms go away. IN 60 days you are 100% detoxed!!... so start reading labels., and see what else is getting into your body...
with love
Julie
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Adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame include:

Eye
blindness in one or both eyes
decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
pain in one or both eyes
decreased tears
trouble with contact lenses
bulging eyes

Ear
tinnitus - ringing or buzzing sound
severe intolerance of noise
marked hearing impairment

Neurologic
epileptic seizures
headaches, migraines and (some severe)
dizziness, unsteadiness, both
confusion, memory loss, both
severe drowsiness and sleepiness
paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
severe slurring of speech
severe hyperactivity and restless legs
atypical facial pain
severe tremors

Psychological/Psychiatric
severe depression
irritability
aggression
anxiety
personality changes
insomnia
phobias

Chest
palpitations, tachycardia
shortness of breath
recent high blood pressure

Gastrointestinal
nausea
diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
abdominal pain
pain when swallowing

Skin and Allergies
itching without a rash
lip and mouth reactions
hives
aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

Endocrine and Metabolic
loss of control of diabetes
menstrual changes
marked thinning or loss of hair
marked weight loss
gradual weight gain
aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
severe PMS

Other
frequency of voiding and burning during urination
excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
increased susceptibility to infection

Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
death
irreversible brain damage
birth defects, including mental retardation
peptic ulcers
aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
hyperactivity in children
severe depression
aggressive behavior
suicidal tendencies

Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Epstein-Barr
Post-Polio Syndrome
Lyme Disease
Grave’s Disease
Meniere’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease
ALS
Epilepsy
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
EMS
Hypothyroidism
Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
Fibromyalgia
Lupus
non-Hodgkins
Lymphoma
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

These are not allergies or sensitivities, but diseases and disease syndromes. Aspartame poisoning is commonly misdiagnosed because aspartame symptoms mock textbook ‘disease’ symptoms, such as Grave’s Disease.

Aspartame changes the ratio of amino acids in the blood, blocking or lowering the levels of serotonin, tyrosine, dopamine, norepinephrine, and adrenaline. Therefore, it is typical that aspartame symptoms cannot be detected in lab tests and on x-rays. Textbook disorders and diseases may actually be a toxic load as a result of aspartame poisoning.

Ever gone to the doctor with real, physical symptoms, but he/she can’t find the cause? Well, it’s probably your diet, your environment, or both.

Aspartame is the common denominator for over 92 different health symptoms at the root of modern disease. The Aspartame Detoxification Program demonstrates the most effective way to reverse disease symptoms is removing the underlying cause - aspartame.

I counsel aspartame victims worldwide and have witnessed nine out of 10 clients restore their health by following the Aspartame Detoxification Program. Begin with detoxifying your body of all residual chemical toxins from aspartame's chemical make up of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol and their toxic by-products, and see if any adverse health symptoms remain. Try the Aspartame Detoxification Program, and within 30 days your symptoms should disappear.

Steps:

Remove all sugar-free products with aspartame from your diet.
Learn to 'read' your body. Begin recording any health changes.
Get a hair analysis.
Be happy with yourself.
Detoxify.
Restore depleted nutrients.
Exercise and get plenty of rest.
Eat 75% raw foods at every meal.
Drink water, water, water.
Get control of your life.
I designed this Ten Step Program to help protect your health and the health of those you love from being seduced by the sugar-free diet craze. Wishing you good health.

What can you do about aspartame side effects?
Set an example by changing your diet.

Tell everyone you know.
Talk to the schools and day care centers. Offer to speak at parent-teachers meetings.
Contact your local, state, and Federal government representatives.
If you see someone with a diet drink, ask if they have had any of the typical aspartame side effects.
Spread the word at your work.
Distribute the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network and Pilot's Hotline
Tell your doctor about the scientific research available proving the negative side effects of aspartame.
Register a complaint with the FDA, the FAA, the NutraSweet Company about aspartame poisoning.
Return all food products with aspartame, opened or unopened, to your grocer. Tell him/her the products make you sick. The grocer can return them to the manufacturer for a store refund. The manufacturer should get the message. So, will the grocer.
Spread the word on computer networks.
Publish articles in newsletters at your church, place of work, or neighborhood association.
Set a personal example for health and wellness.
Click Here To See Aspartame Symptoms Submitted to the FDA.
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i have a very similar problem i feel very dizzie and more when i get on a car! I feel as if im going to pass out there!So i went to a doctor but he just have me nasonex and some allergy pills ,i seem to be fine a few days and other days i seem to get worse. this is very frustrating because im not able to go anywhere anymore like i used to cause from all of this i started to get anxious and nervous.So now when i get in a car i start to panic thinking that im going to feel sick! Im 25 ys. olds ,a mother of 3 little ones.I have a 7yr.,6yr., and a 3 yr. old.And now im just stuck here at home with them.I cannot go out and take them to have fun like i used to,well not for now hopefully this will soon pass for all of us!But it is very frustrating at times!
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This forum HAS been most helpful. Like the rest of you, I couldn't figure out what was causing my dizziness, or the laundry list of shared symptoms I see here, but it looks like I'm in the same boat suffering from sinus and allergy issues. I'm discouraged however to read so many are still struggling with a solution. Sounds like it's going to be an uphill battle for me as well. One condition I didn't see mentioned, that I'm also having, is significant hair loss. I'm only a 42 yo male but my hair has been literally falling out on my desk, bare shoulders, and in my hands when I shower since before the vertigo started 4 or 5 mos ago, although for years doctors have told me my colds and intermittent breathing issues are allergy related. My sister suggested my body/immune system could be stressing from the lengthy sinus/allergy fight, causing the hair loss. I just know it doesn't seem normal, even for the inevitable age/genetic change that causes the hair to thin or recede. I'm getting a blood test next week to make sure it's not thyroid related, or from some other cause that might be detectable by blood work, but wondered if anyone else is experiencing a noticeable hair loss coinciding with their sinus/allergy struggle?
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I am also at my wits end right now.  I am a 24 year old female who has been dizzy for about 3 months.  Recently I had surgery and since then my dizziness has gotten worse.  I cannot sleep at night.  I am dizzy pretty much all the time.  Sometimes I just feel lightheaded but other times I feel like my head is spinning.   I feel like I am going to pass out. I have seen two ENT's my family doctors and two neurologists.  I had a VNG which pointed to Central Vertigo.  And now I have two more tests and some more blood work.  I am thinking about going back to the ENT for an allergy test because I do get frequent headaches and sinus pressure, sneezing etc.  I am supposed to resume my school tomorrow and I am unsure if I am going to be able to return. This has affected my life horribly. Working full time is nearly impossible and I know that my boss is getting tired of me. If anyone has any suggestions please.
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I have had the same thing for a very long time.  I was also told that it was anxiety--but it is not.  I think it CAUSES anxiety.  Has anyone tried mecclazine (non-drowsy dramamine) ?  My doctor recommended it.  It works!!  I don't like to take it all the time because it does make me tired.  I take 1/2 tab.  You can get a bottle of 100 from the pharmacist and it cost about $10.  Try it....
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I believe I'm on ASPARTAME overload. Not sure if this is causing my dizziness, throat irritation, nasal congestion, and most recently stomach irritation. I've changed from coke to coke zero which I thought would eliminate the sugars but is loaded with ASPARTAME. My coworker has a stash of life savers which also has the dreaded word ASPARTAME that I eat about 6 a day. My wife buys me gum which is also loaded with ASPARTAME. Well folks, the detox has started. I will never eat another product with that name. I'll come back in 1 month to let you know how I'm doing. Wish me luck. Life style change has happened right now.
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Has anyone tried going off their meds?
I've had symptoms a lot like what you are all describing for about 7 months now.  It started with a sinus infection, which I was also given allergy meds for, but the headaches persisted long after the infection was gone.  I had headaches, felt intensely dizzy, so much so that I was afraid to drive sometimes, and barely went out with friends because I didn't know how I would feel. I then got tested for allergies and found out I didn't have any at all.

Then I saw a neurologist who told me that I had migraines, triggered by the sinus infection, and she said they were likely being made worse by all the allergy meds I was on that I didn't need.  The migraine pills she gave me also made it MUCH worse.  But since stopping all medications completely (even birth control), and sticking to a migraine diet, I've felt better than I have in months.  The diet change helped a lot too, aspartame and apples were some big triggers for me.
I would ask my your doctors if they think this could help, it may not be right for everyone, but it helped me a lot, so see what they think and maybe try it.
It's not gone yet, but I have had a lot more days when I feel almost completely normal, and thats such an amazing change.



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Note: I haven't had any anxiety problems, so I don't know if this would help anyone who's been experiencing that.
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I am so happy to have found this site!  I never had problems with dizziness before.  In early July I had a tick get into my ear and attach itself to my tempanic nerve.  Since then things have been crazy.  I had everything tested, heart, thyroid.  The doctor finally said I had fluid in my ears and it would take up to 6 weeks to get out.  Well finally it went away for about two months and now it is back.  I visited the doctor again and he said I have fluid again, due to allergies.  I don't know what to do.  I felt as if I was going crazy.  Is there anything to help with this? I have never been this sensitive before, guessing it is from the tick bite.  Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?  Would be happy to hear them.  I also have anxiety disorder and this has made it a lot worse.
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anyone feel any better yet ?
I pretty much feel the way everyone else does on here started at the end of June 09 , now it's nov and still no improvement.. had a doctor give me pills did not spent about 1 minute maybe 2 gave me pills for my ear/and pills for my dizziness and nothing
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If you have sinus or ear problems that can't seem to get resolved, (or anything you haven't found an explanation for ) try Grapefruit Seed Extract. Get at a health store. Don't use antibiotics, no nasal cortisones, (Flonase, Veramyst, etc.)  Put the drops in water and drink it, tastes awful.

I also stopped my sinus rinse, (which BTW, make sure if you do rinse, the water is sterile, not full of Bacteria).

After you try the GSE, (hopefully it will be a noticeable difference in about 24 hours) and notice improvement,  ***Google  "Fungus Infections", especially  ***"Candida". You'll think I'm nuts at first, but try it. Use info from reputable sites, too, BTW....* I did double dose GSE the first 24 hours.

Good luck out there, it ***** being sick and without hope....  If Doctors were Mechanics, we'd all be walkin' !!!!!

My doctors had their heads up their *** so I researched to find out what kinds of infections didn't respond to Antibiotics. Surprise, the dummies missed this "systemic" fungus problem, caused by antibiotic overuse.

Worked for me. Let me know if I helped anyone, I know what it's like.

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I stumbled across this web site, it seems as though many many suffer from this crazyness, but i havent heard of one that has come out of this, or at least posted to much in the way of being healed of this.
I have had sinus problems since i was around 18, (39 now) it became a way of life , you just worked around and with it. Im not one for poppin pills, so i suffered through it. I went to my doctor once for it, and he prescribed some horse pills which i took and it did nothing . i went on with life and kept working (carpentry) obviously the dust from the cutting of wood dosnt help. Any how in 2000 i tore 3 sets of muscles in my back shoulder blade and front chest and around my heart. 8 months i was on my back praying for death every day due to tremedous pain and huge heart palps(water around the heart) Doctors said nothing they could do, i just had to let it heal in time. Tell that to somone who may not have 4 mouths to feed, mortgage and food and all sorts of payments. My wife (god bless her) worked 3 jobs to make ends meet. Sorry for the pre story .. ever since 2000 ive had pressure on my eyes and nasal(more then usual) looking for relief i ended up at the chiroprator he gave me more understanding of the sinus problems then any doctor had. although there was mild relief (cant fix torn muscles) if your back is out it can effect everything. Anyhow, i really never went back to work for 3 years at that point i was mildly dizzy and floater pressure, all of the symptoms all you have described even the hair loss. i learned to cope with it. then a year ago the dizziness increased. in August one morning i was os dizzy it was unbelievable ( i was pulling a big rock out of a hole i dug the day before) i quit driving it lasted every day even till now, i just gor the results from the cat scan and they said it was a sinus infection(deep) and i go from here to 2 different specialists. i stopped working in oct. and starving now in Dec. its a very frustrating situation. I say all this to tell you , that in my opinion al the answers are all adding to ideas of being healed. i wanted to add the chiroprator as well. One day i will be fixed(probibly sergery (surgery)) but thats just the first step, the question is how to prevent it again.... I will post as i progress so as to give you more ideas as to whats working (for me) and what hasnt (no medication so far has worked). Im sorry to hear of so many haveing the same problems, and how much it has robbed form your quality of life and your families(mine included) i am very angry but have no where to directed it to. So i suggest we direct it to , learning , understanding , teaching, sharing it on this post, or if one or more of you are computer frendly design a site that better acomodates us and this topic.
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There are all kinds of website with information about fungal infections. I believe that was my mystery problem.  You'll have to get that information yourself, make your own determination,and use it. It is not considered by the doctors as meaningful, (or it is not acknowledged because look at all the symptoms, fortunes are being made on "treatment" and "medication").

There is not enough time for me to type out all of my experiences and all that I have learned, and I am not trying to be a jerk, but you'll have to find it and figure it out for yourself. (and decide whether or not it applies to you) I thought I was going to die about a year ago, I was so bad.  Hopefully I have given you something to look for that will help.
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Also my first tim posting and I was pretty struck by everything I was reading. First and foremost I would like to note that my dizziness started in 2004 so I have been suffering for about 5 years now. I was 17 at the time and had just started drinking Diet Soda and after a few months I was hit with the most incredibly powerful dizzy spells most normal people could ever imagine. It was literally like being stuck on a violent, constantly spinning tilt-a-whirl carnival ride. It spun continuously and the dizzy spells would last up to a week and occupied more than half of every month. Accompanied with the dizzy spells came... blurred vision,  stuffy ears, sinus problems, ringing in the ears, headaches, etc. The doctors believed it was either vertigo or a tumor but I refused the CT Scan because it was too expensive and decided to research instead. I came across aspartame poisoning and thought it was worth a shot, so I took myself off aspartame and the symptoms were almost completely gone by the time I was 21. However after a few months of completely symptom free I discovered one of my favorite products switched over to using aspartame and I didn't notice it until after I had consumed a fair bit. Now back off aspartame entirely and I'm 23 now... the dizziness is mostly gone, just the rare, mild dizzy spell or random light headedness, nothing like before. But still with the blurry vision, headaches, nausea, sinus problems, stuffy ears, ringing ears and a whole host of new ones! Whether it was truly aspartame or not that caused this, I'll never know for sure but it was one of the best things I ever did to get it out of my life because I did feel a whole lot better after eliminating it. I also became very good friends with OTC sinus meds and with my sinuses going absolutely crazy these last two weeks, I think I need to pick some up. I am supposed to go see an allergist when I can because it is very suggestive of allergies and I also suddenly developed some odd food allergies or intolerances this last couple months. I just wanted to add my story for those interested, I understand how debilitating and scary severe dizzy spells can be, I for a while thought it meant I was dying too. Keep in mind I was very young when mine started, 17 and on top of the world...till you have to crawl on your hands and knees to get to the bathroom because you are too dizzy to stand, lol.     -Samantha
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Hi!  OMG! I am so glad I am not alone.  It is so depressing to not have have a diagnosis or a name for all the symptoms we have been having.  I too, had those symptoms last year.  It started as a lingering cold since the early part of  December and got exposed to extreme cold on New Year's Eve.  Then 3 days later, when I had was working in the lab(where I used to work), I thought the table moved like there was a very light earthquake.  It was scary when you are the only one who felt it.  Then, I just ignored it.  But, it was getting worse and worse.  Then 2 days later, I went to the ER because I was having palpitations and servere headache,dizziness and a feeling of being in a trance....you know that feeling after running on a treadmill or being seasick......They ran a CAT scan and stuff.  Well, they found out that I have low RBC.  But it wasn't that low. Make story short, do you think we all have allergies and when we get the cold or flu virus, our immune system gets aggravated, plus on top of that we alaready either have low cbc or thyroid functions?  I also wonder if most of you are from the east coast.  Because, I just recently moved to Massachusetts but I am originially from the west coast and never had this experience in spite of my allergies.  
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Hi!  I am so relieved to hear your stories.  I have been dealing with dizziness and facial and neck pain for 4 years.....sometimes I feel great for weeks or months and then it always comes back.

I wanted to share one of my diagnosis's with you.  A Neurologist/ENT prescribed a VESTIBULAR test.  The vestibular muscle in the ear plays a major roll in the balance system.  The test showed that I have significant 'Vestibular Loss" in both ears for unknown reasons.  I did some Physical Therapy and  achieved some relief, but still deal with issues of pain and dizziness.  

I thought this information might be helpful to someone since I found the allergy possibility interesting and will investigate that in my efforts to regain 'normalcy".
Here's to your health!
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I have been sick with what I though was a cold since Thanksgiving.  In early December I went to the doctor an he said I had a sinus infection and gave me an antibiotic.  I took it for 10 days and felt no better so they gave me another round of antibiotics.  It was Avelox and I had major panic attacks with them.  Needless to say I had to quit taking them.  The doctor then gave me prednisone which I only took for one day because I came down with the stomach bug  :(  I hate to take meds because I am so sensitive to them.  the prednisone made me feel so weird, moody, anxious etc.  Is there ayone else out there that cannot take meds because of the way it makes you feel?  Any suggestions?  I have been weak, body aches for well over a month.  Now I am taking Augmentin 875 mg twice daily.
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About 2 1/2 years ago I had a cold which seemed to go away, but I was left with some of it's symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and headache. While walking I felt like I was on a suspension bridge, trying to keep my balance.I had a CT scan to check for brain tumors, XRays, and a series of 8 other tests. Everything came up negative, except for some arthritis in my neck.I would sometimes have episodes where I seemed to have breathing problems. I went to a walk in clinic and the Dr. asked if I was depressed, I said I don't think so, but I sure am stressed out. I was prescribed a mild anti-anxiety drug, which helped some with the breathing, but my other symptoms were still present. I asked to see a neurologist who said I may have to live with my dizziness and said that arthritis could cause my headaches and gave me neck stretching exercises which eased the tightness I had in my neck. I have kept track of when I get these headaches and dizziness and they seem to coincide with air pressure changes. I feel much worse when the barometer drops and feel quite well when the weather is very cold and dry and when it is hot and dry. I still have the occasional  hard to breathe times, when the weather is damp and humid. The headaches are similar to migraines, but without the pounding in the head. When I can't cope, I take Tramacet, which eases the headache and I take Novo-Betahistine for the dizziness. Just knowing that there is nothing seriously wrong with me has eased my stress level. I hope this is of some help to others.
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I have very similar problems to many mentioned here they actual started many years ago i think and became great when i quit smoking my Eustachian tubes had been clogged pretty badly for many years when i quit smoking and they unclogged the problems started really bad dizziness heart palpitations, tachycardia especially after taking Nyquil cough medicine, I've had a slight sore throat or ear pain for years but every time I'd ask a doctor they say i looks slightly red probably nothing when i quit smoking and things got real bad i went to a few doctors i thing its fungal sinus or ear infection but they told me no antibiotics would only seem to work when i was on them when i stopped it got worse thats what made me thing fungal so i started using colloidal silver in a cool  mist vaporizer in a short time the dizziness got better still had the bad smell for a while then that started going away i am a 45 year old male and have been balding for 18 years about the same time i started having problems with my Eustachian tubes clogging up my hair has started to return i still get the heart  palpitations especially in the mornings when i first get up i started this about 6 months ago just breathing in the mist then i started gargling with it after a few days i got a slimy feeling in my mouth which left after a week but the depression seemed to lighten and my libido started getting stronger the colloidal silver has stopped all of it but it does seem to be reversing it slowly but many of the symptoms i think have developed over the last 18yrs and there reversing in the same order they appeared at one time i thought i was going to have a heart attack and i also got some diflucan which is a antifungal drug i took it for 2 weeks that brought the heart problems under control but to get it i had to fly to the dominican republic where you dont need a prescription that also lead my to think its more fungal than anything else but i do believe doctors hate to treat fungal problems because they rake in the cash by leaving them alone they cause so many symptoms and every symptom they treat is money in there pocket the US medical theory is treat symptoms not the problem i still trying different things if i find something better will let you know hope this helps also the panic attacks im not a person who panics at much of anything traveled solo alot in third world countries many bad parts of ny,miami,chicago,los angles, never was nervous of anything but i had woken up in the last 18 years 2 or 3 times where i had to sit up felt closed in they subsided in about a hour then went back to sleep
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My insurance allows me to go directly to the specialist without a referral. After 2 wks of vertigo I saw the Neurologist. He did an MRI of my head, but I've been told x-rays would have been enough. Turns out I had a sinus infection, which caused the dizziness (turned into vertigo). I was not surprised, as I had been feeling pressure in sinuses when bending over. He prescribed Amoxicylilin. Six months later I had sinusitis again, and was treated with a different antibiotic. Immediately after the treatment I'm having yet another episode with dizziness. Sinus infections are relentless!  I'm trying a home remedy this time. It consists of a sinus rinse. Mix 10 oz distilled water, 2 Tbsp hydrogen peroxide and 5 drops grapefruit seed extract. Warm to body temp and rinse. You will get rid of the mucus, pus and blood, and will breathe again!
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I have found a little relief by lying on my chest with my head hanging upside down over the bed which allows some sinus mucus to drain out. (The head rush is brief and goes away.) Once I can't breathe through my nose any longer I know the mucus is moving. It's a VERY slow process as I may have to lie there for an hour for the slow moving mucus to start creeping but after I blow it out I feel better from the reduction of blocked mucus buildup which causes the pressure and pain. I have found this process works best after I've been awake/vertical a while. Seems nothing moves if I try after I've been sleeping (i.e. have been horizontal on my back all night.) Taking some OTC Mucinex (or much cheaper OTC generic "mucus relief" tablets that I get from Big Lots) ahead of time also helps to loosen the mucus so it flows better.
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Iv had sinus infections since I has 17 im now 27. I had the cat scan and operation to drain sinuses. This helped symptoms but didnt get rid of underlying problem. Went to see brilliant specialist in Poland. She told me to clean my nose 3 times a day with sterimar nasal spray (sea salt water) and continue using nasonex spray which doesnt ruin lining in the nose. She then gave me what she calls SOS medicine if I feel a cold is just about to build up: For 3 days: 1 cirrus capsule and 1 fluimicl capsule a day. clean nose 3 times a day with sterimar salt water and each time add two drops of sulfarinol in the nose and a prescribed vaseline type of cream in the nose. This has prevented me from infections for 2 years. I still get pain sometimes but she has told me she thinks it is simply an allergy and has adviced me for allegy tests. She also said best climate for this problem is warm and by the sea no allergies in air; best place greece to build up immunity for these problems try to get away there for a bit!
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I think forum poster "NCU" is on the right track. I can regularly hear my sinus tissue contracting and expanding in my head (similar to how ears sound when they "pop") and I think I've finally figured out their inflammation is what's causing all my problems. I think allergic reactions are causing the sinus tissues to swell, and once the sinus cavities are blocked it causes all the debilitating symptoms of severe head pressure/pain/headache, lightheadedness, nausea, and infection. I believe the key to all of this is to **control the allergies** (perhaps seeing an allergist or with "trial & error" over-the-counter allergy medications) which will **reduce the mucus/fluid buildup in the sinus cavities.** I've had luck recently using a neti pot daily (to wash allergens and pollen out of my sinus cavities and nasal passages. Costs $15 or you can use any old teapot in a similar manner); using prescription Flonase to reduce sinus tissue inflammation (but only when I begin to feel really badly, not every day, so as to avoid any long term tissue damage or physical addiction); and taking an anti-inflammatory pill on inflammation onset containing ibuprofen (Advil, Genpril, Ibu, Midol, Motrin, Nuprin) or naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Comfort Pac with Naproxen, EC-Naprosyn, Leader Naproxen Sodium, Midol Extended Relief, Naprelan, Naprosyn.) Note that acetaminophen (Tylenol, Acephen, Actamin, Feverall, Q-Pap, Tactinal, Tempra, Uniserts, Vitapap) does not reduce inflammation and can also be toxic on the liver.


Concentrate on preventing the allergic reactions which cause sinus tissue inflammation and resulting blockage and you may find that the other conditions will decrease or even disappear. Case in point: I saw multiple doctors over several years a decade ago complaining of a recurring breathing problem which they could not identify and after many expensive respiratory tests, x-rays, and cat scans, which showed nothing, it turned out to be something as simple as a pattern of seasonal allergies; so it makes sense that allergies could also be causing sinus tissue inflammation which in turn causes all the other problems discussed in this forum. Save your money on expensive tests, specialists, and surgeries and seek out an allergist first.
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CORRECTION: I intended to say NASONEX, instead of Flonase, above.
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It's comforting to know other people are feeling the same way I am...haven't felt healthy for over 4 months now. I'm a 21 year old college student and feel as if this stupid sinus infection couldn't have come at a worse time! It's so hard to get up and ready for class everyday. I feel like my grades are suffering because in class all I can concentrate on is not throwing up because I constantly feel so nauseous. I am certain I have a maxillary sinus infection. Pain in located in upper teeth, jaw, cheekbones, etc. I've taken Zpack and Levaquin for the infection and neither of them have worked. I go in a few days to see the doctor and get an xray done. I am usually an extremely happy girl but finding myself crying more and more often and feeling depressed. :(  Any suggestions on what I should say to the dr to make him understand how serious this and how badly it's affecting my life?
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This is a great site.  I have suffered from sinus infections which lead to ear infections for years. (also get the jaw, tooth andsore throat pain) Quite frequently I get vertigo from this, but it is usually mild and goes away within a day or so.  This bout I'm having is awful, much more severe, really bad when I lie down on my back, flat - I got no sleep last night because the room was spinning - finally propped myself up on pillows.  What I learned here on this site from your posts is that taking flonaise, which I thought would help the congestion, may be making my vertigo worse, so I'm going to stop taking it and see what happens.
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Hi everyone, looks like this thread started sometime ago, anyway. Allergies this year is suppose to be sky high. About 2 weeks ago i was putting some laundry away and all of a sudden i started getting dizzy and losing my balance (vertigo) I then started panicking (i already have panic disorder) I was trying to find out what started it since i haven't had an attack of vertigo in some years now. The first time i went to an ENT they just ran some random tests and said i was fine, But my main doctor gave me a prescription for mecziline (however you spell that one), well i took one, passed out and only took it one other day after that and it just disappeared. Though my panic disorder was still there. Prior to recently having another episode i was trying to figure out what might have caused it, never dawned on me it could be allergies. I did recall using a q-tip in my ears and in my one ear i used it a bit to far and felt a sharp pain and pulled it right out. So i assumed that was it, the dizziness wasn't going away and my panic disorder was really started to kick in so i went to the emergency room, he checked my ear and said it was a bit inflammed and looks like an ear infection. Other then that the ear looked fine, I have been on amox/claux combo liquid and it isn't getting better. I am not sure if i can get myself to take the meczline again, my panic disorder at this point over time has also turned into phobias, so taking medication that either will make me pass out (feeling like i have no control) might really bring me over the edge in a panic attack. Actually i hardly ever take medication due to my phobia. So i have learned if you have panic disorder and you are suffering from a cold or allergy do not take anything that ends in "D" which would be claritan D, allergra D whatever ends in D. Since the incredient will make you edgy and make your panic disorder worse. Now doctors are here to try and diagnoise you and hand you a prescription. BUT if you are uncertain about medication or even an illness bring it up to a pharmacist, they tend to give you better information. That is how i found out about the "D"  at this point i don't know what to do, i can't keep living like this.I tried the muscle massage on the front of your neck that is mentioned on another site for the vertigo, not doing anything but making me more dizzy, i tried the video on you tube that shows you the exercises to do with your neck, that really didn't do much but put some pressure in my ears. Now also sleeping with a thicker pillow to have my head lifted some more. I read that ginger helps some people with the vertigo. Haven't tried that yet, anyway, i hope everyone gets better and I am definetly praying for it to go away...hugs, Mel
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I have been suffering from seasonal allergy vertigo for 10 years.  Here is what I know if true for me:  allergy season hits, my sinuses swell which affects my ears as well...then I get a sinus infection and the vertigo follows.  I go on antibiotics and prednisone and I get better until the next infection.  I usually have 4 to 6 a year.  I am also getting allergy shots.  And I had sinus surgery 4 years ago but my left side is still a problem.  I'll have another sinus surgery in a year or so when I'm done breastfeeding.  I am trying to prevent the infections by using Neil-Med saline rinse and a sinus attachment on a water-pik every other day.  I have had every test, been to 6 different ENT's and have been told by one jerk-off allergist that I can't be going through what I am going through because "the studies" say it doesn't happen!  Jerk...

I wish I could provide a solution to all the fellow sufferers but I'm at a loss as well...
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Try doing sinus rinses for the sinusitis with a couple of drops of grapefruit seed extract in it.  I used to get bad sinus infections and they have stopped since I added the GSE to my rinses.  Investigate food allergies and try an elimination diet.  Sinusitis and digestive complaints are symptoms of food allergies.  I am allergic to gluten, peanuts, soy, and psyllium.  Since I've eliminated those from my diet, I am feeling much better.  Take a good allergy free probiotic and try some digestive enzymes to help you digest your food well so that those undigested food particles don't wreak havoc on your immune system.  Vitamin supplementation helps too since our bodies are weakened from being in an ongoing allergic/infectious state.  It took years for us to become this sick, so it will take some work to get well.  Stick with it, you won't regret it.  Make sure that you have regular bowel movements and if you are not, take a fiber supplement that you can tolerate.  Citrucel works well for me.  Make sure that you keep yourself at an even keel and keep the stress out of your life.  Minimize contact with toxic people and take care of yourself.  Rest when you are tired and get some moderate regular exercise.  Start with gentle walking if you can't do much and work up your endurance.  I have had two surgeries in 1 1/2 years, septoplasty/sinusotomy/tonsillectomy and fissurectomy/hemorrhoidectomy and am very glad I did.  Now my body is working the way it should and I'm slowly but surely feeling better.  Stay strong and keep at it, you will feel better!  Best wishes.
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Also...forgot to mention this regarding my above post.  I was getting allergy shots and was reacting badly to them.  I think this contributed to my ongoing sinusitis.  I had to ask for a referral to my ENT...the Dr. did not do this on his own.  I also had to ask my primary care physician for a referral to a colorectal surgeon as she did not do this on her own.  You really have to be your own advocate and own doctor.  I did a lot of internet research and put the pieces of the puzzle together on my own.  The whole process took almost two years but it was worth it.  My husband is so happy to have me healthy again.
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Hello All,

I am feeling all your pain and suffering right along with you, the only difference is that I also have high blood pressure so can not take anything for sinus's.
Doctor's tell me it is all in my head. I have had every test known to man and I am still feeling horrible, dizzy everyday, pain and pressure with nausea and diarreha, and high blood pressure, but doctor's keep passing it off as nothing. I am only 37 and should NOT have any of this, especially high blood pressure, yes I am overweight but doctors don't seem to be worried. I am misrable and can lead a nornal life. I am wondering has anyone else on here had the Lasik eye surgery, it is something I have been curious with the dizzyness, cause that is when all this started with me, except the HBP.

I also get anxity and panic attacks since my father died has worsened, I also take Klonipin (klonopin) but still have dizzyness.
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I happened to look at this website last night and felt like I should write because I have had chronic dizziness for many years and might be able to offer some of you some help.  I was diagnosed with a condition called vestibular neuronitus in one ear which my doctor thinks was simply caused by a virus damaging the nerve.   I went to a specialist called a neuro-otologist who specializes in the inner ear.  I have been able to work and have lived a pretty normal life- i just stay away from amusement parks!  Your balance system is controlled by your inner ear, your brain, and your eyes.  They all work together and when something affects one of these things, you can become dizzy.  
Here are some things that aggravate my dizziness:
flu, colds, ear infections, allergies
changes in hormone levels (estrogen)
changes in blood sugar. (not eating or eating too much sugar)
certain medications
driving for a long time or riding a bike
Most doctors try to rule out serious conditions like brain tumors when you have dizziness, but for most people, it just goes away on its own.
It can cause you to be nauseated, so over the counter meclizine is sometimes used.  It helps me but makes me tired.  Some people get an inner ear infection which brings on intense dizziness, but it usually goes away on its own.
I would like to suggest to you that if your doctor does not take your condition seriously, find a new doctor.  It is sometimes hard to diagnose the cause, but I would find some good information at a reliable website and then stop reading about it- it just leads to obsessing about it.  Being dizzy naturally causes anxiety which can lead to panic attacks and depression.  Get help for this condition if you can- it is treatable.  
It makes me feel very bad to know that so many of you are suffering and have doctors that are not supportive.  You are not alone, millions of people suffer from dizziness.  I hope this helps.
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I have had vertigo off and on for about 3 years now--I am 49 years old, in otherwise good health, no blood pressure problems, etc.  But I have always had sinus problems, tend to have allergy problems--take zyrtec off and on as needed for the allergies. After going to the ER (when i fell off my chair at work from being so dizzy), and going to see my GP, I finally went to the "Vestibular Center" at a university hospital where they did extensive testing--put water in my ears and watched my eyes, put me in a spinning chair with goggles that had tiny cameras in them to watch how my eyes react...put me on tables that moved up and down and around ... they tested my hearing, etc.  It was not fun, but in  the end they determined that I have "positional vertigo" -- which means I experience it in certain positions--for me, it was mostly when I leaned to the right, or leaned back. This is how I remember the explanation: there are tiny crystals in the inner ear that allow your body to be balanced. They work together with your eyes to help you stay stable when you move around.  So, if you lean down, your eyes know how to adjust your body, so you don't fall over. But if those crystals (even one of them) gets dislodged and moves into your ear canal (where they're not supposed to be), the signal sent to the brain gets confused and your eyes take that wrong message and interpret it to mean that you are "on a roller coaster", "falling off your bed", or other extreme movements, when really, all you're doing is trying to walk across the room.  So, when I went to the ENT after all my testing was done, he put me on a table and said "I'm going to fix you in 5 minutes", and he moved me around, all the while watching my eyes (the rolling of the eyes--which direction they are rolling, during a vertigo episode, helps the doctor determine where the crystals have traveled to.  Then he just moves your body, kinda like those little tiny marble-maze handheld games, until he gets the crystal situated back in its normal location.  Then he moved me around and asked me if I was still experiencing the vertigo...it was gone!  I couldn't believe it. There are actually videos on youtube for correcting this problem on your own.  Not everyone's vertigo is "positional vertigo" but it is a common problem.  

I have had occasional flairups since then, which the doctor told me I would, but now I understand it better, and I know what to do to fix it.  When I have told other doctors about my problem, most of them have never heard of it. My ENT was very knowledgeable, and I am grateful to have found him.

Hope this helps some of you.  Maybe you can at least suggest it to your doctor.  Good luck!
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I too have had reccurring Vertigo (BPPV) for 6 months.
Also, feeling of "fullness" and pressure within my head. Sometimes I also feel the pressure in the front of my face and in my eyes.
All my life I have had recurring sinusitis/rhinitis.
Have been given antibiotics, antivirals, anti-anxiety meds, antivertigo meds, etc. by several different doctors, (GP's, ENT's, Neurologist, etc.) to no avail.The EPLEY maneuvers, by a physical therapist help somewhat with the vertigo, but not with the other problems.
Being forced to do my own reseach (I am a retired Engineer) I have run into acondition referred to as "Sinugenic Vertigo" or "Sinogenic Vertigo" which indicates that THERE IS (I can feel it) a correlation between long-term/chronic sinusitis AND Vertigo.
Problem is trying to get doctors to isten to you if you are not a doctor.
I am considering Endoscopic Balloon Sinuplasty as next step. My ENT did MRI/CT Scan and that indicates that it would help from a functional standpoint. But he is skeptical (it didn't ocurr to him) that there is a connection (I can feel it!) between chronicsinusitis and Vertigo.
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Hi.. just signed in new... read alot of stories and wow all my symptoms..
well on my way to ent.. i  will write again to let u know my story.
hope everyone feels better..
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Hi. I've had many of the same symptoms most of you have described since December of 2009 (roughly 7 months now).  It started with major episodes of dizziness and then turned into constant dizziness - almost like my head is full of water.  I have also had terrible allergy problems my entire life.  Right before the dizziness started, my doctor changed my allergy meds to Allegra D.  I had taken Claritin D for a while and Xyzal just before the Allegra D.  I had also been on Cymbalta for several years as well as Klonopin for panic attacks.  The feeling of dizziness I get is like my eyes can't keep up with what is going on around me - which gives me anxiety.  Driving is the worst.  I have been to the ENT/neurologist/second opinions/etc.  I had the MRI, ENG, hearing tests, and several other tests.  The only thing they could find was a delay in processing stimuli during the ENG.  It seems my eyes could not keep up with the little flashing light.  The doctor believed it was the anti-depressants.  So, they took me off of cymbalta which made the dizziness 10 times worse.  Then they put me on Pristiq which supposedly does not cause dizziness.  We have been testing different allergy meds and have noticed a definite correlation between the use of anything with a Decongestant and the intensity of the dizziness.  I also have migraines that appear to be related to allergies.  It's really hard to tell what causes what and the doctors don't seem to believe me.  The only thing I have found that helps is the Klonopin three times per day.  The doctors have all assured me that what I am experiencing is not caused by inner ear problems, but is some type of neurological problem - yet it is intensified with allergies.  I am so confused and so tired of this.  I have been doing the physical therapy which did help, but then had a really bad weekend after taking another decongestant.  This week I am off all allergy meds to see if the dizziness gets any better.  This is day one and I have felt like crap all day.  I do make myself go to the gym and exercise even though I sometimes have to stop and hold on to something.  The physical movement does seem to help me tolerate the dizziness.  But, I'm tired of tolerating this.  I want it gone.  
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i have this same thing. i was just wondering if anyone had the symptoms of a tight chest, feels like your head is in a vice, and delayed vision? i went to the doctor and she said i had anxiety. she gave me meds and it actually made me feel anxious lol. so i quit taking the anxiety medicine and now i want to get my allergies checked. its so hard just to function everyday. im not depressed or messed up. i got my head on straight and nothing bad has happened to me, but now this is making me crazy and it caused me to have bad panic attacks because i didnt know what was wrong!!!
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Hi All,

I just found this and have read over most of the threads.  I'm 27 and have had severe allergies all of my life.  Since I was 12 I have never felt like I could fully breathe out of my nose.  Since college I have felt fatigued often, usually the fatigue goes away at night (maybe because the air clears up?).  I have had sinus infections in the past where my snot was yellow.  During college and high school I was getting the shots, but could never really do it because it was so time consuming and expensive. Recently, as in the past two years I have had severe headaches in the morning, usually when the temperature and climate changes.  Now I have noticed very big bags under my eyes regardless of the amount I sleep and am constantly tired.  The worst thing that has been happening to me lately is the terrible vertigo.  I was shopping and the vertigo turned into a panic attack.  I've noticed in the past few weeks I'm afraid to drive, especially on the freeway because of the dizziness/ panic attacks.  My doctor wants to give me anxiety medication, but I think the real problem is the allergies.  What is going on?  Do I have a sinus infection?  Oh should mention one other thing, went to the ENT and he said I need to reduce the size of my turbinates by surgery.  I'm so confused.  I went to urgent care today because of the dizziness and begged them to put me on an antibiotic.  The doctor did not really think it was a sinus infection but gave it to me because I asked.  What has been working for others?
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I will repeat here what most of you have said over the past 4 years - I can't believe you are all having the same problems I am having!!! I have gleaned from your posts some things to try out and will write back to say if they've worked. What brought me here to this site is my vertigo. I was first diagnosed with it a couple years ago. I went to the doctor where she did the Epley Maeuver on me, and I was fine - til last winter when I got a BAD cold which lasted for weeks which turned into a sinus infection. Antibiotics cleared up the infection, but then the vertigo came. The Epley Maeuver was done again, but this time I was left with a constant dizziness and sense of inbalance. I had an MRI and ear tests but there were negative. I was diagnosed with a Balance Disorder and sent to Physical Therapy for eye exercises and back-of-the-neck massage. This helped to a degree, but I still had a general sense of inbalance and dizziness all the time. Occassionally I would get a full vertigo attack (like yesterday), usually upon waking in the morning when I would roll onto my left side. The last 2 full blown attacks have gone away on their own in a couple days without having to go back for the Epley Maeuver. I also suffer from anxiety and take Lorazepam periodically, usually at night. I've had a long history of sinus trouble and allergies (I am 55), which culminated in my having sinus surgery about 15 years ago. The surgery changed my life and I felt just about allergy free and had virtually no more sinus infections. It was just the past couple of years that this vertigo beset me. I have been feeling dizzy for over a year. I am going to try some of your suggestions. You'd think with all of us having this problem, that some doctor in some field would have a solution for us! Thank you all!
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Like so many others I am happy to read that I'm not alone feeling this way.
I had my first case of vertigo last year, went to my GP, who could only figure it was viral.  I was good for nearly a year until the vertigo returned but 10x worse.  Awful spinning, and vomiting, and when that subsided I was just left feeling woozy and out of sorts.
Went to an ENT who didn't really seem to listen when I told him about my sinus headaches and allergy issues. He asked if I've been tested for allergies.  I haven't, and even though he eluded to looking into it, he didn't bother.  Went through the awful ENT testing, where he determined that there is an issue w/ my left ear, but suspetcted something deeper as well.
Enter the MRI machine.   Apparenlty the MRI didn't show anything specific, but he wants ANOTHER MRI done now to look at my "sella" more closely.  Only reasoning he can give is a shrug and a head scratch.

I've ordered my records w/ a plan to get a second opinion. Unfortunalty I just don't know where to go.  Seems like a crapshoot no matter who you go to.
Now my allergies are acting up again, and am feeling lightheaded.
Am trying OTC allergy meds now.

the best thing I've read anywhere regarding medical practice, is that it's just that... practiceing on us.
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I have experienced the vertigo you are all describing on and off for the past 4yrs.  First time was due to a very rough boat trip.  Since then, the dizzy feeling has been brought on by viruses, and the very bad allergies I have.

My ENT recommended I try these "Home Execises" for what they think I had:  BPPV or BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO.  

The exercises are very basic and can actually make you a little dizzy while you do them.  Stick with it for a week and they just might resolve your problem as they did for me.

I really hope all of you can take a minute to read this article.  The exercises are free  :)

http://www.dizziness-and-balance.com/disorders/bppv/bppv.html

Good luck all!!!


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I have the same issues. It seems like the vertigo gets worse when it is windy out. I get bad forehead pain that leads to my nose. Advil has helped to relieve some pain and inflamation (inflammation), but it never goes away. I'm going weekly for allergy shots. I really feel it is allergy related. It is so hard to do things when you feel like you're going to fall over. I take ginger root 6 times a day to feel better. Helps with the dizzyness and nauseaness. I have lost over 10 pounds, I call it the vertigo diet! haha! I hope one day it will stop!
I'm over it!
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It's amazing I don't seem many references to using a neti pot for these symptoms...from Wiki..."The use of a neti pot requires mixing up a saline solution that will be poured through the nasal passages. A typical saline solution is a mixture of around one pint of water with a teaspoon of salt.  The neti pot used with a saline solution has been shown to be an effective treatment for hay fever[4], sinusitis, and other nasal conditions. Both isotonic and hypertonic saline is used for Neti.

In modern times, saline nasal irrigation (SNI) has become more widely accepted as a home remedy to relieve conditions such as allergies, colds and mild sinus infections. Preliminary research indicates that SNI could also be an effective treatment for allergic rhinitis[4] and chronic sinusitis.[5]. A conference abstract presented in November 2009 indicated that frequent nasal irrigation led to higher rates of sinus infections. Short term use, however, seemed to be effective.[6]
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I did not read through all the comments and did not see, in what I did read, a connection of diet to allergies and dizziness.

I am allergic/sensitive to wheat. When I eat a lot of wheat I get sinus issues. When I'm stressed and not eating well, I can get sick. The worst of it is when I get vertigo, or dizziness. I have it now and going on day three.

My way of treating it is to take an antihistamine/decongestant and meclizine. Sinus flushing and hot baths with eucalyptus scented bath salts helps. And - drum roll please - staying away from dreaded wheat. I'm lactose intolerant too and staying away from dairy helps both my sinuses and stomach.

We are all different. Try to figure out what causes your symptoms and rid those items from your life. Using medication helps, but get to the root of the problem too. And, do not discount the role your diet plays. Research foods that can cause allergic reaction.

Doctors can only do so much. You really have to be your own advocate.
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I have never had sinus problems until I reached my 40's.  
I am told I still do not have them pursay.  
Right now, again, I am having pain between my eyes, my check bones,
and upper nose areas.  I get very dizzy, lite-headed, and nausea just
like if I were a passenger in a car.  And extremely fatigued with a headache.  I have to lay down sometimes for hours before it will pass.
I'm sure like a lot of you lying down at will is not an option.  We all have jobs.  But when I try to get going then the vomiting starts and it takes longer for all the pass.
Is this sinus problems/infection?
This will happen just out of the blue.  I will be fine and in the middle of something with no symptoms and
then there they are.
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Well, I am glad to see I am not alone but I am a little frustrated not to see really any solutions here.  I have had the car sick dizzy type feeling (almost to the point of feeling faint) now since october of 2010 (randomly then, increasingly to daily over time).  Some lack of concentration and just an overall frustration with this not being able to be treated so far.  I have had an MRI, ENG, bloodwork and so far it shows nothing wrong.  I have taken a round of anti biotics and the steroid medication which has not helped and tried antivert, also not effective.  I do not have the face or ear pain that everyone speaks of but the rest is bad enough.  I was sent to a neurologist who said I am fine neurologically, but decided to put me on klonopin and Zoloft.  Said it would decrease my symptoms 25% at first as we increase the dosage, it should stop it all together and then I am to continue taking the meds for 3 months and be weened off.  Going to try that for now, because this is aweful.  I am also going to request a glucose test to be sure, since that is not harmful test to have done to rule that out.  Has anyone found and lasting relief?
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Unbelievable how people have to suffer and be their own doctors.
I found that if I don't drink a LOT of water daily, I get dizzy. It's like the sinuses don't drain unless mucous is loose enough. I even have a few mouthfuls during the night to stay hydrated.

Two weeks ago, I let up on the amount of water I was drinking because I had a bit of a sore throat. I felt better a couple of days later but still didn't drink what I should have. One morning I woke up at 5 am, opened my eyes and got very dizzy.  My eyes kept wandering when I tried to look at something. I could not keep my eyes still. Immediately, I suspected I was dehydrated and drank about a litre of water. This episode went on for about an hour. I could only sit up and wait for it to pass, hoping of course that it would. I checked my BP and it was 189/90, then later 150/70. My BP is usually 110/60.
I got in to my doctor and he didn't ask me one relevant question, like how much water I'd had, have I urinated, any medications...he did say, 'well you are no spring chicken anymore'. (yes, I am trying to get another GP)

I am sure this episode is associated with sinuses, but like the rest of you here, doctors do not know  our bodies as we do. I don't believe meds would help, they would be a pacifier in my mind. I will just continue to drink my water by the litres.
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Around May of 2010 I started to expierience these same problems; spaceyness, dizzyness, vertigo, sleepyness, etc. I don't have insurance so i haven't been to a doctor but it sounds like they're useless in this category anyway. The vertigo has caused me to have panic attacks and bad anxiety; especially when I'm on the subway, which I have to take daily to work. It's now come to the point where I dread going to work because I now I'll have an attack. I've started to treat this by taking shots of vodka which does work very quickly. I take a small flask with me whenever I leave the house just in case. But now it seems I really on that just to feel normal and I hate that. Also when you come down off alcohol, it causes anxiety too so now it's like a catch 22 situation. I feel so powerless. I truly believe that physical problems are just a manifestation of something bigger that's happening spiritually, and I'm trying to meditate still, but it's hard to quiet your mind when you have anxiety every day. I don't even go to the gym anymore. I just wanna wake up everyday and feel alive and excited about life, but now I just usually dread it. I take allergy pills and motion sickness pills but they are both useless. Unfortunately the only thing that seems to work is vodka.
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Around May of 2010 I started to expierience these same problems; spaceyness, dizzyness, vertigo, sleepyness, etc. I don't have insurance so i haven't been to a doctor but it sounds like they're useless in this category anyway. The vertigo has caused me to have panic attacks and bad anxiety; especially when I'm on the subway, which I have to take daily to work. It's now come to the point where I dread going to work because I now I'll have an attack. I've started to treat this by taking shots of vodka which does work very quickly. I take a small flask with me whenever I leave the house just in case. But now it seems I really on that just to feel normal and I hate that. Also when you come down off alcohol, it causes anxiety too so now it's like a catch 22 situation. I feel so powerless. I truly believe that physical problems are just a manifestation of something bigger that's happening spiritually, and I'm trying to meditate still, but it's hard to quiet your mind when you have anxiety every day. I don't even go to the gym anymore. I just wanna wake up everyday and feel alive and excited about life, but now I just usually dread it. I take allergy pills and motion sickness pills but they are both useless. Unfortunately the only thing that seems to work is vodka.
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I have acute sinusitis and get sinus infections about 2-4 times a year, mainly due to allergies. I do take allergy medication and allergy shots. For at least the past 6 months I would wake up (actually be woken up) in the morning feeling light headed and nauseas, so much so that I couldn't eat breakfast until it subsided a few hours later. It happens really frequently. However, there are times that it doesn't happen. I have been to see a gastro enterologist and had upper GI work done. My stomach and esophogus are fine, they said. They can't understand why I have these symptoms. I am also fighting a 5th sinus infection this year, alone. Has anyone experienced the same symptoms upon waking in the morning?
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I guess we're not alone in this afterall. I have been lightheaded now for 6 days accompanied by a on again off again headache. My nose does feel stuffy at times, but nothing I haven't had before. My mucus is clear. I do get a "froggy" voice every now and then. I have seen my Dr. twice in these 6 days. I was told that it's just an upper respiratory tract infection. I was given a Z-pack ( 5 day supply),of azithromycin, told to use a saline solution for my nose and Mucinex. Also told to take Tylenol for the headaches which never works for me any way.  I know I haven't been taking it for long, but, I don't feel any better. I'm still dizzy.
   It sounds like most of you have gone for an MRI and other expensive testing along with different specialists, all with no results.  Hopefully we can keep each other informed while waiting for our "miracle" or "miracle doctor" to figure this out. There are way to many of us with this and with no answers.
Please, if anyone finds something that works share it with the rest of us!
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Hello All
I'm excited and yet sad to see this site. I think I have you all beat. I started getting dizzy symptoms 3 years ago and have been dizzy ever since. First they thought it was dehydration, and then they started with inner ear stuff  and they recommeded meclizine. Didn't work. Then they sent me to get an MRI, clear. Then I went to a hearing and balance center for a battery of tests, they recommended physical therapy for Mal De Debarqument, the ruled out Vertigo for some reason, no inner ear issues, did physical therapy every day for 8 months, didn't work. Did the prednisone thing, didn't work. Then sent to ENT did 5 rounds of 3 week 6 pills per day antibiotics, didn't work. ENT also sent me to allergist. Currently on allergy shots every other day for the last year, hasn't helped. Next ENT sent me to cardiologist, discovered a hole in my heart and they said it was causing dizziness, had heart surgert (not fun) still didn't work. Now, I am officially stumped. I've tried every drug out there short of Valum, that they actually have recommended but that might be last resort. I go regularly to acupuncture and the chiropractor which seem to help for a day or so but I'm not sure if that is placebo and I just really want it to work. I exercise as much as possible and eat very healthy, do the Neti pot daily and am not really anxiety riden or depressed. So, pretty much everything I have read in this forum I have experienced. I refuse to give up though, I'm gonna keep looking until some doctor out there takes an interest and figures it out, not just for me but for all of us.don't let your doctor pass you around, or if they do make sure you keep them all linked together and get your records and tests so they don't make you do them twice. If I have any advice to give its not to give up and make sure you keep trying things and different doctors, someone out there has to figure this out sometime, its called practice for a reason, also make sure you get copies of your records and bring them to all your different appointments. I'll hopefully have an answer sooner rather than later.
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I am glad to find this.  Had a vertigo attack at work about a month ago and have felt on an off "underwater" since.  I still have some vertigo, but usually only when I lay down.  I do get dizzy if I move around too much, but then some days I feel fine.  Two days ago I rode my mountain bike 10 miles through the woods, even crashed once, and felt completely fine!  Today I feel out of sorts.  I have been really freaked out about this.  I am hoping it is allergies or sinusitis.  I saw my doctor after the first vertigo episode, he kind of brushed it off as an inner ear infection and gave me some vertigo medication which I have not tried.  I do have pressure in my sinuses lately, but no other typical allergy symptoms.  I have never really had allergies before.  I am really glad no one here has found out they had something serious like a brain tumor or something.  It is really frustrating, but apparently only threatening to your quality of life and not your actual life.  I am going to try some GSE and see if it helps.
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I have had infected sinuses stady now since October.  They get better for about a week or so, then I am pretty much right back to square one!  After 7 different prescriptions for antibiotics and nothing working, I am at my wits end with all this.  I live in a rural community and will have to drive for almost 4 hours to see an ENT but am wanting to get in there to see one already! The doctors that I have been seeing don't even really look into anything and it's in and out within 5 minutes.  Even with the vertigo and blackout feeling there was nothing mentioned or done about it.  I don't know what to do anymore.....HELP!!!
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went through all the symptoms you are all talking about for over 3 years. had the vertigo attacks every 5 to 6 weeks. They lasted 4-5 days at a time. It was horrible. I really had a hard time functioning when they hit. Saw all the specialists, had a brain scan. Did it all. Finally saw a migraine specialist who informed me that I could be experiencing aspartame poisoning since I had been drinking about 3-4 diet cokes a day for the past 15 years. In addition almost all sugar-free products of all kind contain artificial sweeteners. I had a hard time believing that the problem could be caused by aspartame. I did some research and found that aspartame is basically a neuro toxin and can have terrible side effects if consumed in large quantities over extended periods of time. I quit that day. It was very difficult but within a week the dizziness stopped. That was Dec. 7, 2007. I had no occurrences until about a week ago when by accident I drank a gatorade not realizing it was a low-calorie containing an artificial sweetner. Within 24 hours the dizziness started and lasted about 6 days. All I can say is if your diet contains products with these chemicals get off of them and see what happens. Good Luck
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Antibiotics will only aggravate your condition and cause more harm. Try an antifungal like Nystatin, Nizerol or Diflucan.  Also Oil of Oregano and Raw apple cider vinegar.  NO ANtibiotics unless this was a bacterial infection!
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There are MANY of us around the world who have similar problems for which no treatment really seems to cure us. This forum is evidence of our numbers.

I've been fighting sinus pain for over 10 years. The dizziness started about four years ago. It took a while, but I made the connection that when I took Tylenol Sinus for the pain/pressure, it also alleviated the dizziness. Sometimes now the dizziness starts without any sinus pain or congestion, but I start feeling dizzy, I can take some Tylenol Sinus and it goes away. Sometimes it takes a couple doses, but it does go away.

I've been to a GP who has treated me for congestion, migraines, etc., but with no change in my symptoms. Allegra-D didn't work, migraine medicines (both the daily and the take-at-onset) didn't work. The only thing that has consistently provided relief is Tylenol Sinus / Sudafed / Generic Equivalents. My GP wanted me to get a CAT scan, but I didn't have the money and I've read too many of these stories where people with similar problems to mine never found anything through the scans.

A couple weeks ago I discovered Alkalol, which you can pick up at CVS or other pharmacies. Google it for more information. It's over 100 years and was developed by a pharmacist. Taking that a couple times a day has really helped clear my congestion and relieved some of the sinus pain. Even taking that, though, I've had a couple days where I've gotten really dizzy without congestion or much pain. The generic sinus medicine took it away.

I do think that the weather is a major factor, because I get worse when the weather changes (either direction) and this has been a volatile Spring in the Midwest.

From everything I can see, the only solution is taking sinus medicine when symptoms arise, treating the symptoms without being able to definitively find a source or a cure. My $0.02.
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Many thanks for the shares... I have a lot to learn... have had two episodes of vertigo now... last one made me cry, out of fear... determined to fit this, too.
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make that 'fight' ... headache making it hard to concentrate. :(
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feb 19th 2010 i woke up dizzy and didnt know why, it was my sister wedding and i thought maybe just nerves. i took sea sick meds (wedding was on a yacht) and it helped a little bit.

after a few weeks it didnt go away and it scared me so much that i didnt want to go anywhere thinking i would get dizzy. I went to my GP and she looked and said i looked fine, called for blood work and told me to go to a neurologist. blood work came back NORMAL. I went back to her cause i was a little upset that she didnt even think about a ear infection, or anemia, just wanted me to go straight to a neurologist ( freaked me out bad), she gave me another check up and said she saw "something" in my ear, my ears having been feeling "full" but no pain, gave me nasonex nasal spray and said go see and ENT

the dizziness got very bad one night so i went to the ER and they did a catscan and said everything was fine, sent me home with meclizine, and that worked prettty well.

went to ENT  for an allergy test, allergic to cockroaches,dust, and feathers but nothing serious and i was BARELY allergic to those, didnt itch, didnt swell up....nothing...

also had a VNG balance test done....put the funny goggles on me to record the eye movement, made my follow a laser with my eyes, blew warm and cold air in both of my ears.......didnt get dizzy at all..i was told do not to take any meds for 24 before the test.....everyday before the VNG test i would take about 2 or 3 sea sick/meclizine pills a day just to make it through the day....got through the test just fine, and havent took a pill since then and it been about 2 weeks almost 3......

the past few days i have gotten sick, im guessing with a sinus infection, cause i cant breathe, i have crazy sinus pressure like you wouldnt believe and nothing is helping except afrin nasal spray and i know that stuff is no good for the nose. no sore throat. no coughing....its all in my sinuses,nasal drip, headache...and i believe my ears too cause everytime i swallow my ears are clicking like crazy.....pretty annoying........

so the dizziness seems to come on hard as i think about it too....which makes me think some anxiety, which i never had before.....im 25 college student...should be feeling the best of my life!!

anyone have any advise as to what to do now?...i see your all pretty much going thru the same struggle as me.......hope you all the best
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You might want to be tested for reactions to foods.  I had many of the symptoms described in this forum so bad that my doctor did a CAT to look for problems.  I am now convinced that my symptoms are mainly the result of reacting to certain foods.  My symptoms included sinus problems, ear problems, lightheadedness/dizziness, and seeing spots.  When I avoid the foods that I should, I can control the symptoms now.  Be sure to get the test for food reactions.  The standard "allergy" test didn't show the problems with foods.  On the test for "reactions" (often not paid for by insurance), I reacted severely to many foods.

Also, I am prone to anxiety and panic attacks.  Avoiding caffeine and sugar have helped tremendously (though not completely).
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Holy Cow! Thought I was the only one going through this. I have had dizziness, more of an off balance, car sick feeling off and on for years. Last A year ago I got a cold and since then that awful dixxy feeling has not left. It comes and goes some days worse then others but is almost always present at some level. Years ago I went to an ENT, said it was cervical vertigo, no cure. Then I had all the vision testing done, an MRI of my brain, saw two neurologists and so on. The neurologist told me I suffered from headaches and that was causing it. He wanted to put me on an antidepressant. I said I don't have migraines and I am not depressed. No one after all the zillions of tests was able to help. I refuse to run through them all again. Besides that, my anxiety is so great now, I can barely drive. That on top of being off balance.
A friend of mine suffered from something close to what we have all had and his doc did put him on antidepressants and it has helped him a fair amount. The doc said it works on the neuro-pathways that subsides the headaches. He is about fifty percent better but the doc told him to be patient.
My most recent attempts at solving this were first to the eye doc as my vision is off. He said my eyes were not tracking properly and that was causing the problem. Maybe he was right as I haven't signed up for the expensive six week program. Instead I opted for the chiro. He said it was my neck. First no-one knows, then everyone knows. I went every day for a month. I did get some relief even for days at a time but now back at square on or worse. My regular doc says it is all caused by allergies. SO he wants me to take zyrtec everyday. Tried claritin kids as I am so sensitive to medicine but that hurt my stomach. Tomorrow I am going to try a decongestant and see what happens. If all else fails, I will try the eye doc but going to really watch my food for the next couple weeks. No caffine, no sugar, no wheat. I am running out of patience as I spend 90 percent of my time in my apt.. I need to get to the dentist but so much anxiety with the off balance feeling I can't even get there.
To be honest, I think it is coming from a number of sources. I think your jaw plays a huge role in it. TMJ etc. I took my bleaching tray and cut it smaller and wear the top one. It helps a little. I imagine if I got a real one,it would work bettr. A physical therapist told me that the small one is the only one to use as it prevents the back teeth from hitting and those are the muscles that affect what we all feel. Which also affects the neck.
As well, food and allergies. All I can say is I am glad I am not alone. My entire family and friends think I am crazy! They don't understand and think it is all in my head..as some of the docs think too. SO frustrating when people don't understand.
Tomorrow is some serious cleaning, washing etc trying to remove all allergens except my cat and the decongestant and strict diet. If I find something that works, I will come back and post. I found this site by accident but I guess there are no accidents!
On a side not, allergy eye drops (homeopathic) ones help that odd vision thing a little.
Best of luck to all of you and  I wish us all a cure and good health!!!
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one thing i'd like to ask is does anyone else get the high-pitched ringing in teh ears along with the vertigo? i had shoulder surgery 4 months ago, and since then i've been battling this vertigo-shortness of breath-ringing in the ears issue. i often feel like that very moment just before you go out under a general anesthesia.
i am ordinarily in excellent health, running, biking, kayaking, andi i abhor medicine. i'm at a loss. i'm not depressed, stressed, or unhappy. i love my wife, kid, and dogs. i don't have panic attacks. i just feel like i am walking in jell-o most of the time. any suggestions?
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Hi all

I cannot believe that this forum has been running since 2008 and everyone is experience similar symptoms and have very little relief.  I have suffered with allergies for many years, even lost my sense of smell at one time brought on by the smell of paint in my apartment.  Anyways I really had not had any serious issues until last November when I woke up one morning with everything spinning.  I was so dizzy I thought I was having a stroke.  I ended up in the hospital. After having brain MRI, it revealed that I had a sinus congestion of my maxiliary and ethnoid glands.  A neurologist saw me at the hospital and tested me with the halpike maneuver. He had me lie down on my back turned my head to one side and everything was spinning and then stopped. He repeated on the other side and my dizzines was gone.  I was told I had vertigo and was released. The dizziness returned and I saw my primary who suggested I do the Brandt Doroff exercise (see youtube) and sure enough my diziness would stop after doing it a few times.  Now 6 months later I am having other symptoms.  I have been feeling numbess on the right side of my face since april and just this morning also on the left side by my nose area.  This is the reason I googled for sinus problems and came across this site.  After reading this blog it makes total sense that all my symptoms are being brought on by a sinus problem.  I was never treated for the sinus like I have read other people on here have so it is possible that I am again suffering from my sinuses.  I have found that when I take Benadryl my numbness subsides so all of this makes total sense.  I hope this may help some of you with your symptoms.  BTW I also saw an ENT who did the ENG test that only made me more dizzy and confirmed that my problem was vertigo. No help. Luck to all and wish you well.
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Wow.  I've been experiencing the same as everyone on here - sinus pressure, dizziness, fatigue.  It started in November, so it's been 9 months now.  Nothing has helped.  Sinus surgery to fix deviated septum, 7 different antibiotics...

Singulair helps maybe 10% but it depresses me.  No antihistamine has helped at all, which the doc says probably means it isn't allergies, since the body produces histamines in defense of allergies.

Anyone have any suggestions???  Sick & tired of being sick & tired, with no answers.
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So glad I have just found this blog.
I started with sinus problems at christmas after a bug in the family and it has just got worse. I am now really struggling with dizziness, sinus pressure in my face and a feeling of blocked ears at times. I have tried all the medicines at the chemist and had 3 lots of antibiotics. My mother - in law has had the same thing and had CAT scan, been to ENT spec and shown up nothing which makes me think why bother? The odd thing is though that when we went to Spain for 2 wks it totally went for both of us?? Plus, I recently had a weekend by the coast and again it was much better?? I wonder if it does have something to do with allergies and the atmosphere. Does that sound mad?!! I have 3 small children and it really gets me down not feeling able to function normally. Good luck and please let me know if you found the magic answer
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I have been going through similar problems for the last 8 months or so, and have gotten help in other forums here.  I felt dizzy, fatigue, lightheaded with tingling sometimes in my forehead/top of head area.  After a long work day the tingling would increase in the evening.  When I woke up even after sleeping all night I would feel tired.  Went to doc and she first did MRI on my lower back because I had trouble there.  No results from that.  

My symptoms took a vacation over cold months of Jan/Feb but returned in March.  Went back to GP and she told me I had allergies that weren't draining.  Gave me prednisone to make drain.  Didn't work.  Said it must be an infection and gave me amox and spray.  Didn't work.  Ordered CT on my sinuses and referred to ENT.  CT clearly shows a large blockage in my front left cheekbone sinus canal, which ENT treated with same meds of Prednisone, Amox TR-K CLV 875 mg and nasal spray, but all at the same time and stronger dose to hopefully knock it out.

I started those meds last Saturday and I have to say I'm feeling a bit better.  Tingling is waning and energy when I wake up is also better.  I just hope at the end of the meds it stays away.  ENT did state lightheaded/dizzy are not necessarily symptoms from the sinus blockage.  Return for followup ENT visit in 3 weeks.  

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I had all these symptoms including the headaches for eight months. Went to numerous and varied doctors. Took lots of different meds. Nothing worked more than temporarily. I then went for allergy testing and have been taking allergy shots weekly for several months now. I am now headache free, dizziness free, tinnitus free. Thank God! I never thought it was allergies as I didn't have the runny nose, itchy eyes, etc symptoms.
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I have been sick with a lot of the same symptoms for 8 months. I've been to several Doctors and had all of the tests and even went to John's Hopkins. They are treating me with blood pressure meds and migraine meds. Over the last 3 months they have increased my meds times three. Going to another ENT next week after a CT showed some issues. My primary care Doctor doesn’t think it is related to my sickness, but I’m not too sure.
I have been off work for the entire time and my employer is about to cut me lose. I need help!!
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I have had chronic dizziness and vertigo for 8 years now first two years lost my job and most of my savings from the extreme symptoms. I have had a battery of scans blood test vi-tam therapies, steroids, antibiotic treatments even went too Thailand and china looking for specialist. I have had 15 lyme disease and bordatellatest everything has come back negative. 6 years ago they told me i was crazy and went through 2 years of anti crazy medications please don't do this too yourselves unless you think you really do have a mental condition. You have to get really, really nasty sometimes with the medical doctors who are treating you, They have enormous ego's and if you don't fit the main stream symptoms its very hard to diagnose. I have tumors in my sinuses and and irreparable damage to the tubes in my ears. Don't take what they tell you as Gospel, you know yourself and your body you know when something is just not rite. It took me standing on the doctors desk screaming at him to finally get something don. don't let this happen to you. I have permanent nerve damage and am in a lot of pain now really nothing i can do at this point. I was 30 when it started, very active in shape. I have 3 kids and am struggling to stay vertical now my life changed the day i got dizzy. Don't let anyone hand you a bunch of bull. All my blood test were  normal all my scans were good all the dye in my veins and the ex rays, MRI, Sleep test, EEG, EKG, Stress test. Nothing showed what was wrong push to find out make them look. Cameras are cheep now(make them actually look). After being dizzy for years you can pass a dizzy test. It doesn't mean you don't have a problem.
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Everyone, thanks for all your posts and sharing your stories.
I have been suffering from similar symptoms off and on over many years.
Seems to be more frequent with age, and definitely affected by stress.
A couple of weeks ago my mother passed away and went through a very stressful time and during this time started with all the symptoms of head/sinus congestion, pressure, ear congestion, headaches, light-headed, dizzy and nausea. All these symptom led to a couple of panic attacks and a couple of trips to the ER and several doctor visits. All attributed it to a viral sinus infection or at least they were in agreement after I shared my last several dr visits. I was given prescriptions of Predinisone and Veramyst nasal spray  before this happened because of mild sysmptoms and everything got worse when the stress started. I have now been prescribed Amoxcillin, Amox-Clav (bad stuff), Singulair, and basic Flonaise, in adddition to my normal BP meds. I also take OTC sinus/congestion meds, and use a neti pot frequently when i feel the congestion building up. After I take these, I can definitively feel the glue-like drainage of gunk...that I can't really hack up and out so it goes straight down my throat :-(......I feel like a walking med-cabinet..I am convinced this is allergy related and will try to find a doctor to work and identify my allergies. I know from past test,  I have mild allergies to some grass, trees etc and dust mites but I'm think they are getting worse  or new allergies are creeping up. I am interested to find out if they are food related. I can relate to many of the stories, as I have had the spectrum of feelings from being scared I was dying, had a terrible disease to just man-up and fight the symptoms...its been a roller-coaster.A couple more ideas I will look into, I was told once by a ENT that congestion can be caused by Acid Reflux, so I am going to visit him again and see if that is still an issue...I am close to beginning a CPAP therapy for Sleep Apnea and am also wondering if this could be the cause. I have heard alot of horror stories about Sleep Apnea. Bottom-line as part of all this I am determined to exercise more, eat healthier and try to get off any meds possible.  I appreciate all the information, leads and will report back with anything i find that works. Good Luck and stay strong
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I had all symptoms found in these postings for a month this past June. Three antibiotics, ambulance ride to hospital from fainting at work, prednisone (which worked to alleviate swelling and some of dizziness from sinuses), CT Scan of sinuses-nothing worked. Finally a swab was done and high levels than normal of of Serratia and Staph were found. I was put on 21 days of Bactrim which did the trick. A few days ago I caught a cold from my son, and the pressure and dizziness is coming back. I'm so scared it's returning. Does anyone think it could be a mold issue from a work or home environment?
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Omg I'm suffering these exact symptoms I've been off work for three weeks and am still really tired and need a sleep in the day it started with an ear infection then throat aswell doc gave me antibiotics but that seemed to move the infection to the top of my head and behind eyes the pain was unbearable my glands were also swollen and my thighs and right leg ached the earache has now turned into just fluid in the ears I feel like I should have a cold but I sneeze but then it goes away I'm still dizzy but not as much it's the fatigue I can't shake off I'm back at work Monday and don't know how I will cope it's comforting to know others have the same unknown condition or maybe they do know but won't tell us ! Good luck everyone
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hello to all. every time around aug. sept. i get really bad allergies even on over the counter meds. this aug. they lasted longer then they ever had the whole month every day all day i blew away like three boxes of tissues a day i never went to the doc. thinking they will go away like they always do. they did.and then my neck started to swell (like i was being choked) but could still breath. it when on for about two days it got worse. so i went to my pcp my ears also started popping he asked me if anyone in my family had thyroid cancer? no i told him so they sent me to get a ultrasound on my neck ,gave me amoxicillin 500 mg. for my ears as  they were starting to look infected he also gave me fluticasone propionate nasal spray 50 mg to take every day twice in ea. nostril and sent me home. my ultrasound was for the next day. my "choking" feeling got worse and my husband took me to the e.r  they told me there it was a sore throat go home and sleep at this time my heart rate was up thinking i may have cancer. i have two small kids one is legally blind who will care for them. my ultrasound came back ok while waiting three days for that to come back i was back at the e.r with my neck worse,pain in my head and ears and ringing in my ears they told me that was due to my ear infection and i pulled my neck muscle they gave me muscle relaxers that made me much worse. all i did this whole time was lie in bed thinking i was dying i even wrote a paper will to leave to my husband. ever time i got up to pee i was dizzy and felt  like i was under water with my heart beating so fast and hard i panicked and went back to my pcp there they told me my heart rate was 120 while standing and 77 while lying down i was very dizzy. once a gain they sent me home on meclizine my head still pounded i was still dizzy and no one knew why. my heart rite was still high i once again i was thinking i was dying all i did was lie in bed all day everyday they took blood from me for what i still don;t know other then it came back just fine.  i was going to the e.n.t and in the office my heart rite went nuts and i blacked out my husband called 911 and they told me in the ambulance it was 170 i panicked more screaming and crying out of fear of dying and no one knew what was wrong. there this time they told me i was dehydrated my heart was fine and my ct scan was fine that i also had fluid in my left ear that was four days ago. my heart still jumps but know i know i'm not alone i'm still very sleepy i was thinking brain tumor too but it's not. i have to go back to the e.n.t they believe it may be an inter ear infection and my allergies not draining right i'm still on my meclizine still kinda dizzy and shaking this is the longest i've been out of bed. i will pray for all of us to get better it helps. just keep having faith!!!! we are not alone even if it feels like it. there is hope and we are not crazy!!! please pray my e.n.t app. goes well. my name is amy and i'm crazy with vertigo.
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I searched the symptoms I've been having and found this string of q's and a's.  I am a doctoral student who is almost finished and in my last rotation.  This all started maybe 5-6 weeks ago when I was on a vacation in Austin.  My last couple days I had a sore throat and thought, oh it's just my allergies.  I have taken zyrtec every day for almost 2 years now and it significantly helps my allergies, but they're always still there.  Anyways, I came back home (NE) and the next week I felt the worst I have in my life:  dizziness, lightheaded, could barely function/walk, upset stomach with diarrhea, etc...  I went to urgent care and they said it was probably a virus and I did 3 days of antibiotics.  A few days later I went to a dr. and they did some blood tests.  A few days after that I felt significantly worse and like I was going to pass out and it was almost like I was having an anxiety attack.  My boyfriend took me to the ER and we had every test under the sun done (CT scan, MRI, blood tests, EKG, chest x-ray, urine and bm samples etc...).  They said everything came up normal, except for a cyst in my sinus cavities, which the dr. said is nothing to worry about (or is it?).  So now for the past month I have had mostly days of feeling lightheaded/dizzy and upset stomach (which is maybe due to the dizziness).  I also sometimes have strange eye feelings, like things are moving slow and I feel high and my eyes are watery and red.  I was talking to a friend the other day who has mono and I thought, oh! maybe that's all it is and I have it too!!! I called the dr. and they said they had done a mono test and it was neg.  Now back to square one after all of these bills racking up...  I made a dr. appt for this week, but I feel like it's hopeless.  Could all of this be allergy related?  I have also felt more anxious because of these feelings and am more worried and I am starting to get depressed.  Just wanted to share what is going on and maybe someone has some enlightenment for me.  Thanks for reading.
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I actually went back to the Dr. today and they hadn't done a mono, so I am really hoping it will come back positive so I can get on with my life...
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If you read some of the sites that discuss sinus allergies a common symptom is that post-nasal drip can drain down into your stomach and cause an upset stomach and even diarrhea.  I've had the dizziness/light-headed symptoms for over a year now.  Got an MRI and everything was fine but my PCP noticed fluid in my sinuses so he recommended prescription Sudafed and Flonase as well as a Neti-pot.  Those remedies really alleviated all the symptoms and I've been taking the Sudafed and Flonase since but backed off the Neti Pot.  

However, about 2 weeks ago I started to have the same symptoms but this time accompanied with an upset stomach and bouts of fever.  I don't know if my temperature actually increased but I certainly felt like it. Went to a PCP and they recommended I do the Neti Pot for a week and if nothing changes make a follow-up appointment.  After only a few days of the Neti-Pot the upset stomach and fever-like symptoms have gone away but the dizziness still remains.  I'm hoping that this is just a function of some bad fall allergies and goes away.  I live in NE as well and I think that this fall has been bad for certain allergies, plus all the recent rain doesn't help.  I'll write back if anything changes.
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I didn't read through this whole thread, but I have a lot of the same symptoms as many others talk about: dizziness, sore throat, eye pain, stomach aches.  My symptoms began getting serious when I lived in Japan through the rainy season.  After a few years of sore throats in the Bay Area, my symptoms got way worse every rainy season in the Pacific Northwest.  Once after staying in a house that had a serious mold problem my daughter and I were so sick after two weeks (when the mold was discovered), that we had to fly to the midwest to stay with family.  Whenever I am around moldy mattresses and dust I get a strange panicky sensation that affects my breathing and consequent insomnia.  I have taken blood tests and even took anti-depressants for a short time to deal with this situation.  Because I am so sensitive even allergy medicine affects me poorly.

I have come to accept that I probably just have a serious mold allergy, and that it's not very well understood.  In chinese medicine there is treatment for this type of sensitivity/illness.  From now on I plan to try to alleviate my symptoms through that route as I have had absolutely no help from any type of western medicine doctor.  
  
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this is amy again i feel great i now know what is wrong with me!!!!  my heart rate still is a little funny at times but that is due to the stress!!!!! i have a mold allergery. the doc. put me on a stroid to take once a day for a week it helps no more dizziness , head pain eye pain nothing i hope it helps some one here!!! there is hope just keep up the faith!!!
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its true no one seems to care ive tried it all eye doctor allergist ear and throat doc  sinus doc you name it ct scan all for the past two years no one knows what's  causing my dizziness my test all come back normal and my docs think im nuts im 28 and i cant enjoy life because of the dizziness i walk around and then it hits me like a train i could be in a store and i am still in control but battling to stay in charge of me so i can make it back home safely this is scary this happened to me out of the blue i turned 27 then bam dizziness came with it what is causing this i have no answers help.
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Have asthma/allergies/chronic sinus infection.  Vertigo started about 6 yrs ago, accompanying sinus infection with sweats/chills/facial and headache pain.  There is no cure.  It doesn't get better, you get used to it.  Have had sinus surgeries.  Mother had this, older sibling had this and had surgeries, for nasal and ear (myringotomies) successful but weren't out of recovery before they had problems.  Have had sinus surgery, worked for the first week; then, back with an infection.  You can spend a lot of money helping your doc and ENT, etc., improve their financial standing, you won't be any better.  Tylenol or anti-inflammatory for the pain, sometimes antibiotics but sparingly.  Watch for dairy it's a big problem for sinus sufferers (and meat sometimes, too - all the antibiotics and hormones in it).  Other than that, it just doesn't go away.  Allergies can get worse over time, your environment is loaded with potential allergens.  I just try to focus on my life and accept this as part of it.  I do feel much better that I am not turning over hard-earned money to people who cannot help.  Each time I think of going to the doctor, I put my co-pay in the bank, and think about it.  Then, I buy myself something yummy - a book, some yarn, etc.  
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I've had pretty much the same experiences many of you have had . . . Briefly, started with a wicked sinus infection that floored me before it was diagnosed. Since then (about 5 years ago) I've had recurring dizziness, foggy-headness, concentration problems, massive sinus/head pressure etc. Sometimes a bit better, sometimes a bit worse. Since I live in New York City, even going to work was difficult, what with the subway commute, the crowds, etc. I was starting to get pretty anxious about it, to point of the anxiety being a bad as the symptoms. My family doc even suggested that it was all anxiety and recommended that I see a psychiatrist for it (which I was willing to do, but didn't think that was the root of the problem).

But recently I saw an allergist on the off chance that some random allergy was causing this and he suggested pretty strongly that it might be a MIGRAINE. I argued with him a bit, but looked into it further. . . Now I think he was correct. Not a "classic" migraine, but migraine nonetheless. On a recommendation I bought a book, "Heal You Headache, The 1-2-3 Program" by Dr. David Buchholz. Cheesy title, even cheesier cover art. Look it up on Amazon (and read the reviews). Shockingly, every symptom I had was covered in the book, what's more, with a reasonable explanation.

Basically, the idea is this (for those who care):
Most headaches are caused by the same mechanism (migraines, sinus, tension, hangovers, etc) which is swelling and constriction of the blood vessels around your head. This can affect your sinuses just as readily (that swollen, pulsing feeling).
What's confusing is that it's caused by a whole bunch of factors: your natural level of tolerance, the weather, hormones, medicines, food and stress/anxiety. Since most of these are fluctuating around all the time, it's nearly impossible to pin down any one factor that "causes" migraines. So his program, in short, is the following:
1. get rid of any "rebound" meds like decongestants, etc.
2. get on a diet that limits or eliminates the most common migraine triggers (things like caffeine, MSG, red wine, onions, fresh baked goods, etc). Hopefully you'll feel better in a couple months and can start adding back stuff carefully.
3. get migraine medication if that doesn't work after a few months

I've only started this a few weeks ago, but here's what I've found.
1.  had about a week of actual headaches when I stopped coffee. Ouch.
2. was taking about 4 anvil cold/sinus per day. Stopping those didn't affect anything at all, which was surprising, as those were the only things I thought helped.
3. I actually feel much more clear headed and less sinus issues. I do feel pulsing feelings at my temples by the end of the day, but that's minor compared to feeling someone was squeezing a band around my head, which is where I was before.
4. I'm a food guy, so the diet *****, but it's not crazy or too difficult if the sinus/head discomfort was bad enough to try it in the first place;)

I just talked to my doc and he was pretty cool about it (considering he thinks it may be all in my head, so to speak.) He admitted to not much experience with migraines and recommended a neurologist. I'll see him next week and let you know the results, but thought it was worth throwing it out there since so many of you seem to be at wits end (which I understand completely).

And, btw, lest you think I'm shilling this book, I'm not. I think it's definitely worth the $15 buck or whatever it costs (it's already saved me that in Advil costs), but if you don't buy it, no skin off my back. At the least it's something you can mention to your own doc. Thanks to everyone for posting up your stories and letting me know I'm not nuts! Hope this helps someone!
(I've noticed a few forum threads that were similar, I'll post this a couple times, sorry for seeming like I'm spamming if you see it elsewhere)


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I had a deviated septum since I was 21 and suffered terribly into my thirties a mother of two working full time with debilitating migranes (migraines). I knew the cause but like you I was stopped by the fear of surgery. I could not get past the thought of someone taking a hammer and breaking my nose. Then I got a better paying job in housekeeping at our local hospital in housekeeping still having intermittant migraines that I had to work and suffer through for the pay. I beg to notice the patients that had surgery on their nose and none of them were in pain and were immediately ambulatory with no complaints. It was then that I knew that I was having more bad days than good and the only thing stopping me from making my life better was me and my fear and that was by Gods grace proven unhealthy for me and my loved ones. I went and signed up. I asked the ENT in the operating room if I could see the hammer he would use and he showed me a golden hammer---then one of his smart aleck assistants told me that he wasn't really going to use that hammer he would just use his wallet. That was 35 years ago and I have been freed from migraines since that day. I hope you find your answer and felt this was a good time to share my story of septorhinoplasty and how it changed my life. My prayers go with you in your search for healing. End of Story.
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I've been dizzy since August. So far I've been to my PCP twice.  The first time she told me to take and OTC allergy medicine and gave me Meclazine.  The Meclazine seemed to make my dizziness and fuzzy headedness worse.  At the time I was using Stevia to sweeten my coffee and had been for a year.  I looked to see if there were any side effect with Stevia and found out that dizziness was a side effect.  I stopped using the stevia and now use no sweetener at all.  I'm still experiencing dizziness but the "fuzziness" in my head seemed to get better.  On the 2nd trip to my PCP she thought maybe it was a sinus infection and gave me antibiotics to take for 14 days.  I just finish taking them but I"m still dizzy.  Some days are better then others. Then there are the days where my head just feel like it's full of water and the water is "swishing" around, like if you were walking with a bowl of soup.  My PCP said the next step would be to send me to a neurologist for a cat scan but my friends said I should go to an ENT.  Since my ears still feel clogged and ENT would probably be a better choice, but I want to make sure there's nothing wrong with my brain.  I'm just so tired of being dizzy.
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I have had vertigo before maybe once a year if I was on a new computer system(new job) , since about september I have had vertigo that seems to come with sinus infection, i notice sinus pressure, sore throat, achey (achy) ears, terrible headaches every time I wake up my head feels like its splitting and throbbing, i went to the immediate care because it was the weekend and i had enough, 4 days already, I was tipping into walls and nauseous all day, they gave me meclizine and had me wait there to see if it helped... no it didnt..they gave me a valium to take the edge off and try to sleep through the day for a little relief... so they still gave me prescription for it which I took as presribed... then I followed up with my GP and explained I was dizzy, unsteady, and my eyes were even "foggy" like they had a film over them, she ordered a ct scan and referred me to a neurologist who ordered physical therapy, well ct was normal, physical therapy was a joke, they never did any of those "vertigo" exercises & said I need to get my eyes checked before we'd make any progress, but continued to rub my neck, shoulders, an ultrasound machine for my stress knots, they said the muscles are all linked so this would help...stopped taking the meclizine because it wasn't doing anything, during phy ther i got another sinus infection & phy ther said i need to get that & my eyes cleared up before we make progress, so after a round of antibiotcs, getting my eys checkd= normal slight prescription but nothing extreme to cause vertifo.and these glasses are making me more unsteady.. they said it could take a week to get used to them but im not trying to feel any worse, they are only +.5 & +. I .75..started feeling better, I honestly think it was because 3 months had passed and it was clearing up on its own... now here I am have another sinus infection & have full blown vertigo ALL over again, grr...we had the stomach flu running through our house so it was hard to tell when it exactly started because i was so nauseous and out of it anyway, then i noticed the bug moved to my face, sore throat, infection color & now the stomach bug is completely gone I can feel my sinuses full blown infected & vertigo is very overwhelming, my gp wasn't sure if i had allergies & didnt order an allergy test, she didi state with my last sinus infection that it could have been allergies that just sat there nd caused an infection...oh * she also recommended claritin in the am and benedryl at night(due to drowsiness) daily... so I just put a call in to my gp again for a refill, I've had enough, I also have young kids and feel so dysfunctional & no one understands just how terrible this vertigo, nausea feels. now I wait to see if she will refill or have me come in... wondering if immediate cares do allergy testing?? i just need to feel better! i will keep posted when i find out what she reccomends..
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Has anyone been tested for food allergies to find out if the dizzyness is being caused by an allergic reaction?
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i have bad dizzy spells and i went to ent they ranme through test and they said i hAVE MENIERES DISEASE..IT WILL GET WORSE AND NOTHING THEY CAN DO FOR IT.I KNOW HOW YOU ALL FEEL.IT WILL INTERUPT EVERYDAY LIVING.ALL I CANSAY IS HANG ON TO WHATEVER YOU CAN CAUSE MINE GOT SO BAD I HAVE TO WALK WITH A WALKER OR HAVE SOMEONE TO HLD ON TOGOOD LUCK TO ALL
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thank you for this website I am really thinking I am nuts
I have so much pain, dizziness, headaches.  It does seem to clear up with anitbiotics but comes back licky split.  No one understands when I say the check pain and over the eyes, it also gives me tunnel vision  I feel useless and afaid to move fast
I have so much more to add but I can relate to all of you.  
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I posted a month or so ago re: migraines (same symptoms as most people here, dizzyness, intense sinus pressure, sinus infections, etc)
Went to the neurologist a couple of weeks ago and it took a bit of negotiating to get him to prescribe me medicine for migraines (he said they would be pretty unusual migraines and made me go through MRIs and vertigo tests), but he finally prescribed me some migraine meds.

TOTALLY WORKED! Woke up the next morning with clear sinuses for first time in eons! Dizziness is much much better (and I think not having a crazy stuffy head helps it feel better regardless, much less stressful for my little brain).
I'm taking a super low dose of Nortryptalin. I tried a day of Topomax (topamax) and the side effects were exactly what I was trying to get rid of. Felt awful. Called and they switched the prescription that day. I take 25 mg (I've read some people go up to 200mg) and feel great all day. I can feel the med wear off around 8ish or so when I start to get some throbbing in the temples, but generally feeling much, much better. I also notice that some foods (I think aged cheeses and chocolate) tend to stuff me up a bit, which is pretty common in migraine sufferers, I gather.
So basically it seems like the last 5+ years of feeling crappy with sinus problems and dizziness were more or less just really low level migraines (though strangely, most days of the week. Pretty atypical).
In short, I would definitely ask your doc about it. Even if he/she is doubtful, see if you can get a prescription for some migraine meds, my understanding is that most of them are pretty harmless/mild and at least you'll know. Now I plan to just work on figuring out what causes this and reduce it, if possible in order to get off the meds. But it feels really good at least having some idea what's going on and some way to alleviate it!
Best of luck to you all!
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I know exactly what you mean. I too have been suffering from this dizziness going on 18months now. we are pretty sure we found the reason, it's meniers disease(not sure on spelling) but the weather too affects me greatly. and I have almost lost my job over this. Along with major anxiety, and the fear of being left alone at my own house because of having an attack frightens me.
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Hi:

I see all these pose were in 2006 & I wonder how you are in 2011? I have similar problems & would like to chat.

Thanks & happy New Year
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Caused my allergies, sinuses, colds.  Fluid sent to your inner ear throwing off your compass. I Rarely get colds that show symptoms because fluid goes to inner ear.  Take Meclizine, Meclizine, Meclizine.....saved my life!!!!!
When I feel it coming on, I only take 1/2 of pill (25mg.).  Especially before bed.  I carry it wherever I go.  I also have Phenergan on hand in case Meclizine does not work.  It ALWAYS works.  
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I Have been having Dizzy spells for the past 3 mos. I been to the doctors and they said I had vertigo a inner ear infection so they gave me antibiotics and then when it clear up they said i had fluid behind my ear drums that is why I still feel the dizziness...so she told me to take allergy meds..ok than I started to development a sinus infection so i went back and now she has me on antibiotics again...and said that sinus infection usually follows after an ear infection...but I still have dizziness and she said that the one ear cleared up from the fluid but the other one has it now...and that the antibiotics that I am taking for my sinus infection should clear everything up....I hope so because this dizziness is driving me insane as well as scarying me.
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