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Can depression cause dizziness???

I posted a question earlier about dizziness and facial pressure on 6/2/02. My head feels like it is floating ALL the time and I have major pressure in my eyes, across my brow and in my cheeks just under my eyes.  I have been to 7 doctors. I've had my blood pressure checked, blood sample taken, an EKG was done. I have been to an ears nose and throat doctor. I
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Have you a  thyroid problem? Are you hormones balanced? You may suffer from migraine?  Just asking. Also when does it happen? I don't like anti-depressants at all and just because you want a solution to a problem doesn't make you depressed it makes you mad when a doctor doesn't want to help. I had to demand tests, I had doctors laugh at me and all. I thought I would die. I have an autoimmune disease with hashimotos/hypothyroid discovered only after a complete and total blood/vitamin/mineral test. Don't feel down find another doctor who is willing to do the research, you know your body and what is not normal.
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All the T's? for thyroid. Have you had your eyes checked. You don't always have to have a headache to feel migraine it is mostly pressure. You also said your blood pressure is normal. A cup of coffee or garlic can change your blood pressure. Garlic lowers, Coffee increases. You can have dizzy spells from stress too. Try and relax your face muscles and then tighten them do it 4 or 5 times. Smell some rose or lavendar oil. It will help you relax. Frustration is a good reason to cry.... YOu said this started last August. Did something happen at the time do you remember? Do they happen are standing up from sitting, in the morning, at night. sorry a lot of questions I know but I am trying to understand. Also is there a family history of anything connected with dizzy spells.?
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There's about a 100 reasons for dizziness, so you should rule out some serious medical problems before a dx of depression. I would push for an MRI if I were you. If your doctor won't write the script, go to a different one. For your own peace of mind you should get things ruled out.
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Just to answer some of the questions.  I am not a big fan of garlic and I don
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Sorry I know you are frustrated. My mother had cancer, then chemo, put on weight 2 months later eats for pain relief,felt very sick. Went to the hospital they wouldn't accept her and laughed at her because they said you have to be skinny to have cancer. After one month she found another doctor 200kms away. Put her in hospital opened her up and gave her 6 weeks to live. She died. I know your frustrated, angry and hurt. Push them for the MRI. You don't drink coffee but one cup a day can increase your blood pressure slightly and may stop a dizzy spell. My husbands blood pressure shows normal but he gets dizzy all day and after a coffee he is okay. He doesn't drink coffee either. Really try to relax and deal with doctors calmly it helps to get what you want done. I have the same problems with doctors they are 2 steps behind me as I listen to my body and it tells me what I need getting them to give me what I need takes a long time sometimes and not then. I turned to alternative medicine instead. I wish you luck in your pursuit... and hope your dizzyness does reside. Take care!
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Thanks so much for the support.  It really does help.  I hate talking about this with others because I just don't feel like they know where I am comeing from or really understand what I am going through.  Thanks again for you comments and advice.  It gives me hope =o)
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Hi there,

I have also been going through alot of medical problems. It started off with chronic bloating and weight gain. (I am very active and have a healthly diet)Anyways, I went to so many doctors and had alot of test and they all came back normal. My symptoms started getting worse. I experienced alot of dizziness and nausea. There were periods during the day when I would get extremely tired. I know there is something wrong. The last doctor I went to said the same thing to me. He thinks that I am depressed. Of course I am because it has been 4 years that I have had these problems and no one is able to figure out what it is. I also said that I wassn't depressed before. He then said what comes first the chicken or the egg. He says that alot of people are depressed and do not even know it. I am not sure if I should take the anti0depressants that he has prescribed either........
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Same as you I am having doubts about the medication. I think the cons out weigh the pros. I will see my doctor next week and we will see....
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I am having the same exact problem. I feel dizzy and lightheaded almost all the time. It gets worse during ovulation and my periods. I have had all tests..bloodwork,cardio,neoro((incuding MRI) all has been normal. Yesterday I had a very scary experience. I was at Target waiting in line and came very close to passing out. I dont know how i made it home. But my husband was there and helped me. I spent the rest of the day in bed. I feel so strange and disoriented by this condition. I have been told also about antidepressents. I am probably depressed but feel like its because of this dizziness.
I am seriously considering getting a hysterectomy to help with this. But, I dont know if it will. Help!
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Depression ABSOLUTELY can cause dizziness! Its one of many symptoms of Depression..i was skeptical at first about taking antidepressants, but it sure helped me alot. My doctor had said the same thing, SO many people suffer from DP, and do not know it... but med's arent for everyone....check for inner ear infection too....and vertigo
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Hello Nelly,
I understand exactly what you are going through right now. i feel the same thing! I started i guess a year ago, but i don't feel dizzy like vertigo, what I feel is a sensation of lighthead, i already like you, went to several Drs. but they can't find anything wrong so they came up with Axiety..but that is not true, I do, sometimes feel like an extra heart bit or aritmia, so i went to teh cardiologist and the same thing..I feel dizzy all day long, from morning to night..sometimes worst than others..but I can't believe that is nothing wrong, I know that there has to be a reason why we feel this way, is just that they need to do an extensive study and here is too expensive!..I will be going to my country (I'm from Peru) and will have everything check once again and I will let you know ok!...

Take Care,
Lucy
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Was wondering if anybody could help me out, please! Im a male 18 years old, im suffering some symptoms like a little depression, constant minor headache in the back left side of head, little anxious and i've had full blown panic attacks! The most severe side effect i have though is feeling dizzy and not with it almost 24 hours a day! Its horrible, I cant even focus clearly at all! Everyday is the same! It seems like im going crazy! Other then that a have a little pain in my legs and hips, they feel tired a lot of times! I visited a docter and they tested my sugar, drew some blood, and gave me an EKG! Everything came out good, actually they said I was a pretty healthy 18 year old! I took soem kind of test though and i scored 11 out of 4 on painc disorder and i scored 7 out 4 on the depression section! SHe wants to put me on some kind of seritonin medicine! Honestly I dont feel depressed, i mean im going to move to saginaw and start college which im a little nervous for but i didnt think it would cause depression! Please help me out, id really appriciate it! o and one thing else is that some times ill come out of the dizzy spell but then ill just go right back in it! thanks Bruce:)
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I KNOW exactly how you feel. All of your symptoms matched mine, I even read this blog when I started to get dizzy, two months ago. It never went away, I felt like you, dizzy for morning to night, lightheaded, I was getting depressed and thought I would go crazy. But I read an article in the paper about a woman with this kind of dizziness (published by the balance and dizziness society of BC www.balanceanddizziness.org) who thought she would go mad, until a chiropractor put her neck back in place.
I was going crazy, feeling dizzy all the time. I saw 4 doctors and 2 specialists (a ENT and a neurologist) that kept telling me I was healthy and it was only stress or depression. The Doc even gave me antidepressants. That very day I went to the chiropractor, who understood exactly how I felt and had seeing it before, he told me not to take the antidepressants and to give him 10 sessions to work on my back and neck. I have been there 3 times and feel 70% better.
I wasn't very hopeful because I cannot remember pulling my neck out or feeling any pain, but my neck was out of place for sure, since it hurts now that is going to its original place and I am feeling not dizzy and happy and sane.
Ladies, you are not crazy, please try going to a good chiropractor who can help you.

Best of luck

Venus S.
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ps: I also had a panic attack, I never suffered form panic before. The chiropractor told me that having the vertebrae out would create a firing of the nerves that cause a "fight or flight" reaction, that the body and mind interpret as an intense threat. If this keeps happening (because of having the neck pulled) you have panic! It is not you going crazy, it is your nervous system firing again and again!
Go to a chiropractor today!
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Without this chiropractor I would be on meds, thinking I am crazy. Being told by doctors that I am crazy, that it is depression or anxiety or stress. It is not.
Please consider trying a chiropractor, it saved my life! I hope this helps.

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Are you sexy??? I so try having some kids...
I will have four soon!
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I would not discount the possibility, as many of the doctors have stated, that the symptoms you are experiencing could be from anxiety. I have recently stopped taking Lexapro (about 2 weeks now) simply because i didn't feel depressed nor anxious. Now i can't explain why i feel so dizzy, tired, nauseated and my muscles feel like i have ran a marathon. It really can't be anything else except from anxiety that now has returned due to stopping the Lexapro. Anxiety doesn't mean that you are totally depressed, crying and sad- you can actually become anxious from happy or exciting things going on. Your body reacts by tensing up (just like they say at the chiropractor "fight or flight"). I agree that a Chiropractor can help but also feel that if you feel that you have any symptoms of anxiety, take something that can help. I have never felt this dizzy before- but i am almost positive that it is because i stopped taking the Lexapro and my mother is here on vacation. Yes- shopping until you drop can cause some people anxiety! I think people hear ANXIETY and think of someone totally out of control or has total panic attacks-- not true at all.
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i'm a real estate broker and i guessed that i have depression due to the slow down of the re market, but after several test and an MRI, they found an adenoma (small mass in the pituitary gland). i dont know if this also causes dizziness and nausea but i have being having these too.  i hope they find what i have soon.  i also have sleep apnea and a broken vertebrae so it can also be from this two more disorders.  i will be 50 in november if gods helps me, because i feel suicidal really.  I  have always being happy and succesfful, and this is strong.   well please dont worry i'll hang in there i need faith in GOD.   never take the easy way out i tell myself, but again never say never.  i hope all of you will be feeling  better and that this can be of some help.  just a note i had perimenopause like 5 years ago, no period so we can say it was menopause.  i will keep in touch.  the realtor of miami
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sorry i know what i have a small mass in the pituitary gland, i meant i need a medicine or surgery god forbid but if necessary i will do it.  thanks for your input .  
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Wow... After a year of suffering the same thing I have finally found others that feel they have had dizziness well before any suggestions of depression.  Have you had any improvment or found anything else wrong.  I know how you feel and hope you have found some relief.
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Hello, i have been suffering with some sort of, kind of, dizzy feeling in the middle of my head. Some pressure and a feeling like blood is rushing through my head sometimes. I have been to two doctors that say its a possible migraine. I know what a migraine feels like and i have had one before. This is different. This issue has lasted since i wore this tight fitted hat and refused to take it off because i like the way it looked on my head. THe next day i experienced my first migraine and the day after that the dizzy spell, feeling like i was going to faint feeling began. Almost like a panic attack feeling. My hands were clammy and i was flipping out because i never felt a dizzy feeling before and i was scared. Then i began to think i was having a Anerysm due to the consistant feeling. I mean the dizzy feeling lasted and is still going on. I worried myself so much that now i don't exact feel depressed but down and sad. I also cry because i feel so different and my emotions are being affected by this.

I read all of the comments people have put up here and i will try a chiropractor and i will go back to my doctor and demand every possible test my insurance will pay for before she claims its just migraines. Migriaines don't last for years; they come and go due to differenct factors. I know something is wrong and i want good medical help so i can feel like myself again.

I hope someone will answer to my forum.

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sorry if this answer is posted already, but i am tired and have been reading posts all night long.

i am curious how quickly these symptoms presented themselves?  My wife is 26 and was perfectly healthy until 1 week ago. All of a sudden, she has dizziness, headaches, and a foggy feeling.  So far, 2 doctors and an ER visit complete with a CT, and no answers.  

Any ideas?  Would depression do this out of the blue?
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Hi there,

It is really comforting to see that others are suffering from the same issues as myself. I have been thinking i am going crazy and it's all in my head but i have been having the EXACT same thing that you guys have described for the past three months. It's not really a dizziness but rather a light headedness as if you are going to faint. I do not have any other side effects as some have mentioned though, just the light headedness. I have had vertigo in the past and this is definately different. It is not a nauseating dizziness but rather just a light headedness as if you have held your breath and lifted something heavy. For myself at first it seemed to be every now and then with some times where i had to lie down in bed for a while as it felt like i was going to pass out. But now it has just become a constant thing in any situation. I have had all the tests mentioned above and the same as everyone else...... nothing. I have become quite upset with doctors as it is very frustrating. The only diagnosis i have is depression the same as you guys. But there is no way i am going to start taking anti-depressants for this as i have seen first hand what they do and i don't like it. It's really strange, like everyone else i never felt depressed at all until the doc told me it could be depression. I am very active, have a very easy going job, lots of friends and a very loving and healthy relationship so it just seems strange. I think depression might be the wrong phrase to use for this condition. I think it may be plausible that it is more anxiety that causes this. I do seem to feel it more pronounced when i am stressed or exited. But it's all fine and good if that is what it is but the big question is how do i get rid of it. At the moment i am just trying some more natural anti stress and anxiety treatments such as increasing my vitamin b intake, meditation and a healthy diet and i'll see how that goes for the next month or so and go from there. I will also try the chiropractic method in the coming weeks and keep everyone posted. If anyone else who has posted previously has had any success then please let us all know as it seems we are all in this together and this condition is getting very very frustrating. Thanks.
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Yes, I have been experiencing lightheaded also.  I had a few vertigo attacks,very severe ones that put me in the emergency room for treatment, and I was given Antivert and Atavan for anxiety.  I had been taking these pills every day for the past three years in order to avoid any more vertigo attacks.  I haven't had any more vertigo attacks but I have been experiencing the dizziness.  I went to see the doctor and he told me that I needed to stop taking the Antivert and the Atavan, as both of these pills may cause dizziness.  In the meantime I had a CT scan which showed no problems.  I went to a neuroglist and he did some neuroligical tests.  He said that I had no problems in that area.  He said I was depressed and suffering some anxiety and this may be the reason why I am experiencing the dizziness.  He suggested eating better, getting at least 8 hrs of sleep each night and doing some exercise.  Also, he suggested that I find something to do that would make me feel good.  Get a hobby, do some creative projects, etc.  I have noticed that when I am with someone I really enjoy being with, the dizziness leaves.  One day I was experiencing dizziness all day long, but that evening I went out and met up with a friend of mine.  We had a good friendly and interesting conversation.  After I left I realized that the dizziness was gone.  I think that I feel lonely at times.  Perhaps having more social activity in my life, and being with people that I really enjoy being with, and doing what I really enjoy, is part of the answer.  He also suggested going to a good therapst.    I still have the bouts of dizziness, but not as often.  However, I am going to go to a chiropractor to see if I need some alignment in my neck and back.  I have a history of back problems so this may also add to the dizziness.  Good luck to all of you and I hope you all find relief from the dizziness.  Another thing, for those of you who are of a religious mind, it certainly doesn't hurt to ask God for help in this situation.   Thanks
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Has anyone gotten any answers yet?  Im going crazy here.  Its been two months and I have had this severe dizziness.  I first developed some chest pains and noticed that my heart rate is up.  This went on for a week and I thought its just from excersize.  I went to my primary dr and he took a look at my blood work and told me my CK was very high (around 1400) and that I need to go to the ER immediately.  I drove myself to the ER and getting out of the car i noticed i had sudden dizziness when walking.  It was just for a few seconds and then it would go away.  I checked myself into the ER and told them I have chest pains.  They took me in right away and gave me nitro and morphine.  After a chest x ray and EKG and and Echo they told me its not my heart, but wanted to admit me for some other tests.  Blood work came in good my CK was down to 175 , and they ran a stress test on my heart that came in normal.  I noticed that when i got out of the hospital bed I was very very dizzy.  I told the DR and he ordered an MRI that also came in normal.  They gave me some antivert which did nothing for me.  I was discharged because they felt there was nothing else they can do for me being admitted.  I was taken home by my father holding onto him so i wont fall.  That was in the begining of April and Im still that dizzy.  I went to Cardiologist and he did a holter on me that came out normal.  They did a heart event monitor and that was normal.  They told me i have a sinus arrythmia but not to worry about it.  I went to my GI dr and he ran some more blood work which was normal.  CK came out normal.  I went to a nurologist and he put me on lexapro which did nothing for me.  He recommended i see a therapist for anxiety.  Im generaly the life of the party and a happy person.  I never had anxiety or been depressed but this has made me depressed.  It seems like they have no answers for me and im going to have to live this way.  I dont know where to turn.  I feel dizzy from the moment i wake up till i go to bed.  It makes me want to stay in bed all day long as that is the only way that i dont get dizzy is by laying down.  I have been not going out with friends, and missed work and just feel dizzy all the time.  I have this brain fog whenever i walk down the street.  I feel dizzy and like im going to pass out.  I have sever fatigue and feel like i havent slept for months.  Anyone with any suggestions would be great.
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All I can say is don't rule out depression.  Depression can strike you at a subconscious level.  It was the last thing I would have considered, but following 3 years of dizziness, I did become subconsciously depressed at the decrease in my quality of life.  It took me a while to realize it and I am being proactive in my approach.  I am pursuing diagnosis from an ENT, searching for a neurotologist to see me and, reluctantly, began taking Effexor.
Due to the years of dizziness, I developed anxiety and panic like attacks.  I'm at a point where falling asleep and not waking up seems like a nice sort of thing--but not what I want.
I will pursue every angle of this until things make sense to me...but I caution the sceptics....the brian is a powerful organ.  You have the ability to think things and push things to the back of the shelf without really being aware of them.
Sort out the physical AND the mental at the same time because, although it is cliche, the chicken and egg metaphor is apropos.
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Hey all,
Trust me try the anti-depressants.
I see all of you have had some sort of major events happen in your life.

You may not feel depressed but the mind and body is a very complicated organ

the anti-depressants will work

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For all of you suffering from dizziness...how about your teeth?  Do you have any silver (mercury) fillings?  I also suffered from dizziness and couldn't get any answers from doctors.  Finally, one told me that my dizziness is coming from the toxins that mercury releases into my body, especially every time I eat!  This dizzy feeling lasts throughout most of the day.  
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I too have all these symptoms. I wanted to know if u ended up taking ur tooth out with mercury and if it helped as i myself have mercury in my feeling?

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Find a dentist who specializes in this mercury removal, so it will be done safely.  The work should be done in a very well ventilated room by a qualified dentist.  The mercury removal is toxic to both dentist and patient.

I was lucky that when I had mine removed by a student in a school that the student was very cautious and careful and worked in a well-ventilated room.  He saved my tooth and was able to keep from making the hole bigger before he used the composite filling.  I shouldn't have needed this done, but there was a horror story behind this story.  There shouldn't have been amalgam there in the first place.  I am so grateful that this student got that poison out of my mouth.
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Hi, I have been going through exactly the same problem, I seen to have pressure all over my head and 4 months ago became very dizzy, and just like u it never goes, first thing in the morning untill last thing at night, I feel totally exhausted all the time, and I was an extremely active person, I trained everyday, now standing in the shower is a challenge! I have had all my bloods taken and am now being refered to hospital next month hopefully they can shed some light. I know every one thinks I am depressed, but the same as u I wasn't when this first started, infact the complete opposit I was on holiday and the dizzyness hit me like a sledge hammer and hasn't gone away.  I know it's not depression causing this, my symptoms are well beyond that of a mental issue, my eyes are also extremely sensitive to light, I will keep you updated after my hospital visit.  But u are not alone, I feel horible now and cry knowing no one undetstands this torment.
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