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Dizzy, sleepy, clumsy, fear of falling.

Good evening, and thank you for being here!
I'm a 26-year-old woman, and the last 6/7 months I have a problem that messes up my life. There are several symptoms (mild confusion, sleepiness, the floor feeling wavy, headaches) but the main one is dizziness.

They appear at 3 points of the head: the back of the head (at the top-of-the ears level) is the most bugging one. It sometimes gets strong headaches too.
Also the centre of the forehead, which could relate to my sinus sensitivity, yet hurts 2 fingers above the usual spot.
Last, the point between them, top-back of the head. But it's only a source of dizziness, never headache.
Sometimes only 1 spot hurts me, usually the back-of-the-head one.

The symptoms aren't constant, there is a cycle of a few weeks. They start very subtly, but in the end I have a constant sense of nearly falling, and also mess up my words and thoughts. After 10 days of "wave-walking" they hit a low point (it takes 2-3 days) and about a week later start over again.

Depression? My life's going quite well so it's not psychological. Nothing has changed to my daily habits either, exept from the hour I fall asleep (still 7 hours, though). I have a history of low pressure and relatively low weight, but lately I eat better than usual. I have a history of good blood exams too. I do spend a lot of time reading/surfing, but never really had problems before. I had some teeth problems that caused me migraines, which I got rid of, and my dentist says the remaining dizziness has nothing to do with teeth. Also, my myopia got recently reduced by half degree. I changed glasses, with only a minor improvement of my diziness issue. I've had a few happenings of my left hand trembling or getting stingy on the vein, but there's a distance of about 2 months between them, so it's most probably nothing.

What I've found to relieve me a little is prolonged sleep and massaging the centre of the back of the neck. Massaging doesn't work for long, and when I get as much sleep as I want my head feels weird from oversleeping.

I know you cannot give me an official diagnosis, but any ideas might help me to get a lead...Thank you in advance :)
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351246 tn?1379682132
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Hi!
I am sorry to hear about your medical problems. You need to get examined to rule out a few things such as low blood pressure, postural hypotension (fall in blood pressure on standing), cervical spinal nerve compression, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), severe anemia, an underactive thyroid (called hypothyroidism), overactive thyroid (called hyperthyroidism), adrenal insufficiency (called Addison's disease), GERD or gastric reflux, and internal ear infections. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage.  Do consult your doctor. Take care!

The medical advice given should not be considered a substitute for medical care provided by a doctor who can examine you. The advice may not be completely correct for you as the doctor cannot examine you and does not know your complete medical history. Hence this reply to your post should only be considered as a guiding line and you must consult your doctor at the earliest for your medical problem.
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Thank you very much for your reply :)
I only asked for a few suggestions to consider during examinations, so this is a great reply!

I have ruled out thyreoid and blood problems this week, it's not GERD either, and my neurology tests (encephalogram, back labyrinth test) came out normal (only my delta waves were at the "extreme" side according to the graphs-about 50%) The doc said it is anxiety and I don't realize it...that I have to fight it keeping this in mind, and if it persists for 2 months I'm to visit her again. Who knows, my life seems just fine at the moment but she might be right and I just don't realize. So I'm going to take my time having fun, relaxing and looking inside for the moment...I did get the best medical prescription, I have to say :)
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Oh, I replied to myself instead of to your post, sorry :)
As I were saying, EEG, labyrinth and blood tests were ok. The doc told me it's anxiety. But I'm fairly relaxed without major anxiety sources, so I still really doubt the diagnosis (although I have no problem with having more fun and see if I get better! :) ). Do you think it's possible the dentist was wrong and my dental problems are affecting me? Or maybe I stand/sleep the wrong way and then feel like this the whole day?

The "source" is around where the vertebral arteries cross in the diagram here-I've had tingling sense in the surrounding areas (of the arteries too, now) and currently only pressure seems to help.
http://www.dizziness-and-balance.com/disorders/central/cervical.html
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Oh, and thanks again :D :D :D
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