Unexplained dizziness, constant heavy head, extreme fatigue, subtle nausea thread.
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Dr. Debby Feinberg began practicing Optometry in Oakland County in 1983.
Dr. Feinberg has been developing the field of Neurovisual Optometry. This area of specialization involves the diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions (such as headache and dizziness) that have an optometric or visual cause. One of the primary neurovisual conditions that Dr. Feinberg has done pioneering work on is called Vertical Heterophoria, a condition where the eyes are misaligned, causing severe headaches and balance related problems.
SHE IS ONE OF ONLY 3 people studying this neurological condition.
I have had the symptoms for 6 years. Seen many doctors as you all have, but this seems to make sense. I asked her about the Sternocleidomastoid muscle and whether or not my eyesight can affect it as well. Symptoms of this strained muscle produce similar symptoms as well. (see below) She said EVERYTHING is related in the head. Eyes, Ears, Throat, Nerves, everything. Eye strain, poor posture. to much computing for long periods of time. Diet, Lack of exercise. Its all one big puzzle that needs to be put back together.
Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) is the big ropey muscle that runs from the mastoid process (the rounded bump behind your ear) to the joint between collarbones and sternum at the base of your throat. This paired muscle pulls the head forward and down, and acts as a checkrein to prevent the head from falling backward.
What Goes Wrong
When the SCM is strained or shortened the muscle itself rarely hurts, no matter how stiff or tight it may be. Problems are referred elsewhere, to head and neck, ears, eyes, nose and throat. The astonishing laundry-list of pain and dysfunction includes severe dizziness and other neurological symptoms. These may be mistakenly diagnosed as migraine, sinus headache, atypical facial neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, arthritis of the sternoclavicular joint, ataxia, multiple sclerosis (MS), brain lesions, tumors, and other frightening conditions. As always, these possibilities should be eliminated through differential diagnosis. However, because of its intimate relationship with the brain stem and several nerves including the vagus nerve, the SCM can produce many neurological disturbances all on its own. One is a condition known as “postural dizziness” —- just walking around feeling dizzy and disoriented -— perhaps with a frontal headache commonly interpreted as “sinus” pain.
I have an appointment Oct 13. She said she'll know right away if I can be treated.
This gives me some ray of hope. Check out her work on their website. Its amazing that people who study the eyes haven't realized that this could be a problem.
I'll reply again after the appointment
Chemical avoidance and nutritional support have been the things that have helped me the most. I started by switching to an organic, whole foods diet. That helped but I decided to take things even further by switching to an organic, raw vegan diet and using some nutritional supplements. I have come a long way and in some ways, I have felt better than I ever have in my whole life.
For the last month I have found myself getting headaches again and I have been dizzy for a couple of days. Looking back there are two things that could be causing this. I had the one mercury filling that I had replaced and my oldest son started using cologne. He only put it on when he would be getting ready to leave, but it would still leave a strong chem trail behind him. Two years ago, I would become weak and ill just walking outside when peoples dryers were running and they used scented laundry products. My body got strong enough that I could walk through that without becoming ill, but now my system is weakened again and it is starting to affect me again. So I am going to concentrate on detoxing the mercury that may be in my system and my son is no longer using cologne.
We live in a very toxic world. There are toxins in the air we breath, the foods we eat and the products that we use on our bodies. This is a condensed version of my story but I hope that it may be of some help for someone.
Jenny in Alberta
God Bless all
With me, I noticed this about three years after getting married and quit smoking.( I thought it was the smoking, I hoped) I've smoked a couple times for about a year at a time in these 13 years and didn't feel better. I also own a company and am under quite a lot of stress as well. So I would guess that it's either the marriage or the job or a combination of the two. Does anyone have any answers. I've had all tests done and the Dr.'s say I'm normal. I don't feel normal.
The tiredness is also gone, and I feel really good. My health has improved tremendously. I really hope that my post helps people.
The problem is basically toxins in the system, especially heavy metals: aluminum, lead, mercury. You can google heavy metal poinsoning and find our for yourself if you like.
Here is the link to the doctor who helped me:
Please, do some research and take charge of your body.
PS Eliminating yeast problems also clears your mind and lifts depression. i know. i've been there. Best to All.
I'm a 37 year old male. One day while sitting on my couch playing Guitar Hero, I felt like someone punched me in the base of the back of my head. Since then, I've been battling nausea, dizziness, anxiety (including a few panic attacks), disorientation, irritable bowel-like symptoms, light migraines, unexplainable problems with my eyes - feeling like they're crossing or converging, pain and tightness in the muscles in the base of my head, and headaches. I feel like I'm losing my mind. Sometimes I feel like I'm having an out-of-body experience, or not "feeling real", if that makes sense.
It first started out with severe nausea that lasted several hours at times, at random. After this came dizzy spells, also sometimes lasting for hours. At some point the nausea symptoms almost completely went away but the dizziness persisted. Then for no apparent reason the dizziness stopped, but has been coming back slowly but surely. I also had a few intensely painful headaches that seemed like a point in my head was ready to explode. I've never had a migraine before in my life, but believe these episodes were probably migraines. One was so bad I almost went to the ER. I've also had bouts of diarrhea, bloating, or just the feeling of bloating or pressure in my abdomen without passing gas, or sometimes excessive gas. Sometimes I wouldn't have a bowel movement for a few days, to be followed by 2 or 3 in one day (both unusual for me). The headaches often seem to be in my temples, or in the front and top of my head. My panic attacks are awful, as I'm sure many of you can attest. The other night I had a slight panic attack, only to be followed by an irrational thought that I was losing my mind. I couldn't explain it to my girlfriend very well, and I'm sure she thought I WAS losing my mind. One constant thing during all of this (going on 6 or 7 months) is that I constantly, sometimes unconsciously, start deep massaging the muscles that run down the sides of my neck, and the muscles immediately below the edge of the back of my skull.
I've seen my regular doctor several times. Blood tests are all normal. Originally, he thought it may have been a viral infection because just prior (or during?) the onset of symptoms I was sick with bronchitis. He also thinks it may be stress related, but I don't think so. I think the panic attacks are stress related, because I'm always worrying about what's wrong with me. I'm sure many of you can relate. I've tried massage, chiropractor, eye doctor (new glasses provided no relief), and acupuncture. The doctor also said I had positional vertigo, which from what I understand is just a catch-all for someone with constant dizziness. Non-drowzy dramamine seems to help sometimes, sometimes not. He also had me do the Epley maneuver, which also helped sometimes.
Prior to all these symptoms, I quit my job as a police officer of 13 years and moved away from my home town of 29 years. I'm not worried about finances, although I haven't found another career yet. So yes, that's been a little stressful, but also very liberating and exciting.
Maybe it's something in the environment (old house that has been remodeled)?
I dunno. It's REALLY affecting my quality of life. I don't feel like going out and doing things as much as I used to. I'm not as active as I used to be. I fear being in unfamiliar surroundings. I'm starting to get very depressed and re-evaluate my life in terms of always feeling "bad." Nothing like this has ever happened to me. It's very frightening.
At any point, I've found this thread to be very comforting. All my hopes and thoughts go out to all of you that share my symptoms - some of which are worse than mine. I hope this goes away on its own. I haven't read all the pages of information here yet, but I am in the process of doing so.
Thanks everyone. - Tony
I sleep 10-15 hours a day, and lie down 90% of my day. I have had a ton of blood work for mono etc, all normal. my white cell count is up however. i was sent for a Ct/Scan which did show an infarct in the left cerebral hemisphere, I was then sent for an MRI. I have an EEG and the results of the MRI this week.
My doctor has started monitoring my blood pressure. taken lying down it's good sitting it drops, and standing it drops even more. I have also gone to Pharma plus and done my own. I sit relax for 10 minutes then take it 3 times in a row. this is usually the results 119/80--110/76--92/76. (my mom did it 3 in a row after and hers was the same each time) If I try to grocery shop or anything when I get a headache, I sit take a blood test right away and it is 149/90?? So for this I have a cardiogram EKG etc scheduled on new years' eve.
As for the ctscan in 2001 I was taken to emergency with symptoms of Meningococcal septa-sema, or meningitis of the blood. I had a blood pressure of that of a dead person, the blood rash etc. The doctors had said that the infarct that showed up on the ctscan could of resulted from a mini-stroke I had in 2001(I was 21 at the time)
However my neurologist went through all my medical files and found that the bacteria was not grown in my blood or my spinal tap, so there was no certain diagnosis at that time either. She also told me at that time I suffered from endocarditis while I had my stay in icu in 2001. I have been sick at least twice a year since, but was told it was from allergies, and that my immune system just hadn't recovered since then.
So hear I am 29, I've been off work since September, and have no answers as to what is wrong. But I do feel comfort in reading this post and finding that others are also suffering with no answers. (misery loves company right?) I hope for all of us something is found soon. I will post any results I am given,
I've had all the symptoms mentioned on this forum since about the time I hit puberty. They'd come and go and not always hit at the same time, but they're getting much more frequent. As with so many others here, I've been to tons of doctors and have had tons of tests, to no avail. I'm so mad at them because I KNOW they don't even care-- the last one I went to listened to me for no longer than 70 seconds then went and wrote a prescription. The doctors are worthless I tell you!!!
I went through a traumatic experience a few years back and was diagnosed with anxiety and depression after that. Since then, I've tried a couple different antidepressants for short times-- and they did help. Still, I can't help but feel that they're masking the problem. It's a chicken-and-egg situation: is my fatigue and vertigo causing the depression, or is the anxiety and depression causing the fatigue? From a medical standpoint I know it can happen either way.
Well, I just got off of Wellbutrin, which I was on for about a month to get me through a relapse of the original incident. While on it I got to where I was sleeping a more normal 7-8 hours a day, and now I'm back to 11-12 hours a day and still can't ever wake up all the way. I'm not depressed, though, so it has to be something physical that slowly makes me feel depressed. But then why do the antidepressants help some??? Aaargh it's an endless loop it seems!
I'm constantly doing hours of Internet research on all this, and am taking huge doses of B vitamins. I've tried tons of different vitamin combinations to date, and I haven't been able to tell a bit of difference with any of them yet-- these feelings just come and go as they please with no recognizable pattern! I feel like it's a struggle to breathe, sit up or walk, concentrate, I can't wake up all the way, I can't function or work properly, and I just want to collapse in a dark corner and sleep or die.
Anyone see the 'House' episode where the guy takes Dr. House hostage and just demands someone figure out what's wrong with him? Yeah, this feels that bad... (I was cheering the poor guy on the whole episode.)
There are 6 possible diagnoses that seem viable, but I can't narrow it down more yet: Adrenal Fatigue (most likely), Chiari 1 Malformation, Ankylosing Spondylitis, POTS, Heavy Metal Poisoning (least likely). If I could order the tests instead of paying a worthless doctor each time maybe I could afford to find out what's wrong with me.