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Migraine Associated Vertigo, Anxiety, and More

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Lorna is a homeschooled mom and and full-time homemaker. She's living with someone struggling with dizziness.

Feeling like Walking on a Boat

Do you suffer from anxiety disorder? Have you been feeling unbalance, dizzy, nauseous, floating, feeling like you are walking on a boat in the middle of the ocean? If your answer is yes to these questions, then you are not alone. My husband has been suffering from these body sensations mention at the beginning.

Few months ago, husband was diagnosed with GAD (General Anxiety disorder). I wonder if anxiety can cause this feelings. Sometimes it so unreal, but my husband can feel it. It's like 24/7 of feeling unbalance, even when that person is laying down.

Since this condition is happening to somebody close to me, we, as a whole family suffer with that person. When one of the members of the family suffers, all suffer with that person.

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It might be Anxiety

But we are not sure

This all started last year, after Christmas, my husband got a really bad panic attack. We don't realized it at first, we thought he had a heart attack. We did not call 911 due to we thought, it will go away if he will just relax. It did went away and we realized it was a panic attack. That episode came back when my husband were playing tennis, the same symptoms like having a heart attack. He decided to to to the emergency. They let him stay overnight and took a lot of testing: heart monitor, blood test, ekg and stress echo test, which all turned our negative. There was nothing wrong and the only findings was Gerd. After knowing that his heart is good, the symptoms disappeared, but was replaced with this unbalance.

We keep on searching the internet about his situation. All the symptoms he's been having were all panic and anxiety. He took some few test online regarding anxiety disorder and he seems to have a Generalized Anxiety Disorder. We've been searching the internet for help on how to combat this disorder, we discovered the site of "Panic Away". The site gives a lot of information about anxiety and people gave their testimonies on how this program had helped them face their fears. After few research and checking of this product, we decided to order the book online.

This program gives you some technique on how to cope with your panic attacks. It is more on cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation exercises. The Book "Panic Away" comes with 2 audio CDs on how to do the 21/7 exercises, this program helped my husband not to fear panic attack anymore. The 21-Second Countdown was very helpful in lowering his anxiety level. He don't fear his fears anymore but the physical symptoms is so annoying that he don't know why he feel that way.

Can anxiety do these crazy symptoms to your body? Panic Away helps with the fear part of the panic attack but not the physical sensations that goes with it which is the feeling of unbalance.

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He was Seen by many Doctors

We've been to 2 primary doctors, they don't know what wass going on. They said it could be caused by anxiety, but they were not 100% sure. He went to an ENT (Ears, Nose, throat) specialists, they could not find anything wrong. Few weeks ago, he went to an Ophthalmologist to see if something's wrong with his eyes. He got a new pair of eye glasses. Eyes seems not the problem. Tomorrow, we are going to a Neurologist to have it check. I will update you with the outcome when the results comes.

Update: Aug 7, 2012:

The neurologist gave us a bunch of routine testing and my husband passed with flying colors. The neurologist thought all my husband body sensation were caused by anxiety. To be sure he wanted him to have a brain scan. We are not sure what to do yet, his insurance has a big deductible and might not pay for this test.

We don't have a good insurance and our bills are piling, our savings is draining. We would like to know what is the cause of these problems and how to get rid of it. If you

Updated: July 28, 2013 - few weeks ago, my husband GP told him that he had a BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). We were hopeful because it can be easily corrected. But the Vestibular therapist said, the the test she performed did not show BPPV. We're back from where we start.....I am hoping that by writing about this somehow could get to somebody whose been to this situation and overcame it. We need help but I don't know where to go, doctors seems don't know what is going on...

January 1, 2014 - My husband's neurologist referred him to have a VNG testing to see if there's something wrong with his ears. It was a 2 1/2 hours test. This test made him dizzy to the point of vomiting. The results showed that he had an Inner Ear Balance Disorder or Migraine Associated Vertigo but they are not sure about it. They advised him to have a therapy 2 times a week for eight weeks. After 5 weeks of expensive therapy, his red test turned green, but the dizziness is still there.

I want to hear your opinion:

If you have anxiety, would you prefer to take prescription medications or herbal remedies?

Prescription medication even though there is a lot of bad side effects, because it's been approved by the FDA.

Yuuki: At last! Someone with the insight to solve the prebmol!

Amanda: It's like reading a story about myself I find that the dizziness and unbalance worse when I have anxiety I'm not sure if I have vertigo or it's my anxiety I was medicated for a little while for anxiety and it went away I'm pregnant and it's come back it's so frustrating I can't do much without having to lay down

Amanda: It's like reading a story about myself I find that the dizziness and unbalance worse when I have anxiety I'm not sure if I have vertigo or it's my anxiety I was medicated for a little while for anxiety and it went away I'm pregnant and it's come back it's so frustrating I can't do much without having to lay down

anonymous: Tough choice: one that has been tested and found wanting due to side effects (yet still approved), or one that likely has had little or no testing at all. Is there a third choice?

Herbal medication is more safer and less side effects.

Anna: Herbal! I know someone who suffers very anxiety and she uses the 'rock Rose' drops that go under the tongue. They are completely safe and work wonders! I'd recommend them to anyone

Anja Toetenel: I don't suffer from anxiety but if I would I'd prefer what mother nature has to offer above chemical stuff...

Birthday Wishes: Just like you already said; because it has less side effects...

annayjo: i like to opt to natural ways as much as i can before taking any meds.

anonymous: I prefer herbal or other natural products.

Aunt-Mollie: I think herbal teas are beneficial for many things.

Doc_Holliday: Of course, an imbalance with dizziness may just be vertigo. That can be cured with simple twisting of the head exercises rather than with medications which might not work and may well have side effects.

sukkran trichy: i prefer herbal remedies. it has proven records of more than thousand years. refer ayurveda and siddha medicines.

VspaBotanicals: I dealt with anxiety when I was in my twenties. I took medication, because I wasn't into herbs back then. But today, if I had to do it all over again, herbs all the way. Forever!

anonymous: I would always prefer herbal remedies than prescription medications if I knew they can help me!

randomthings lm: I would prefer to take herbal remedies if I had anxiety. No more prescription drugs, if possible.

Please leave a message if you are suffering from anxiety and having the same sensation. - Thanks!

Anna: I had this a couple of times quite recently - maybe it is anxiety! Thanks for solving the mystery :)

Birthday Wishes: Last week I was feeling unbalanced. But, the next day it was over.

sukkran trichy: very important topic and nicely done

webgirl256: Thanks for all these insightful ideas and choices that you listed here.

Deborah Carr: I don't feel that way now, but there have been times in the past. Thanks for the info.

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Can You tell He's Dizzy?

Yes, he's dizzy and feeling like he will fall any minute, but it never happened. He can still play tennis, run and bike. People don't even notice until he told them. Playing tennis, an opponent could not tell the sensation he's been feeling. The tennis court seems moving and he felt really dizzy and unbalance. The only time he don't feel the sensation was when he concentrate on his game to beat the opponent.

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We've Been Eating Healthy

We love to exercise and eat healthy, we wonder why this is happening to him. Some people we know who don't even watch their diet but seems more healthier and feeling better. We are so confused.

What causes our dizziness?

Updated March 4, 2020

I wrote this article 2012. My husband is still feeling dizzy all the time. Sometimes his anxiety is high when the dizziness is so severe. We finally broke down and see a psychiatrist last December 2019. The psychiatrist prescribed Lexapro, it's been two months and there's no improvement with regards to dizziness and anxiety. He stopped taking Lexapro few days ago because there's some red blotches in his skin that itches a lot. The pharmacist thought it might be a side effects from a medication.

© 2012 Lorna

Comments

Lorna (author) from USA on February 01, 2020:

Did the doctor gave you meds for vertigo? My husband could not take some meds the doctor gave because it can lower heart rate. He has low heart rate already.

asereht1970 from Philippines on January 31, 2020:

I did. That's how I learned that I had vertigo. I thought it was something else.

Lorna (author) from USA on January 30, 2020:

Hi asereht1970, Sorry to hear that you are also having migraine and vertigo. Did you consult a doctor? Thanks for your comment.

asereht1970 from Philippines on January 29, 2020:

I, too, am suffering from constant migraine and vertigo. There are also times when I have panic attacks. The way you described the feeling is what I really felt during those times. Interesting article.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on January 31, 2014:

I have been suffering from anxiety disorder for many years now. I can relate to your story.

Lorna (author) from USA on August 12, 2013:

@darkflowers: We'll be going to an electrophysiologist - a cardiologist that's deals with the electrical part of our hearts. We have a very low heart rate, we want to make sure it was not the cause of dizziness. We are scheduled for MRI too. Thanks for your visit!

Anja Toetenel from The Hague, the Netherlands on August 11, 2013:

I hope there is more clarity now for you, anxiety always has a cause. And the inbalance points to the ears and balance organ that is inside there... Wishing you all the best and if you like have a look at my profile as I have written a few Lenses about fear that might be interesting on good strategies to cope with the psychological symptoms. Take care and prayers sent your way!

Lorna (author) from USA on June 12, 2013:

@delia-delia: There is a ray of light with this condition, our doctor told us that this is caused by the ear disorder, "benign paroxysmal positional vertigo" We'll be having a Vestibular initial consultation this Friday, June 13. I hope the doctor was right because this will cost a lot of money. I can relate to what you are feeling now. I hope and pray that the doctor will find out what causes your dizziness too.

Delia on June 01, 2013:

Interesting subject...I pray all is well with you now....I have suffered from vertigo off and on for years (floaters in inner ear) But for the last 2 yrs I've been dizzy, well actually it's a sensation and 3 noises in my ears, which is hard to describe...my GP doctor didn't have a clue, so "I HAD TO" suggest, how about a MRI (which turned out I do have a brain ;-), Ophthalmologist (healthiest eyes the Dr ever saw for my age, huh?), ENT (all is well) and Neurologist(??? yet to come) all but the last one has been done, hopefully the Neurologist will be of help...as long as I know what it is, I can live with it...but not knowing is hard for me.

Birthday Wishes from Here on May 18, 2013:

I have learned a lot! Thanks a lot for sharing another beautiful lens!!!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 07, 2013:

I used to feel really anxious until I learned how to meditate and put my faith on a higher power.

anonymous on April 22, 2013:

What a relief it must have been to find natural products that would work to help with symptoms. I can sure see how anxiety could leave one feeling completely out of balance in all areas, congratulations on your purple star here ! :)

Aunt-Mollie on March 11, 2013:

I have never experienced this but I know that it is common. It's good to know that there are herbal treatments available because so many prescription medications have side effects.

VspaBotanicals on February 09, 2013:

When I suffered from anxiety, it wasn't really understood and not many people were talking about it. I had just gone through my divorce, and had full custody of my, then small children, so they needed me. The first attack, scared me to death. I thought I was having a heartattack. I made doctor's appointments, and they basically brushed me off, saying that i was too young to have a heartattack. This was after, his nurses sandpapered my skin and attached paddings to to the raw skin, to be attached to a monitor, that I had to wear on my waistband. This was to test my heart beats throughout the day and especially throughout the night. Another doctor told me that, I only needed to eat better. Nothing helped. I was so tired and very tired of those attacks sneaking up on me. And then, one day, I was doing house work and saw a commercial that described every symptom of anxiety. At that moment, I just fell to the floor and cried...finally, there was a name to the attacks I was having. I went to Atlanta for a study on a new drug. I know that this was risky, but I would've done anything to feel better, because my babies needed me. When I got to the appointment, I found out that a shrink would be handling the entire six weeks of the study. I loved the sessions, though, because they helped me get through the healing process of my divorce. But the study drug, was awful. I slept all the time, and had to force myself to interact with my children until bedtime. At this time, my mother convinced me to move in with her, so that I could continue the study and have help with the kids. After the study, I didn't have any more panic attacks, but those pills left me feeling like a zombie. To make a long story short. I don't care what kind of ailment comes my way, I will only use herbs. I love this lens.

Takkhis on February 05, 2013:

@LornsA178: I hope everything will be fine and pray for you all.

cmadden on January 27, 2013:

I hope you find a cure soon. It's incredibly difficult to feel so badly and not be able to obtain a diagnosis and get real help! Good luck!

anonymous on January 22, 2013:

Very helpful lens!

Lorna (author) from USA on January 16, 2013:

@takkhisa: It's about a year now, we are still struggling....anxiety is bear that is very hard to tackle. We keep on praying that it will be cured soon. Thanks for caring.

Takkhis on January 11, 2013:

I hope your that family member is fine now.

anonymous on November 03, 2012:

Great job on creating this lens!

Srena44 on September 17, 2012:

Great lens

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on August 27, 2012:

Great lens. Anxiety can disaffect so many parts of a person's life. Blessed!