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Anxiety or Labyrinthitis? Will I ever feel like me again?

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Around six weeks ago, I was sitting in my desk at work when all of a sudden the whole room started spinning. I felt like I was floating in the air and that I was going to pass out any moment.

I left work and my dad rushed me to A&E. After a few tests and a bit of a look at me, the doctor diagnosed viral labyrinthitis.

The next 2 weeks were hell. All I could do is sit in bed and try to ride out the awful dizziness.

After the first 2 weeks, the symptoms turned into severe headaches, a swimming on boat like feeling, nausea, light headed and disassociation.

I’m at the end of week 5 now and I’m finding life really difficult. Each day I wake up feeling sick to my stomach and like my brain is empty. I feel disconnected from myself and everything around me. I don’t think I will ever feel like me again.

Ive suffered with severe anxiety since leaving school (6 years ago). I’ve had a few episodes where I’ve managed to convince myself that world war 3 was happening and that the world was going to end.

I feel like I have recovered from labyrinthitis, but now I’m severely anxious and depressed. I’m not sure though.

I wondered if anyone had similar feelings?

I don’t feel like me, which makes me panic, I feel sick and depressed.

I worry that I’ve lost me and that I won’t ever feel like her again.
 
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It’s probably worth adding that I suffer with health anxiety, which may be causing further symptoms. These are all of the symptoms I’m experiencing every day:

- light headed
- nausea
- burning feeling around body - mainly in my head and ears
- numb legs and arms
- stomach aches - constipation
- feeling of dread - like something awful will happen
- tightening of jaw

I have been prescribed citalopram to ease my anxiety, but I’m nervous that it’ll make my symptoms worse for the first couple of weeks or will I not notice because I already am experiencing these symptoms?
 
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Hello, i too suffer those symptoms you have listed in your post.
I was on Citalopram but now take Sertraline , these can often make you feel worse in the early days but give them time and they should help your anxiety :)
 
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Hi Rexie. I was on Citalopram last year and indeed the first week or two are rough, side effects for me were headaches, dry mouth, joint pain, sweating (which started every day at 3pm whatever that's about) and VERY vivid dreams (got around this by taking them 1st thing in the morning) despite this I would take them again if I needed them.

Like yourself a viral ear infection sent me into my downward spiral, did you know it can take upwards of 7 months to physically recover?

It's funny reading your post because it's so similar to my experience I could have written it myself.

Anyway stay strong I'm here 4u if u need to talk. :)
 
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Hi, I have been suffering the same thing I think. Can you tell me what tests the doctors did to diagnose you? When I went to emergency they just guessed at it, as well as saying it was anxiety. I have blocked feeling in my ears every day, the rocking on a boat feeling you described and now having panic attacks daily. I feel like I’m losing it
 
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Hi Rexie. I was on Citalopram last year and indeed the first week or two are rough, side effects for me were headaches, dry mouth, joint pain, sweating (which started every day at 3pm whatever that's about) and VERY vivid dreams (got around this by taking them 1st thing in the morning) despite this I would take them again if I needed them.

Like yourself a viral ear infection sent me into my downward spiral, did you know it can take upwards of 7 months to physically recover?

It's funny reading your post because it's so similar to my experience I could have written it myself.

Anyway stay strong I'm here 4u if u need to talk. :)
Thank you!!! It’s reassuring to hear. These ear infections are horrible! Doing my best to keep positive and wait for it to pass.❤
 
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Hello, i too suffer those symptoms you have listed in your post.
I was on Citalopram but now take Sertraline , these can often make you feel worse in the early days but give them time and they should help your anxiety :)
Thank you for the reassurance❤
 
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Hi, I have been suffering the same thing I think. Can you tell me what tests the doctors did to diagnose you? When I went to emergency they just guessed at it, as well as saying it was anxiety. I have blocked feeling in my ears every day, the rocking on a boat feeling you described and now having panic attacks daily. I feel like I’m losing it
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Hi, I have been suffering the same thing I think. Can you tell me what tests the doctors did to diagnose you? When I went to emergency they just guessed at it, as well as saying it was anxiety. I have blocked feeling in my ears every day, the rocking on a boat feeling you described and now having panic attacks daily. I feel like I’m losing it
My experience is similar. I first went to my doctor who said I was fighting a viral infection and that my symptoms should pass in a couple of weeks. My symptoms got so bad that I went to emergency who told me a similar thing and gave me a head manoeuvre to complete to try and resolve the issue. I went back to my doctor a couple of weeks later as my symptoms didn’t seem to be improving and he then diagnosed viral labyrinthitis.

The tests that were carried out were physical tests, as well as a blood test which came back normal - I can’t remember all of them but he got me to lay on the bed and swung my head back and to the side to check if my eyes were flickering. He also got me to walk on my heels and with one foot in front of another. He asked me to follow his finger with my eyes. He also looked in my ears.

I asked him for a brain scan as I get bad health anxiety but he said that he wouldn’t want to expose me to the radiation when he is very confident that it is nothing sinister.

It’s difficult to not think they might have missed something as labyrinthitis is diagnosed based on your symptoms and no real tests can say for sure. What’s helped me is knowing that lots of other people have felt the same way with the same illness.

I too have felt that I’m losing it! It’s a horrible feeling, I wake up every day feeling like a different person! Having said that, over the past couple of days I feel that things are improving. It’s week 6 now.


I know how difficult it is, but what helped me is to focus on each day as it comes and coping with the symptoms that day. I found that I was panicking so much about the future and that I’d never get myself back etc which made the symptoms worse.

I’m here if you need to talk! Please feel welcome to chat to me. Keep strong
 
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Thanks so much for that! Like you said because there isn’t a real way to test it I feel like people think it is purely the anxiety and I’m crazy but I know it started with my ears. I hate the blocked/full feeling in my ears and the swaying feeling everyday. I get bad health anxiety also so trying not to keep diagnosing myself with really bad things. I’ve also been getting numb/tingling sensations in limbs on my left side during some of my panic attacks and that’s really worrying me :(
 
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Around six weeks ago, I was sitting in my desk at work when all of a sudden the whole room started spinning. I felt like I was floating in the air and that I was going to pass out any moment.

I left work and my dad rushed me to A&E. After a few tests and a bit of a look at me, the doctor diagnosed viral labyrinthitis.

The next 2 weeks were hell. All I could do is sit in bed and try to ride out the awful dizziness.

After the first 2 weeks, the symptoms turned into severe headaches, a swimming on boat like feeling, nausea, light headed and disassociation.

I’m at the end of week 5 now and I’m finding life really difficult. Each day I wake up feeling sick to my stomach and like my brain is empty. I feel disconnected from myself and everything around me. I don’t think I will ever feel like me again.

Ive suffered with severe anxiety since leaving school (6 years ago). I’ve had a few episodes where I’ve managed to convince myself that world war 3 was happening and that the world was going to end.

I feel like I have recovered from labyrinthitis, but now I’m severely anxious and depressed. I’m not sure though.

I wondered if anyone had similar feelings?

I don’t feel like me, which makes me panic, I feel sick and depressed.

I worry that I’ve lost me and that I won’t ever feel like her again.
Hi there I’m feeling the same at the minute just started last week my anxiety has got to an unmanageable point and I feel I can’t carry on along with depression I want to find me again
 
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Hi, I have been suffering the same thing I think. Can you tell me what tests the doctors did to diagnose you? When I went to emergency they just guessed at it, as well as saying it was anxiety. I have blocked feeling in my ears every day, the rocking on a boat feeling you described and now having panic attacks daily. I feel like I’m losing it
Thanks so much for that! Like you said because there isn’t a real way to test it I feel like people think it is purely the anxiety and I’m crazy but I know it started with my ears. I hate the blocked/full feeling in my ears and the swaying feeling everyday. I get bad health anxiety also so trying not to keep diagnosing myself with really bad things. I’ve also been getting numb/tingling sensations in limbs on my left side during some of my panic attacks and that’s really worrying me :(
I feel exactly the same. I diagnosed myself with loads of different things. My legs felt numb and I felt tingling in my face. I’m now only getting occasional spurts or swaying. The main problem is dissociation. I hope you feel better soon ❤
 
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Hi there I’m feeling the same at the minute just started last week my anxiety has got to an unmanageable point and I feel I can’t carry on along with depression I want to find me again
I felt like this😟 I am here for you. As difficult as it is try not to isolate yourself too much. Have you spoken to your doctor?
 
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Hi there I’m feeling the same at the minute just started last week my anxiety has got to an unmanageable point and I feel I can’t carry on along with depression I want to find me again
I have been feeling somewhat better since starting on antidepressants I would recommend finding one that’s right for you it definitely makes a difference
I feel exactly the same. I diagnosed myself with loads of different things. My legs felt numb and I felt tingling in my face. I’m now only getting occasional spurts or swaying. The main problem is dissociation. I hope you feel better soon ❤
I feel exactly the same. I diagnosed myself with loads of different things. My legs felt numb and I felt tingling in my face. I’m now only getting occasional spurts or swaying. The main problem is dissociation. I hope you feel better soon ❤
Just as an update, I’ve been asking everyone I know for help and started taking antidepressants. I got quite dizzy yesterday and ended up back in the ER. So far they’ve done a cat scan of my sinuses and brain. They said sinuses are really bad and recommended nasal washes, which I was already doing anyway. Now they’re talking about doing an MRI, but I’ve become completely paranoid about something else now of course. I realised I’ve been getting achy pains in my left arm and chest pains when I put pressure on that arm so now I think I have coronary heart disease! They have even done an ultrasound of my artery on my left arm but I’m convinced it must be a vein in that arm that they’ve missed. Going crazy but hoping for some answers soon
 
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Rexie2019
Symptoms of labrynthitis and anxiety have a lot in common.
As a fellow health anxiety sufferer... on many occasions I have suffered with symptoms of light headedness, dizzy, room spinning and nausea.
The anxiety that you suffer will exacerbate all the symptoms you have....
Although like you anyone experience those symptoms finds it very hard to relax and not panic about them.
 
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I have been feeling somewhat better since starting on antidepressants I would recommend finding one that’s right for you it definitely makes a difference


Just as an update, I’ve been asking everyone I know for help and started taking antidepressants. I got quite dizzy yesterday and ended up back in the ER. So far they’ve done a cat scan of my sinuses and brain. They said sinuses are really bad and recommended nasal washes, which I was already doing anyway. Now they’re talking about doing an MRI, but I’ve become completely paranoid about something else now of course. I realised I’ve been getting achy pains in my left arm and chest pains when I put pressure on that arm so now I think I have coronary heart disease! They have even done an ultrasound of my artery on my left arm but I’m convinced it must be a vein in that arm that they’ve missed. Going crazy but hoping for some answers soon
Hi Taz, Im glad your feeling better since taking the tablets, could I ask how long you've been on them, what they are, dosage etc? The reason I ask is that a lot of antidepressants affect our muscles and joints giving us aches and pains that we don't ordinarily get. This is a health anxiety sufferers worst nightmare as any new ache or pain is quickly attributed to a terminal or life altering condition.

If you have had an ultrasound on your Artery I would advise you to put it to bed, accept the pain for muscle/joint pain and try to move on.

If the healthcare professionals are suggesting an MRI then it means they want to investigate your sinus issues further and allay any fears you have regarding the dizziness. If I were you I would concentrate on this for now and ask plenty of relevant questions when you have the chance.
 
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