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Hypochondriac or Realistic? LONG POST


A little bit of background info, I'm a 21 yr old female and I have been diagnosed with migraines with an aura. I have dealt with anxiety since high school and have had many panic attacks as well.

Last January(2017) I suddenly started getting awful acid reflux, all day every day, and with it, I also got this feeling like I was out of it and off-kilter. I went in for bloodwork twice and both times everything was normal. My doctor said my salt level was low so he put me on Zantac and Gatorade, which helped temporarily, I guess, but I am not a fan of taking OTC drugs daily like that, so I stopped.

My doctor has tried to diagnose this feeling that I have but I don't feel as though he is accurate. He originally said that I have orthostatic hypotension, and then this past August 2017 he said that it is actually Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. After that diagnosis, I was on Allegra D and a sinus rinse everyday for a week, this did little for me and after the full week, I stopped this too.

Basically, this "rocking" feeling has progressed since June. Just about every day I feel as though I'm rocking back and forth or side to side. It's not spinning (although I have felt a spinning sensation a couple times that doesn’t last long) and it doesn't affect my balance when I get up and walk around.

I do tend to have clogged ears where I cant pop them and I do sometimes feel them tighten and ring, I had many ear infections as a child so I'm wondering if it's an inner ear issue.

I originally thought it was diet related, I went gluten-free, I tried veganism, I tried very bland diets, I run and I practice yoga as of recently. I hydrate pretty regularly and I sleep at least 7-8 hours every night.

I tend to google my symptoms and that just seems to make it worse because I tend to assume that its worst-case scenario.

Basically, I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this and what I can do for relief. I visited an ENT Friday and he said I have no hearing loss and he thinks that it’s vestibular migraines. However he wants me to get an MRI to rule out other possibilities.

I had an MRI when I was around 17 and all was normal but for some reason I am now completely petrified and expecting the worst. It’s consumed my thoughts for days now and I can’t stop googling and seeing “brain tumor” on my screen. Can anyone relate to my symptoms and maybe comfort these anxieties ? Desperate.

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Hi kat1250,I will tell you like now to stop googling. I'm guilty of that my self,I have anxiety disorder,panic attacks and GERD,before I was diagnosed with any of that I thought I would trust the internet to tell me what was wrong with me. Well guess what Google told me,it said I was having seizures,brain tumors because I couldn't focus,had a problem with memory which guess what is all do to anxiety. Before I was diagnosed with GERD the chest hurt sometimes and here I went with Google again and found oh I was having a heart attack or blockage. Went to the doctor and found that Google was way wrong and was only causing me to get worked up and think the worse just to find it was small things. Stay off Google because you are just punishing yourself. Now the moving sensation,try asking your doctor if it could be a possibility that you have vertigo. I have have 100 sets of tubes put in my ears as a child then 2 surgeries on both ears to have a skin draft to try and fix the holes in my ear drums that the tubes caused but was no help they was to damaged to fix so I know the struggle. Ive had the moving sensation multiple and was always diagnosed with fluids behind the ear drum or vertigo. I'm no doctor but I hope this helps.


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