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I have suffered from anxiety for about 13 years now, I'd go for years sometimes with being pretty panic attack free, and some where I'd have a couple. Pretty much able to function normally though and always was able to get anxiety under control pretty fast without letting it turn into pure panic. I would get PVC's and palps due to anxiety on a daily/weekly basis, but ignored it knowing it was anxiety.

About 4 months ago, I came down with Viral meningitis. I Had a terrible headache and back pain and 101fever for about 5 days or so. I was hospitalized one night until we saw it was viral and not bacterial. After 5 days the headache and pain was significantly lower and I felt as though I was getting better. I continued to have a headache on a lower level for about a month or so after the meningitis. I went to the doctor who told me I may Have a CSF leak from the lumbar puncture and that I would need a blood patch, because I continued to have head pressure and headaches that were only relieved by lying down. I went through the blood patch at the end of july. And sure enough, my headaches are even less now. I still get head pressure and aches and pains on a daily basis but at a very low level, about a 2 on a 1 to 10.

About two months after the meningitis episode, I started feeling DIZZY. Not a spinning feeling, but a motion. A dropping, feet sinking into the ground, a swaying from side to side feeling in my head, and ever since.. About two months now, its been every single day. The only time I dont seem to feel it is when I'm walking , my dog or whatever, or driving. I feel it laying down, but not as bad, and worst when i'm shopping, standing around, in my apartment, ect. It does not let up, its all day everyday. It has brought back my anxiety full force into panic attacks, trips to the ER where they cannot find anything wrong. Some suggest after affect of VIral meningitis.. but the dizziness started two months after meningitis! so I'm confused. Others say I need Brain Base Therapy, lack Of O2 to brain, and others tell me its anxiety and depression. from the illness I got scared and anxiety increased and now I feel this! I do have extreme stress and fear, anxiety and depression, but I cannot tell if its because of the dizziness, or the dizziness is because of that. If it was anxiety wouldn't it let up sometimes? would it be allll day long? sometimes I feel happy and relaxed and I still feel dizzy. I am so upset about this, I have experienced anxiety years before and never had this, so I still struggle with if it really is anxiety. But I've had MRI's=normal, blood test normal, dr visits normal, except for the viral meningitis.. but why is the headache getting better and dizziness continues on and worse everyday!! I'm scared, and upset, I feel like I'm living in a prison inside my body that longs to feel steady and normal again. I see people talking about living this way for years.. I just don't think I can live with this for years! Its been constant for two months and I'm at my wits end! I am thinking of trying antidepressant, lexapro 10 mg. THen maybe therapist, acupunture, BBT, or anything else I can think of, because I'm not able to accept that I will feel this way forever, I need it to go away! my life has stopped, I don't work, go out, date, anything anymore, i just sit at home upset.

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