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I'm 33. I've been dizzy since I was 16. I always feel off balance and sometimes it feels like I am wearing a helmet and there is pressure on the inside of my head and ears. I have no pain at all, no headaches, no spinning sensation. I now self medicate with alcohol every night, alone. It is sadly the only time of the day that I feel good. =/

I went to a doctor once when I was 18 and he just blew it off and gave me some anti-dizzy medication that did nothing. Ever since then I have just learned to live with it and usually convince myself that its my fault due to not being able to handle stress, or a bad day, or not enough sleep. I smoked some pot and did some acid as a teenager so I blame it on that as well.

I think the main reason that I haven't been to a doctor in years about it is because I keep toggling with the thought that its just mental. When it first started it caused anxiety attacks because it scared the ***** out of me. Once again, I blamed myself and figured it was just my personality or something. I no longer have anxiety from it because I'm so use to it.

I have now decided that it is NOT mental and I am done with trying to keep myself in mental states to "ignore" or "overcome" it.

Out of the week I am lucky if I feel good one day. I am always tired and feel like I have no energy. But somehow, I am able to hold a professional job, I have a bachelor's degree in physics, and I work out 4 days a week. Some weeks are better than others. Sometimes I feel great and think its over and forget about it. But it always comes back. Its like it goes in cycles from so-so to really bad. Its never totally gone. I get really light headed in the gym as well. But I work out anyways.

I had horrible ear infections as young kid. I had tubes put in my ears about 4 times. I also have always had bad hay fever allergies; you know, itchy eyes, runny nose and lots of sneezing.

I am hoping that it is simply some sort of inner ear problem that can be fixed.

My health insurance kicks in very soon so I plan on seeing a doctor about it finally. I know I am an idiot for letting it go on so long but I have always been afraid docs would say I was crazy. I am to the point where I don't care what they say, I just want an answer.

What are your thoughts guys?
[QUOTE=zandvoort;2869727]Best wishes on finding out what it is. I am so glad you are going to a doctor. But even if it does turn out to be 'in your head', most mental issues are actually physical, chemical issues so do not rule them out as less meaningful or necessary to fix.[/QUOTE]

Ya know, maybe it is chronic depression. Like today, I felt tired and off balance all day at work. A. I did not get enough sleep last night(only 5 hours), B. When I came home I decided that tonight I would go to bed early and then boom, I started feeling pretty normal again. As if the idea that I will feel better tomorrow somehow made me feel better NOW.

I DO think that I have some balance issues due to my ear problems as a kid, but I doubt it is nearly as bad as I make it out to be. I'm wondering if I should try some anti-depressants.

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