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*****Symptoms of my Imbalance
Heaviness pressing/weighing down strongly from top centre of head passing by both ears down to neck/shoulders towards back, spine & centre of body. This heaviness seems to be gradually increasing in strength since I got it in mid 2007. Head heaviest at back of head above neck (area sandwiched between both ears) Neck stiff, tight & heavy. Sometimes, slight pressure from both ears downwards, and feeling of fullness in ears. Feeling of tossing about in a sampan and feelings of being drunk. When I walk, my feet are heavy, feeling of a force pulling/pushing on the upper back of my body. (Like a stretched rubber band that springs back & forth) Always feel tired, lethargic & sleepy in the day. When I sit down, feeling of a force pushing me back against the sofa. Sometimes I could hear faint palpitation/beating of my ears/heart, especially after some kind of activity for about 10 minutes. (e.g. walking, stretching, getting up from bed middle of night) Only feel better when sitting down on a sofa back that I can lean back my neck & head behind it. Feel as if my heavy neck needs support in order to stand upright on its own. Once in a while, I get a split second slight “twitch” sore feeling on the right side of my head with slight pressure in right ear too. (Especially when I talk too loud/long or breathe in very deeply)

“Pull & push” force on the upper back of my body & feelings of tossing about in a sampan & feelings of being drunk are strongest when I do any simple activity e.g. bend head down eating at meals, type emails, filing documents, sorting/packing things, stand upright with feet apart for more than 5 minutes, sit down for more than 10 minutes on a stool. I get all above nasty symptoms whenever I exert/use strength to do anything, (stretch my limbs, carry heavy things, exercise), as a result my body/limbs movements tend to be stiff (robotic).

I only feel good when I lie down (e.g. sleeping). My imbalance has something to do with gravity. When I lie on the floor (horizontal) I’m OK & I don’t feel any heaviness, but the moment I stand up (vertical) slowly I get all the above nasty symptoms. In any day the only time I ever feel good is the first 10 minutes when I get up from bed. ENT specialists have confirmed that I am not suffering from Vertigo & I do not have “spinning” feelings or nausea. I can stand on any one leg without falling. However, I have mild ethmoid & maxillary sinusitis. My thyroid profile & blood pressure is normal. I’ve done 6 MRIs of the brain/cervical spine & the scans/x-rays say results normal.*****

I would be very grateful if someone could tell me what’s wrong with me.

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To Kassey443 & ro47
I'm xiaomei, single female Chinese. Qysue is a fren who helped to put my symptoms here. I just read both your comments. I've been doing gentle Swedish massage/neck physio for about few months which helped a bit to reduce my discomfort. In Oct/Nov 2006 to de-stress I went for a long vacation in China, got a very bad flu, in Jan 2007 I got this imbalance. I saw several ENTs/Neuros, only one GP (Gen practitioner) told me probably a cold flu virus ruptured one of my brain nerves due to my then weak immune system. Aug 2008 I went to Singapore & did an endoscopic operation to remove 3cysts from my nose which at that time caused great pressure cascading down from my head. After the op. the pressure was gone but the "toss about in sampan" or "swaying" feelings remain till this day. During the past 2 years I took Tanakan (gingko biloba extract), Methycobalamin (Vit B12), Nootropil 1600 mg (brain tonic) & some other drugs prescribed by psychiartrists which made me worst. One month ago I stopped all those drugs, just taking daily natural supplements - Omega 3 Fish Oil EPA DHA, Methycobalamin, Glucosamine Sulphate, Folic Acid, CoEnzyme Q10 because I'm taking Zocor 10mg to reduce my now under control cholesterol. I find myself feeling better tho the imbalance is still there. I intend to see a good Chiropractor end Aug to "rule out" that the spine is not causing my imbalance.
ro47 you're doing chiropractic, how's it going, does it help, also the "lean against wall with tennis ball" can you explain further since I want to try that. Based on Kassey443's advice I've checked and I dont think I've come into contact with allergic things. Also my nose is always full of snort early mornings when I wake up, after hot meals or a hot shower over the head. If I blow too hard, theres blood stains. I feel I'm having a nose, ears & brain problem. Last Aug my ears felt blocked and full as if full of wax. Atfer taking some drugs they became ok, but still now both ears feel dry itchy, heavy & narrowing feelings. so much on me, any further advice? many thanks to both of you.

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