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I'm an 18-year-old female who's been suffering from a variety of neurological symptoms for years now. They've seemed to have worsened over the years, but now they're definitely more severe, to the point where i'm pretty much handicapped. I've been having constant brain fog, (which has effected my personality and intelligence, I used to be so sharp and smart and now I find it difficult to even type this) lightheadedness, memory loss, depression/anxiety, crackling sounds in one ear, constant pressure and a burning sensation on the right side of my head above my ear, vertigo, loss of balance, delusions, sharp pains in my ribs, indigestion, diarrhea, etc.

I've been to multiple doctors and have had many tests, yet I feel like I haven't been properly diagnosed. I've had a CT Scan about 6 years ago once the symptoms began which came out normal, an EEG about 4 years ago (results were normal), saw an ENT who told me my vision/hearing/movement was off on the right side of my body and basically all he suggested was to eliminate salt and alcohol from my diet, or to take water pills which I haven't tried because i'm already very thin and can't afford to lose any more weight. I've also gotten my bloodwork done about 2 years ago which showed I had a Vitamin D deficiency, which i've been trying to take care of, but I don't believe that's what's causing it.

It's also affected me a great deal psychologically, i've been to about 3 mental hospitals over the years and have tried just about every antidepressant out there which hasn't helped. I was once on Strattera for ADHD which helped some but I didn't continue taking it because I couldn't afford it. Other than that I've been putting off visiting the doctor again just because I know anxiety is a huge factor, it's going to be another long process of going to specialists/more tests, and also because i'm not able to see my regular physician until after the holidays.

About 2 weeks ago I made the stupid decision to smoke spice with a friend which I had a terrible reaction to, and it's made my symptoms even worse. I've been having episodes at work recently where I lose my balance and almost pass out, which has really convinced me to take action. Should I visit the hospital? What would be the best decision?


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