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Hey there, I've been having those 3 symptoms for about 2 months now. I'm a 22yo male, 6 feet tall, 160lbs.

The head pressure was the first to show up. It feels like if someone is pressing their palm against the top of my head, its very light and 80% its not bad or painful, its just -there-, but sometimes the pressure rises up and it can be quite overwhelming, making me having to stop whatever I'm doing.

Painkillers used to work, now they don't anymore, although I think it's because I started to use them way too much.

Since about 2 weeks ago, I started to have dizziness and head fog. It's like if I'm "typsy" all the time.

This all started a few months after I had to quit my job since I'm preparing myself to live in another country, I'm short on cash and I have arguments about various things related to that almost daily, making me think that this might be an anxiety issue.

3 days ago I had to go to the hospital because my BP spiked up (180/104), and since then the pressure/head fog became 10x worse. I keep catching myself hyperventilating throughout the day, having cold sweats and hot flashes.

Thoughts keep racing in my head that I have a brain tumor and how that would wreck my life even if its a benign one.

Something that makes me feel better is that I'm not having any seizures, nose bleeds or actual real bad headache, its just a weird pressure, which calms me down a bit at the possibility that its a tumor.

Also, sleeping is the only thing that makes the pressure/dizziness go away, although it gets bad again throughout the day. Today I've tried to oversleep a bit to see if it was a sleep deprivation issue and it made the pressure better but the dizziness way worse.

I've already scheduled a cardiologist/neurologist, but I can only go friday so I still have some days to worry myself to death over this.


Any help about it would be most appreciated, thanks a lot in advance!
[QUOTE=haychelle;5313866]Thought I might add that Lab can also cause severe anxiety and panic attacks, too. The brain is perceiving the world differently and as something is wrong, it strikes up the "fight or flight" response. That may have caused your blood pressure spike, too.

Haley[/QUOTE]

That actually makes a lot of sense. Since october 2013 till around may 2014 I've been plagued with middle ear infections and swimmers ear from working in a place where I had to wear helmets and headphones in a very dirty environment.

But would the issues drag along for months like that if left untreated? Or become gradually worse with time? Because I went from being somewhat ok to being dizzy nearly 24/7 in 6 weeks.
Unfortunately Lab is different for everyone, but mine started with extreme dizziness in May and my recovery has been fairly slow. It's possible that the virus just effected you differently and maybe the virus didn't cause damage right away? One the inflammation in your inner ear is present, the brain gets mixed signals from your ears, eyes, and muscles used for balance, which causes the vertigo. Mine started with the dizziness, head pressure and feeling of fullness/pressure in my right ear and now I'm dealing with just the pressure and slight brain fog. I have good and bad days and everyone I've talked to (or read posts from) seems to have ups and downs sporadically. The good news is, everyone recovers from Lab! The brain compensates for the injured ear and the only long lasting "danger" (and fear I have) is that the brain might one day "forget" how it compensated and cause symptoms to return. I've read that that can happen from a bad flu or cold, but if you start doing VRT right away the recovery is much faster than the first time you have it.





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