I had my results back a few weeks later. I was given an appointment at 7:50 am. By 7:53 am, I was sat in my car wondering why I couldn’t have just had that conversation over the phone.
MRI was clear. It’s not vertigo. They don’t know what it is. If it happens again, go back to the GP for a referral to the neurologist.
Since then, I’ve been pretty much okay apart from a few wobbles. I even ran half a marathon in May.
But it’s happening again. Over the course of a week, it got a bit worse every day to the point where I couldn’t walk around at work. I called my GP, who then got a doctor to call back. I explained my symptoms and they asked me to come in an hour later.
The doctor looked in my ears, looks in my eyes, looked at my teeth, asked me to follow his finger, had me march on the spot and various other things. He took my blood pressure. He looked confused.
Everything looks fine. I was responding fine. ENT said it’s not vertigo, so why can’t I stand up without the feeling I’m going to pass out?
He read the note on my file for the ENT to refer me to the neurologist and said he is duty-bound to do that. Which wasn’t really convincing.
I said how I was worried it was something they wouldn’t be able to treat, but he said it could be a something migraine related that there is medication for, so I’ll have to wait to see what the neurologist says.
I first went to the doctors with this 18 months ago and I’m still none the wiser as to what is causing it.
Last time I was ill for 6 weeks. Two weeks of work and then weeks of only being able to walk a short distance. I couldn’t even go to the supermarket and do shopping.
I can’t help but worry that something else is wrong with me. Something severe. Dizziness is the symptom of so many different illnesses, yet I’ve only been investigated for one.
I worry this will keep happening and I’ll have a high absence from work, holidays will be ruined and I’ll struggle to stick to plans. It’s an awful feeling and I worry people think that I’m making it up.
After months of feeling mostly okay, I feel I’ve taken 10 steps back and all the doctor can do is give me a sick note and pills that don’t work.