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Help! I live in Chicago area and for 3 years have been plagued by days of extreme sensitivity to weather changes. It seems to occur about 2-3 days prior to storm system moving in. I feel it coming on with a slight dizziness only to be nearly completely incapacitated shortly - blurred vision (my eyes become slits), tingling in sinus area, dizziness to the point of diffculty standing and should not be driving. It becomes difficult to think and feel a racing thruout my entire system. Pressure in the chest, hearing is dulled, weak legs, neck pain, constipation, loss of appetite accompany this. Can last several hours or nearly the entire day or several days in varying degrees. Becomes extremely difficult to do my job! Two years ago Sudafed would help-I practically lived on it - continually over the allowed amount. Four months ago I went to a local Ambutal become it was so intense. Then to an ear,eyes,nose doctor - they did 3 hours of tests for balance, hearing and vision and I was abnormal on all - then sent for an MRI and nothing was found. All original tests were done again and still abnormal on all! Blood was taken and run thru allergy tests - nothing! I have been on Zyrtec and Allegra D, Prednizone, diuretics and nothing works till the weather systems hits and then I feel instant change coming on! I continued with the Dr. till he finally gave up and recommended a neurologist. Anyone with anything like this and suggestions - I can't live like this!!
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replied January 28th, 2009
Whole System Racing!
Man, do I identify with what you say! Don't know whether you are still around, but if you are, I'd like to swap notes with you. Last night, I drove from PA to GA, descending the upper then ascending the lower, Appalachian mountains. With the fast change in altitude, it felt like my blood was bubbling. My ears were plugged; my vision was blurred; I was dizzy; my nose was running; and even my kidneys got "squeezed." Then, after reaching my home in GA, a fast moving weather front caused the barometric pressure to drop at a fast pace. Just like my ride, the blood in my veins began to race. My head throbbed; I got dizzy; it was the whole thing all over again. So, I've concluded that I am extremely sensitive to pressure change. All this started in 1997. I was in Boston, and sick a couple days later after returning home. A very high fever, a very sore throat, and then my sense of balance was gone. Now, I have migraine associated vertigo, BPPV, BPV, Menere's and you can name it from there. But, bottom line, I think the virus I had made me extremely sensitive to pressure changes and so I now h
ave a constant misery trigger. And, I think you and I might have a mutual interest and mutual info to share.

Joe
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replied December 10th, 2009
Hi I can identify with both of you. Six years ago i was diagnosed with a virus in the ear.When i first got this i was terrified i could not walk i was falling down all the time.sense then when we have a low pressure out side my ears pop and i get kind of a rumbling sound and my neck feel heavy and sore and i get dizzy.My daughter was diagnosed with the same virus this spring i,m not totally sure but it seams her and i have the same symptom when there is a snow storm or any kind of low pressure.In the last couple of years many people seem to be catching this virus and i am always asking them questions about it trying to understand.They all seem to have it but we all don,t have exactly the same symptoms.

Rita
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replied August 3rd, 2011
I would love to talk to someone on this subject. My real problem started when we moved to florida. One of the big hurricanes was coming in and the barometric pressure dropped so fast I thought my head was gonna blow up. I got dizzy and sick to my stomach, my chest was hurting, couldn't keep my eyes open, everything was blurry, etc.,,it was horrible. I ended up in the mergency room and they told me the problem was weather induced and that I should go home and take Ibuprofen. the Ibuprofen didn't work but the second that storm hit and the barometric pressure started coming back up I instantly felt great!! My head cleared, headache was gone, no more dizziness or pains but I was totally exhausted. All this started 7 years ago, I have been to several doctors and they all think I am nuts because unless there is a storm coming in I am just fine. Any ideas on how to control this monster, it drives me crazy during monsoon season.
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replied September 16th, 2011
Weather Related Dizziness-Vestibular/Balance Disorders
I hope I am not being too presumptuous in suggesting that all of you might benefit from (1) Reading Sue Hickey's book, "Finding Balance" and visiting the website of, if you have not already done so, the Vestibular Disorders Association. There you will find people who, while different, have at least somesimilar symptoms to what you are describing. You might also learn about specialists who are more familiar with Balance Disorders than many doctors.
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replied April 11th, 2012
Storms dizziness
Original poster:

Wow, I have almost identical symptoms and live in the Chicago area as well. It has been three years. I seems to get severe around April and die down in the winter. I have undergone testing to no avail. Please please let me know if you've found some splice or root cause!! Thank you!!
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replied July 10th, 2012
Blurred Vision and off balance 3 days before rain comes
I have the same thing!! I can tell you when a storm is coming about 3 days before. I also feel like grit is in my eyes, as if it is scratched. I feel off balance and blurred vision gets really bad. I have sinus drainage through my eyes, like the white stuff thats in a babies eyes floating around It is odd because as soon as the rain comes all systems disappear. North Carolina
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replied June 9th, 2013
Well I too have the same problems - never had it before but had a cold virus - went away - then got a cough that lasted like 2 months - went away and now I get this dizziness stuff - like I can't even function - happened the night (3AM) a bad storm came in (Austin, TX) and then that same day tornadoes were ravishing parts of TX an OK - the weather was very strange and has been for some time now. I went to ER - they checked out my heart cause I did have a heart attack back 2009 but that was not the problem - kept telling them it was my head and ears - they did ct scans on head - found nothing - left there and still had the problems - went to ENT - they gave me head exercises to do - not worked either - finally went to Accupunturist and they have seemed to help me. Also started taking a natural bottle of DHist from People's Pharmacy - seems to help but still having problems a little. Storm came in today and I felt dizzy the past 3 days - and now worse today that the storm is here. Peeps think I'm nuts but I swear it's the weather - it has to be.
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replied June 13th, 2013
Dizziness and barometric pressure
Hi all,

I came here searching for answers as to why my symptoms during changes in barometric pressure have changed. For about 20 years now (I'm almost 40) I have gotten sinus pressure pain that leads to migraines. I wasn't always aware of the correlation between weather changes and my symptoms. So, this may very well have started earlier in my life.

Anyway, in the past year or so, I've noticed that I've also started to feel dizzy during pressure changes. Sometimes when I look from one corner of my vision field to another, I suddenly get so dizzy I have to close my eyes.

I also notice that it makes my fibromyalgia symptoms (body pain, restless leg syndrome) worse. Has anyone had luck finding any more information? Have you guys talked more with each other? I'd like to join in the conversation if there is one. I can be contacted at soytugitana (at) yahoo (dot) com. Thanks!
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replied September 13th, 2013
Hi, I too feel the barometer dropping with the weather and have always sensed something amiss. Now at 54, I am feeling a little dizzy for the first time, a feeling of lightheadedness, off balance and a little bit off with a fuzzy vision symptom. I never felt it before like this, but last night a storm, vicious in intensity rolled through, right as it hit, the feeling went away. Now I feel a bit stiff and ache in the muscles, neck and back. I think that my good healthy lifestyle is helping to keep this from being really bad. I am 54, eat organic, no meds, smoking or drinking, good weight and yoga and meditation along with acupuncture. I am going to have a neck and head adjustment as I am told there may be movement of the crystal in the inner ear causing further problems. NO MEDS, they don't help, a raw vegetable and juicing diet, no gluten or sugar either. And see if you are deficient in supplements, B, K, D and so forth, we are all nutrient deficient with the level of food offered to us in this country. Be proactive, and good luck, be well and prayer is not a bad idea either. SB
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replied June 16th, 2013
Migraine or anxiety or cervical vertigo?
Could it be migraine? I have the same problems. One neurologist said it is migraine by hormonal changes. I am 50 years old. This dizzy, nauseous, heart racing, headache problem started a year ago. I had two MRI head scans, went to ENT, and three neurologists. Some think it is migraine, some think it is anxiety. My neck MRI showing I have disc problems. I went through six month PT for neck, It helped some in the beginning. I am not able to drive much anymore. Luckily I live near NYC. I can take train to work and see doctors. I think stress plays a big role in it. I stay away from coffee and tea. No alcohol either.
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replied June 16th, 2013
Migraine or anxiety or cervical vertigo?
Could it be migraine? I have the same problems. One neurologist said it is migraine by hormonal changes. I am 50 years old. This dizzy, nauseous, heart racing, headache problem started a year ago. I had two MRI head scans, went to ENT, and three neurologists. Some think it is migraine, some think it is anxiety. My neck MRI showing I have disc problems. I went through six month PT for neck, It helped some in the beginning. I am not able to drive much anymore. Luckily I live near NYC. I can take train to work and see doctors. I think stress plays a big role in it. I stay away from coffee and tea. No alcohol either.
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replied July 5th, 2013
Dizziness and blurred vision from barometric changes
I have similar problems but am affected by both high and low pressure changes. I live in Vegas and can follow reports and find that as a high pressure area moves in I have blurring and focusing problems with my right eye. When a low pressure zone is moving into the area I have the fun inverted tunnel vision in my left eye. With the same feeling as if someone just set off a flash bulb in front of the eye and I have that bright spot keeping me from focusing. The affects on the right eye will often expand to give me severe headaches originating from the mastoid sinus area. The affects from the low pressure frequently result in dizziness and nausea. I have seen both ENT and ophthalmologist. One thing that was found by the ophthalmologist was that my optic nerves are slightly enlarged. He says he knows of no correlation between barometric pressure and blurred vision but I wonder if perhaps the expansion and contraction of the sinuses is perhaps placing unbalanced pressure on the optic nerve causing erroneous information that is being interpreted as a need to adjust balancing and the eye is not adjusting correctly which results in dizziness. Has anyone else had similar findings of enlarged optic nerves?
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replied September 3rd, 2013
Hi,I am a 55 year old man and live in northern N.J. I also have these symptoms when the pressure changes.The dizziness and blurred vision can last for days.I also get pain in my neck and shoulders.As soon as the weather gets nice I fell better.The dizziness,vision and pain are bad enough but the thing that bothers me most is how it effects my thinking.Sometimes its so bad I cant work or drive.I read all the stories on this page and would like to know what virus you are talking about.I think stress,sinus problems and maby depression have alot to do with this.Please post anymore info you all get about this illness.THANKS GOOD LUCK
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replied January 31st, 2014
Yes, Hi, I am 26yr old female living in San Diego CA. I have these same problems! It started 2 years ago, a small storm came in and I rolled out of bed and bam! dizzy, ears full, neck pain. now I am always like this when the weather changes. I am super sensitive to light and sound too. I have had an MRI, and they did not find anything. I have anixety meds, which only helps me not to care so much if I am dizzy. If only the pressure in my head and neck would go away, i could live with the headach and dizzy spells. I am nervous now as I get older it could get worse. good luck to us all.
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replied February 19th, 2014
Glad I found this site! I have had this problem now since 2002. It seems to be getting worse. I get no relief. My head feels like it's going to explode and I am always dizzy due to the barometric pressure. The lower it is the worse it is. I notice everyone has similar symptoms but I can't seem to find someone that has any remedy to give at least a little relief… I do take motrin but I don't want to take a lot of it because it can harm the kidneys. I have also developed anxiety from this problem. I live in NYC and have been to many neurologists. All they do is prescribe a new pill that makes me feel worse… I must have a draw filled with over 30 prescriptions. If anyone has something that can make this problem at least bearable, I would love to hear it… It gets worse with age…..
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replied July 11th, 2014
Please let me know if any of you have found answers!!!! I have been diagnosed with Migraine Vertigo and vestibular damage but after 11 years have gotten no relief
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replied July 30th, 2014
I have dizziness from barometric pressure and several of the symptoms that several of you have listed above. I was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease four years ago. I have since been on a diuretic and maintained a low sodium and low caffeine diet. This has helped with my symptoms but it has not solved everything. I have always wondered if I was mis-diagnosed but it sounds like no one else has found the answer.
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replied August 1st, 2014
I take antihistamines: meclizine 25mg (eg. Bonine) or diphenhydramine HCL 25mg (eg. Benadryl), but they aren't always effective.
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replied August 4th, 2014
Drop in Barometric Pressure, in My Opinion, Plays a Part
After a battery of tests which all came out negative, I was diagnosed with vestibular migraines (vertigo) about 2 12 years ago. I am on a daily dose of verapamil (and migraine, mecclizine and anti-nausea medication, as needed). During the past year, I came to realize that I am more susceptible to the dizziness, loss of balance, blurred vision, sinus headaches when the barometric pressure changes (I live in Florida). After some research, I read somewhere that an allergy medication with decongestant helped another vertigo sufferer. I have been on Zyrtec D since (usually taken in the morning), not on a daily basis, but as needed and it has helped tremendously. Last night, the symptoms were very prominent and all I could do was hide under a blanket to shield any light and try to go to sleep. I was unable to take another pill as it had not been 12 hours since my last dose. Today, I feel tired but was able to take another pill and am hoping it will help me get through the day.
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replied October 22nd, 2014
Weather changes and dizziness
So, here I am back after years of suffering. I have learned that it is definitely weather related. After having this happen before a low pressure system hits, I feel confident that that is the problem. Also, I felt dizzy in from of a doctor all of a sudden and he said, "Barometric pressure problems?" hahah
Laughing aside, yesterday it came on so suddenly after I went outside to drive home from work. A nor'easter is coming and so is my prob. I was extremely dizzy to the point of non-functioning and HAD to drive home from work. I couldn't eat dinner due to nausea and just wanted to sleep. I could not move my head at all.
I feel better after sleeping through the night, but not great. The system has not hit yet. I can't wait till it comes so I can get relief. No medication helps. Nothing. Tried it all. You just have to wait it out.
Unfortunately, that is not always easy. I am a nurse and it is very hard to function. I had to give up a job once because this started just after starting a new job and I could not concentrate on learning new things.

Good luck to all. I don't think there will ever be a medication to help this. I notice it happens in all states, but I am wondering if a dryer climate, like Arizona, would help. Anyone feel like moving there?
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