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I have been suffering from chronic headaches that seem to be tension type. I feel tightness in my neck shoulders and upper back as well as very sore trigger points. My main problem as well as having these daily headaches is I suffer from vertigo/dizziness. I do not have a spinning vertigo, it is more of a motion sensation, I feel like I am falling, tilting, swaying and sinking. The sensations can be that of what you would feel riding in an elevator that dropping feeling. I also feel very heavy headed as well as what I can only describe as brain fog! It's as if I am hungover drunk feeling without the drinking. I walk around all day with this floaty feeling. I am wondering if this is common with tension headaches or
whether or not I should be concerned? My Dr. seems to think it's all anxiety related but I question whether or not anxiety and tension headaches can cause these other head and vertigo symptoms and if I should be prussing another path.
Thank you in advance for your advice


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replied March 15th, 2007
Headache, Migraines, Sinus Conditions Answer A2438
Vertigo is a condition where you can’t keep your body upright in balance. Without body balance, it is not possible to stand, walk, work…and do any of your normal daily activities. Vertigo can be caused by an inner ear disorder and some types of neurological disorders (cerebellum disorders, extra pyramidal disorders, spinal disorders etc.). Vertigo can be also a symptom of disorders that are not primarily neurological in nature, but can affect the nervous system: hypo- or hyper-glikemia, acute alcohol or narcotic abuse, arterial hypo- or hyper-tension, etc. A type of headache called a migraine is also accompanied by vertigo.
Given your report of no diagnosis for vertigo and normal medical examinations, your “vertigo” could be due to anxiety or stress.
You might try to stop “asking” for disease and try to accept living with that feeling. A consultation with a mental health doctor may also help.

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