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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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replied August 10th, 2011
Happens to me too. The balance problems are worse when a headache is present. So I guess it is a good idea to treat the headache. I recommend pain medication, muscle relaxers, antianxiety medication, spinal adjustments, or any combination of the above. I don't recommend "just dealing with it," or letting someone tell you over the internet that you need a shrink. Sheesh.
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replied November 16th, 2009
i've got the same thing.,.,i've took a bunch of MRI test,,i guess nothings wrong with me , i had vertigo so bad i lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks , couldnt walk.,.,its been 4 years since i have these tension headaches ,headaches in the mourning and sometimes big migrains.,.,plus my body and eyes can't stop twitching.,.,
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replied December 24th, 2009
OK - you try living with the sensation of the world spinning, and see how easily you accept no answer "deal with it".
some people are really something else...
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replied December 23rd, 2011
I have the exact same problem,your question could have easily been written by me its so similar!! Was just wonderring what the latest is with your situation? It's starting to worry me so I've booked an appointment with a neurologist, I just hope anxiety/stress is more powerful than I thought and that there's nothing major wrong.
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replied January 7th, 2012
Same here!
Same thing here! 3 CT scans and nothing is wrong! Blood work fine, heart fine (every test in the book performed there), blood pressure fine, glucose fine.....MRI scheduled for next week by the Neurologist. He seems to really believe it is not neurological. He suggested that he believes it is a combination of inner ear and hormonal imbalance since I had a hysterectomy and am not consistent with my HRT therapy. This was before I even told him that don't change my patch on time or even wear one all of the time. So we will see!
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