Why do I feel so woozy at night?
August 25, 2010 4:48 PM Subscribe
Every once in a while, I go through a few days of persistent wooziness in the evening. Is anyone familiar with these symptoms?
posted by Kutsuwamushi to health & fitness (13 answers total)
I know you're not my doctor, but I've been doctors. Mostly they just sit there and say, "I dunno." I still plan to go to a doctor, but I'm hoping if someone has had similar symptoms I can go in with a particular suggestion for them to investigate.
My medical background is quite checkered. I suffered chronic migraines as a teenager and young adult, to the point that I was hospitalized for them. I dropped out of school repeatedly, and it's only been the last few years that my migraines have changed to "occasional" rather than "most of the time why can't I just die."
I've had just about every test imaginable done, and nothing unusual was found.
I'm also extremely prone to motion sickness. My mother is the same. She was diagnosed with a chiari malformation about ten years ago, and had a serious operation to relieve her symptoms. As soon as she was diagnosed my own doctors rushed to my old tests because my own symptoms were similar, but again--nothing unusual was found.
My current problem may be unrelated, but I thought I would mention that history just in case.
For the past few years, I've suffered intermittent episodes of wooziness in the evening. They last a few days. I'll be going about my business, when I suddenly feel kind of... odd, similar to how I feel when I'm in the backseat of a car. It doesn't seem to matter what I'm doing at the time. Watching teevee or using the computer becomes gradually unbearable, as I can't stand the moving screen. I feel generally bad as well; hot, sometimes short of breath.
The only way to relieve the symptoms is to go lie down flat on my back, neck in a particular straight position, in a dark and cool room. If I can take a short nap, I'll often wake up feeling better--for an hour or two.
There are two really striking things going on:
First, I only experience these symptoms in the evening. In the morning I feel perfectly fine. In the afternoon, fine. It's only later in my day that these symptoms start to take hold. I'll struggle to continue my day and eventually go to bed. Once I wake up in the morning, it's as if I wasn't sick.
Second, I have a strong sensation that the wooziness is emanating from the back of my neck. I feel a little better if I hold my head in a particular way. Bending my head backwards makes it much, much worse. I don't know if that's just an odd interpretation my mind is making of the symptoms I'm experiencing, or what.
One of the theories that my doctor had was that this is a sinus issue. I haven't ruled it out. This feeling is often accompanied by a sort of stuffiness--not blocked, but a kind of heaviness that makes me think I might have allergy or sinus problems. Based on that, I've tried taking OTC allergy medication to see if it helps, but it hasn't. (Antihistamine and decongestants both, of various kinds.) I went to an ENT specialist, but she didn't find anything. They did some testing of my inner ear by shooting water at it, which resulted in me being profoundly ill for several days, but my results were apparently normal.
I went to an allergist, but she turned out to be a kook.
Anyway, I'm in a new town now and have to find a new doctor. I don't want more of the same "I dunno," being sent to a new guy, and him saying "I dunno." I'd like to have a plan of action. I'm asking a lot, I know--this is really a shot in the dark.
Has anyone suffered similar symptoms and had success treating them?