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'Drunk' feeling in head

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That's it really. I've had it 60% of the time in the past week. And no, haven't drank alcohol or taking any meds.

It's a horrible woozy feeling like when you've drank to much and you lie down and the room is spinning. But i can have a normal conversation etc. Doesn't affect speach or walking or anything. It's just in my head. Any ideas??

KurriKurri Thu 10-Dec-09 19:48:11

It could be an ear problem, that can effect your balance.

I don't feel anything in my ears though, no pain, not blocked etc. Wouldn't i feel an ear problem?

Calyx Thu 10-Dec-09 20:02:27

Maybe labrynthitis? Inner ear problem. You don't need to have ear pain/infection or anything. It's caused by crystals in the inner ear moving when you move your head. I would go to the GP and get checked? Good luck.

KurriKurri Thu 10-Dec-09 20:05:33

I've had an ear thing called labyrinthitis before. Didn't involve ear pain, but made me feel very very dizzy, couldn't stand up, sickness etc. - I don't really know but the dizziness thing rang a bell so I wondered if it might be something to do with your ears.

Then again, things like low blood pressure or a virus can make your head spin. I would go to the doctor if it doesn't go away soon.

KurriKurri Thu 10-Dec-09 20:06:16

sorry x-posts Calyx

Just googled that - it does say if its labrynthitis you feel it 24/7 and this comes and goes. hmm.

DrAdvice Thu 10-Dec-09 20:16:50

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LRB978 Thu 10-Dec-09 20:18:09

I have vertigo and at its worst the room spins, I cannot walk in a straight line, I am sick if I try to move, etc (Can talk though).

But a less severe attack leaves me able to walk, talk etc, but with a very woozy head. But it sint constant, it cann affect me for a while, then go off, and then come back again. Often sleep stops the attack, sometimes eating also helps it, but later on it'll come back. Again it is related to inner ear issues, I would suggest going to the doctors to getting advice and to rule out any possible problems.

Ponders Thu 10-Dec-09 20:20:36

BBFF, I get this from time to time, & I once had an acute attack when I was driving shock which ended up with me being violently sick & then sleeping for hours but being OK after.

It is an ear thing, definitely.

Calyx Thu 10-Dec-09 20:21:38

KurriKurri great minds and all that!

Ponders Thu 10-Dec-09 20:21:40

Oh, I had quite bad tinnitus with mine & a blocked ear, but it resolved on its own.

Shivvering Thu 10-Dec-09 20:27:29

It could be labrynthitis or miniers disease. My mum had this.

OMGFG I just scrolled back MN has a doctor shock

I know, where did the doc appear from! I'm a bit scared now, i had 2 severe thunderclap headaches 10 days ago and stuff to do with that and vertigo points to research about SUBARACHNOID HAEMORRHAGE!

Ponders Thu 10-Dec-09 20:46:31


I know, i know.

giraffespullthesleigh Thu 10-Dec-09 20:54:34

I read the title and thought - labyrinthitis. I get it badly and need to have injections as well as tabs. Hope your better soon.

Poppity Thu 10-Dec-09 20:56:02

I used to suffer random bouts of vertigo quite badly, pretty much as you describe.

It is worth going to your GP to get advice, and also a blood test. I was Hypothyroid, and since I have been taking thyroxin I haven't had vertigo as badly or as often. Previously I have been anaemic and that seemed to exacerbate it too.

KurriKurri Thu 10-Dec-09 20:59:03

Doc. is touting his website five quid a go, I'd stick with the NHS.

Poppity, what were your hypothyroid symptoms like?

I'm struggling to maintain weight (7 stone) after having dd (7mo) but i put that down to constant bfing. I get anxious and find it hard to relax. But very tired, also put down to waking 3 times in the night for dd.

Poppity Thu 10-Dec-09 21:11:50

Yes, I had both anxiety and weightloss, part of the reason it was missed as they are more often associated with hyperthyroidism.

My hair changed a little, I only realised afterwards, I had just put it down to being too busy to do anything with it/age. It became a bit coarser.

I also had heavy eyelids, not like tiredness, but as if they were droopy.

I felt lethargic and thought maybe I was depressed.

I got out of breath easily, kind of puffy and like butterflies in my chest sometimes too.

The biggest thing was feeling like the back of my head would drop off and spin across the room of it's own accord.

Think I'm discussing jeggings with you elsewhere....

oh yeah, the jeggings are fantasic, stay up fine. I practically live in them!

There's a little size guide button next to the sizes. Are you tall? short? i got petite ones because i'm only 5'2 and they've the perfect length for me. The fabric feels like wearing leggings but look like jeans, plus i prefer having the zip and button so if people do see the waist you don't look weird!

Think i'll ask my gp for a blood test. She's pretty good, do they just do a thyroid function that show up under and over active?

Nemofish Thu 10-Dec-09 21:38:26

If it helps OP I get vertigo, it comes and goes, but it is usually a sign of being tired / overtired generally.

I had it loads after the birth of dd, even though dh did all the night feeds with her.

Poppity Thu 10-Dec-09 21:48:11

Thanks, I'll check that out, I'm tall, hence my inside leg gripe.

They do a blood test for throid function and check it against the normal parameters. There are actually two different things they test, T4 and TSH. I'm not entirely sure how it works, but one can compensate for the other and so you can have a normal result for the first test. Then if you still have the symptoms they test you for the other one.

My GP sent for both tests at once, but they don't always do this, not sure why.

They usually do iron at the same time too

They've got sizes 6-12L which is 33.25" available on the sizes actually.

IMoveTheStarsForNoOne Thu 10-Dec-09 22:05:32

giraffe what injections do you have for labyrinthitis - my Mum has it really badly, and I think I'm going to end up with it (we always have the same things)

any advice would be great

Poppity Thu 10-Dec-09 22:34:57


Mousey84 Thu 10-Dec-09 22:38:12

OP - I felt like this last weekend. It lasted 3 days and then lifted by itself (tho ive a runny nose now)

This feels much worse today. I'm actually struggling to look after a baby and toddler. Gp has only got appointments next week. Not sure what to do..

giraffespullthesleigh Fri 11-Dec-09 10:52:32

stars - I dont know! Usually by the time I am at hosp with it I am almost on the floor, crying and can hardly stand/see. WHen they say I need an injection (its always on the bum) I am like fine no problem and I am offering them my bum blush

I think its just a higher dose of same sort of stuff antidizziness stuff.

I usually take betahistine dyhidrochloride for lab.

I get this too, started about 15 yrs ago, lasts about 10 day a time. Turned out mine was menieres disease. If you have this then I hate to say there's nothing they can do about it. A few tips for dealing with dizziness; when walking keep you head in line with your neck, move your body to look around, not your head; when you stand up give yourself a second to get stable; always make sure you have a wall nearby should you need support.

Poppity Fri 11-Dec-09 11:06:57

Do you have any travel sickness tablets? These used to help me. I also had stemetil, but that was from the doctor.
Some people find antihistamines can help too apparantly, didn't work for me though, so may have been misinformed there.

dublinmom Fri 11-Dec-09 18:21:31

I get dizzy when I'm stressed/anxious/overworked/tired and trying to hold everything together. A baby, a toddler, sleep deprivation...sounds like you're pretty stressed.

I'm not saying it's NOT labyrinthitis or anything else, just that it could also be a physical response to stress.

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