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Feeling slightly off balance / being pulled to the right

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MajorClanger123 Tue 07-Nov-17 12:28:45

Wondered whether anyone has any experience of this? When I wake up in the morning I feel totally fine. After about an hour of being up and about, I begin to feel very mildly off balance, like i'm being pulled very subtley to the right.

I can walk in a totally straight line, my eyesight isn't affected, its just a weird sensation. I am currently sitting at a desk and am feeling it now - like I say, really very mild, doesn't affect my balance at all.

I am 38 years old, slightly stressed (just moved house, 3 young kids), have never had an eye test, have catastrophised (obviously!) and thought of all the worse possible case scenarios that this could be blush. So i've come on good old MN to see if anyone else has experience of this?

I do plan on visiting GP later this week.

MissWitch Tue 07-Nov-17 12:30:20

Sounds like an inner ear thing. Could be crystals in your ear or maybe labyrinthitis. You need to see your gp though. Feel better soon.

Mishappening Tue 07-Nov-17 12:33:02

Glad you will be seeing GP as there are lots of things that this could be - some serious (as you have no doubt seen on google!) and some not.

I have a similar problem and it was eventually diagnosed as vestibular migraine - a migraine, sometimes without headache, that affects the balance system.

I do hope that your visit to the doc will start the ball rolling for you to find out what the cause is. He/she can do a basic neurological assessment to help decide which direction to send you: neurology or ENT.

Good luck. I hope you get to the bottom of it soon. Don't forget that stress can produce some really weird symptoms!

MajorClanger123 Tue 07-Nov-17 12:37:26

Thanks both - I've had it for around 10 days now. We moved house around 10 days ago so I think it started around that same time. Was completely exhausted after the move and it may well be my body trying to catch up from that, but I will see my GP on friday hopefully to discuss.

A friend has ongoing vestibular problems and I recall this being one of her symptoms. My problem is, I do tend to internalise stress / anxiety and it manifests itself physically.

Maudlinmaud Tue 07-Nov-17 12:38:30

Sorry op, going to the gp is the right thing to do and yes it may be something quite easy to treat.
@Mishappening I have literally never met anyone else who suffers from vestibular migraines before. They are horrible.
I find myself thinking the shower floor isn't straight and falling over. Its very similar to vertigo for me.

MajorClanger123 Tue 07-Nov-17 13:07:29

I've just looked up vestibular migraines. I was having some mild headaches last week, which is fairly unusual for me as I rarely have headaches, but I think I was exhausted & dehydrated as they disappeared after upping my fluid.
I also have non-specific rhinitis (effectively year round allergy / hayfever) whereby I sneeze uncontrollably many times per day and wake up at night with a random streaming nose. DH has been telling me to see an ENT specialist about it for years (my nose can stream constantly at times, it drives DH mad!) and I do wonder whether its all related via my sinuses.

Anyway, defo going to discuss with GP this week.

Maudlinmaud Tue 07-Nov-17 13:19:23

Op mine usually present as waking in the night with a severe headache then the balance problems start as the headache goes. It feels like I'm on a boat and I can't even sit up straight in a chair, but it's worse if I lie down. It can go on for days but the worst symptom is the brain fog.
Definitely go to the gp. I hope you get answers.

Titsywoo Thu 09-Nov-17 11:00:38

It may just be stress and anxiety. When I was anxious I experienced lots of weird off balance type sensations. If you aren't actually dizzy or having trouble with your balance it may just be that. Since you have just been through a stressful time it makes sense. Get more sleep and take care of yourself and it will pass. If it doesn't, see your GP.

MajorClanger123 Thu 09-Nov-17 12:44:08

Thanks titsywoo - I have an appointment booked with my GP this afternoon to run through it all. I am feeling not too bad today (as is always the way when you manage to get a GP appt!) - mildly dizzy / off balance when i'm moving around, but none of the definite pulling to the right sensation. I do wonder whether its sheer exhaustion and stress. I'd quite like the GP to order me to have full bed rest for a couple of days, see how the DH and kids cope without me tending to their every need! Sounds mean I know, but I feel run ragged at the moment. Will update this thread with outcome of GP appt.

MajorClanger123 Thu 09-Nov-17 16:52:33

Seen GP, he could find nothing wrong with me after checking eyes, heart, blood pressure, balance etc. Has prescribed something for the dizziness and said to come back in 2 weeks if no better. Says it could just be my body fighting a virus off

Nomoretears56 Thu 09-Nov-17 16:59:04

I had the same thing only I was being pulled to the left, it would go away for months and then come back, it would wake me during the night, felt as though I was drunk with the room spinning, eventually doctor sent me for a scan, nothing showed up except "aged related changes" (bloody cheek), I have an ENT appointment in December, hopefully get to the bottom of it then as it can get quite scary. Good luck OP, don't be fobbed off.

MajorClanger123 Tue 14-Nov-17 13:01:55

Thanks nomoretears - My GP was very lovely, said come back in 2 weeks if no improvement. I paid £8 for the prescription and thought i'll start it at the next occurrence of dizziness...well I've had nothing since last week now blush. He may well have been correct in his potential diagnosis of mild virus.
Hope you get to the bottom of yours

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