Post Covid Dizziness
@lpittsy Hello, is the feeling of your head floating under water (swimmy) get worse with drinking water or any liquid? I cannot drink any liquids b/c it feels worse. I took the vaccine shot back in February/March 2021 and I have not gotten Covid. The swimmy/floating feeling began in July. The swimmy/floating feeling disrupts my sleep and my everyday life. I can't shake it off and its making me miserable. I went to my PCP and my ears are great, so a Brain Scan was ordered. I have gotten headaches for a very long time. I don't know if there is a connection. I am slowly getting dehydrated so I have to drink some water and feel worse every time I drink something. Anyone feeling like this without getting Covid? but got the Vaccine? Could this be a Vaccine side effect?
I was diagnosed with Covid June 24th. After 2-3 weeks I was starting to feel better, but then this constant dizziness, not vertigo, came on me and hasn’t left. It’s been 2 1/2 weeks, but seems like an eternity. I have been to my primary care dr, and he says it is inner ear issues and it will leave with time. It’s so hard to take care of my kids with this issue. I’m assuming it is possible inflammation from Covid? The room doesn’t spin, and this feeling gets better when I’m sitting. When I get up moving around, my head just feels full and swimmy. Sometimes I feel like I’m swaying when I’m not. I did have a small bout of nystagmus, but that is better. I just feel off! I need relief. The doc said give it a couple more weeks, and then he will send me to an ENT. He didn’t do any scans, but was positive it was an inner ear issue. Like if I’m doing laundry and getting clothes out of the dryer and turning back and forth, I just can’t stand it. My head feels woozy, and I have to sit down and let things “settle.”
Any ideas what this could be, or anyone else gone through this? It’s making my anxiety really bad.
Can you please update your contact condition? You completely described me! It's been 2 weeks now....though very minute the "dizziness" is starting to get better day by day. I wish you all fast and speedy recovery!
Hey Everyone, sad to see everyone is going through dizziness, but glad to see we are not alone. Here is my story,
--Got Covid in April 2021 (India), recovered after 14 days, some unnecessary steroids/meds were prescribed during that time, I feel sad why I took them.
After recovery, started noticing two things mainly, 1. Feeling dizzy, for at least 30 days after recovery more dizziness like vertigo. 2. When I shower with a closed shower or alot of tap water running into the bucket, I hear weird noise (That's exactly like early morning a group of crows making sound-You can only relate/find in India :)) Then, travelled to US, I was little tensed that can I even travel for 20hrs flight, but I was able to, the change in place and environment has helped really well, my wife helped me really well in getting over this. I had a lot of worries about black fungus and a lot of other stuff, stopped watching the news and anything negative.
Got busy with lawn work, was thinking I cannot do little heavy stuff, but I did amazingly well a lot of heavy stuff while I was doing things no dizziness, only when I am just alone. So slowly started engaging myself, playing iPad games with friends and everything has helped me a lot.
--Received vaccine in Aug 2021, mild tiredness and body pains symptoms for both vaccines. But dizziness and head spin has slowly subsided but did not disappear. But I was feeling great slowly, started playing volleyball, I could feel my energy, my old self is coming back. Mild dizziness & shower crow noise in my ears continues. After reading you guys experience, I might have to check my ears if it requires little bit ENT care, because I could feel its not normal, but only happens in shower, not that I cannot tolorate but I know its different.
Long story short, had some post covid effects, I think its about the confidence, belief that everything is going to normal, not to worry why and whats going to too much, not to read a lot more in news(negative stuff), only read positive stuff, early morning meditation helped me with focusing and slowly avoiding the dizziness. Hope this would be helpful to you guys. I know the feeling, Im like when I am holding my daughter, am I going to drop her or am I going to fall on the floor. That's how I felt in the initial days, later I have started to get over that, gaining energy and confidence both helped, especially the nutritious food my wife gave me I could feel the difference right after few days I reached US and ate my wife's hand made food. Long story - short but still long 😉 Feelings would never end right. But really feel all of us would feel much better.
@bexx81 Hi, I’ve never signed up for anything before but I had to after seeing this post. I was exactly the same as you had covid in august 2021 was fine for a few weeks then all of a sudden dizziness out of no where, never struggled with it before but now I’m struggling to even go out as I feel like I’m going to fall over and then I panic and rush home. I haven’t had any vaccines and won’t be getting them. I just put a post on social media tonight asking about this dizziness and then came across this. When I sit down I’m ok, looking at my phone doesn’t help. I too have kids so really feel for you. I’m hoping it will just pass as I’m ok for a few days then comes out of nowhere. Hopefully everyone has a fast recovery.
Hello All. Since 7th September I have been suffering from rocking sensation, dizzinness, extreme fatigue. I had a ENG-VNG to discard any Neuritis, mi dx is Vestibular Migraine.
I went this week to the best Vestibular Doctor in my country, and she has told me she is seeing tons of cases like mine, of these symptoms after vaccine. She says in most cases are people with history of Vestibular Migraines (not properly diagnosticated before) that re appear after the Vaccine or MAV due to the vaccine.
Probably doing a good ENG-VNG test can help you all to discard Neuritis. My own personal theory goes for two things, one that the vaccine as the covid has something to do with some type of blood vessels inflammation, and also probably all the immune reactions plays a role in some channels that play with vestibular migraines.
This week I will start treatment and will let you know if this works. So far, COQ10 has also helped me a bit, not a big help but some help, and it is a drug somehow linked to MAV aid.
I am another experiencing post Covid vestibular issues. Unbalance, mild headaches and head pressure are my main symptoms. Collectively they make me feel swimmy. My primary doctor, who I have seen twice, has taken a wait and see approach…which I firmly stated I did not agree with. I requested he make referrals for an MRI and for a vestibular specialist. Fortunately, he agreed and I am moving forward. Listening to our bodies, being our own health advocate and getting some relief from this forum that this is a “real thing” is part of the heathy journey. Stay strong.
@am85 I was also diagnosed with vestibular migraine by neurologist. What did they give you and is it helping? I was prescribed Effexor but have not started yet, a little uneasy taking antidepressants
@am85 I've been having the same constant dizziness for over 3.5 months now, after getting my second dose of the vaccine. I do have a history of vestibular migraine. I'm waiting to see an ENT, but it may be many weeks before I get an appointment.
What treatment are you trying? Have you seen any improvement yet?
@quail444 Hello! I hope you are feeling better. My recommendation would be speak with your ENT, in case you are not satisfied with the visit, let him know if you can be referred to a neuro otologist and also a neurologist colleagues from him/her.
Probably doing a MRI and/or a VNG-ENG test can help you a lot. VNG/ENG test is very useful for dizzinnes as it evaluates the complete vestibular system and nerves. MRI will discard any other neurological issue.
I am right now taking magnesium glycinate (200-400mg day) Coq (100-200mg day) and Lorazepam 0.25mg day (be careful with this drug and always talk to your doctor first as it is addictive and strong withdrawal).
I have started with this protocol and it has helped me a lot. I am waiting to start with a more pharmaceutical treatment on top of my current protocol if I see that I need further improvement in the upcoming weeks.
Let us know hoy you evolve! My Dr told me they are seeing a particular type of Vestibular Migraines from the vaccine, either the attacks and the dizzinness left after those attacks.
@am85 Thank you for the advice! I did already have a brain MRI and that was clear, so waiting now for the ENT.
@lbromberg89 hello! Effexor is a very good drug for migraines and dizzinness , you can try it and give it a few weeks. I am right now in a migraine free diet (chocolate, alcohol, MSG) magnesium glycinate (200-400mg day) Coq10 (100-200mg day) and Lorazepam (0.25mg day). This is working very well, I am still dizzy but ever week I am improving. Be aware that lorazepam is a prescripted drug and you must check with your doctor as it has strong withdrawal symptoms.
Regarding the standard treatment, I have been prescribed Flunarizine and Betahistine together. I know Flunarizine is not approved by the US, so you can try Effexor or ask for a Tryclic Antidepressant (Amitryptiline).
Anyway, I would suggest if you have also a Dx, you are happy and confident about it, my best suggestion would be to work with your doctor and ask for another alternative than Effexor.
In my case, I am waiting because my protocol is working well without Flunarizine, but I know sometime i will need to take it to speed up a bit my recovery.
I hope this helps and please let us know about your progress and decisions!
@quail444 great! let us know how you evolve and your case. VNG/ENG test can be a good test, discarding MRI and Blood tests working with an ENT trained on vestibular issues (A good oto neurologist) would be my advice, to have a proper diagnosis. Please let us know how everything evolves! Best regards and wishes
@yasmin0805 Hi Yasmin and all here.
I have not had the Covid-19 shot. Since I tested positive the last week of Sept. I no longer need it. 🙂 (At least, the ones that are on the market now.) I most likely have the Delta variant, since my symptoms were distinctly 2-part, and the first Covid illness typically went to the lungs and caused pneumonia, which I never had. Never went to the ER.
A checklist of every symptom would have my name on it, in order. 🙂 Scratchy throat, metallic taste, some loss of certain types of taste, achiness, headaches, nausea and vomiting are gone.
Sudden onset of vertigo/dizziness. Dictionary definition does not describe me. Sometimes I feel like I am falling; sometimes being pushed; sometimes swooning like being drunk. Proprioception was shot for two days--had to have help toileting.
My husband has recovered. He really pushed fluids, and walking, no matter how scary.
I have inner ear issues and wear hearing aids. Last onset of serious vertigo/dizziness was after a stomach bug in 2004.
Fam. Physician Dr. prescribed Meclizine. Minimal help.
Chiro (husband) adjusted my neck. Did not help or hurt.
Xanax helped me keep my sanity for the first two nights.
I left a message with my audiologist for more ideas.
Interesting that the vaccine seems to affect vulnerable people in a similar fashion to the virus itself.
I hope you are feeling better.
Nice to meet you.
@am85 Nice to meet you.
I totally agree that there is inflammation there.
I will brainstorm with my doctor about anti-inflammatories, since some help Covid overall and some make it worse.