I finally have a diagnosis! I have been having constant vertigo (or really, not spinning, but rocking) for the last 6 weeks. Extreme fatigue, concentration difficulties, and much more! The ERs told me to see my regular doctor, my regular doctor told me that since my symptoms were worsening so quickly, I needed to go to the ER. No one would give me any testing!
I finally threatened the Emergency Room and got "fast tracked" for an MRI, which I had last Thursday (after already suffering for 5 weeks). The MRI showed sinusitis. All the doctors thought I had MS (but still had refused to do testing to find out for sure...which makes me mad, but I'm just SO relieved it isn't MS!), but it's "only" sinusitis.
The ENT said I have complete blockage of my right maxillary sinus, but since bizarrely I am having no pain, they call it "Silent Sinus Syndrome." It's fixable, but now I just have to wait for my surgery to fix it, which hasn't even been scheduled yet.
The imbalance, as I'm sure many of you can relate to, has destroyed my life as I knew it. I was working full time and had to quit because I couldn't sit up that long and couldn't drive myself to work. I was taking online classes which I had to drop because I couldn't concentrate on complex thoughts due to my fatigue. I am a mom of 2, and one day I realized I hadn't bathed them in a week (that's the day I called my dad and begged for help, and he came down and helped me! I just hadn't realized how much I needed help before that moment!). Also, I crochet, design patterns, and sell them online, and have had to turn down custom orders and can't design new patterns because crocheting makes me spin! It's been a ROUGH 6 weeks.
I have some cool MRI and CT scan pictures you can look at, though. Go here to see them
. You can see the sinus blockage, which the doctor said has probably been accumulating for years. YIKES!
Anyone had a sinus surgery before? I'd love to hear tips if you have any. We plan to send the kids to California to be with my mom so I don't have to worry about them while I'm recovering (this has been so hard on them, but hopefully they'll have so much fun with her they'll forget about Sick Mommy).