- CASE FILE
Random tinnitus, vertigo and visual disturbances that started 5 years ago after I recovered from a common cold.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
About 5 years ago I was in my freshmen year of college. I was very stressed out in my second semester of college and had recently gotten into a conflict with a roommate. Soon after, I started feeling ill. At first I though I had a common cold but my symptoms were more uncomfortable and I started getting concerned. I was sweating profusely, had a temperature, ringing in my ears, my neck felt swollen, amongst other things. I could not get out of my bed for over a week. After the main symptoms started to subside, I realized that I had lingering symptoms that kept going on until this day, 5 years later. I still experience difficulty concentrating, vertigo, ringing in my ears, feeling like my head has a lot of pressure, headaches and visual disturbances (static in vision or “fireflies”). These symptoms have impaired my ability to live a full life and have caused a lot of anxiety and depression ongoing. I have never gotten an official diagnosis and doctors and specialists have tended to always write things off as “migraines” or “labyrinthitis” although I have never felt these targeted my symptoms fully.