Have had a really stressful time at work over the last couple of weeks and have been getting really weird symptoms: a few days ago I got leg cramps in both calves and feet for a few hours and was hopping about for a while trying to get rid of it - then Saturday had massive chest pain that seems to be in my intercostal muscles - only for about five minutes, just before we went out for the night… And then today, during a particularly stressful day with lots of child protection issues and people getting angry and shouting at me, I felt my tinnitus getting worse. I’ve had a kind of loud white noise going on for a while and can generally zone it out, but there’s been a low pitched hum developing, as if there’s a fridge in the back of my head, and today while one guy was shouting at me it got quite bad.
Now both noises are just there all the time and it feels as though I’ve got water in my right ear (blocked and deaf - but I CAN hear normally - just feels like I can’t)… and the back of my head is throbbing like my spine does when I move my chin down to my chest (l’hermittes-style). And when I move my balance is sort of gone - haven’t fallen over or anything but need to run my fingers along the wall as I walk, to steady myself, and am only NOT feeling dizzy when I don’t move at all - it’s a bit like being really drunk
I’ve just started a masters degree, and am working five days in four so I can do the course one day a week (plus one day a week home study) - but am wondering if I’m being silly trying to do all this plus have a life (I’ve always been a very busy person). Have also just got a new job (which I’m hoping will be less stressful than this one), which I start in the new year (same arrangement re time). I’m also still smoking and am wondering how much damage this is doing to me and if I just need to stop now (have planned to stop in the new year). And I didn’t get a chance to eat today due to being soooo busy - this does happen now and again… But today I’m scared and realising I can’t do everything. In the new job I’ll be on a six month probationary period and am worried that I’ll wear myself out in this job and not be fit for the new one, which a) wouldn’t be fair on the new place and b) would leave me without a job and pay (benefits there are really not like the NHS!)
Just wanted to moan as I’ve been a bit freaked out today - I’ll go to the doc tomorrow and see what he thinks. With any luck he’ll tell me I’ve got an ear infection and give me antibiotics… I’m not diagnosed and my first neuro appointment is in January btw.