Tori* was an active person who used to working out frequently. One day while working out, she was suddenly struck with a crippling dizziness that would stick with her for 7 years.
This dizzy feeling would follow her everywhere. She began to have trouble standing in one place and would always be looking for a source of stability for her to regain her balance.
“I just felt lousy and I had this light headed feeling all the time,” commented Tori.
These dizzy symptoms began to take on a life of their own and caused extreme anxiety that would prevent Tori from leaving the house.
“I just didn’t want to be in a situation where I would risk falling over”
She began to isolate herself and found it hard to leave the house and engage in social events. Self isolation can be a common side effect of chronic illness and the effects can be beyond mental. According to Psychology Today, isolation and the subsequent loneliness form it can lead to issues with one’s immune system and heart health, only adding to the complications of chronic illness.
“It is horrible, but no one knows you have it unless you tell them. If you say you are dizzy, they freak out and start asking if you’ve seen a doctor and then the anxiety gets worse,” commented Tori on the isolation that came with her chronic illness.
In the course of her illness, Tori saw 5 doctors and spent $2,000 in medical expenses. Sick of no answers, Tori decided to take matters into her own hands and turned to CrowdMed.
With CrowdMed, Tori was presented with possible diagnosis that no doctor had thought to suggest to her and one of them was correct: Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness.
PPD is a type of vertigo where the patient will have a constant dizzying sensation, the same that Tori had been experiencing.
Armed with the correct and confirmed diagnosis, Tori is in the early days of treatment and feels optimistic of the future.
“I have options to fight this. I am thank to CrowdMed for giving me hope with the suggestions when they doctors didn’t have any answers”
If you or a loved on is suffering from without answers, learn about how CrowdMed can help here.
*Patient’s name has been changed to protect their identity