Dizziness, unable to focus whilst shopping, or in crowds??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by lease79, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. lease79

    lease79 New Member

    Does anyone else have HUGE trouble with their eyes not tracking whilst they are in shopping aisles or crowds?

    I find that this varies in it's intensity for me from annoying, to outright panic stations, because I literally cannot see properly. My eyes hurt, I can feel them moving :( More often than not it is a real problem. I cannot drive far because of the headaches/eyeaches & outright exhaustion :(

    I had to drop back a couple of my daughters netball skirts to a clothing shop today, & yesterday pushed myself, so am feeling really flat.

    Got into the shop & thought that I'd have a look around, WHOA! Big mistake. Felt like everything was fuzzy, blurry & my eyes just REFUSED to track :(

    I get my eyes checked regularily, so I know that it's not that. It's deffinately the muscles :(

    So is this a disabiling problem for anyone else??

    Lisa
  2. meowee

    meowee New Member

    I have that tracking problem with my eyes. It makes it hard especially going up any steps without a railing. Also, when driving, I get that feeling and it sometimes puts me into a panic attack because I feel sort of disconnected.

    Good luck to you.. I know how you feel.
  3. lease79

    lease79 New Member

  4. yep its a problem for me,the dizziness,eye problems.and id like to tell you what my family and optician told me.
    first what my family told me.
    they know im affected by fibromyalgia daily..ive suffered from it for years now.anyway they told me that they notice while looking at my eyes,the eyes seem to go a bit cross eyed,and one eye will move to follow what ever im looking at,but the other eye wont move,stays still.like its stuck,trapped by something.my family laugh about it now,i do too.but in the begining i was horiffied when they told me about my eyes not moving like they should.
    my optician says the eye muscles swell up,and trap the optic nerves,thats why i get bouts of blindness too.this sure is a cruel illness thats for sure.

    kind regards
    fran
  5. xchocoholic

    xchocoholic New Member

    So, that's what that is ....So glad you posted this.

    I was told by my neighbor that my right eye was roaming. And I traced it to when I was taking muslce relaxers (Skelaxin). Also, my pupils were noticeably different sizes when I would take certain meds. Bendadryl, if I remember.

    If it helps, I've noticed that sometimes if I use a motorized cart and avoid walking, it's not as bad.

    Thanks marcia


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  6. Chermione

    Chermione New Member

    Yes! I always thought it was the lighting. That flourescent lighting messes me up where ever it is. I can't shop for very long like I want to sometimes, just browse and take my time, b/c I will get to this point and feel really ill.
  7. spider-girl

    spider-girl New Member

    some times i faint it was scary at 1st cuz i was always worried but now im used 2 it n if i feel weeker n dizzy on tht day i jst make sure ppl r with me. my bros th best cuz he freeks n dosnt no wot 2 do n if i faint he kinda jst drops me n we make a joke out of it after lol. but a couple of times iv hurt myself but i guess u gota have a sence of humur bout stuff lol
  8. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    thing going on for nearly 10 months. Also in restaurants or when in a room with more than two people. Could hardly shop.

    Then I took CIPRO for IC and whoa all of a sudden dizzyness gone. Dare I hope for good. I was told over and again no infection. Also my eye was bothering me the whole time too. That is cleared up.

    Love Anne C
  9. BelleoftheSouth

    BelleoftheSouth New Member

    because I thought people would say I was crazy...

    I also get up early and do my grocery shopping and any other shopping where stores open early..

    Sundays I will go shopping while the majority of people are in church..

    I get dizzy and dis-orientated(sp?) in large stores, I have panic attacks, feel numb, afraid I'm passing out, my friends will ask why I'm holding onto a clothing rack, or a piece of clothing so tight AND forget having to stand at the check-out counter for to long because I put the items down and leave ..

    Fibro is totally unmerciful and unforgiving too...

    ~Belle~
  10. jane32

    jane32 New Member

    I go in the middle of the week around mid day no one is around and I feel less hot. This was a problem for me before CFS though. I just don't like crowded malls. I do all of my shopping online at Christmas for the same reason.
  11. fibromeems

    fibromeems New Member

    Oh my, I suffered from this for a few years. Come to find out for me it was full blown panic attacks which arose from agoraphobia in social settings. I was literally a prisoner in my own home for a year one time. The Costco type huge, open high ceilings, crowds, busy floor and wall patterns (black and white square patterns),loud noise, odors, car movement, pushing a shopping cart, being at work and/or around people....church (I fainted),I can go on and on. It was pure hell ! My vision was somehow affected many times too, bright lights would make me see halos. My peripheal vision diminshed.
    I was sent to so many specialists and had loads of testing.
    All tests came out normal from 12 various specialists.
    I was told so many times it was an inner ear infection and was on antibitoics for about 6 months, which did nothing.
    Then told it was allergies and loaded up on benadryl and psuedofed, even wore patches for sea sickness, lived on antivert. Nothing seemed to work. Then a chiroparactor told me that my fight and flight response was to blame and he recommended a physchiatrist. This doc put me on SSRI, (antidepressant) and when the dosage reached a therapeutic level for me, much to my amazement, the vertigo (BPV) and dizziness just vanished. I was never so thankful in my entire life. I had even lost my drivers license for 6 months because of fainting. After 17 months my life had returned to normal, or as it once was :)
    Now 8 years later, I still take my prozac (40mg) and if I try to lower it, the dizzies start to rear their ugly head.
    I have had fibro for 19 years and now have RA and OA.
    However, the vertigo and dizzies are the worst hell one can suffer from I feel. It just grabs hold of you and controls your entire life and being.

    Just my little story -- blessings and be well ! Meems
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  12. lease79

    lease79 New Member

    ~*QUOTE*~
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    one eye will move to follow what ever im looking at,but the other eye wont move,stays still.like its stuck,trapped by something
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    I get that too!! Though these days both eyes feel like they get 'stuck' :(


    **Cindy**

    Waving back at you :) Don't see many other South Aussies around the net, we much be a fairly anti-social mob LOL! I know that we have or had at least one other South Aussie around here...
    As for the four kids, I can honestly say that they exhaust me, but that they are SOOOOO worth it. My husband is an amazing man who does alot more than his fair share ;) I don't know what I'd do without him ;)

    Lisa
  13. kch64

    kch64 New Member


    Hi Lisa.

    I used to feel so strange in a grocery store or shopping mall.

    I also couldn't drive on the interstate for awhile because all of the cars and the high speed, would make me feel as if I was going to "float away".

    It was bad.

    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after that, and I haven't had much trouble since I've been on thyroid.

    I hope you can find relief soon.
    Kendra
  14. lovethesun

    lovethesun New Member

    I put on my sungalsses whether I'm in the store or my house when it happens(I have really dark ones)You wouldn't believe how much it helps.Linda