Vertigo...

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    Dec 11, 2013 4:45 PM GMT
    Does anyone else suffer from vertigo???

    I am going through another bout of it at the moment and just wondering what everyone else does to deal with it. Right now it's only the dizziness but there are times where I can get headaches and nausea/vomiting as well. Usually it only lasts for a few hours but this time it's been going on for the last 4 days. A few years back it lasted for 11 days straight.
  • starboard5

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    Dec 11, 2013 5:37 PM GMT
    Have you seen and ENT doc? Vertigo can be caused by several things so see the doc to get it narrowed down.Have you had an recent viral infections? I once had what I assume was benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Felt like a gyroscope was going off in my head. Can be very disabling. It's caused by displacement of tiny crystals in the inner ear. There's some kind of special chair they can put you in to rapidly move you and reposition the crystals. Have a coworker who has to have it done occasionally. Can cause vomiting, but seems to fix the problem. There are also some exercises you can do with head positioning but I don't know how effective they are. You have my sympathy. Hope it clears up soon.
  • rebelfan

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    Dec 11, 2013 7:11 PM GMT
    Over the counter Dramamine will help as well, it is the OTC generic version of Meclozine or AntiVert which is what you will get as a prescription.
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    Dec 11, 2013 7:22 PM GMT
    Ohioguy saidDoes anyone else suffer from vertigo???

    I am going through another bout of it at the moment and just wondering what everyone else does to deal with it.

    I suddenly got severe vertigo, I could barely stand up, like I was very drunk. I was diagnosed with an inner ear infection. Antibiotics cured me in a few days. You could be having a recurring infection.

    Other causes could be head trauma, recent or from residual effects of an earlier incident, which could be even more serious. Also fluctuations in blood pressure. Along with, and I hate to sound alarmist, brain tumor. The nausea & vomiting are big red flags. See a doctor ASAP!
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    Dec 11, 2013 7:27 PM GMT
    I've had vertigo a couple of times... just an awful thing to have. I totally empathize. For me, it has lasted for as little as a day and as long as a week another time.

    That said, there are some new "cures" for vertigo including some sort of chair that spins you around. I forget what it's called but go see your doctor - ask for referral to an ENT Specialist and make sure it doesn't happen again icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 11, 2013 7:49 PM GMT
    I went to a doctor a few years back when the vertigo first began. The doctor said my vertigo may be attributed with a severe ear infection that I had back when I was in high school. Generally I control my vertigo with meclizine and sometimes ativan.

    I'm thinking about going back to my doc to get a referral to an ENT.
  • LJay

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    Dec 11, 2013 7:50 PM GMT
    I just had a bout of it and finally went to the doctor, my trusted, fantastic, GP. His first move was to check for infection. Ruling that out, he suggested that I take 25 mgs. of benedryl [generic is diphenhydramine] for about four days for relief. He said that he could give me a prescription of meclozine, but that this would be just as good and cheaper and less fuss.

    Talk to your doctor. Good luck.
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    Dec 11, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
    I had it, at least 30 years ago. The ringing in my ears (tinnitus) also started at the same time; not just ringing but a loud squeal. The tinnitus got better over time. The feeling of the world suddenly being sideways went away in a week or so. The ENT said it could be some infection or something that might come back and get worse; luckily that hasn't happened. He also said it could be from my listening to music loud with headphones.
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    Dec 11, 2013 9:54 PM GMT
    I had it earlier this year and it was dreadful !

    None of the meds they gave me really helped much to alleviate it, I just had to let it run it's course. Lasted a good few weeks or so for me and was the product of an ear infection according to the doctor.

    It is dreadful and the worst thing is that you look perfectly normal to everyone else so people just think your putting it on (unless of course they've had it). It can be very isolating.
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    Dec 11, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    Ohioguy saidI went to a doctor a few years back when the vertigo first began. The doctor said my vertigo may be attributed with a severe ear infection that I had back when I was in high school. Generally I control my vertigo with meclizine and sometimes ativan.

    I'm thinking about going back to my doc to get a referral to an ENT.

    Then you DO have a history of inner ear infection. As I proposed above.

    Then start with an ENT, as you suggest. You may not have been previously treated for an ear infection aggressively enough in the past.
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    Dec 11, 2013 10:42 PM GMT
    I have had it for months at a time due to allergies. Try saline nasal rinse twice per day. Also try sudafed 12 hour pseudo-ephedrine to relive sinus inflammation that may be affecting drainage of the ears.
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    Dec 12, 2013 12:05 AM GMT
    A few years ago I had some dizziness at work and decided to go home. After sitting at home in for about a half an hour I got up and it ended up taking me down to the floor. I crawling on the floor to the bathroom to get sick. That insane dizzy spell was indescribable and was the longest half hour of my life! It slowly got better over the next two months. I often didn't want to drive as I literally felt drunk.

    The doctor thought that it might be Meniere's. Then they thought that is was dislodged crystals. I had a combination of low hum and high pitched ringing in both ears for about a year. Slowly it went away. They never figured out the problem. I may have been an inner ear virus that took a long time to beat.

    Every once in a while when I turn my head too fast I get a brief spell.

    Go to the doctor and see what their opinion may be. It could be a simple infection or maybe something else. Hopefully it all gets figured out for you. I totally feel your pain!
  • SportsRI

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    Dec 12, 2013 12:32 AM GMT
    I was diagnosed with BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) a few years ago. It took a couple of years for it to be diagnosed correctly. The initial cause can be an inner ear infection or head trauma. These causes can occur just prior to experiencing the vertigo for the first time or months to years earlier. The treatment has been the Eppley procedure which is a method to change your head position in a specific sequence to have the large crystals move out of the cochlea. The symptoms can be severe such as not being able to move because the room is spinning around or minor where one feels a momentary disorientation. If you have any more questions please contact me. Jim
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    Dec 12, 2013 2:09 AM GMT
    I posted this the last time the subject came up --
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    Had all the expensive tests and the referral to a pricey neurologist. Here's how that turned out--

    Me: "Doc, when I turn my head this way, the whole room spins around."

    Overtained Neurologist: "Well, then don't turn your head that way."

    I would add "bada boomp" but that really is no shit how it actually went down.

    My advice--

    1. Don't let them treat it with antibiotics. It's always the first thing they want to do; it really screws up your shit (literally); and it doesn't work.

    2. Keep a log. I finally found that mine is related to pollen allergens and tends to recur near the same time(s) every year. A log may help you determine if exposure to a particular allergen is involved.

    3. I have the best result treating mine with plain old non-prescription benedryl. I figured it out for myself after all the Docs gave up. Benedryl fits in with the allergy theory and It probably has a drying effect on the inner ear as well. This stuff makes you sleepy, so take it at night just before bed. I only need a half a tab. That resolves the vertigo for a full 24 hours. Taking it at night doesn't seem to cause any residual problem with alertness the following day. One thing for sure, benedryl is a lot cheaper than a CAT scan.

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    Dec 12, 2013 4:18 AM GMT
    SportsRI saidI was diagnosed with BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) a few years ago. It took a couple of years for it to be diagnosed correctly. The initial cause can be an inner ear infection or head trauma. These causes can occur just prior to experiencing the vertigo for the first time or months to years earlier. The treatment has been the Eppley procedure which is a method to change your head position in a specific sequence to have the large crystals move out of the cochlea. The symptoms can be severe such as not being able to move because the room is spinning around or minor where one feels a momentary disorientation. If you have any more questions please contact me. Jim


    BINGO! This is me....I have had several bad ear infections and then I had severe concussions that actually damaged the tiny crystals in my ears....so I have an almost nonstop "vertigo" problem.....
    I was sent to a physical therapist that specialized in balance and vertigo cases and have had the EPPLEY proceedures many times......
    You WILL puke before they get through the first set of maneuvers....I am sure that the Cleveland Clinic or someone in NE Ohio does the same sort of treatment that I have in Columbus.....
    This is a HORRIBLE feeling and very disorienting.... Good luck....how can you walk or drive or work? It TOTALLY stopped me.
  • SportsRI

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    Dec 12, 2013 4:33 AM GMT
    Everyone's experience with the Eppley experience may be different. When I had the Eppley procedure I did not experience any discomfort.

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    Dec 12, 2013 2:16 PM GMT
    JDuderrr said
    My advice--

    1. Don't let them treat it with antibiotics. It's always the first thing they want to do; it really screws up your shit (literally); and it doesn't work.

    That is not correct as a blanket statement. Antibiotics do work for some people who have certain kinds of inner ear infections, which can cause balance loss. I suddenly developed these symptoms when I was 35, and antibiotics is exactly what totally cured me within a few days, with no recurrence since.

    The question is whether the OP also has an ear infection or not, as some of us here have had, or whether he has something else causing his vertigo. That's why most of us are urging him to see a doctor at once, since none of us here is qualified to give him a definitive diagnosis online. He could also have something much more serious than an inner ear infection going on.
  • Lincsbear

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    Dec 13, 2013 2:28 AM GMT
    Ohioguy, you need to see your doctor and probably a specialist with the problem recurring. As other guys have posted, your symptoms are too general to really say what`s the problem, and more seriously, none of us are doctors and have only our limited personal experiences to go on.

    I`ve suffered from it occasionally, usually when I wake from sleep. It`s low blood pressure-a family inheritance from my father.
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    Dec 15, 2013 11:25 AM GMT
    Ohioguy saidI went to a doctor a few years back when the vertigo first began. The doctor said my vertigo may be attributed with a severe ear infection that I had back when I was in high school. Generally I control my vertigo with meclizine and sometimes ativan.

    I'm thinking about going back to my doc to get a referral to an ENT.


    Great thought! Good luck to you!