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Old 05-15-2011, 10:08 AM   #1
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Constant Dizziness And Nausea

A couple years ago I started having episodes of dizziness and nausea. These initially occurred about one day a week, but over time increased until now I am dizzy and nauseous 24 / 7. I have been out of work since February 7 because the symptoms are debilitating. I also over the past couple years have developed problems with memory and thinking clearly.

When I recline or tilt my head backwards I have a severe sensation in the center back of my skull as though my brain is being electrically shocked. Any time I move my head in any direction I get motion sickness. I have no pain at all, just severe symptoms.

I am barely functional. Between the dizziness, the nausea, and the side effects of the medicines I am all over the place all the time.

I've seen MDs, an ENT, a neurologist and an allergy doctor. No diagnosis. The only medical issue found was I'm 50% deficient in Vitamin D but that does not seem to be related to my problems. I've been prescribed 50,000IU of Vitamin D3 but have not yet started it.

The ENT said it's not an inner ear problem, and was probably neurological, so I went to see a neurologist. All he did was MRIs of head and neck, both of which were negative. He said there was nothing he could do for me, and referred me to a neuropsychologist. He says he thinks he can treat me, but didn't tell me how yet. On May 24 I go for a day-long battery of neuropsychological tests, then on June 1 I get the results and start whatever treatment he prescribes.

Right now I'm taking Promethazine for nausea. It stops the nausea very nicely, but makes me feel stoned.

An MD and psychiatrist both agree I have some unknown physical cause, apparently something wrong with the nerves in my neck near the base of my skull. They both prescribed drugs to try to help, but the drugs are significantly different. My impression was they were prescribing drugs to treat seizures and epilepsy-type situations, or that help with nerve pain an damage.

The MD gave me Gabapentin, which I just started taking. Low doses at first (100 mg a day), then building up to 300mg a day. I've not noticed it helping yet.

The psychiatrist prescribed Imipramine. He said it would treat the physical problems, but in my research it seems to be a strong antidepressant. I'm skeptical it will help, so I started Gabapentin instead.

At this point I'm quite desperate. All the doctors seem clueless. My only hope is that maybe the neuropsychologist is right and he can help me. If not, I'm in big trouble.