Hello to everybody. I am new in here. I had hay fever since I was a teenager. I sometimes used to have mild vertigo but last year the spinning feeling increased a lot. It came in bouts and sometimes some minor vertigo remained for weeks after a strong attack. I had to take Stemetil to control vertigo and nausea and was incapacitated for days. I still have problems with concentration, balance, have to be careful walking fast or down the stairs etc have to look carefully or I will walk into sides of the doors or collide with people, I canít focus as well when reading and similar symptoms. Yesterday I went to an ear, nose and throat doctor who told me that my hay fever and vertigo are not related and sent me to his colleague specialising in ear problems. I noticed that I have vertigo and other symptoms like sinus infections only during warm months. Have anyone here experienced inner ear symptoms like me: vertigo, loss of hearing, noises in the ear and imbalance when their hay fever was symptomatic? The doctor sent me for an MRI to exclude a small tumour (as CT was normal) and also to do a hearing test. He said I may have Meniereís which I understand to mean that medicine does not really know what causes these symptoms. In case they do it is not Meniereís disease as it can be MS, tumour etc. If I have an allergy causing these symptoms I understand this to mean that I donít have Meniereís disease I guess! But the doctor told me it is not related. I think it may be...
Hay fever and vertigo, to my knowledge, are not related. Vertigo happens when the crystals in one's ear or ears become dislodged. Look up bvvp on the Internet and it will tell you what it is and how to treat it. By the way, I do believe vertigo is very common. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to something. I have allergies and have had two cases of vertigo and know of a couple of people who have also had vertigo. Hope this is of some help.
Thank you for your reply. I was told that vertigo can be caused by different things. I don't think my vertigo is fully caused by crystals as that type doesn't have loss of hearing and other symptoms and depends on specific ways one moves their head eg looking up. My vertigo happens by itself regardless any position my head takes and it even woke me up from sleep one night even though it does get worse from moving the head. I noticed that the bad attacks so far the only happened during the months that I get hay fever which for me is September to about may in australia. I was a bit suspicious of ent telling me it is unrelated and would like to find out of anyone with similar symptoms before I see the ear specialist ent next month.
Allergies can cause dizziness. I don't know if I would classify that as vertigo,which I take to be a more serious loss of balance, but clogged sinuses can cause it. What are you doing for your allergies?
If you are asking me what I do for my allergies; I am in the hands of a good allergist and have to have injections plus take as many precautions as possible, meaning I stay away from perfume, don't bike in the wind, etc.
I am using steroid spray during the months that I get hay fever. It has an effect on vertigo attacks that are not as severe however hearing loss still happens until the season ends. This started happening a few years back but gotten worse last year. I'm waiting to see a second ent who speciliases in ear problems, the first ent was looking into my nose and sinuses which he said were just hay fever and not connected to the vertigo and hearing problems. I didn't agree with him that these symptoms aren't related as they only happen exclusively when hay fever is there. I cannot figure out how this can be coincidental. I would like to learn about the connection, possibly from others who get similar problems so that I can explain better to the second ent (who is a colleague of the first.) in September the hay fever starts again and if judging by last year and even the year before the vertigo attacks and other ear problems will re start with the doctors for some reason not making the connection. The first ent said that it may be Meniere's.