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Old 07-15-2002, 07:51 PM   #1
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I have found out I have vertigo. The doctor prescribed me Meclizine, has anyone taken this. I just wanted to know when it will start to take effect, my doctor said right away but of course everyone is different. I just want to be able to walk in a straight line instead of walking off balance and dizzy.

 
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Yes - I have taken Meclizine. I always take it when I go on a Cruise for seasickness.

Vertigo, is usually spinning, not just lightheadedness. You should also know that Meclizine is an antihistimine. One of my Nurologists prescribed it for me about 3 years ago and it helped. But not near as much as the Chlorotrimeton that I am now taking.
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Old 07-16-2002, 03:11 PM   #3
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I forgot to ask the doctor how long I should take the Meclizine. Did you take it for motion sickness or vertigo?

 
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Hi,

I take the Meclizine for motion sickness. I use it for Cruise Ships, Float Planes etc. A doctor also prescribed this for me in my quest for a solution to being lightheaded. He thought it was a inner ear problem. It was not - It was an allergy. But it did help a little because Meclizine is an antihistimine.

When you say you have Vertigo - Do you have any spinning or just lightheaded? - If you are just lightheaded it's usually not vertigo. I think your doctor is doing some major guessing. - What is his specialty?
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Old 07-17-2002, 10:10 AM   #5
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I suffer from allergies, I caught a secondary bacterial infection and have a inner ear infection. I can't walk in a straight line, I am walking side ways, my balance is off. I have had ear problems as a child. My body is hypersensitive to meds so I am limited to meds for my allergies, I have developed small polyps on my sinus. I went to an allergist, ENT and my regular doctor for the diagnois. My regular doctor said my balance may be off due to my virus. I was also diagnois for perimenopause but that a whole other story....lol. It so sucks to be me right now.

 
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Sandigoros,
I know what it feels like to be you right now http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_down.gif
I have been suffering from dizziness for a lot of years now http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dizzy.gif I hate it The first time I got dizzy the doctor said it was an inner ear virusand I would probably never get again. Well, guess what that was 12 years ago and I am still getting dizzy and lightheaded I have been to 2 ENTs, had 2 MRIs 3 CT scans, neurologist, cardologist and a specialist at Hershey Medical Center. The doctors all did their best to make me dizzy and they couldn't. You know why? Because the spells I get are actually migraines, aggraviated by allergies and perimenopause and the weather! I had a bad spell about a month ago and missed almost 2 weeks of work. I was doing alright until yesterday when I had a little taste of the dizzys again. So I am kind of down right now . I cried yesterday for about an hour and again today at lunch. I am feeling alright today but am considering trying the Chlorotrimeton. None of the allergy meds I have taken have worked. I do take childrens benedryl and seems to help sometimes. I take that because it doesn't make me sleepy.
Anyway I do know exactly what you mean about the dizzys and feeling off balance. It does get to me.
I guess we just have to hang in there and keep hoping and praying. Although sometimes I just want to give up.
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I forgot to mention that I tried Meclizine several times and it did not work for me. In fact I told my doctor that I thought it make me feel worse.
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You might as well try the Chlorotrimeton. It is safe, over the counter. It may make you sleepy at first, but that diminishes over time. It has helped at least a dozen people on this site over the last couple of years.

It was a lifesaver for me. I was lightheaded for 2 years, before I discovered that it worked for me. I have been on it for 3 years now. I am pretty much symptom free.
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Hi Deb, is this where the crying comes from because I am not one to cry.....since Sunday, I have been feeling alittle depressed and talk about crying..... I have already missed 2 days of work, I am kind of scared driving because I have been dizzy. how long did you take Meclizine? I noticed very, very, very little difference. Can you tell me about Chlorotrimeton, some people said it helped them. I also been thru CT scans, MRI, you name it.....jeez, talk about a guinea pig for me. I can't take a lot of meds because my body is hypersensitive to meds.....Deb, I understand your frustration because I know what you are going thru. Are you going thru perimenopause? The ENT said it was vertigo but he was such a jerk-I actually reported him because of the treatment he gave me. I am calling my doctor right now...lol.

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Hi,

I've been reading some messages here and I too suffer from dizziness in which my dr. and ENT blamed on sinus problems and nasal allergies. They effect my Eustachian Tube, hence the dizziness, and popping an cracking of ears.

My problem is this, I suffer from an anxiety disorder which I'm actually starting to think stems from my dizziness. Excessive worry about the dizziness controls my life. On top of that, I have a phobia about meds...the side effects of them.

I was prescribed Flonase/Flixonase, but am afraid to try it. Advil is the only thing I can think without worrying. I also suffer from migraines and Advil works well for me.

My questions are these,

1. What are your dizzy spells like? Descriptive please, as I just can't seem to describe mine properly.

2. Anyone else try Flonase? Side effects? Effective for the dizziness?

3. Can nasal allergies and sinus problems cause dizziness??? I know the throat, ears and nose are connected, but it just seems strange that your ears could cause so many problems when it's a nasal allergy or sinus problem.

4. How do you deal with the dizziness? I'm almost agoraphobic because I have fear of becoming dizzy in public.

5. Does anyone know if my fear of dizziness could actually just make me more dizzy..because I worry about it? Self-induced, like a form of hypochondria or psychosomatic?

Thank you so much in advance,

Andrea

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i was just diagnosed with BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONING VERTIGO and i can tell you there is a big difference in vertigo and simple dizziness.
when it hits me i cannot stand up let alone walk.i am like a pencil standing on the point. no way can i do it. in dizziness the spinning is in the head. with vertigo it seems the world is moving and mixing up outside the head. i tried crawling to the bathroom the other morning and couldn't hardly do that. it is like someone is steadily pushing on you to make you fall.
the bppv that i have is caused by a tiny calcium speck loose in one of my inner ear canal. it sucks.
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Vertigo can also be caused by Myofascial (sp?) Pain Syndrome, which often accompanies Fibromyalgia (both of which I have). As I understand it, when the muscles of the neck and jaw become too rigid, they constrict blood flow to the brain and/or pinch nerve bundles related to balance, resulting in balance disturbances ranging from mild disequilibrium to full-blown vertigo.

 
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Hi, I've had terrible vertigo symptoms following a diagnosis of Labrynthitis )inflamation of the labrynth)about six years ago. It used to be constant and now I have it according to the weather. I live in the heart of the sinus belt. Whenever the weather changes from rainy to dry or dry to rainy, I get extreme sinus pressure all over my head and face, the worst being behind my eyes, eyebrows and back of head. The vertigo kicks in, sometimes it's a floating head type feeling,occasionally the spins or flip flops. I'm usually bedridden when I get severe attacks. This is all brought on by the weather, a change in the barometric pressure. Occasionally Tylenol Sinus will take away some of the severe migraine but other times nothing but bedrest is effective until the weather changes.

When I vacation at the coast in South Carolina, all of my symptoms completly disappear. It's the most wonderful thing in the world. Someone I know who specialises in homeopathy said that the only thing that will clear this up is to move to a coastal city where the air pressure is more constant and the air is cleaner. This is true and I'm planning to move in the future, God willing.

Thanks for listening, just felt led to share this. Some doctores don't know about this weather related sinus condition and the symptoms it causes and a lot of tests and surgeries are performed that are unnecessary because they don't realise it's the weather that's causing the sinus migraines.

 
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Hi, I've had terrible vertigo symptoms following a diagnosis of Labrynthitis )inflamation of the labrynth)about six years ago. It used to be constant and now I have it according to the weather. I live in the heart of the sinus belt. Whenever the weather changes from rainy to dry or dry to rainy, I get extreme sinus pressure all over my head and face, the worst being behind my eyes, eyebrows and back of head. The vertigo kicks in, sometimes it's a floating head type feeling,occasionally the spins or flip flops. I'm usually bedridden when I get severe attacks. This is all brought on by the weather, a change in the barometric pressure. Occasionally Tylenol Sinus will take away some of the severe migraine but other times nothing but bedrest is effective until the weather changes.

When I vacation at the coast in South Carolina, all of my symptoms completly disappear. It's the most wonderful thing in the world. Someone I know who specialises in homeopathy said that the only thing that will clear this up is to move to a coastal city where the air pressure is more constant and the air is cleaner. This is true and I'm planning to move in the future, God willing.

Thanks for listening, just felt led to share this. Some doctores don't know about this weather related sinus condition and the symptoms it causes and a lot of tests and surgeries are performed that are unnecessary because they don't realise it's the weather that's causing the sinus migraines.

 
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