I was wondering if any of you have pinched nerve problems along with your vertigo symptoms?
My "feeling off-balance" and spells of vertigo began at the same time my sciatic flared up last August. Simply felt off-balance a lot, like bumping into things etc. in the beginning. Then mid September I had my first true vertigo sypmtoms - woke up with the room spinnnig and couldn't close my eyes or I'd puke type thing. For 2 1/2 months my Dr. had me going to a physical therapist that treats vertigo patients, thinking that I had BPPV, as I had no ear or head pain. The exercises the PT gave me to do didn't help. Eventually my symptoms went away. I had 5 weeks of normal balance and no vertigo!!! Then, early January, out of the blue, I woke up with the room spinning again. ;-( Have been off-balance ever since. But this time it's different in that I now have ear pain (ENT says there is no sign of infection) and sharp pains and headaches behind that ear. Also have some other tingeling nerve type feeling in my mid back, along with my sciatica. The ENT is not helpful. He says that I do not have BPPV, as I have sensation of movement when there is none. He suggests that I keep a vertigo log for six months and just wait and see if this clears up on it's own again. Great! But, I've begun to wonder if it isn't all connected somehow . . . the pinched nerves and the being off-balance and having vertigo spells. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
I saw a chiropractor for treatments just in case it was due to my neck. It didn't help me (didn't think I had neck problems anyway) but I need to try everything. The chiropractor told me that he had helped a lot of people with vertigo. Maybe it wouldn't hurt to try.
I have heard of that structural explanation. I had my neck manipulated by a Rolfer, but it didn't seem to help, and there was some suspicion that that is what brought it on to begin with, but I am skeptical. Maybe you could try a Rolfer?