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Old 11-08-2009, 12:30 PM   #1
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VERTIGO...Please Help. :(

Hey there, I would really appreciate any help/info from anyone out there who is knowledgeable about Vertigo or who has suffered from it before.

I don't know what kind of Vertigo I have exactly since it's not exactly an on-going thing (like I'm dizzy every day or if I turn my head too fast or something). I've been told both Viral Labyrinthitis and BPPV by doctors. But I'm pretty young and have had 3 major acute Vertigo episodes within 5 years. I can't find a correlation between any of them to figure out what causes the attacks. I was never under any stress during any of them. The first time, I was in the movies. The 2nd time, I was home on the computer. This final time, a couple days ago, I was taking a nap. Each time I suddenly got extremely dizzy like the world's spinning - like if I moved my head at all I felt a long swooosh like everything was a blur. Inability to focus my eyes, lost complete balance, and had run to the toilet expecting to throw up - which sometimes happens later once I'm in the ER and they've driven me around in the ambulance like crazy and moved me from bed to bed instigating the motion sickness more.

I just don't know what to do anymore. This is scary, dehabilitating, and extremely unpleasant to live with. It's depressing. I have to stay home, attempt to rest now after my acute episode has passed, but still feel dizzy and nauseous, and they pretty much told me there's nothing I can do about it.

I was told they don't really know what causes Vertigo and it's a sticky problem. There's nothing to really fix it except for vestibular therapy which I don't feel will help it from coming back in my case. Not to mention it sounds unpleasant and not like something I want to do for the rest of my life.

I was let go out of the hospital after staying overnight, getting some fluids, increasing my Potassium to where it should be, and they occasionally gave me some Zofran and Meclizine, but not much considering how sick I felt. I mean I was practically unconscious, but they didn't really seem to care.

I wasn't even given a prescription when let go. So I'm sitting here with nothing to help me feel better, still feeling like crap, and worrying about how long this will take to go away.

I'm on Clonazepam .5 mg 3x daily already, so that's probably why they didn't give me anything else to take. But it's not helping since I've already been on that dosage for months for other reasons. Does anyone recommend a drug I should ask my doctor about to try to get a prescription for in addition to this? Or will it be overkill with the Clonazepam?

I have some leftover Bonine chewables here, but I'm scared to take them.

I just don't know what to do. Any advice? Should I just sit at home and sleep? Eat normally? What should I do? This is torture.

FYI, this last Vertigo attack came after I had taken 2 Benadryls for allergy reasons and was taking a nap. Makes no sense to me. Do you think this caused it?

I'd like to add that I've done MRI's and CTs and all that, and they all come out negative.

Would also like to add that I recently finished a Medrol dose pack (like prednisone) and Augmentin for a possible sinus infection in reaction to a post-nasal drip I've been having for the past couple months. If anything, I would think this would be the best time NOT to have a Vertigo attack after taking these medications.

I have much more to say about this topic as this year I've been suffering from chronic nausea without any dizziness and was told it wasn't my Vertigo, and all tests come out negative, but finally was given meds for acid reflux, allergy, anxiety, and sinus, which helped, so the fact that this attack just came out of nowhere despite being pre-emptively medicated seems very odd to me.

 
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:03 PM   #2
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Re: VERTIGO...Please Help. :(

Anybody? Please? Really any ounce of info or tip you can share with me would be greatly appreciated. I'm sure someone here's experienced something similar and has some advice for me?

 
Old 11-09-2009, 12:31 PM   #3
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Re: VERTIGO...Please Help. :(

Sorry to hear you are going through this.
After my experiences with vertigo, here's what I would do if I were you:
Find an neurotologist and make an appointment with him/her for vestibular testing. It's not fun, but it may give them some insight. The tests include a caloric testing (putting a warm water filled balloon in your ear to see if you get dizzy), a Dix-Hallpike positional test (to see if you have BPPV), perhaps a rotating chair test and one other, I can't think of the name of it, but you stand on a platform and they move it to see if you lose your balance.
Once they get the results of these tests, talk with you about your other systems, they can try to figure out what's going on.
I can't venture a guess, because I'm not a doctor. Sorry!
Hope this helps, and please, try to remain calm. The dizzies really stink, but it's the anxiety thoughts about when it'll happen again that really get you.
Also, I'd look into an allergist. You may have some allergy issues, perhaps food related, that you're not aware of. Once I got my stomach issues settled, I found the anxiety issues were much better.
HTH.

 
Old 11-09-2009, 10:15 PM   #4
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Re: VERTIGO...Please Help. :(

Thanks for the reply, wannarun.

Is a neurotologist different from a neurologist? I don't even know how to find a neurrotologist. Should I be doing all these tests while I'm still symptomatic, like now, or wait it out? They sound very unpleasant and instigating my dizziness is my worst nightmare.

I've done allergy testing. I'm not allergic to any foods apparently, but I do have your typical outdoor environmental allergies (which I was never aware of). Do you think allergies or even treating of allergies can instigate an attack? Is that possible? I say this because this last time I had the attack, I did go to an allergist and he did a skin ***** test to see what I'm allergic to, which were your usual trees, pollons, grass, etc. I felt fine after the test but thought that I would pop a couple Benadryl later on because I had generally been feeling itchy that week all over my body, which I thought might be allergy-related but couldn't take any meds in preparation for my allergy appointment. I woke up from my Benadryl nap completely dizzy and nauseous. So now I'm wondering, was it the doctor's visit that caused it, the Benadryl (while on other medications -- maybe it was too much at once??), or totally unrelated and I just have this inner ear issue that can hit at any time, any place?

I don't feel I have anxiety in general as a person and I don't feel anxious about when my next attack will be cause when I feel fine, I don't really think about it. But the moment I feel slightly dizzy, I can't help it, I totally freak out and think I almost make the attack worse.

If there's anyone out there who lives in NY, I could really use some doctor recommendations. Thanks so much for any other info or experiences others can share...

 
Old 11-13-2009, 11:44 PM   #5
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Re: VERTIGO...Please Help. :(

I have been suffering from that also and am at my wits end. Between the allergy symptoms that I can find nothing to manage and the severe consistent virtigo I have no idea what to do. I am also tired of taking the meclazine and do not like the fact that it turns me into a human zombie. Not to mention that I am trying to finish my masters and cannot complete work. But id does seem that the bad attacks are always when my allergies are the worst. I beleive there is a connection between them and the allergies and not the medications. Let me know what u think.

 
Old 11-18-2009, 08:52 AM   #6
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Re: VERTIGO...Please Help. :(

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Originally Posted by Zoe26 View Post
Hey there, I would really appreciate any help/info from anyone out there who is knowledgeable about Vertigo or who has suffered from it before.

I don't know what kind of Vertigo I have exactly since it's not exactly an on-going thing (like I'm dizzy every day or if I turn my head too fast or something). I've been told both Viral Labyrinthitis and BPPV by doctors. But I'm pretty young and have had 3 major acute Vertigo episodes within 5 years. I can't find a correlation between any of them to figure out what causes the attacks. I was never under any stress during any of them. The first time, I was in the movies. The 2nd time, I was home on the computer. This final time, a couple days ago, I was taking a nap. Each time I suddenly got extremely dizzy like the world's spinning - like if I moved my head at all I felt a long swooosh like everything was a blur. Inability to focus my eyes, lost complete balance, and had run to the toilet expecting to throw up - which sometimes happens later once I'm in the ER and they've driven me around in the ambulance like crazy and moved me from bed to bed instigating the motion sickness more.

I just don't know what to do anymore. This is scary, dehabilitating, and extremely unpleasant to live with. It's depressing. I have to stay home, attempt to rest now after my acute episode has passed, but still feel dizzy and nauseous, and they pretty much told me there's nothing I can do about it.

I was told they don't really know what causes Vertigo and it's a sticky problem. There's nothing to really fix it except for vestibular therapy which I don't feel will help it from coming back in my case. Not to mention it sounds unpleasant and not like something I want to do for the rest of my life.

I was let go out of the hospital after staying overnight, getting some fluids, increasing my Potassium to where it should be, and they occasionally gave me some Zofran and Meclizine, but not much considering how sick I felt. I mean I was practically unconscious, but they didn't really seem to care.

I wasn't even given a prescription when let go. So I'm sitting here with nothing to help me feel better, still feeling like crap, and worrying about how long this will take to go away.

I'm on Clonazepam .5 mg 3x daily already, so that's probably why they didn't give me anything else to take. But it's not helping since I've already been on that dosage for months for other reasons. Does anyone recommend a drug I should ask my doctor about to try to get a prescription for in addition to this? Or will it be overkill with the Clonazepam?

I have some leftover Bonine chewables here, but I'm scared to take them.

I just don't know what to do. Any advice? Should I just sit at home and sleep? Eat normally? What should I do? This is torture.

FYI, this last Vertigo attack came after I had taken 2 Benadryls for allergy reasons and was taking a nap. Makes no sense to me. Do you think this caused it?

I'd like to add that I've done MRI's and CTs and all that, and they all come out negative.

Would also like to add that I recently finished a Medrol dose pack (like prednisone) and Augmentin for a possible sinus infection in reaction to a post-nasal drip I've been having for the past couple months. If anything, I would think this would be the best time NOT to have a Vertigo attack after taking these medications.

I have much more to say about this topic as this year I've been suffering from chronic nausea without any dizziness and was told it wasn't my Vertigo, and all tests come out negative, but finally was given meds for acid reflux, allergy, anxiety, and sinus, which helped, so the fact that this attack just came out of nowhere despite being pre-emptively medicated seems very odd to me.

 
Old 11-18-2009, 09:10 AM   #7
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Re: VERTIGO...Please Help. :(

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Hey there, I would really appreciate any help/info from anyone out there who is knowledgeable about Vertigo or who has suffered from it before.

I don't know what kind of Vertigo I have exactly since it's not exactly an on-going thing (like I'm dizzy every day or if I turn my head too fast or something). I've been told both Viral Labyrinthitis and BPPV by doctors. But I'm pretty young and have had 3 major acute Vertigo episodes within 5 years. I can't find a correlation between any of them to figure out what causes the attacks. I was never under any stress during any of them. The first time, I was in the movies. The 2nd time, I was home on the computer. This final time, a couple days ago, I was taking a nap. Each time I suddenly got extremely dizzy like the world's spinning - like if I moved my head at all I felt a long swooosh like everything was a blur. Inability to focus my eyes, lost complete balance, and had run to the toilet expecting to throw up - which sometimes happens later once I'm in the ER and they've driven me around in the ambulance like crazy and moved me from bed to bed instigating the motion sickness more.

I just don't know what to do anymore. This is scary, dehabilitating, and extremely unpleasant to live with. It's depressing. I have to stay home, attempt to rest now after my acute episode has passed, but still feel dizzy and nauseous, and they pretty much told me there's nothing I can do about it.

I was told they don't really know what causes Vertigo and it's a sticky problem. There's nothing to really fix it except for vestibular therapy which I don't feel will help it from coming back in my case. Not to mention it sounds unpleasant and not like something I want to do for the rest of my life.

I was let go out of the hospital after staying overnight, getting some fluids, increasing my Potassium to where it should be, and they occasionally gave me some Zofran and Meclizine, but not much considering how sick I felt. I mean I was practically unconscious, but they didn't really seem to care.

I wasn't even given a prescription when let go. So I'm sitting here with nothing to help me feel better, still feeling like crap, and worrying about how long this will take to go away.

I'm on Clonazepam .5 mg 3x daily already, so that's probably why they didn't give me anything else to take. But it's not helping since I've already been on that dosage for months for other reasons. Does anyone recommend a drug I should ask my doctor about to try to get a prescription for in addition to this? Or will it be overkill with the Clonazepam?

I have some leftover Bonine chewables here, but I'm scared to take them.

I just don't know what to do. Any advice? Should I just sit at home and sleep? Eat normally? What should I do? This is torture.

FYI, this last Vertigo attack came after I had taken 2 Benadryls for allergy reasons and was taking a nap. Makes no sense to me. Do you think this caused it?

I'd like to add that I've done MRI's and CTs and all that, and they all come out negative.

Would also like to add that I recently finished a Medrol dose pack (like prednisone) and Augmentin for a possible sinus infection in reaction to a post-nasal drip I've been having for the past couple months. If anything, I would think this would be the best time NOT to have a Vertigo attack after taking these medications.

I have much more to say about this topic as this year I've been suffering from chronic nausea without any dizziness and was told it wasn't my Vertigo, and all tests come out negative, but finally was given meds for acid reflux, allergy, anxiety, and sinus, which helped, so the fact that this attack just came out of nowhere despite being pre-emptively medicated seems very odd to me.

 
Old 11-18-2009, 09:14 AM   #8
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Re: VERTIGO...Please Help. :(

Find a neuro- ENT, start calling local hospitals and don't stop til you find one

 
Old 11-18-2009, 01:56 PM   #9
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Re: VERTIGO...Please Help. :(

You can find a list of neuro- otologists on the internet.
I don't think I'm allowed to link to websites without violating the rules of this board, but there is a list on the internet.

 
Old 11-24-2009, 08:52 PM   #10
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Re: VERTIGO...Please Help. :(

I'm in the same boat with you.... I'm curious to know if this is also a heredity thing. The reason I ask is cause my mother has had the same problems and she told me today that she takes sudafedrin every night before she goes to bed during this time of year and it seems to keep it from coming back. I know it's not good to take sudafedrin every day im sure so is there something else that could be taken in place of this? Seen you haven't wrote anything for some days now so I'm curious to know if yours is gone by now? I really think if someone could come up with a cure for "vertigo" they would be a rich man. All i want to know is if there is anything that can reduce the symptoms so a guy could go to work without feeling like he's going to throw up or fall down?

 
Old 11-25-2009, 10:49 PM   #11
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Re: VERTIGO...Please Help. :(

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I'm in the same boat with you.... I'm curious to know if this is also a heredity thing. The reason I ask is cause my mother has had the same problems and she told me today that she takes sudafedrin every night before she goes to bed during this time of year and it seems to keep it from coming back. I know it's not good to take sudafedrin every day im sure so is there something else that could be taken in place of this? Seen you haven't wrote anything for some days now so I'm curious to know if yours is gone by now? I really think if someone could come up with a cure for "vertigo" they would be a rich man. All i want to know is if there is anything that can reduce the symptoms so a guy could go to work without feeling like he's going to throw up or fall down?
I'm sorry, I don't even know what sudafedrin is. Can someone fill me in?

My vertigo "episode" has passed for now. I just await the next one in fear, I guess. Some days I randomly don't feel well or just exhausted, some days I'm better, but I don't even know if it has anything to do with the vertigo. Anyway, what doctors typical prescribe to help with the dizziness is Meclizine (Antivert). You can get this over the counter in chewable tablets called Bonine. I don't really take it anymore, but I'm sure it helps at least a little when you're feeling really dizzy. To help with nausea alone you can try Zofran or something of the sort. Some other doctors prescribe some sorts of Valium, Prednisone (steroids), or prescribe you to do vestibular physical therapy. There are also these "water pills" but I've never taken them. That's to wash the salt out, which some also believe maybe cause certain types of vertigo. I would go back to a specialist. Hope that helps.

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Old 11-27-2009, 05:24 AM   #12
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I have bilateral vestibular neuritis, After 2 1/2 yrs I found a neuro-ENT here in Omaha NE who knew exactly what my symptoms were and put me into vestibular rehab program which consists of mostly home exercises. They are starting to help. I have been unable to work so am hoping I can get back most of my functioning for day to day.

 
Old 11-27-2009, 05:40 AM   #13
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Be careful with the water pills, they did not help get the fluids out of my ears and I ended up in the hospital with low potassium and sodium.
The meclizine and valium just make me sleepy and even smal dose of xanax makes me shakey.Topramax has helped reduced the headaches and motion sickness.

 
Old 11-27-2009, 06:35 AM   #14
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Be careful with the water pills, they did not help get the fluids out of my ears and I ended up in the hospital with low potassium and sodium.
The meclizine and valium just make me sleepy and even smal dose of xanax makes me shakey.Topramax has helped reduced the headaches and motion sickness.

 
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Hey there, I would really appreciate any help/info from anyone out there who is knowledgeable about Vertigo or who has suffered from it before.

I don't know what kind of Vertigo I have exactly since it's not exactly an on-going thing (like I'm dizzy every day or if I turn my head too fast or something). I've been told both Viral Labyrinthitis and BPPV by doctors. But I'm pretty young and have had 3 major acute Vertigo episodes within 5 years. I can't find a correlation between any of them to figure out what causes the attacks. I was never under any stress during any of them. The first time, I was in the movies. The 2nd time, I was home on the computer. This final time, a couple days ago, I was taking a nap. Each time I suddenly got extremely dizzy like the world's spinning - like if I moved my head at all I felt a long swooosh like everything was a blur. Inability to focus my eyes, lost complete balance, and had run to the toilet expecting to throw up - which sometimes happens later once I'm in the ER and they've driven me around in the ambulance like crazy and moved me from bed to bed instigating the motion sickness more.

I just don't know what to do anymore. This is scary, dehabilitating, and extremely unpleasant to live with. It's depressing. I have to stay home, attempt to rest now after my acute episode has passed, but still feel dizzy and nauseous, and they pretty much told me there's nothing I can do about it.

I was told they don't really know what causes Vertigo and it's a sticky problem. There's nothing to really fix it except for vestibular therapy which I don't feel will help it from coming back in my case. Not to mention it sounds unpleasant and not like something I want to do for the rest of my life.

I was let go out of the hospital after staying overnight, getting some fluids, increasing my Potassium to where it should be, and they occasionally gave me some Zofran and Meclizine, but not much considering how sick I felt. I mean I was practically unconscious, but they didn't really seem to care.

I wasn't even given a prescription when let go. So I'm sitting here with nothing to help me feel better, still feeling like crap, and worrying about how long this will take to go away.

I'm on Clonazepam .5 mg 3x daily already, so that's probably why they didn't give me anything else to take. But it's not helping since I've already been on that dosage for months for other reasons. Does anyone recommend a drug I should ask my doctor about to try to get a prescription for in addition to this? Or will it be overkill with the Clonazepam?

I have some leftover Bonine chewables here, but I'm scared to take them.

I just don't know what to do. Any advice? Should I just sit at home and sleep? Eat normally? What should I do? This is torture.

FYI, this last Vertigo attack came after I had taken 2 Benadryls for allergy reasons and was taking a nap. Makes no sense to me. Do you think this caused it?

I'd like to add that I've done MRI's and CTs and all that, and they all come out negative.

Would also like to add that I recently finished a Medrol dose pack (like prednisone) and Augmentin for a possible sinus infection in reaction to a post-nasal drip I've been having for the past couple months. If anything, I would think this would be the best time NOT to have a Vertigo attack after taking these medications.

I have much more to say about this topic as this year I've been suffering from chronic nausea without any dizziness and was told it wasn't my Vertigo, and all tests come out negative, but finally was given meds for acid reflux, allergy, anxiety, and sinus, which helped, so the fact that this attack just came out of nowhere despite being pre-emptively medicated seems very odd to me.

 
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