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Old 01-16-2011, 11:28 AM   #1
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Weird off balance feeling

It all started a few years ago when I had my first root canal. Fourteen days later I was dizzy and was diagnosed with a sinus infection. Took Augmentin for 2 weeks and it went away. Fast forward 5 yrs - From time to time I experience a feeling of off balance - not really vertigo. It's more like a feeling that I am wearing someone else's glasses. I have been to the doctor, the ear doctor, had my hearing tested, had blood done, and even had a CAT scan. Nothing. The only thing that gets rid of it is Augmentin. I can literally take one pill and feel better. I am perfectly fine laying down - it's only when I stand up, move around and move my head. It makes me very tired and weak, and the worst part is I never know when it will hit. I can go months and then all of sudden I have an episode. I can't figure out why the Augmentin works, but I can't be on a daily regiment of antibiotics and the doctors can't seem to figure it out. Anyone else feel like this? What did you do?

 
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Re: Weird off balance feeling

Have you considered BPPV?

First of all, the positioning of the dentist chair is the ideal way to provoke a BPPV attack.

Secondly, BPPV sometimes causes lightheadedness as you describe. BPPV does not always present itself as spinning vertigo.

 
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:09 AM   #3
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Re: Weird off balance feeling

Hi Susie,
I had a root canal over 2 years ago and about a month after vertigo started and stayed. I'm dizzy 24/7 and it's like I'm constantly on a boat. I was diagnosed by brain specialist with Migraine associated vertigo. I'm taking
50 mg of Nortriptyline a day and it's reducing the dizziness somewhat but it's not going away completely. I can totally sympathize with your situation!

 
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Re: Weird off balance feeling

Dawnt,

Your symptoms sound like MAV. Additionally, the fact that nortriptyline has reduced your symptoms is proof that migraine plays a partial or complete role in your symptoms. Ask your neurologist about titrating to a higher dose or switching to a new medicaiton.

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Old 10-23-2011, 06:43 PM   #5
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thanks for your reply. You mentioned titrating up the nortriptyline. I took this med
2 yrs ago and went as high as 130mg per day and it never knocked out the dizziness
completely so after a year I was tired of having dry mouth and I slowly came off the
drug. I'm trying it again to get some relief from the dizziness and slight headache (that's
always in the same spot on the back right side of my head) Is there any other med
that you could recommend? I'm also trying to keep a very clean diet free of of all the migraine triggers. I find it challenging and exhausting to know exactly which foods to stay
away from. Any thoughts would be great!

 
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Re: Weird off balance feeling

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thanks for your reply. You mentioned titrating up the nortriptyline. I took this med
2 yrs ago and went as high as 130mg per day and it never knocked out the dizziness
completely so after a year I was tired of having dry mouth and I slowly came off the
drug. I'm trying it again to get some relief from the dizziness and slight headache (that's
always in the same spot on the back right side of my head) Is there any other med
that you could recommend? I'm also trying to keep a very clean diet free of of all the migraine triggers. I find it challenging and exhausting to know exactly which foods to stay
away from. Any thoughts would be great!
I would talk to a doctor about trying a different medication. You could consider another antidepressant, or switch to something like Topamax or Verapamil.

 
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