My ex hubby had a sudden onset of dizziness, vertigo, nausia, vomiting, and tinnitus in 2000. The diagnosis was Meniere's Disease. He has since lost 90% of his hearing in one ear and is managing his vertigo symptoms with Valium very well. They had initially prescribed Meclizine (sp?), which rendered him useless (all he could do was sleep). He also has a constant ringing that makes hearing all but impossible.
We thought he was dying when this first happened. He was in the basement and tried to call me in this really weak, scary voice that I had never heard from him. I got to him and he was drenched in sweat, vomiting, and "spinning" as he says. It took a few weeks for a diagnosis, and months to find the right treatment. There is no cure and we are told that it will either go away someday, get worse, stay the same, or spread to both ears.
Not really specific huh?
He finds that avoiding caffine and salt seem to help as well. And when he gets an attack of the spins, he holds his head still untill it passes (sometimes hours).
I DO SIDE TO SIDE VERY SLOWLY, (NEVER GO BACKWARDS).
I HAVE DONE THIS FOR A WEEK NOW AND HAVEN'T HAD
ANY VERTIGO AT ALL. FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND IT IS
CALCIUM DEPOSITS THAT CAN TRIGGER DIZZINESS.
I ONLY LEARNED OF THIS RECENTLY, AND THE EXERCISES SEEM
TO BE WORKING. HAVE HIM DO THIS SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE DAY, AND LET ME KNOW IF THIS WORKS FOR HIM.