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Old 08-12-2011, 09:07 PM   #1
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Sudden and Increasing Dizziness and Motion Sickness

In the past six months I've developed an increasing problem with motion sickness and dizziness -- both of which I've never had any real issues before. I'm female, 24, and in very good health. I am dyslexic (which, maybe as a link, I've been struggling with more in that same time. Spelling, understanding written instructions...directions on a map have all been more difficult lately as well) -- I understand dyslexic has been linked to an inner ear disorder, so that may have something to do with it.

In the past few months I've become unable to watch anything even slightly handheld or lurch-y on television or at the movies -- I start feeling really sick watching it. While driving I can't take my eyes off the front window -- if I look down at my phone, I start to get motion sick as well. Video games, computer games -- even trying to read a magazine while jogging on the treadmill at the gym all have become totally impossible for me to do without feeling sick very soon during.

I've also been having these sudden moments of dizziness where I feel like the room has suddenly moved -- usually my ears start ringing and it lets up in a moment or two. This doesn't happen very often -- once every month or so...but when it does I always have to stop what I'm doing and wait until it passes.

Does anyone have any similar experiences? I'm pretty sure it's an inner ear problem, and I plan to go see a doctor soon. Just wanted some advice just in case anyone else is going through the same thing!

 
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Re: Sudden and Increasing Dizziness and Motion Sickness

How long do your attacks of false motion and ringing (tinnitus) last?

Have you ever had headaches or migraines in your life? Please be extremely specific here.

 
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Re: Sudden and Increasing Dizziness and Motion Sickness

The attacks last maybe 2 or 3 seconds feeling a very strong sense of motion (usually like being the room is movie sideways one way, very quickly and strongly) and 10 more seconds with ringing in my ears. Not very long at all. They usually when I'm standing quietly, not engaged in movement.

And as for headaches, I've never been prone to them except in really obvious situations --- I sometimes get them on really hot days (dehydration) or when I sit at the computer in a weird way for too long (hurting my neck). But otherwise I've never been very susceptible to them.

 
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Re: Sudden and Increasing Dizziness and Motion Sickness

This is sort of a shot in the dark, but I suddenly remembered something.

I'm lactose intolerant, and when I was a kid I'd suffer from chronic ear infections without knowing why (it turned out that is a common symptom of kids with intolerance to lactose and other food allergies). Later when I was a teenager I figured it out and stopped drinking milk, and eating anything with lactose.

In the past six months I've been really terrible about avoiding things like cheese, yoghurt and ice cream, all which don't really cause as many symptoms as milk, which I still avoid.

Is it possible that this has something to do with that? Or is that totally a far reach?

 
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Re: Sudden and Increasing Dizziness and Motion Sickness

I asked about the duration of attacks to rule out Meneires disease. Meneires attacks are usually several hours long, and dont have continuous symptoms. So this does not fit your case at all.

Are your headaches ever moderate to severe intensity? Do they every involve nausea, light sensitivity, increased motion intolerance, vision changes, etc?

Do you get vertigo rushes when you put your head in certain positions?

I ask about headache because I suspect a condition called MAV. I spend a significant amount of time on a forum that specializes in MAV and your symptoms most closely relate to those of MAV patients.

I dont think lactose intolerance could cause vertigo. But I would suggest strictly avoiding dairy for 1-2 months because allergies or intolerances can exacerbate some conditions, such as MAV for example. If you notice no change in symptoms after 1-2 months, then you could consider re-introducing dairy if you want.

I am not a doctor, but I have been around in the dizzy community for a while. I would suggest visiting an ENT specialist and possibly a Neurologist.

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Re: Sudden and Increasing Dizziness and Motion Sickness

Thank you for your replies -- I just wanted to follow up on this just in case it can help someone else.

I went to a doctor and found out the symptoms were caused by Anemia (which I've had for a long time, but never with symptoms like this), and I was put on a liquid iron supplement (Floradix Iron) and within three days had no more episodes of vertigo. It's been a week now and I find I'm not dizzy in the car anymore, and I'm slowly being able to watch handheld camera shots (which I couldn't even look a few weeks ago).

Thanks again for the quick replies -- I'm glad I went to my doctor and got checked out.

 
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