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mortch 11-24-2011 05:56 AM

questioning Meniere's diagnosis
 
I have experienced vertigo for many years but it has never interfered with my life. It was actually something that I just put up with and assumed it was occasional BPPV. I never went to the doctor for it as my sister has BPPV and our symptoms were simialar and there were no other noticable symptoms.
More recently....the past year and a half, I have been experiencing periodic attacks of vertigo which are becoming worse with each episode. It will come on very slowly over the course of a day or two and eventually turns into violent vertigo especially when I am getting out of bed at night or morning to go to the restroom or something. The vertigo seems almost constant during the day but just not as violent. I am not nauseated. The episodes are lasting longer and this most recent one...I actually missed work, something I never did before.
Other symptoms include a general fullness in my head/ears, brain fog, difficulty talking at times (part of brain fog), eyes seem jumpy at times, very sensitive to sound and a ringing in ears at times which does not seem too bad. I have had the ringing in my ears off and on for years but it doesn't last very long when it happens. Sometimes it does get very loud.
I finally went to the docs this week. He did not run tests...mentioned Menier's and gave me dyazide and valium (for vertigo) as I can't take meclizine. He wants me to come back in a month for blood work and follow up.
This is the longest an episode has lasted and I am hoping it isn't a sign of things to come. Any thoughts, suggestions or shared experiences?


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