Join Date: Oct 2011
Re: Constant Dizziness with bouts of Severe Vertigo?
Hello HopelessVirtigo, Unlike Mulkie, I wouldn't jump to Meniere's Disease from the symptoms you describe. You could still have BPPV. I have it. I say that I "have it," but actually have it on again and off again. It took a good long while to get a proper diagnosis, though. Here's what happened.
I had had a bad cold. I don't have them often, but almost always when I do, I get an ear infection. I used to get ear infections often as a child, but that was before kids got tubes in their ears and before much of anything was done about it. Anyway, I had gotten this cold that was clearing up, but as my cold got better, my ears started acting up. At first, I thought it was my "usual" ear infection. My ENT found no signs of infection, although I did have a little moisture in my ear. I was getting dizzy, especially when bending over, turning my head, or moving my eyes too quickly from side to size. I was sent for a hearing test, and for the various balance and vertigo testing. Those tests include adding moisture and air to one ear and then the other, turning your head, sitting up, laying down, wearing special goggles and following various things on a screen, and so on. The end result was that they could not find anything wrong with my ears, including Meniere's. That didn't make me feel any better, and it certainly did not eliminate the dizziness.
I was then sent to a physical therapist that ran me through various positional exercises, eye exercises and so on. I had tried them on my own, first, but I did not really get any relief. The physical therapy sessions helped a little bit, but not entirely. At some point (maybe 3-4 sessions in), it was finally decided that, based on my medical history, I most likely have an autoimmune version of BPPV. The dizziness eventually went away, weeks after it began.
As it happens, I believe that I DO have an autoimmune problem, even though it is somewhat rare. The dizziness comes back every once in a while. Sometimes just for a few minutes, sometimes for a few hours, and sometimes for a few days or longer. But, it does go away on its own, and it rarely is anywhere as strong as when I first had the problem.. One thing I have noticed, though, and it sounds as if the same could be the case for you, I am much more likely to have the dizziness return if I am very tired, if I did not sleep well for a few nights, or if I am very stressed.
My suggestion is this: Pay attention to patterns. If my situation matches yours, then you know that your problem is most likely BPPV brought on by fatigue or stress. That means that it's not serious, and simply a symptom of how you are feeling overall. Get some rest, and it will go away quickly. If, however, the symptoms persist for long stretches (weeks, let's say), it's worth another discussion with the ENT, and maybe, insisting on further testing.
I hope this all helps. I wish you well.
Best wishes to all, FleaFly
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