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Old 06-14-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
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Hello! well, this is my first time posting in HealthBoards, so be patient with me please: last May (May third) I was in the car with my husband, he was parking the car, and I started to feel very dizzy, extremely dizzy. We had to go back home, I went to bed that afternoon and hell broke loose. That night I started vomiting and with nausea, so bad that I had to go to the ER, I thought I was having a heart attack! I couldn't stand the car ride to the hospital, vomiting and sweating. At the ER they gave me fluids, made some blood test and said I was suffering from BPPV due to a kidney infection (I had no kidney pain or symptoms). The day I had the vertigo attack I was starting my period, I suffer from Hypothyroid also. The doctor said my vertigo had nothing to do with either one. They gave me medicine for the infection and sent me home. My vertigo was very bad, the room was spinning around, I could not drink water, or eat, nausea all the time, my ears had pressure and the left one was hurting a little bit. On the third night I went back to the ER, they gave another IV and medicine to control the nausea and vertigo, I was diagnosed again with BPPV, the Brain scan was normal, they sent me home telling me I should feel better in a couple of weeks. I was freaking out! I could,'t keep anything in my stomach, I started to feel depressed, and thinking that it would never go away. I made an appointment with a doctor (not my main primary doctor, he wasn't available) and he said that it was BPPV, he prescribed Scopolamine patches. Those seemed to help a bit, along with the other pills for vertigo and nausea. Well, I was asleep all day! sure the medicine helps with the symptoms, because you are out of it! I don't like being asleep all day, but I had no choice. This very bad vertigo feeling lasted for about 4 days, then it started to get better, slowly better. I went to see my Gynecologist to check on my hormone levels: they were fine, my thyroid doctor said that my levels were fine also, not abnormal readings on my blood. By the time I went to see my primary doctor he said that it was BPPV, I asked him about the possibility of Meniers, he preformed the Epley manouver, without checking which ear was "affected", and said that should clear the symptoms, that it would be better in a couple of weeks. Well, is not better! I went to see the audiologist: my hearing is normal, I booked an appointment with the neck and head doctor (my primary doctor was really hesitant to give me that referral). The ear doctor preformed the tests for Meniers, and said it wasn't BPPV nor Meniers, that it was labyrinthitis (although my hear drum was fine) that there's no cure for it, that it goes away by itself, that no exercises will help, that I had to keep going with my life, and to have a good day. It's been a month and two weeks now, I'm feeling better every day, the dizziness is going away gradually, but now the panic and anxiety attacks are getting very bad. I'm seeing an acupuncturist to treat the anxiety and other symptoms, and I think is helping me. Now my next quest is to get a referral for VRT (vestibular rehabilitation therapy), but none of my doctors want to give me a referral. I'm about to go see another specialist next week, for a second opinion, and hopefully a referral. I've read that VRT helps a lot, specially if you do it as soon as possible.
What I can say about all this is: hang in there my labyrinthitis friends! it will get better, the challenge here is to keep the anxiety attacks away from you. Do breathing exercises, go see an acupuncturist. I feel so depressed and with no hope, my husband helps me a lot. It's hard for me not to be anxious, but we have to keep trying. I hope all of you will feel better soon. I'm posting this because I thought it was a good support option for me. Only talking to someone that is going trough the same ordeal seems to help me.
Best wishes for all and I'll keep in touch!
Sereia

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:27 AM   #2
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Hello! well, this is my first time posting in HealthBoards, so be patient with me please: last May (May third) I was in the car with my husband, he was parking the car, and I started to feel very dizzy, extremely dizzy. We had to go back home, I went to bed that afternoon and hell broke loose. That night I started vomiting and with nausea, so bad that I had to go to the ER, I thought I was having a heart attack! I couldn't stand the car ride to the hospital, vomiting and sweating. At the ER they gave me fluids, made some blood test and said I was suffering from BPPV due to a kidney infection (I had no kidney pain or symptoms). The day I had the vertigo attack I was starting my period, I suffer from Hypothyroid also. The doctor said my vertigo had nothing to do with either one. They gave me medicine for the infection and sent me home. My vertigo was very bad, the room was spinning around, I could not drink water, or eat, nausea all the time, my ears had pressure and the left one was hurting a little bit. On the third night I went back to the ER, they gave another IV and medicine to control the nausea and vertigo, I was diagnosed again with BPPV, the Brain scan was normal, they sent me home telling me I should feel better in a couple of weeks. I was freaking out! I could,'t keep anything in my stomach, I started to feel depressed, and thinking that it would never go away. I made an appointment with a doctor (not my main primary doctor, he wasn't available) and he said that it was BPPV, he prescribed Scopolamine patches. Those seemed to help a bit, along with the other pills for vertigo and nausea. Well, I was asleep all day! sure the medicine helps with the symptoms, because you are out of it! I don't like being asleep all day, but I had no choice. This very bad vertigo feeling lasted for about 4 days, then it started to get better, slowly better. I went to see my Gynecologist to check on my hormone levels: they were fine, my thyroid doctor said that my levels were fine also, not abnormal readings on my blood. By the time I went to see my primary doctor he said that it was BPPV, I asked him about the possibility of Meniers, he preformed the Epley manouver, without checking which ear was "affected", and said that should clear the symptoms, that it would be better in a couple of weeks. Well, is not better! I went to see the audiologist: my hearing is normal, I booked an appointment with the neck and head doctor (my primary doctor was really hesitant to give me that referral). The ear doctor preformed the tests for Meniers, and said it wasn't BPPV nor Meniers, that it was labyrinthitis (although my hear drum was fine) that there's no cure for it, that it goes away by itself, that no exercises will help, that I had to keep going with my life, and to have a good day. It's been a month and two weeks now, I'm feeling better every day, the dizziness is going away gradually, but now the panic and anxiety attacks are getting very bad. I'm seeing an acupuncturist to treat the anxiety and other symptoms, and I think is helping me. Now my next quest is to get a referral for VRT (vestibular rehabilitation therapy), but none of my doctors want to give me a referral. I'm about to go see another specialist next week, for a second opinion, and hopefully a referral. I've read that VRT helps a lot, specially if you do it as soon as possible.
What I can say about all this is: hang in there my labyrinthitis friends! it will get better, the challenge here is to keep the anxiety attacks away from you. Do breathing exercises, go see an acupuncturist. I feel so depressed and with no hope, my husband helps me a lot. It's hard for me not to be anxious, but we have to keep trying. I hope all of you will feel better soon. I'm posting this because I thought it was a good support option for me. Only talking to someone that is going trough the same ordeal seems to help me.
Best wishes for all and I'll keep in touch!
Sereia
I can feel for you! I was nauseous and sick for about a week in March and feel a lot better than then but now my worst part is the anxiety about being worried that I will get dizzy. It seems that we have to look at this by months and not days. Because some days are much better and then the bad or not as bad day comes upon us. I really have to work on the anxiety and to learn to not let it bother me and realize it will pass with time, but can be months or a year. I pray it will compensate well for all of us. God Bless!

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:33 PM   #3
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re: vertigo and nausea

Hello everyone! well, I made an appointment with a Neurotologist next week, he's supposed to be the best doctor to treat inner ear disorders. I intend to ask him everything! specially why the last doctor I saw thinks that VRT won't do anything for me. I read that VRT is the best option for a steady recovery. Also my acupuncturist says that VRT will make my symptoms worst, do you guys think this is true? Are you guys in VRT now? can you tell me your experience with it? Right now I have more questions than answers.
Do you guys think that keeping a diary would help?
I went to see my acupuncturist today, and he is helping me with anxiety a lot, I really recommend this kind of alternative medicine. My appetite is not back yet, but I force myself to eat little bits of food, and drink tons of liquids.

Best wishes for a fast recovery to all of you my friends! I'll keep in touch.
Sereia

 
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:37 PM   #4
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I have not kept a diary, but was thinking about doing one. It's just difficult with having the little baby in the house and trying to keep up on housework too.
I had to sessions with VRT but unfortunately my physical therapist does not have me do them while I'm there. They're all at home and I must admit I'm not doing them. But, I do believe they can help your mind/brain with working on this problem of dizziness.
Do you get headaches with these? I did at the beginning and I have always had this strange pressure on my head above my ears. Not hurting but slight pressure like when your sunglasses are on your head for a long time.
I really hope this goes fast for all of us. I get nervous all the time. I had felt woozy today while in the shower and thought I would fall or pass out. I felt better afterwards but then while in Dollar Tree store, I felt really out of it like spacey again. This happened 3-4 times and it's scary for me because I feel so out there and I start worrying there might be something else wrong, but I have had other tests and it all points to this inner ear. I have 25% weakness in the left ear. I keep being told it gets better but does take an extremely long time. So please hang in there, I know how frustrating and scary it can be. I do feel better than March and April. But ever so slowly! Please keep in touch and let us know how things turn out. Thanks! Feel better soon!

 
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:16 AM   #5
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Hi everyone hi have been suffereing since middle off feb how about you I also have started accupuncture and vrt nothing seems to work I'm nauseas most of the time and my anxiety is thru The roof xx

 
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:09 AM   #6
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Hello Shellywhit! please be very patient. This thing will go away, the recovery is painfully slow, and it has many challenges, one of the toughest to conquer is anxiety, but unfortunately it comes with the package. The thing with anxiety is to try to control it the best you can, so you can control the nausea and palpitations. It sounds very easy but is not, we sufferers of inner ear disease know that, and the people around us maybe don't know it, so that puts more pressure on us and makes the anxiety worst.

You'll have good days, and bad days, is not linear, is like a road that goes up and down constantly, and as Biteneck said, you should look at this by months and not days, which is very true. Acupuncture will help you, but it takes time also, unfortunately there is not magic cure for this, and we all respond differently to the treatments, so we have to "customize" our treatment ourselves, because sometimes doctors are clueless (I think). Do what you think works for you, we have to take very small steps towards our recovery, for us these are BIG steps. I haven't had any VRT yet, but I believe it helps, I think the best strategy is to keep doing your exercises, don't push yourself, but do it, as much as your body can handle.

One thing I'm learning now is not to blame myself: if I have a bad day is not my fault, is nothing I did wrong, it's just the nature of the disease, if I have a good day, I try to enjoy it as much as I can, and try to make it better by doing my exercises and taking it easy. We all have different challenges: mine right now is to start to eat normally and keep the nausea at bay, and for all of us I think the big challenge is to stay calm and deal with anxiety.

You are not alone Shelleywhit! we are all here for you, please try to relax, I know is not easy, but if you do it everything will be better: your nausea, your dizziness and frustration. Try to do breathing exercises, massage your neck, take a hot shower or bath, I take Bach Rescue Remedy and that seems to help a bit. Please keep in touch and I sincerely hope you start feeling better soon.

 
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:41 AM   #7
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Hi sereia
Thanks for your reply I can't tell you how much it's helped me, I'm on my phone so I will respond properly after, everything you say is just how I am and feeling are you recovered now and how long did you have it

Thanks
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Shelly: no, I'm not well yet. I've been sick for a month and a half now, I started on May, and I'm still struggling with this. Today I woke up feeling nauseous and a little bit dizzy and anxious. I tried to calm down, did my breathing exercises, my husband rubbed my back and I calmed down a bit. But the nausea is still with me and I really doubt I'm going to have breakfast soon, I'm trying not to throw up, but who knows... still dizzy and going back to bed.

 
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Sereia still on my phone too Ill to put comp on, I've had this since middle if feb really bad since middle of march, it's really sending me under now because im not getting any better and the months are just passing by and I'm just becoming more dizzy sick
And anxious, starting having panic attacks at the thought of this never going, just want my normal Life of socializing and just to wake up feeling normal will do have u had any good days yet ?

 
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Hey Shelley! did you go to the doctor? did he diagnosed you with laberynthitis for sure? maybe you should go to see a neurotologist
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You know, during the first week of my vertigo attack I thought that I was never going to be my old self again, but it does goes away, believe me, but you have to make sure you are diagnosed properly.

My first three doctors said I had BPPV, the General doctor said it was Meniers, and the specialist said it's Laberynthitis (I still don't know how to spell this stupid word!), we'll see what the neurotologist says to me next Thursday.
We all have different bodies and we react differently to this, some of us take only a couple of weeks to recover, some of us take longer, the trick here is to be sure of what we have so we can get the right treatment.

Please be very stubborn with your doctors and demand an accurate diagnostic. Have a brain scan done, blood tests, anything you need.

Today I had a good day, I'm starting to eat, that's good news.
I hope you feel better and better every day Shelley.

 
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Hi Seeria,
How have you been feeling? Did going in stores make your head feel horrible? I feel really out of it in stores.
Thanks and hope you are doing well!
Take care,
Nicole

 
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Hi seeria:
I forgot to ask if you had a lot of anxiety with this.
Were you afraid to drive?
Did you feel you were in dream-state?
How long it took to be completely gone?
Thank you so much!!
Nicole

 
Old 08-01-2012, 03:31 PM   #13
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Hi Nicole! well, I'm still struggling with the dizziness and nausea, but I can say I'm doing better, slowly, very slowly but better.
Last week I went to the American citizenship ceremony, and it was hell! it took about 3 hours, my husband was in another section so I was on my own. It was the first time I was out of my house, in a public space, with tons of people, standing up and sitting down constantly, waiting on line, signing papers. After the ceremony I felt very very dizzy, nauseous and plain sick, it took me a couple of days to recover. I can't go shopping, my husband does it.
I don't drive, and anxiety is part of the deal. I'm anxious and depressed, some times is worst than others. I'm going to therapy to help me with anxiety. The dream state is constant, and the dizziness is mild some times, but some others is bad. You know that with inner ear problems some times you have good days and some times you have bad days. The problem I have right know is that working with the computer makes me even dizzier, or reading or watching tv. So, it's not gone, I'm still trying to deal with all this, but it is getting better. I tried acupuncture with no luck, I'm trying Homeopathy and next week I'm going to see a Tibetan doctor. As you can see I'm trying everything! next week also I have an appointment with my neurotologist, maybe this time he will send me to VRT, he did give me some exercises to do at home, and they seem to help. My therapist suggested that I read a book called "Full catastrophe living" by Jon Kabat-Zinn, it's about coping with pain and disease using meditation, I highly recommend this book. I also read "the secret" which helped me a little bit. I got them as audiobooks.
Nicole, let me know you are doing, don't panic, don't be sad, don't be hard on yourself, and be hopeful, it will be gone.
Best regards and Axé
Cynthia

 
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