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    Old 08-28-2008, 11:32 AM   #1
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    Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

    I am a 79 year-old male, and i have had constant dizziness, poor balance, and pulsatile tinnitus over the past two years. The symtoms have worsened over time, having started with just occasional dizziness. Tests at a dizziness center at a major university major lead to a conclusion that the symptoms were not related to an inner ear problem. I have consulted with several other physicians, and they tend to believe that the basic problem is related to atrophy of my cerebellum . I would be most grateful to hear from any people who have had similar problems, and their solution. Thanks, frank

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    Old 09-15-2008, 10:29 PM   #2
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    Re: Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

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    I am a 79 year-old male, and i have had constant dizziness, poor balance, and pulsatile tinnitus over the past two years. The symtoms have worsened over time, having started with just occasional dizziness. Tests at a dizziness center at a major university major lead to a conclusion that the symptoms were not related to an inner ear problem. I have consulted with several other physicians, and they tend to believe that the basic problem is related to atrophy of my cerebellum . I would be most grateful to hear from any people who have had similar problems, and their solution. Thanks, frank
    Hi Frank
    Frank it would be good to have your B12 checked I suggest these tests B12 serum,uMMA,homocysteine the alst 2 tests are crucial cause if your B12 is normal they will be elevated in a defiency..... As we age our bodies dont make intrisic factor that is needed to uptake the B12...
    I had your symptoms and a heap of others I eventually was diagnosed with B12 deficeincy after 5 years of complaining to doctors and untold tests my level was 130 but I presented with symptoms at 372 and told that that level was normal...... I am doing much better now the treatment is simple albeit life long but worth it.....
    Godd luck

     
    Old 09-16-2008, 09:34 AM   #3
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    Re: Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

    Hi Frank,

    I do not have the answer to your problem, but let me recommend a good specialist to see--a neuro-otologist (or otoneurologist ). This is a physician who spans the boundary between neurology and ENT. There are not too many, and I don't know if there is one close to you. They would usually be at a University setting; two such people are Dr. Robert Baloh at UCLA and Dr. Joseph Furman at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. This type of physician is very good at teasing out whether the problem is in the ear or in the brain.

     
    Old 09-16-2008, 06:43 PM   #4
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    Re: Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

    Rainbow,
    Can I ask what other symptoms you had?
    Thanks,

    CK

     
    Old 09-16-2008, 11:09 PM   #5
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    Re: Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

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    Rainbow,
    Can I ask what other symptoms you had?
    Thanks,

    CK
    HI CK

    Sure thing no problems there is plenty so here it goes

    Fatigue/extreme tiredness felt like I never slept
    Couldnt sleep properly
    Urinating at night around every hour
    Aching in legs joints soreness
    heavy lead like limbs
    Weakness
    Tingling & numbness inn extremities
    Severe pain in spine
    Electric like shocks like stabbing all over my body
    Sharp pains in feet toes hands
    Vision problems
    Pain behind eyes & around sockets
    Severe dizziness
    Gait problems
    Positive Romberg Test
    Stomach pains
    Constipation and diahrreah
    Speech problems couldnt find my words had to think really hard about it then I would forget
    Memory problems/loss
    Foggy head
    Co ordination problems
    Rapid heart rate
    short of breath
    palpitations

    I think that just about covers it.......Let me know if you want more info

    Cheers
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    Old 09-17-2008, 02:54 AM   #6
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    Re: Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

    CK...... I forgot to mention the all important anxiety cause that was dreadful it would last for ages at a time without any triggers always worried about my husband and children excessively couldnt stand to be left on my own at night.And I would awake in the night and just start freaking out it was horrible
    Just couldnt leave that one out because that & my memory loss was the most terrible to deal with

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    Old 09-17-2008, 06:29 AM   #7
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    Re: Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

    We may be related. I think I will take your advice and get that test. Thanks!

    CK

     
    Old 09-17-2008, 06:32 AM   #8
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    Re: Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

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    We may be related. I think I will take your advice and get that test. Thanks!

    CK
    CK
    Make sure you get the bloods serum B12, uMMA, homocysteine & folate

    Let us know how you go
    Cheers

     
    Old 09-17-2008, 12:01 PM   #9
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    Re: Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

    Oh, also wanted to ask what kind of vision issues you had. So you can have a normal B-12 level, but the other tests confirm this. Is that correct?

    CK

     
    Old 09-17-2008, 09:04 PM   #10
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    Re: Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

    [QUOTE=cknmbbl;3731564]Oh, also wanted to ask what kind of vision issues you had. So you can have a normal B-12 level, but the other tests confirm this. Is that correct?
    CK


    Firstly my vision......just slowly getting worse blurring just thought it was age related at first....Then I couldnt make sense of what I was reading not really an eye issue though.....But then I started to get severe pain behind them and around the sockets and this would be really be painful no headaches though, dry eyes too I take omega 3 this has now all gone away ...... I still use my readers at times but it is not as bad..

    Yes with the tests if your B12 was say up around 800 it would be unlikely you would have a problem although my gastro likes it at 1600 the higher the better....But what can happen is there are levels of normal range that labs go by In Aus its 200-800 I think so if your reading comes in at 370 say the docs will say normal but that is still very low normal & if you have symptoms it should be treated as that is the amount in the blood not the cells.....But if the uMMA & homocysteine levels are up then that shows a deficiency regardless of your levels in the serum.....Its like covering all your bases really
    Hope this helps
    RAINBOWS END

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    Old 09-18-2008, 03:39 AM   #11
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    Re: Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

    Hi Rainbows End~

    I read your list of symptoms and just wanted to comment to say, I have the same list of symptoms but an entirely differant diagnosis. I gave chiari malformation. Its just amazing to me that so many people out there are suffering with similiar symptoms and Dr's are hitting a dead end. You'd think they would dig a bit deeper and help them. Instead, they're here desperate for answers and seeking a diagnoses.

    Thanks for sharing here!! So many people need help and support on these boards. I hope your feeling better these days

    Take care

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    Old 09-18-2008, 08:45 AM   #12
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    Re: Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

    Rainbow, did you say you had been checked out for inner ear issues, etc. your symptoms are the same as mine and many others, I have been diagonsed with Migraine Associated Vertigo, MAV, what is your diagnosis, if any, as I know I went undiagnosed for 15 years, so I would not be suprised if doctors do not have an answer for you

     
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    Re: Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

    Rainbow,
    I also have I a dx of MAV, like Tyler. This is very interesting. You are doing much better after treatment for B-12, right?

    I looked at some old results that say my B-12 is 300ng/mL. Normal range is 211-911. I called my dr to ask about having this repeated along with the other tests you mentioned. So even though my results are "normal", it is "low normal". Any thoughts?

    Just wanted to mention at that same time my Vit D level was 31.8, normal range was 32-100. I was treated for that and it took 5 months just to turn that around.

    CK

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    Old 09-20-2008, 03:38 AM   #14
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    Re: Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

    Rainbows End,

    I read your list of symptoms and are these from low vitamin B12. You could not have listed these any better, I pretty much have the same symptoms, have low iron and anemia, low vitamin D, but no one ever tested me for my vitamin B12. Do you think I should have this done?

     
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    Re: Dizziness, Imbalance, And Tinnitus

    Hi Ashley~

    Testing for B12 should definately be done if your experiencing these symptoms. This generally is the 1st thing dr's do. If it hasn't been done, ask your Dr for it.

    Good luck!!

    Cindy

     
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