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    Old 04-15-2015, 12:24 PM   #1
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    Thumbs down BPPV, Labryinthitus or something worse?

    Hey there,
    So I've just turned 20 and for the past 2 weeks I've been having on and off dizzy spells and it's starting to scare me something chronic. I've been to 7 doctors in this time and all of them have told me they don't think it's anything too serious because I'm too young to have anything life threatening. They all agreed my symptoms were very much like the symptoms of Benign Positional Vertigo and or Viral Labryinthitus.

    My episodes of dizziness come and go, and they last about an hour to 2 hours per episode, sometimes I feel like its never going to end, and I break down in fear I could be having or end up having a stroke. I've had a CT scan done that came back all clear, but that doesn't stop me from being so afraid of what's happening to my body.

    I don't exactly get a sensation of spinning, it's more intense dizziness, that is more prominent on my right side, and is more often than not, triggered when I lay on my right side. It makes my head feel really heavy and my right arm feels pretty heavy too. Moving my head from left to right brings on some dizziness when in the heat of these episodes too.
    But it isn't always like this, sometimes it's my entire body and I'm really dizzy but instead of it only being my right side, it consumes my whole body.
    When it all started 2 weeks ago, it was a 24/7 thing with very small intervals of relief with no symptoms, but now it's 1 or 2 episodes a day that last between 1 and 2 hours each time, but they're really intense, so I don't know whether I'm getting worse or getting better.

    Every doctor I talk to, I ask them if I have to be afraid of anything sinister or life threatening and they always say no. But I can't help but feel like I do have to be afraid of something like that, because in the heat of the moment, when it's actually happening to me, it feels like my body is attacking me, I have trouble walking sometimes and the dizziness seems to last longer and longer each time it happens.

    I know I'm only young but I also understand that being young doesn't just automatically make me immune to disease.

    I'm really really scared. Is what I'm going through, really what the doctors say it is? Because it feels so much worse when I'm actually going through it in the moment.

    Please help.

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    Old 04-23-2015, 02:49 PM   #2
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    Re: BPPV, Labryinthitus or something worse?

    I know it's scary I also have not found the cause of my vertigo and it is non stop 24/7 for six months now. I spend alot of time worrying about it being something sinister as well but my best advice is keep pushing for diagnostics and specialists until you find the cause and can be at peace

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    Old 06-04-2015, 01:11 PM   #3
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    Re: BPPV, Labryinthitus or something worse?

    It seems we are all in the same boat, i do think worrying makes everything worae but how can you not worry when you feel so ill but dont look so ill. Ive almost got over the dizzyness but have lots of other symptoms like eara popping eye pain and head pressure. I also have lots of lights in my eyes. The doctors have told me this is labrynthitus and i have read up that you can have it for months. Hope it helps that its not just you going through it so try not to worry so much. This is what im doing and reading that so many people have the same problems eases my worry as it doesnt seam life threatening.

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    Old 07-28-2015, 11:13 AM   #4
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    Re: BPPV, Labryinthitus or something worse?

    I saw from a more recent post that you are still struggling with your vertigo. Have you seen an ENT yet? You mentioned having had a lot of test done, but what kind of doctor was ordering all your test? It's great that everything is coming back clear, but I know it's even more frustrating because that means you still don't have any real answer as to what IT IS. Common forms of vertigo are bppv and are triggered by sudden head movements like you mentioned or by getting up out of bed. Doctors can often determine if this is a cause by preforming simple head maneuver exercisers right in the office. Have you had any of these done to confirm or rule out positional vertigo? Saying its viral lab or bppv isn't a very good diagnoses that's for sure. If it is caused by viral lab then your chances of it clearing up within a few weeks to months is very much possible but it may require some retraining therapy. You also have to make sure your ear infection is properly treated and cleared up too. There are two types of ear infections, inner and outter. If it is bppv then it could clear up after a few weeks of doing the Epley maneuvers (a doctor can do this) but don't get upset if it comes back after a few months or years. It's quite common to develop ongoing positional vertigo as you get older. Hopefully your's will clear up with time and proper treatment. age.

    Good luck and I really hope you find your relief soon!

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