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    Old 10-11-2008, 09:55 AM   #1
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    So I have been dealing with dizziness for over a year now. I have not had health insurance until just recently and I was finally about to see a doctor about what has been going on.

    She took a audiogram, it came back fine and said it couldn't possible be an inner ear disorder since that was fine.

    She then went on to tell me it's all because of stress that I'm feeling this way.
    I know it's not all in my head. She made me feel terrible. I've never had anxiety, stress, or anything. I'm a very laid back person. I know it's physical and not "mental"

    I'm wondering if anyone has had these symptoms:
    - dizziness from alcohol, caffeine, and medicines like excedrine
    - constant fatigue
    - memory loss, lack of concentration

     
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    Old 10-11-2008, 10:52 AM   #2
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    Re: dizziness

    Lucille--

    Sorry to hear you are dealing with these issues. Lots of docs behave the way yours did--very upsetting. It is not true that the audiogram rules out inner ear problems. You need to see a neurotologist, a specialist with a background in either ENT or neurology with more study completed in inner ear problems. Migraine and/or BPPV are the most common causes of dizziness. This board has lots of info on these topics. Caffeine, alcohol, etc, all increase dizziness for many of us...most of us have either migraine associated vertigo (MAV) or uncompensated vestibulopathy from vestibular neuritis or labs, also BPPV...some have perilymph fistula. Lots of possible causes, must see specialist ....

    best of luck!!

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    Old 10-11-2008, 12:16 PM   #3
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    Re: dizziness

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    So I have been dealing with dizziness for over a year now. I have not had health insurance until just recently and I was finally about to see a doctor about what has been going on.

    She took a audiogram, it came back fine and said it couldn't possible be an inner ear disorder since that was fine.

    She then went on to tell me it's all because of stress that I'm feeling this way.
    I know it's not all in my head. She made me feel terrible. I've never had anxiety, stress, or anything. I'm a very laid back person. I know it's physical and not "mental"

    I'm wondering if anyone has had these symptoms:
    - dizziness from alcohol, caffeine, and medicines like excedrine
    - constant fatigue
    - memory loss, lack of concentration
    Yes, I had a neurologist tell me the same thing, that it is from anxiety and stress, and to go to a therapist. I was like WFT??? I never HAD anxiety UNTIL the dizzy problems started...I'm going on 4 months now of the balance/dizzy problems. I'm on valium and mecilizine, which help, doesn't take care of it though. The more physcial work I do, the more it seems to flare up. But being a mother and wife and part time working, it's close to impossible to just sit and relax. I was just recently denied being refered to a vestibular rehab. center in Boston. My insurance said they won't cover it. I have no idea why yet. Your not alone, wish I had the answers, still trying to find them myself.

     
    Old 10-11-2008, 04:48 PM   #4
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    Re: dizziness

    Kelly--

    I am so sorry your insurance denied that!! What a pain...I've had problems with my insurance as well. Hopefully you can work it out with them, as it sounds like a great place to go for answers...sometimes you just have to find a doc who is on your side and they can help negotiate with your insurance company.

    Good luck!

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    Old 10-12-2008, 04:08 AM   #5
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    Re: dizziness

    Hi Lucille,

    I'll second what Violet said to you. Migraine associated vertigo is probably the most common cause of the non-specific sort of dizziness you're describing. It almost always gets worse from various triggers such as certain foods, exercise, pressure changes, and lack of sleep. It produces fatigue, memory loss and can ruin cncentration on top of dizziness.

    Try and find a good neuro-otologist. He/she will know migrainous vertigo when they see it.

    Best ... Scott

     
    Old 10-12-2008, 04:01 PM   #6
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    Thank you guys so much for the positive feedback. All I know to do is to continue pursuing this issue. It's been the worse experience in my life and I would like for everything to just go back to normal someday.

    I just hope that they can figure it out.

    I'm about to see a neurologist next friday, the first two doctors i saw in the past wanted me to see one. Do they know anything about ear disorders and dizziness?

    I've been told a neuro-otologist is the best to see but i don't know that they have those in Louisiana.

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    Old 10-12-2008, 05:41 PM   #7
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    Re: dizziness

    Lucille--did you look at the VEDA Web site? It will tell you about where dizzy docs are. Neurologists may or may not understand what is wrong with you...they can certainly rule out things like MS and brain tumors. They often don't know the complete story on inner ear issues or migraine associated vertigo. It depends on the doctor....ENTs seem to refer more often for vestibular testing, while the neuros send you out for and MRI. Seeing a neurotologist would still be best, esp early in the illness.

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    Old 10-12-2008, 05:44 PM   #8
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    Re: dizziness

    Ciegr--

    Hello! It sounds like you have some experience with dizzy issues. I'm curious if you know what it would mean to have VNGs that consistently show horizontal torsional nystagmus in all positions but with normal calorics. Is this BPPV? I think I had VN and then ended up with these VNG results, but I also have migraines with various symptoms (headache, tingling, hyperacusis, etc.).

    Thanks so much for your thoughts!

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    Old 10-13-2008, 01:40 PM   #9
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    I actually do have some mercury fillings. I was reading up on that a while ago. I had some of them removed recently to white ones.

    I'm not sure if that would make sense though, my main problem is dizziness from alcohol and caffeine. Can a thyroid problem cause that?

     
    Old 10-15-2008, 05:38 PM   #10
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    Re: dizziness

    Whenever a doctor is attributing your symptoms to stress, anxiety, they are telling you that they don't know what's wrong and they're not willing to look further!

    Sometimes the symptoms you're experiencing can be caused by bacterial infections or lyme disease. There is no definitive test for lyme's so often all the tests come back "normal". The Lyme Disease board has more info.

    Bethsheba

     
    Old 10-20-2008, 07:34 AM   #11
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    Re: dizziness

    you might want to search on Dr. Gianoli.. he's got a great clinic in LA.

    Good Luck.

     
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