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Old 08-09-2012, 07:49 AM   #1
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Severe Vertigo

I am wondering if anyone can help me. My mom suffers from severe sudden bouts of vertigo that requires her to be hospitalized, this started out of the blue 5 yrs ago. She throws up continually to the point of dry heaving as well as being extremely dizzy. She can't stand at all, she can't move her head at all; she is laid up and we need to call EMS. She needs to get intravenous medication to stop the dizziness & vomiting.
We went to the ENT specialist several times, CAT scans have been done and everything checks out. They ruled out Meuniere's disease, any inner ear problems or positional vertigo.
Her attacks come very suddenly with no warning,usually within 2 to 3 hours of the first symptoms.
Does anyone have ever encounter this? we think it may be related to the digestive system but our family doctor said it's very unlikely..
Any insight would be greatly appreciated as this has now my mom afraid of going anywhere should this happen.

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Old 04-03-2013, 04:11 AM   #2
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Re: Severe Vertigo

I had it this bad one time. I am someone who gets vertigo out of the blue every so often.. My feeling is the whole medical profession does not know how to handle vertigo. Seems odd that we can send a man to the moon, but they cannot find anything that really helps this..

Old 04-07-2013, 06:59 PM   #3
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Mamisella, I am sorry to hear what your mom is going through. It is possible for the problem to be associated with the stomach. For example, the Vagus nerve connects to both the gastric system and the brain. It serves to control the sensory and motor functions of the body. I wonder if when she vomits that her blood pressure drops to the point where she gets dizzy. It could also be that she may be running out of air, such as when you inflate many balloons at once and this makes her dizzy. Because she is unable to move her head, it may be that one of the nerves that goes from the neck to the cerebellum is getting pinched. An MRI with contrast might show this. A CT scan is not the greatest for this . Has your mom been given any medication to ease her symptoms? Is she on other medication or does she have other illnesses where the vertigo could be a secondary symptom?

Old 04-11-2013, 03:27 AM   #4
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I really believe for some odd reason, they just cannot figure out why certain people get vertigo. It seems to hit people for no rhyme or reason. Has she tried any medications for the vertigo. I have one called meclizine.

I almost think vertigo is a mystery to the medical profession, especially when they rule out all the things that could possibly be causing it.

Good Luck, it is horrible, I know. One of the worst possible things you could get.

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Old 04-11-2013, 04:34 AM   #5
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I have sporadic bouts of vertigo since having ear surgery in 2009. As soon as I feel it coming on...I have about a 5 minute! Usually it comes on when I am asleep particularly when lying on my I tend to sleep on a couple of pillows. I take Betahistine HCI 16mg. It makes me a bit sleepy and I have to move slowly for an hour or 2 but it does negate the feeling..and stops the nausea .

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