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    Old 01-02-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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    Exclamation Inner Ear Infection 6 months of persistent vertigo

    Hello I'm an 18 year old man, who has been suffering from what seems to be vertigo for almost 6 months. I can describe it as a feeling of floating, rocking and being pulled to the right. The feeling of rocking is the same feeling when one is inside of a car.

    In early July my doctor referred me to an ENT specialist claiming the problem was due to an Ear infection. The specialist confirms that it is a minor ear infection and prescribed me with Betahistine dihydrochloride which to my surprise had no effect on me. I revisited my doctor who performed a blood test and concluded that my blood test was fine, and that the problem is related to the inner ear. He claimed that the issue should resolve on its own within 6 months.

    During late August I visited a Homopathic center which provided me with some medication. Three months later on this new medication and to my surprise the intensity of my vertigo had significantly reduced. However the issue isn't completely gone, and is still bothersome to this day. It's been 4 weeks since I stopped the medication, and I feel as if the intensity is increasing. Prior to the new medication, the sensation was constant from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to sleep. Now it seems that If I divert my attention somewhere else, I hardly notice it or the intensity reduces, however sometimes it becomes overwhelming, to the point where I can't continue my current task.

    I'm starting to consider that this isn't an ear related problem, but an issue with my brain, could it be cancer? Or perhaps pressure on the nerves near the brain steam?

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    Old 01-06-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
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    Re: Inner Ear Infection 6 months of persistent vertigo

    The first ENT I went to told me to take over the counter allergy medications, and give it several months to clear up. It did nothing. I changed doctors and told him I want to solve the problem and be as aggressive as necessary. He listened, and has been great. I do not have the vertigo like you do, but you might want to get tested for Menierre's (not sure of spelling, but others here are.) Search some of the other topics on this board and see if it sounds like what is going on. Good luck, and be your own advocate!

    Old 01-04-2013, 09:31 AM   #3
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    Re: Inner Ear Infection 6 months of persistent vertigo

    Hello, I'm suffering with the exact same thing for the exact same amount of time. Horrible isn't it? Your symptoms sound much like mine and the betahistine didn't work for me either. I am being referred to a neurologist to rule out anything serious. At first I was worried but the doctor reassured me that at this young age (I am 20), it is unlikely to be anything other than the inner ear and that it can simply take a long time to go away. He has referred me just to put my mind at ease. I wouldn't worry too much but perhaps ask your doctor for CT and MRI scans or a referral, just to be on the safe side. Best of luck!

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    Re: Inner Ear Infection 6 months of persistent vertigo

    I also had this problem many years ago and it lasted almost a year but lessened after six months.
    The ENT Dr I saw decided after every test for this problem, that it was a Nasal Problem.
    After all Ears/Nose/Throat are all connected and as nothing showed unatural in my ears, it was decided that it was a Sinus problem and I was prescribed Sudafed. It did help but the feeling I was on a boat sensation took months to finally go. It will go for you but in it's own time, as annoying as that may be.
    I wish you well,


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