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    Old 01-11-2005, 11:29 AM   #1
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    Unhappy Dizziness

    I started being dizzy around mid-August. It started all of a sudden and it was accompanied by lots of fatigue. Things are getting better but it's not gone, I still get it 8 days out of 10. It's very annoying and stops me from functionning normally. It's NOT vertigo as i don't feel like the room is spinning just slightly moving (it's like a feeling when you just drank a couple of glasses of alcohol really quickly). At first the Dr. said it was a virus then Benign Positional Vertigo. He did all kings of test inluding a head scan. I'm really fed up of having this and don't know what to do anymore can anyone help? Has anyone had something similar????


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    Old 01-11-2005, 01:17 PM   #2
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    i get very dizzy often, as well i black out (not a usual kind of fainting spell though...) neuro's told me all it is are normal black outs and dizziness.. my doctor begs to differ and doesn't agree at all. the reason she doesn't is due to my face going entirely red, my body going incredibly cold, my inability to breathe afterwards, and my complete awareness while i'm "out" (just can't see or move).. i think it's due to exhaustion and stress... i guess it can do a whole lot on your body.
    have you been more stressed/tired since august? or actually passed out from the dizziness? i know there are other causes such as water in your ears, blood pressure, etc.. it's really hard to pin point the causes underlying as i've come to find out after my bach of tests.
    i gave up trying to find out the true cause for myself and believe that it is due to stress and exhaustion.. the better i control those two the less i black out or get dizzy. i've had this since i was young, maybe about 10 or so... it's more recent for yourself and i'm not a doctor... but it's something to look at i guess.
    sorry i couldn't be of more help.

    Old 01-11-2005, 02:03 PM   #3
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    Did you suffer from allergies or an upper respiratory infection in August? Sometimes the inner ear can become blocked and stuffy and cause dizziness. This is called Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD). You could look this up on the internet and see if it fits.

    Old 01-12-2005, 09:54 AM   #4
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    I have the exact same thing. I am dizzy constantly, feel weak, out of sorts...sometimes my legs feel heavy, or I can't think straight.

    It's horrible. My GP thought it could be related to this teeth procedure I had (apicoectomy). I don't know though. Seems weird.

    Sorry. Let us know how it goes, though.

    Old 01-12-2005, 03:10 PM   #5
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    I had a similar thing which started in the end of June 04. Not spinning dizzies but how you feel like having several drinks. I also had head scan, artery in my neck ultrasound, eeg, bloodwork, ENT visit, nuerologist visit, MRI still to come and they could find nothing. My doctor first said it was a virus and I kept waiting for it to go away, it was driving me crazy and then anxiety started, I even had a panic attack. It took until about Nov and now I think its all gone for now, the neurololist says it may come back, it may be something inner ear that caused it that could not be seen. No meds they gave me helped, I just had to deal with it and hope it went away. I hope it disappears quick for you. Sandra

    Old 01-13-2005, 07:08 AM   #6
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    I am not taking any medications and being dizzy and tired are my only symptoms.
    Yesterday I went to see a chiro, he believes it comes from my neck and he says
    he can treat me. At this point I don't have much to loose, I'm so fed up and I want to get back to the way I was before. The name he gave me for it is Cervicogenic dizziness or vertigo.

    At the begining I went to see an ORL who said it was caused by my inner ear, but
    non of his treatments have helped me so far....

    Old 01-13-2005, 09:36 PM   #7
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    I know what you are going through. I started having dizzy spells in Nov. I went to the doctor and found out I had high blood pressure for which I was Given medicine. The dizziness lessened but did not go away,sothe doctor ordered blood work and found out I have Anemia. However my anemia is not due to low iron or B12 or folate so now I have to have a bone marrow test to find out whats wrong. Anemia can cause dizziness and fatique go have a blood test.

    Old 01-13-2005, 10:51 PM   #8
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    i have been dizzy for 4 yrs now it all started when i went to pass out one morning while drinking a coffee and having a ciggarette i went to bed and layed there all day when i finaly got up i was dizzy and that was 4 yrs ago my blood shugar is ok as i tested it myself also my cholestral and blood pressure my only other problem i have is i have severe needle phobia and wont submit to a blood test because of this i now suffer with agraphobia/panic disorder and all the usual other stuf so i can hear what your saying now ( its your own fault ) but i have always felt that i have a problem with my left ear and when i clean them out with cotton buds the left ear inside always sounds swishy like theres some type of fluid thereand it hurts when i clean it. my only wish is that i can some how get a blood test done and sort myself out. just another point have you had your eyes checked i know it sounds daft but it helped me a little

    hope everyone gets well and keep us posted on here

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    Old 01-14-2005, 10:54 AM   #9
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    Hi Sandra (dizzyone),

    You've just exactly explained how I feel, it's horrible to always feel that way and like
    you I did all the test imaginable and nothing, they're just guessing.....
    Can I ask how old you are? I'm 34 and I feel like I'm 80... The dizzy feeling
    is slowly going away, but it's still there and I can't function 100%.
    Please feel free to email me directly [ please carefully review the posting rules - no emails ]

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    Old 01-18-2005, 04:21 PM   #10
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    I am having dizzy feelings too.

    I am currently seeing an ENT who is trying something with meds tat is not working. Tomorrow I am going to a chiropractor because about the same time I started getting the dizzies, my back also started feeling a little funny. Not hurting, but maybe a slight impingement.

    Its so frustrating, I dealt with this a few years ago, and even back then a solution was never found. Although, several years ago I never made it to a neurologist.

    Anyone experiencing this, I feel your pain. Its sooo frustrating.

    Old 01-20-2005, 08:11 AM   #11
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    I also get this same dizziness and exhausted feeling alot. Sometimes its so bad I cant do much of anything. Along with the dizziness my arms and legs will hurt or feel heavy. I have a lot of fluid in my ears always have, so I thought it was due to that. My dr. said it wasnt and that they couldnt find the real cause. I had a EKG done and a MRI, and still nothing. So Im with yall, I dont know what it is, but hopefully we will find out soon. Until then take care and good luck. Oh yeah my sugar also gets low, but it only makes me nauseous and lightheaded feeling.

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    I post on the inner ear disorder forum a lot. If you have a severe and ongoing dizziness problem, then the type of specialist to see is a neurotologist (different from a neurologist.) They are specialists in the inner ear, dizziness and the brain. They are more qualified than ENT's to treat a dizziness disorder. Not all, but the majority of cases of ongoing dizziness are caused by inner ear dysfunction. Generally drugs don't help these type of conditions, something called vestibular rehab therapy is prescribed. If you go to the inner ear disorder forum there is a lot of info.

    A lot of doctors other than neurotologists are clueless when it comes to dizziness. Another cause of dizziness can be caused by something called MAV or MAD - migraine associated vertigo or migraine associated dizziness. It's a migraine variant - you don't always have to have headaches with it. It's also often worth getting blood work done to check for Lyme disease, or thyroid disorders. As some people have said, certain medications can cause dizziness, as can blood pressure problems. But, as I said, the majority is inner ear based.



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    Hi, I posted a few things on the Inner Ear Disorder board too. I actually cured my own dizziness by eliminating certain foods from my diet, and adding Vitamin C in high doses.
    I gave up milk, ice cream and fruit juice, all of which helped tremendously. Orange juice and oranges are especially bad for congestion problems. I drink a lot of room-temp water, about 6-8 glasses a day, depending on the weather. I do not eat or drink cold foods, and I avoid ice. This is extremely important, because anything cold (whether allergenic or not) can cause your sinuses to "protest". The only things I really drink are water, coffee (2 cups day) and expressed vegetable juice (fresh from the juicer, never canned or bottled). You might start by eliminating these things from your diet to see how your feel, and then if that doesn't work try getting rid of wheat, corn, soy (esp. soy milk), mushrooms, cheese, fruits that get moldy (like berries), and other common allergens. I'm guessing you do have an inner-ear problem, maybe edema in your eustachian tube(s). I had it in one ear and it caused me many ear infections as well as the kind of dizziness you're describing.
    If you're getting mild sinus infection symptoms, like fatigue, sinus-y breath, dizziness, stuffiness, whatever, I would advise taking a mild, natural antibiotic like goldenseal. Take it like you would a regular course of antibiotics, 3x/day for 10 days, then stop completely. THEN - very important - take acidophilus supplements to restore your natural intestinal flora. Anyone taking any kind of antibiotics should do this. If you don't know about probiotics like acidophilus, please research!! I can't explain it all in this one little post.
    A neurontologist is a good idea!! I saw many regular GP's for my problem, and an allergist. They all gave me drugs that didn't help, and finally gave me nasal cortistone spray - which just reduced symptoms without curing the problem. I'm glad I was able to cure my own problems - I don't know of a neurontologist in my town.
    I'm guessing this is something you will kick in the butt - once you find out what it is!!

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    Old 01-21-2005, 02:01 PM   #14
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    So you are 100%?

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