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Old 08-15-2007, 07:32 PM   #1
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Inner Ear Vs. Migraine?

Hello Again -
I posted this under another thread, but thought I would throw it out to see if anyone has any ideas? My abbreviated list of symptoms: numbness/tingling/pins and needles, sensitivity to light, dizziness, tinnitus, weak/crampy muscles. All of this comes and goes except the tinnitus, which is constant. My MRI showed white matter changes consistent with migraine.

I actually asked my neuro about migraine causing all of these symptoms and he said no! When I look up migraine online I cannot find any of the sensory symptoms either. Maybe I should try a migraine specialist?
I was thinking of going to an ENT b/c when all of this started 4 months ago, I went to the doctor because my left arm felt numb and I had dizziness. They checked my ears, said I had fluid in my ear (I was not sick, and ears felt fine) and that whatever was going on with my arm was not related to my dizziness. I have been freaking out about MS ever since, and am having a hard time trusting the MRI results.
In reading the posts on this board, it seems that dizziness and vertigo are the main symptoms and I cannot say that is true of my case. I have occasional dizziness that is associated with movement of my head. I have twin babies and sitting between them at the dinner table is the WORST. I look back and forth between them and just feel so dizzy and yucky. I will have a couple of dizzy days at a time and then feel OK for awhile, but the tingling is every day.
One other strange thing...before all of this started I would get migraines at least once every two weeks and they could be quite bad. Now they have diminished drastically. Maybe one a month and it isn't even bad enough to take an Immitrex. Maybe they switched to silent migraines? I am so confused.

Thanks for listening to me ramble...this is a great board and I have learned so much already.

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Old 08-16-2007, 08:39 AM   #2
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Re: Inner Ear Vs. Migraine?

I have recently been diagnosed with migraines. My symptoms are similar except that I do not have numbness/tingling/pins and needles, tinnitus or weak/crampy muscles. I totally understand what you are saying about looking back and forth between your twins and getting dizzy. That is SO me. I played ping pong for 5 minutes over the weekend and felt completely nauseated afterwards. I can't even go swimming or riding a bike without swaying afterwards. How it was explained to me is that if we are in constant migraine mode - our blood vessels are swollen around our inner ears (hense the ear fullness as well). And until we get the migraines under control, our dizziness will persist.

See a neurologist - not an ENT at this point. Perhaps trying to avoid migraine triggers in your diet or getting on migraine meds. It also might be hormone related, which is a huge trigger of migraines (hormones).

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