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Old 02-12-2008, 10:38 AM   #1
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Dizzy all the time?

Lately I've been dizzy almost constantly. It gets a tiny bit better off and on throughout the day but if I walk around too much it seems to get worse. Car rides are also really hard on me when it's this bad. It's been like this for almost a month straight now where it's an everyday thing. I don't know why but I've always had problems with dizziness (for the past 7 years now) but it would always be bad for a few days or a week and then I would be okay for awhile. Lately it's just not going away and it's getting worse. In the past 7 years I've had lots of tests done (MRI, EEG, EKG, heart monitors, etc..) the only thing that came back a little off is the MRI and they said I have a small cysts in my brain (the size of two pinheads, originally - years ago but now is the size of a little over half a penny) but they say that can't be causing my symptoms. Right now my neurologist put me on Topamax for migraines. He said if it isn't this than he thinks it's just my nerves and he wouldn't be able to help me..What I don't understand is that if it's nerves/anxiety, how can it effect me for things I *want* to do? I love going for walks and being outdoors and just going anywhere, anytime..and being dizzy all the time has really effected me being able to do that when I feel like I'm going to fall just walking around my house..I really have no idea what could be causing this or what steps to take next..Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:29 AM   #2
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Re: Dizzy all the time?

Those tests you mentioned are just standard medical evaluations. I would recommend seeing a dizzy specialist, such as; a otoneurologist. How old are you by the way? The older you are, the more prone you are to falling.

Dizziness is a symptom not a disease.

(Your Brain)

+INPUT+ EYES
+INPUT+ MUSCLES & JOINTS
+INPUT+ INNER EAR

When one of those are out of whack, that's when you feel dizzy/off balance.

Hope that helped, most doctors have really vague knowledge on dizziness when it's inner ear related.

 
Old 02-13-2008, 11:40 AM   #3
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Those tests you mentioned are just standard medical evaluations. I would recommend seeing a dizzy specialist, such as; a otoneurologist. How old are you by the way? The older you are, the more prone you are to falling.

Dizziness is a symptom not a disease.

(Your Brain)

+INPUT+ EYES
+INPUT+ MUSCLES & JOINTS
+INPUT+ INNER EAR

When one of those are out of whack, that's when you feel dizzy/off balance.

Hope that helped, most doctors have really vague knowledge on dizziness when it's inner ear related.

not trying to butt-in...but starwars...just wonderin how you're doing? feeling any progress?

 
Old 02-14-2008, 02:23 AM   #4
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not trying to butt-in...but starwars...just wonderin how you're doing? feeling any progress?
hey , i just got out of a 45 day rehab last month and feel renewed. my inner ear is still giving me tons of problems but I have a whole new attitude now and am living clean and sober.

 
Old 02-14-2008, 03:43 PM   #5
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hey , i just got out of a 45 day rehab last month and feel renewed. my inner ear is still giving me tons of problems but I have a whole new attitude now and am living clean and sober.
CONGRATS!!!!!! that is such a huge accomplishment--i am super proud!!! hang in there, keep seeking out the best way to help yourself--you can do it!! i'm still lingering in this dizzy hell, but things are much better than the beginning...so i'm hoping i'm getting out of the dark side

are you doing vrt's or were you diagnosed iwth anything different? keep pushin yourself and you'll get out of this!
congrats again!!

 
Old 02-19-2008, 04:01 PM   #6
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Right now my neurologist put me on Topamax for migraines. He said if it isn't this than he thinks it's just my nerves and he wouldn't be able to help me
Nikki - this is the sign of a ill-equipped physician. He basically doesn't want to take the time to help you figure out what is happening. Topamax is just ONE of MANY migraine meds that you can take. Sometimes (very often, actually), Topamax does not work well for people. So please do not dismiss the migraine theory if the Topamax does not work well. Find a BETTER neurologist - one who will work WITH you and not dismiss your REAL problems/symptoms as "nerves".

I would also like to suggest that you have your hormones tested. There are thousands and thousands of women out there who experiences dizziness and all sorts of health issues due to hormone problems. You may be approaching menopause (called peri-menopause), or if you are too young (under 30), you may need the birth control pill to help you regulate you hormones. The dizziness, especially constantly, is a tell-tale sign of hormone fluctuation (dropped estradiol levels), and migraine.

It is less likely to be inner-ear related quite frankly. Especially the fact that you have lived with dizziness for the past 7 years. Sounds much more like migraine related neurological problems. And yes, migraines cause anxiety. The anxiety is very real - it is not just caused from nerves. You are not crazy - don't let any doctor make you think you are!

 
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