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Inner Ear Disorders board

Wowwweee -

I can't believe the treatment you received from your doctors!!

Neurotologists or neurologists should be able to treat MAV. There are different medications given for this problem. My neurologist suggested a calcium blocker. In my case, he suggested diltiazem at 90mg, which is considered a small dosage for this medicine. It's supposed to dilate the small blood vessels in the inner ear, to improve blood flow. He also put me on Zolft at 50 mg. (I started at 25mg and chose to go up 50mg.)

I would not go to my OB/GYN for this. I believe you should see someone who's up on this...even if you have to research it further....EVEN if you have to pay out of pocket. I don't know your financial situation, but if you can't find someone on your plan AND you can afford to spend out of pocket....do it!! There is no price on getting healthy.

The other medications for MAV are tricyclic antidepressents such as Elavil, Norpramin, Sinequan. There are also beta blockers such as Tenormin. As you can see there are so many drugs to chose from that you do need an expert in the area.

It's really hit or miss. In my case, my neurologist started me out with Verapimil, also a calcium blocker. It didn't work. He then switched me to my present medication. I'm getting results, but I still suffer from symptoms. I go back to him in two weeks, and if he wants to change my medication, I will definitely do so. There's no science to this. What works well for one, will not for another.

I know how disgusted you must be with your symptoms. I've been suffering for a long time. I refused to take medicine and tried to hide my situation from everyone, thinking I was weak or "neurotic." The suffering was unreal.

Again, try to get someone who treats this. If there's a teaching hospital near you, you might be able to get help from them. Another suggestion is a headache clinic. They treat MAV as well.

In the meantime, you may want to get in touch with one of your referrals. You might get lucky.

Take care,