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Dizziness / Vertigo board


hello all, i am new here and have been reading a lot of the previous posts. i would appreciate any input on what's going on with me. i started out getting dizzy and disoriented about 30 days ago, and it has not gone away. the first week my regular physician thought i had an ear infection and prescribed antibiotics. well, i had 2 severe allergic reactions to that and wound up in the ER. the dr there treated my reaction and said that i didn't have an ear infection, but rather a virus in the inner ear called labryinthitis or vertigo. since then, i went to an ENT, who gave me a cortisone shot, nasanex and clarinex....he gave me no diagnosis, said i had no ear infection and my ear tests were fine. i have been extremely weak from the allergic reaction recovery and just now on the computer after tht happened 3 weeks ago.

my questions are....i was prescribed xanax and valium. i have only taken the xanax and it has helped with my heart racing and lets me sleep at night. i've never had an anxiety problem before. does the valium help anyone else's dizziness? or the nasonex and clarinex? what about the cortisone packs? i am considering making an appointment with a neurotologist in austin if this continues. how long is this thing going to last, i feel hopeless and it is ruining my life. i've been out of work with all the problems for almost 4 weeks, but it seems to be getting better where i don't wake up completely nauseated every morning. anybody recover in less than 3 months? the dr's just say there's nothing you can do and you have to wait it out....that's a load of crap if i've ever heard one.

my symptoms are:
constant dizziness but has been not as severe in the last 4 days
headache when waking up, sometimes nauseous, but has improved
feel my pulse in my eyes, seems to be moving my vision
ear pressure, and popping
higher blood pressure
sure there are more, but can't think of them all now


oh...and what's the difference between vertigo and the BPPV disorder? i don't think my ENT did a caloric test...

any info would be greatly appreciated:)

jodie
Hello
I have a history of vertigo.It is very scary I know, especially if you live alone. You are not alone. I Have a history of chronic sinusitis and impacted wisdom teeth and also allergys. Not sure if these are related. About 7 years ago I started getting dizzy alot, at work and at home after that. I would have to leave work and get a ride to the er where they ruled out stroke. After a while I got used to them and could overcome them. Well two summers ago I had a very severe attack at work and ended up in the er again, and was sent home with the vertigo /labrinthitis diagnosis once again. Of course you know they do CT to rule out stroke. what an ordeal!!! I was confined to my bed, nauseas and dizzy. I was out of work 30 days, the first time ever this lasted that long, I became exhausted, panic stricken, afaraid to leave the house!!! This time I saw an ENT who said I could have Meneires disease, and put me on water pills and recommended a diet low in salt, no cheeses. He ordered a test which was inconclusive and they never said if I have Meneires desease or not. I also went to a neurologist who ordered an MRI to rule out tumor on cranial nerve 8th. That was ruled out. He did prescribe Valium. I took it. Apparently Valium relaxes the labrynth, the part of the inner ear that causes one to go off balance.This is what I learned. The inner ear has fluid and sand like particles and hairs. When fluid shifts some sand particles stick to the hairs, can make you dizzy. Anyway I researched Meneires disease and vertigo and people who have these vertigo attacks get very tired, completely exhausted. The Valium helps, it is such a low dose usually 5 mg every 6h. There is rehabilitation for people with this vertigo, it is called Vestibular Rehab. It is suppose to help, it works with the eyes, as you know, the eyes are all part of balancing the body. Me I try to stay indoors if it rainy or humid, avoid loud crowded noisy places lthat have loud speakers. Loud music, is a real trigger for me, as is a cold, sinus infection, and flying. G
I so share your frustration. I have had Labs/VN for 4 1/2 months now and it hasnt gone away yet. I hated hearing it takes time and hearing how long it can be before it is gone. I chase two lil ones around so it is very hard to have this illness. Maybe you will one of the lucky ones that heals sooner. I am hoping to at least see a big improvemnt by the end of the summer (6 months). valium helps my anxiety but doesnt help my dizzies. Things do get a little better my dizzies arent constant everyday. on a rare day i get no dizzies at all. It is a few good days and quite a few bad days then a few good days etc....It is slow but people on here tell me it does go away. Start some VRT's might help speed you along!! HTH
:) thank you all for your help, it makes me feel like i'm not so alone. i finally took the 2mg valium today and it seemed to make me dizzier at first and then just sleepy. i feel like it might help the dizzies just a tad after about 2 hours, but no great improvement, but i don't know if it takes time. i personally liked the xanax better for my stress and when my heart gets to racing.

i made an appointment for next tuesday with the neurotologist out of town, in case i still feel like this by next week, which it seems many people don't improve that quickly. at least they said they can do many more tests to see if i have damage, etc. in my ears-beyond the hearing tests. i just hope they have more of an answer, but unlikely. i will have to let ya know how it goes. i got my medical records from my ENT visit last week and read over them. it says that most of the things are normal, except dysequilibrium and that i have cryptic tonsils that need to come out.

thank you all again, and if anymore input or advice...i'm willing to get it;) good luck to everyone, and maybe there will be a cure one day! you would think if they can put a man on the moon....ya know..
[QUOTE=alexiwildchild;3089080]:) thank you all for your help, it makes me feel like i'm not so alone. i finally took the 2mg valium today and it seemed to make me dizzier at first and then just sleepy. i feel like it might help the dizzies just a tad after about 2 hours, but no great improvement, but i don't know if it takes time. i personally liked the xanax better for my stress and when my heart gets to racing.

i made an appointment for next tuesday with the neurotologist out of town, in case i still feel like this by next week, which it seems many people don't improve that quickly. at least they said they can do many more tests to see if i have damage, etc. in my ears-beyond the hearing tests. i just hope they have more of an answer, but unlikely. i will have to let ya know how it goes. i got my medical records from my ENT visit last week and read over them. it says that most of the things are normal, except dysequilibrium and that i have cryptic tonsils that need to come out.

thank you all again, and if anymore input or advice...i'm willing to get it;) good luck to everyone, and maybe there will be a cure one day! you would think if they can put a man on the moon....ya know..
I wondered how you are doing- what did the neuro otologist say- did they do allthe vrt tests ? I have had them- they were normal but now I have to have an mri- really scared about this. Do you drive?? I am redsands- would like to hear from you