Patient Comments: Vertigo - Cause

How was the diagnosis as to the cause of your vertigo (dizziness and vestibular balance disorders)?

Comment from: Juls, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

About 5 weeks ago I banged my head quite bad, I went into hospital had scans done all fine,but since I can't lay on my right side without going dizzy and when I roll over in bed I feel as if I'm gonna fall off the bed. Getting up fast also makes me dizzy.

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Comment from: dizzy no answers, Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I always had vertigo on and off as a kid, with no answers. At some point in my 20s, a doctor guessed that it might have something to do with childhood meningitis. Then when I was about 46, I started to not feel right. I woke up one morning and the room was spinning. Every time I moved my head or my eyes, the world moved. It took two months with help to be able to walk to the store again and slowly with physical therapy to go back to work. His "guess” this time was the inner ear. But the ear, nose, and throat specialist did not find anything conclusive. They could not help. I ended up taking nightly meds of Imipramine and Ativan to help sleep and keep it at bay. It has been over four years now and I've been dealing with it daily. Some days are good, some days are bad. Two months ago I started having aching in my joints, pain, numbness, headaches, “glands on fire,” weakness, and horrible pain. Of course, I had increased dizziness. So far, I've gotten no help from my doctors. This time around I'm going to see every doctor there is to give me a definite answer or diagnosis. One thing I've been trying is self-help – cutting out salt, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, and sugars. I eat three balanced, nutritious meals, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. These things have helped.

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Comment from: Chandra, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

My problem started with Tinnitus--ringing in the ear. Ten years back I was treated for Tinnitus and vertigo. The vertigo disappeared after few months but Tinnitus is still there. For The last 7 days I am suffering from vertigo again. The doctor suggests I may have glomus in my left ear.

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Comment from: Collette, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

Seven years ago I was diagnosed with BPPV-Benign Paroximal Positional Vertigo. For over a year I was dizzy. Then in July of this year, I began to have the symptoms again, dizziness, falling, nausea. I was put through epply maneuvers, it didn't make a difference. I am seeing a really good neuro-otolaryngologist now and I have also been diagnosed with vestibular migraines as well as an inner-ear dysfunction. It is quite debilitating, but with a low grade level anti depressant to help with the vestibular migraines, I have seen some relief with the actual dizziness. He may recommend surgery for the BPPV, if the medications are not successful. My suggestion, don't get up too fast, when you are walking pretend there is a heavy magnet on your feet to ground you. My neurological therapy has really helped. I use a cane only outside of the house, so that I won't become dependent. But it does assist me in my balance. I wish you all well.

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Comment from: di, 45-54 Female Published: October 24

I was diagnosed with vertigo spells about 11 years ago. I bent down to pick up my infant daughter and that was all she wrote! I could barely stand back up - everything felt like it was moving. My head was spinning and I felt nauseous. I was scared to death. After I sat for a while the sensations slowed down. When I had another episode a while later (maybe within a year), I went to the doc and was diagnosed with vertigo. The Epley exercises were recommended. Similar to one of the writers here, mine has to do with head positioning. I cannot sleep on my left side - has to be the right side. I can usually tell when I get out of bed in the morning if I will have an episode. I will sometimes get little warning signs - slightly dizziness or a little wave of imbalance. Anyway, I have pretty much learned my limitations - NO amusement park rides, not a lot of physical activity at once, i.e, squatting and lifting, painting walls or ceilings, swimming underwater. My nurse at work suggested I take a decongestant when I feel any symptoms. My biggest struggle right now is not knowing when I might wake up feeling like crap. I usually miss a day of work then another day is spent being very careful with how I bend over, walk, etc. I also have a dull headache the next day. But if this is all I have to deal with from a physical standpoint, I can handle it!

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Comment from: Georgie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I have suffered with vertigo for more than 25 years. It started in 1981 but was not diagnosed as vertigo. The next bad attack was 10 years later in 1992. This lasted two years, and I had all the tests, scans etc., and was diagnosed as having vertigo. The next bad episode was in 2001 after an operation. This lasted more than one year and was very bad. I was diagnosed as having damage to my right ear, probably caused by a virus and this caused cognitive problems and crystals in my inner ear. I could not drive, could not go to work, could not concentrate. I had a lot of therapy, light, re-education of the brain, various medications, etc., and all this has helped. From 2001 to date, I have constant vertigo. Sometimes the vertigo is manageable, and this can last for months. Other times, it is bad, and I stay at home. I do not take any medication as I do not think this works for me. I avoid anything that might bring on an attack, but if the crystals in my inner ear move, then I have a bad attack that lasts for days or weeks. I am learning to live with it, but sometimes it is depressing.

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