Patient Comments: Vertigo - Cause

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

Comment from: GK, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I have suffered with vertigo for more than 20 years. My doctor found no problem with my ears. The eventual diagnosis was spondylitis in my neck and spine, or a trapped nerve. I cannot lie on my right side for long, and if I fall asleep in that position, the dizziness wakes me with a start and is most unpleasant. I have not had a decent night's sleep for years, and this condition is very debilitating and interferes with one's life. There are so many causes of vertigo. It is so difficult to precisely diagnose exactly what it is that is causing it. I have found it comforting to read this site, and accounts of people in the same position as me. All the medication I take is the occasional travel sickness pill, and I have had many physiotherapy sessions, which have helped a little.

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Comment from: Marsha, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I experienced severe vertigo attacks in 2005. My world would swirl fast, I would vomit the whole day, and I was in bed for one week. I was tired and couldn't even talk. My ears are OK, so the doctor said it was because of stress. I am now learning how to take time and not stress myself. I am taking Serc tablet whenever I feel that I will have an attack.

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Published: July 02

I was seen by an otolaryngologist who told me that there was a slight density within my left ear. I was referred to physical therapy and put on an anti-anxiety pill and meclizine to control dizziness, none of which help. So I don't feel as if my physician answered my questions very well.

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Published: July 02

I was diagnosed with Vertigo, a vestibular disorder by a neurologist. The episode comes very suddenly and without warning. I have the sense that the floor I am standing on is not stable and causes me to fall over. I have to lay down sometimes for 6 hours before the problem mitigates. I am here researching at this site because I had an episode on July 1st, the first time in over 10 years. More then 10 years ago I would get these 'attacks' 4-5 times a year (thankfully not when I am driving a car!). After much analysis and testing, the doctor prescribed Zyrtec 10mg which I take every morning. Since taking Zyrtec I went over 10 years without an episode. I think the problem, although not fully diagnosed is related to Meniere's Disease. I had a sudden loss of hearing about a month ago and now on Prednisone for a month to see if this fixes my hearing loss. I am back to normal on July 2nd having slept for 13 hours because it exhausted me!

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Published: June 17

I have benign positional vertigo. That means I get dizzy when I position my head in a certain way. A couple of Mother's Day ago I was taking a bath when I put my head back to wash my head when the room spun out of control. I was sick for a month. I could not even drive. Finally, I went to see my doctor who prescribed vestibular therapy. Although not a pleasant experience, it really helped me a lot. It taught me to live with my dizziness. The physical therapist had me lay flat on a table with my head hanging over at a certain degree and then manipulated my head in a number of ways and had me roll from side to side with my head in a different position. If dizziness occurred I had to remain in that position until the dizziness subsided. It was not fun. After the procedure was done, I felt pretty bad for a couple of hours, but then as time when on, I felt much better for a long, long time. I have not had a "bad" dizzy spell in almost two years. If I feel like I am getting dizzy, I take a deep breath and reposition my head. I still have trouble laying down flat or looking to my left when lying down. I also feel light-headed when I scoop down suddenly or bend over for an extended period of time. The best thing I do is avoid situations that put me in these positions. When I sleep, I never lay on my left side and many times I put an extra pillow underneath my head so that I am not laying flat. As a result, I do not sleep as well as I should, but I manage. If you learn your limitations, your life can get better and dizziness can be managed. Hang in there.

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Published: June 09

As a viral infection which caused permanent damage to my vestibular nerves- (44% right unilateral weakness)- all I know is My sense of balance and motion is effected and it is very disabling to me, as an active person.

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Published: June 09

Just to let you know that I am dizzy, vertigo since close to l0 years now due to a brain operation. I had an AVM (Aneurysm) and was operated near the cerebellum. Yes, since then I am always dizzy and the more I move, turn, walk from left to right etc., more I become dizzy and motion sick. If anyone has or can recommend me certain ideas on how I would not be as dizzy I would appreciate it.

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