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vertigo + other symptoms

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 26, 2006
  • 07:32 AM

I've been having vertigo since Feburary, plus (at the same time) feeling nauseous and a headache. The headache (and to a lesser extent the naseua) continue past the dizzy spell. For a while I was having them several times a month, to one every other week, to not one for an entire month, back to every week. Today and yesterday, I had 3. I've been to 5 different doctors (PCP, ENT, endocrinologist, neurolist (2 MRIs), opthmologist) and none of them have helped. I've tried Allegra for excess fluid in my ear (didn't help), to multiple MRIs but found nothing, to exercises b/c of supposedly positional vertigo (did absolutely no good).

Has anyone ever had this happen to them? I'm at a loss of what to think/do next. It's getting ridiculous having to wake up every morning and hope I don't get vertigo that day so I can go about my routine (college/working).

Anyone have any experience with this?

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  • A friend of mine had bad bouts of vertigo, and found a chiropractor that does the "Epley maneuver" and that stops her vertigo. I don't know much about it, but you could Google it and find out quite I bit, I think.It eventually turned out that her vertigo was due to MS. She has the kind that doesn't spread fast and disable you.
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    • December 1, 2006
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  • Hi there, well I have been suffering from dizziness, unsteadiness or imbalance for the last year. I also suffer frequent bouts of naseau when this happens. I have been referred to an ENT so hopefully they may find what the problem could be. My GP suspects it may be Labrynthtis or even worse Menieres Disease. Every morning I wake up I suffer really bad brain fog, the only way I can explain it is a feeling of disorientation with pressure in the head. This also makes me feel dizzy. I also have been getting headaches but I think they may be stress related as having this constant dizzy sensation makes me feel anxious. Fingers crossed I get to the bottom of this but I have been having problems with my ears for the last year so hopefully this is the problem.Anyway I hope you get an answer soon cause I know how it feels to not know whats wrong. Its scary. Goodluck anyway, hope you feel better soon.I've been having vertigo since Feburary, plus (at the same time) feeling nauseous and a headache. The headache (and to a lesser extent the naseua) continue past the dizzy spell. For a while I was having them several times a month, to one every other week, to not one for an entire month, back to every week. Today and yesterday, I had 3. I've been to 5 different doctors (PCP, ENT, endocrinologist, neurolist (2 MRIs), opthmologist) and none of them have helped. I've tried Allegra for excess fluid in my ear (didn't help), to multiple MRIs but found nothing, to exercises b/c of supposedly positional vertigo (did absolutely no good). Has anyone ever had this happen to them? I'm at a loss of what to think/do next. It's getting ridiculous having to wake up every morning and hope I don't get vertigo that day so I can go about my routine (college/working). Anyone have any experience with this?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 14, 2006
    • 02:30 AM
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  • since nothing can be found ,consider anxiety.we all have enough to worry about!nothing you report is inconsistent with anxiety.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2007
    • 05:58 PM
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  • HiI have had many attacks of vertigo (only 3 major ones, but many - a few times a month - less severe ones). I have mentioned it to a specialist (in General Medicine, who my GP sent me to see about a few problems) but he didnt even seem to understand what I meant! I have had both the rotational vertigo, feeling like I was spinning and couldnt keep my eyes on a fixed spot, and the other one that when you move your head, everything lags behind and follows slowly! I have no idea whats going on, and constantly have headaches (although not as many lately...) that feel like my brain is rattling around inside my skull (if I lean forwards, my head aches and has pressure in the front, and if I lean backwards or sideways it goes that way). The first time I had vertigo I vomited, I think because of a "motion sickness" type thing, where the spinning sensation made me so dizzy. My attacks range from an hour to a day, and once went all through the night and into the next day.Not sure if this is as bad as what you are experiencing, but I sure want to know what is going on. My GP (family dr.) said if it continues I may have to have a head CT scan, so Im thinking I will have that done.Any info or other experiences would be helpful.Hopefully your vertigo improves more over time.Thanks
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 18, 2007
    • 04:52 PM
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  • Hi, I would like to suggest to all of you to check out a medical condition called: pernicious anemia. At this site, in the search box, and look at the information and see if that fits your case. Symptoms of pernicious anemia: fatigue, weakness, upset stomach, abnormally rapid heartbeat, jaundice, brain fog, breathlessness, headaches that last longer and longer until you have them 24/7, numbness and tingling of the arms and legs, extreme mood changes, sore tongue, vision distortions-seeing stars-or double vision, diarrhea and constipation. If you think that these symptoms fits you, I suggest that you see your doctor and have him/her run some blood tests, like: CBC (complete blood count) and a vitamin B-12 cascade. If you have pernicious anemia, you need to act in a timely manor. It is very treatable but if left untreated it can cause damage in the brain and spinal cord that may or may not be able to be fixed. I WISH YOU ALL GOOD LUCK...TAKE CARE...SKEETER. :)
    skeeter 42 Replies
    • January 18, 2007
    • 08:04 PM
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  • Hi "Skeeter",I was also wondering about "Meniere's Disease"...? Do you know anything about it? I have read about the symptoms, etc. and my case doesnt seem to have all of the symptoms, but definately the headaches and vertigo on and off. It started about 2 years ago, nothing until the next year (I think it may have been the EXACT date the next year!!! maybe a co-incidence, but maybe not!) and from then on was a couple of times every couple of months, sometimes more sometimes less. It is usually the one that everything lags behind, but the first and second ones were the spinning ones - majorly spinning, could not keep my eyes fixed on anything for more than a second, and would keep falling to one side and having to re-align myself straight all the time.Any suggestions? Can a head CT rule out or confirm anything like Menieres disease or other things?Thanks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 04:12 PM
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  • Hi CP, Sorry, I really don't know anything about Meniere's disease, but I will give you what is in one of my medical books. Symptoms: Recurring episodes of: Hearing loss. Ear ringing. Dizziness. Nausea. Vomiting. Sometimes:Eyeball oscillation (nystagmus). A disturbance of the innner ear, most often affecting one ear. The cause is unknown. What to do: Consult your physician. Medication may be prescribed to help relieve symptoms. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended. Not much information...but I hope that it helps. GOOD LUCK...TAKE CARE...SKEETER. :(
    skeeter 42 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 06:16 PM
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  • Have you ever thought about Multiple Sclerosis? I have had the same symptoms (dizziness, vertigo, headaches, general uncoordination) for six months, along with some previous history. I am being screened for MS now. It's definitely worth checking into.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 05:19 PM
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  • Migraine can cause vertigo. I think this is migraine. This doesn't sound like MS>
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 02:24 PM
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  • I am the original poster.Thanks for all your replys. ""Epley maneuver" and that stops her vertigo." The ENT did this test when I went to see him. It was the only one of the tests that were "positive" according to him; which was weird because it was the only test that didn't cause vertigo."since nothing can be found ,consider anxiety." I'm certain it's not anxiety. The vertigo started senior year of high school, and let's just say I had a major case of senioritis."Migraine can cause vertigo. I think this is migraine. " I never have a migraine when the dizziness starts. I usually do get a slight-to-severe headache though from the vertigo.About MS and Meniere's: I'm 19 years old; is it really plausible for me to have either of these?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2007
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  • Hi, sorry to hear about your problems having dizziness/sickness is one of the the worst feelings I know. I have meniers and it sounds like that to me, headaches, very very dizzy, room spinning, can't stand up, ear ache or sudden feelings of blocked fuzzy ear. I get an attack 3-4 times a year but it's no big deal now so long as I have medication with me and recognise the first signs - suddenly feeling dizzy, ears full. With me a headache is often the trigger or just being out in the wind or getting water in the ear after a shower. I also have sinus problems which can trigger it. I had a headache for three months at one point but I think that was also stress related at the time anxiety is another trigger. As soon as I get dizzy I'm an old hand and recognise the signs now I quickly pop a stemetil tablet (prochlorperazine) and it stops it in it's tracks. I take a Buccastem tablet for sickness but that's rare, you just pop one under the gum. Everyone seems to think meniers is a really big deal but it's not so long as you take control of it and you can do that easily with prescription drugs. Sorry but your doctor sounds an idiot to me he really should have given you something for the dizziness instead of letting you suffer. Get the right meds and you will be sorted in no time and good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
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  • My mother who is now 80 but to date has been very active, suddenly woke up at 3 am with vomiting and vertigo... the vertigo has lasted now 6 days and is just driving her up the wall.... nothing seems to help..... drs etc...... i saw on the web that vertigo can be caused and called gastric vertigo... i have tried to find out exactly what gastric vertigo is but so far am not finding out a whole lot.. my mother DOES and has had for a very long time,, years in fact,, very bad stomach and intestinal problems,, she cant eat hardly anythhing at all,, no fats, milks, meats etc. she litterly lives on oatmeal, toast, some green beans and believe it or not she can eat a plain mcdonalds hamburger with no problems to her stomach or intestines.... if anyone knows what GASTRIC VERTIGO is i would be sooooo thankful ....sincerelykimberly joel@pvtnetworks.net
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2007
    • 02:47 PM
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  • I was just diagnosed w/ BPPV...benign positional something vertigo. The doctor told me that I'm not drinking enough water and that I have to drink lots of water to help get rid of it. I too have to do the maneavers, but the Epley maneavers aren't helping. I'm not liking it.
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  • Try taking Meclizine for your vertigo. It is OTC, but easier to find at a Mom-and-Pop drugstore than a big chain. Kaiser pharmacies also carry it. It is the active ingredient in Dramamine and works great without any drowsiness or side effects.I had been misdiagnosed with vertigo due to hearing damage and/or possible Meniere's. However, a week ago I was diagnosed with Chiari 1 Malformation-- rare, and encompassing many of the symptoms of vertigo, back injury, Meniere's, and MS-- to name a few.As someone who's had these symptoms for so long that nobody even realized I was sick (I've gotten very good at faking healthy!!), I reccomend that you insist on a CT scan or MRI of your brain. I'm not sure if Meniere's is easily identified through a scan, but I do know that it's about as rare as Chiari 1!!Follow your gut: if you don't trust a doctor's opinion, get another. :)
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  • I've been having vertigo since Feburary, plus (at the same time) feeling nauseous and a headache. The headache (and to a lesser extent the naseua) continue past the dizzy spell. For a while I was having them several times a month, to one every other week, to not one for an entire month, back to every week. Today and yesterday, I had 3. I've been to 5 different doctors (PCP, ENT, endocrinologist, neurolist (2 MRIs), opthmologist) and none of them have helped. I've tried Allegra for excess fluid in my ear (didn't help), to multiple MRIs but found nothing, to exercises b/c of supposedly positional vertigo (did absolutely no good). Has anyone ever had this happen to them? I'm at a loss of what to think/do next. It's getting ridiculous having to wake up every morning and hope I don't get vertigo that day so I can go about my routine (college/working). Anyone have any experience with this?I have suffered with vertigo for several years now that started with about one episode a year and progressed to almost constantly in August of 2006. Like you I saw almost every specialist in the book with no definitive diagnosis. I finally saw an internist who diagnosed me with atypical migraines. The headaches that I have are not too bad, but the vertigo and then dizziness that follows is very debilitating. He prescribed propranolol 10 mg two times a day for the migraine process, zyrtec 10 mg once a day ( not for allergies, but like meclizine will help with the vertigo) I take these daily and am very well controlled, I have not had a severe vertigo attack in months. Now I deal mainly with episodes of dizziness, like I have had a few glasses of wine. When this happens I take sudafed and use a steriod nasal spray and symptoms are gone within 12 hrs. The real test will come next month. For some reason my symptoms are always worse in the summer. Good luck
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  • I was struck in the head by a rather large tree branch 2 days ago. I felt pretty dazed and dizzy for about 20 seconds. After that I felt fine... slight headache.. and thought nothing of it.When I woke up the following morning I had extreme vertigo and felt seasick all day. I took a nap and that went away. Since then (yesterday) i get extreme vertigo when i tilt my head back or to the side .. it's not always instant and sometimes takes a few seconds to happen. Sometimes ... when I lay down .. i panic because it feels as if my bed falls from underneath me and I am falling head first. I can't afford to see a doctor. I'm 24, male, and in pretty good shape... should I just call it a concussion and wait it out or could there be more serious underlying ...permanent... complications?Any advice?
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  • I was just told that I have Benign Positional Vertigo. The ENT explained it to me that particles some how got loose in my head and that I have to go to a Physical Therapist with Vertigo experience and that it would probably be better after a couple of visits. He said that the particles will all gather back together with the therapy and I should be fine. I hope this helps..
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  • Can you tell me how the therapy goes and if it actually helps? Thanks.
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  • Hi. I don't think what you're describing is Meniere's Disease. I have it, and when I have vertigo it's a lot different than what you're describing. For example, during my first attack I was unable to walk for half an hour, was throwing up all over myself, sweating PROFUSELY, and continued throwing up for the next four hours until given IV Valium in the ER. For the next two days, I had tinnitus and hearing loss, which gradually improved.
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  • I've experienced the same symptoms for well over 2 years now. Along with the nausea and vomitting, I've also had the ringing in my ear, fluid build up, and feeling of pressure in my head. It first started with ear infections that I've never had before in my life, then progressively have gotten worse. I've been back and forth with two different doctors, been to the ENT with no diagnosis, and eventually have just been trying to deal with it from day to day. I've tried all different types of allergy meds from Nasonex, Rhinocort, Zyrtec, Claritan, etc. I have wondered if my birth control has anything to do with it b/c of the timing of when I started taking them to the time I started experiencing these problems. I just stopped taking them yesterday, so I'll see how that goes. If that is the case, I don't know if damage has been done and what to do from this point on. However, my sister in law had kind of the same thing going on with her about 1 year prior to my episodes. She eventually was put on two months of anitbiotics and claims that that's what helped her. I did notice that after a week of antibiotics that I felt better. I never asked the dr. for more antibiotics. My main issue right now is the pressure in the right side of my head. I wonder if I can request a CT scan or if that would even do any good.
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