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Dizzyness & Weird Ear Feeling For 3+ years!! HELP!! DESPERATE!! (Long)

  • Posted By: Limolady
  • January 20, 2009
  • 05:58 AM

After a million doctors & tests, my life is still miserable due to awful dizzyness http://img.webmd.com/community/images/pbpt.gif I have vertually turned into an agoriphobic....I can't take this dizzyness anymore....it has RUINED my LIFE!!!......does anyone have ANY ideas??

This all started about 3 years ago. I went to a dentist and got a bottom partial "fixed". That dentist put a fake tooth on top of a decayed 1/2 tooth (root) in my mouth. NOT a cap, he just added a fake tooth to the partial, and it sat on top of this decayed tooth. It felt odd & hurt, but he assured me that I was just not used to it. SO....the first week it hurt like h*ll, but I was determined to "get used to it". Then I got a cold, just thought it was a regular cold. It went away, but then 2 days later I got a really weird "bug", just felt like I had a flu. Then my right ear started hurting pretty bad, and I got super dizzy......the dizzyness was so bad that it turned into an anxiety attack (never had one before, thought I was having a heart attack) & I ended up at the hospitol, staggering in the ER. The ER doc said it was just an anxiety attack, but I kept insisting that my ear hurt so he finally prescribed an antibiotic. The antibiotic worked "okay", but I still had the dizzyness & weird feeling in my ear, so went to my regular doc who prescribed another round of antibiotics. Still the dizzyness.

I should also mention that I STOPPED wearing the partial 2 weeks after I got it.

That was over 3 years ago, and since then I've been to 3 ENT docs, another dentist who pulled the bad tooth, an eyedoctor, and have tried every herbal & dizzy med possible. The ENT's all had different diagnosises........one said I had a rare brain stem virus that there was no cure for, another said it was TMJ, the third wanted me to have a $600 test done that was going to make me MORE dizzy and I just can't GO THERE. My regular doc keeps telling me it's anxiety, and prescribes Ativan etc which I am scared to take, plus the times I did take it, it made me spacey. I am a single woman and HAVE to keep my mortgage & bills paid, so feeling spacey is NOT an option. Because of this dizzyness, I already had to quit one job......my second job thank God I can deal with the dizzyness, plus I started a home computer business.....if it wasn't for this, I would have lost everything I own becuase of this awful dizzyness!! Plus, I keep telling everyone that I FEEL something in my EAR.....anxiety is not going to cause this feeling!! The feeling is weird, it is not pain, and I wouldn't even call it pressure. It just is a constant feeling, like "something" is in my ear. Yet the ENT's who were all highly reccommended, insist that my ear is fine.

The dizzyness is more of a feeling like I am going to pass out (although I never have). It comes all of a sudden. I will be standing outside talking to the neighbor, or in a store checkout line, and all of a sudden feel like i am going to pass out. Or if I walk into a building with squares on the floor, immediately I feel dizzy. I can't excersize anymore, and just THINKING about going to the tanning salon makes me sick (both things that I previously LOVED to do). And I used to go to the mall alot.....now when I go, I have to focus on a sign or something just to walk down the corridor. I can't even go to the grocery store anymore!! I'm 50 years old, previously great health, now I just feel like a 90 year old. I'm afraid to leave my house!! http://img.webmd.com/community/images/crying.gif Antibiotics help for a short time.I've tried hot sauce, ginger, vicks vapo rub, halls cough drops......every other home remedy for dizziness, and the only thing that works even half way is 1-2 glasses of red wine....but I can't go through life drinking wine all day either!! I want a REAL solution!! Could the dental work have caused damage to a nerve or something? And would THAT cause the weird ear feeling? Or what else could it be? I have NO health insurance, and I'm doctored out....they all think I'm crazy or exaggerating......but I'm NOT. Something is wrong!!

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  • I was going to recommend ginger but you said you tried that. Do you suppose maybe there was damage done to the inner ear either from infection or other? The inner ear would cause dizziness. Blood pressure or low sugar could cause the sudden dizziness you spoke of. Something pertaining to the eye and the nerves would explain the problem of looking at checked floors I think you said. Of course, the eyes and ears are connected. Sounds like there may be permanent damage to the ear and or eye. I had a problem with "dizziness" what felt more to me like motion sickness about 8 years ago. The doctors said MS. Although I was able to rid myself of it thru a change in diet. Cut out the sugars and junk food, especially chocolate and ate every couple hours. I felt the same as you when I looked at certain designs on carpeting also. Sorry, that's all I can offer.
    faith123 1 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
    • 03:23 PM
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  • Your symptoms sound like my Mums Meniers Disease! She also suffers from attacks of dizzyness, some attacks knock her off her feet for days!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 11, 2009
    • 10:19 PM
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  • Get your B12 levels tested. B12 deficiency can cause these symptoms. Have you visited a chiropractor or other holistic doc? DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • February 12, 2009
    • 00:55 AM
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  • Thank you everyone for the replies. Today has been REALLY bad, I think due to the rainy weather. I suffered through work, home now and I just want to sit & cry!! I take both B12 & B6 suppliments, so I doubt it is caused by that. Also, I have the ear fullness/weird feeling. Nicola123, has your mom found anything that helps the dizziness (at least makes it bearable?). Thanks!
    Limolady 4 Replies
    • February 12, 2009
    • 02:50 AM
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  • Sounds like vertigo to me!! Check out the symptoms of vertigo on google.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sounds like Vertigo to me too...Vertigo is usually associated with a problem in the inner ear balance mechanisms (vestibular system), in the syndrome and Meniere's disease. Vertigo-like symptoms may also appear as paraneoplastic syndrome (PNS) in the form of opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome, a multi-faceted neurological disorder associated with many forms of incipient cancer lesions or viruses.Vertigo can be caused by inflammation of the inner ear due to the common cold, influenza, and bacterial infections.Vertigo is typically classified into one of two categories depending on the location of the damaged vestibular pathway. These are peripheral or central vertigo. Each category has a distinct set of characteristics and associated findings.Vertigo can also occur after long flights or boat journeys where the mind gets used to turbulence, resulting in a person's feeling as if he is moving up and down. This usually subsides after a few days.Another source of vertigo is through exposure to high levels of sound pressure, rattling the inner ear and causing a loss of balance.Consumption of alcohol can also cause vertigo.-Wiki
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Have you thought it may be yeast connected? yeasts can cause all sorts of symptoms including dizziness, poor balance, coordination issues, and there are many different places in your body it can live. Especially since you said you feel worse on rainy days, it makes me suspect even more. Search Candida, after being sick for years, learning about this little fungi has opened my eyes. Im sure this book "The Yeast Connection" by William G. Crook, M.D. published by Professional Books, Jackson, Tennessee saved my life.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I suffered from dizziness for more than a year. I was eventually referred to a vestibular physiotherapist who taught me some exercises to help my balance. The explanation that I got was that my initial labyrinthitis has meant that my brain has picked up bad habits and so I use the exercises to teach my brain to balance again. I had to do them for a few minutes three times a day for a few months but they've helped. Mr balance is still a bit iffy at times but I can move about again and I'm not as anxious as I was. I know how poor balance can affect you. I hope you find something soon.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I just posted a thread regarding my tinnitus and ear infection. I've only been suffering for four months, but I know how hellish chronic pain/discomfort can be. I know what you are going through. Someone suggested that you may have Meniere's disease. If that's the case, perhaps you should buy Lipoflavanoid. (It's over the counter.) It treats symptoms of Meniere's disease, including tinnitus. I'm currently taking it, though it's still too early to tell if it's going to help me because it takes 3 to 6 months to work and I've only been on it for two. GOOD LUCK FINDING A CURE TO YOUR PROBLEM!
    ar1976 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Have you had your heart checked? I mean properly checked, ultrasound diagnostic done, halter monitor for a day or at least ECG during the feeling of dizziness and odd pressure feelings in your ear. It seems Specialist quacks don’t think anything in the body is connected. In my experience low blood pressure and or heart rhythm problems can cause dizziness and odd pressure feelings in ear or ears. Then indigestion seems to be connected to heart problems. Also I’m quite sure indigestion can cause a physical anxiety symptom. I realize that you did not mention indigestion, but if you were a calm person and now have anxiety, indigestion could be the cause, maybe? An addition to the problem but not the problem! I’ve heard that bacteria from dental work can cause problems for people with heart complaints. And 50 years young, possibly an age for minor heart problems to showup!? I had atrial flutter diagnosed at age 37. In hindsight I had had symptoms of a heart problem long before. To sum up, if the heart is not working well, neither is everything else. Hope you find the problem.
    russ71 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I was going through this and found Apple Cider Vinegar with little honey in apple cider and take it down 3 times per day. Use 2 tablespoons each time. works good and also helps if there is a problem with viral as well. I will pray for you as been there and God certainly was there for me as I was going through. No sugar, no salt! whole grain foods, and plenty of fruit and vegetables, no meat for awhile either. Nothing to breed infection or cause anxiety and toxin build up also. Watch all meds you take as aspirin can cause it also. Carol J.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 3, 2009
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  • Hi, two things to try: First of all, your B vitamins are most likely synthetic, so they are doing nothing for you, only harming you. Stop them immediately, and get B vitamins from . They expose the vitamin fraud in this country, and theirs are produced from whole foods. Second I recommend OxySilver something to try. It's a cure all forkilling unwanted bacteria, infections, etc. hope this helps!
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  • "Today has been REALLY bad, I think due to the rainy weather."I know your solution, thank me later, my email is miltonluban@hotmail.com Trust me forget the ENT's I have tried them too many times as I once suffered the same as you are.Once you mentioned the rainy weather and you felt bad, I knew that you problem is allergies. Forget your Primary care DR, and your ENT. Go to a allergist! If you live in the New York area I have a great one, get tested to see if your allergic to anything, but in the mean time try a decongestion, over the counter, twice a day, and a sinus rinse, it uses saline water wash, twice a day, and get yourself over to the allergist ASAP. That's your solution! Your dizziness is because your eustation tubes are collapsing due to allergies.
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