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Possible Vertigo: Dizzyness, Headaches, etc. Advice??

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 19, 2007
  • 06:51 PM

Forgive me this is so long..but I want to get everything out there...About a month and a half ago while sitting at a restaurant for dinner, I had the oddest dizzy sensation. All of a sudden it seemed that the room was spinning around me. I sat there for a good minute before I even did anything. It lasted about 5 mins. Nothing else happened except that the room around me seemed to spin. Since then it happened anywheres from 1-4 times/week, not as strong or as long as that first one. The best way I could explain it was that the room around me was spinning but I was fine. Not a normal "head rush" dizzy. When I am at work, and it happens, I can focus on my computer monitor and make that stop spinning while the rest of the room and contents continue to seem spinning. If I move my eyes quickly, or turn my head the monitor will also start appearing to spin again. If it happens standing up, I feel that I am leaning to my left, and cannot stand straight.

I went to the drs 2weeks ago, and he felt it was Vertigo. He put me on Meclizine 12.5 mg 1-2 pills 4 times a day. To take for a week, and then off for a day to see if is still going on. If it is repeat for a week, and then off for a day. Do this for up to a month, and then if still there get a CAT scan of the brain. I've tried it for a week, and then off, still there so back on. Since about a week before going to the drs, I haven't had the full spell, it's a little different now. I feel the sensation pretty much all the time, but haven't had the full blown dizzy spell. I had a US for a nodule on my thyroid (just a follow up US) last week, and when they put the pillow under my shoulders to tilt my head up, it started, and I felt like I was going to roll off the bed. Once that settled, the rest of the time laying like this it looked like the ceiling was waving, almost like I was on a drug of some sort.

This sensation has continued for the entire 2 weeks even while on the meclizine. It doesn't appear to be stopping it at all, but then again it might be suppressing it to the point where it's not as bad?

I guess I want to know if others have experienced this, particularly being diagnosed with Vertigo. There are two ladies at work that have Vertigo and theres seems to be different than mine. When theirs hit, they are basically in bed all day, and also get sick. I'm concerned about something neurological going on, but not sure entirely what it could be. Again, these pills don't seem to be helping at all. I cannot look up, because that is when it seems to be most heightened.

I called the dr last week to let him know it didn't seem to be working, in case he wanted to update the dose or what. He put in a order for a CAT scan of the head, which will probably be done next week. When I was at the drs, he checked, I am assuming the dilation of my eyes, and did that a couple different times..he seemed hesitant whether he wanted to do the CAT scan there, but crossed out something wrote, and said, let's just do the pills, because I am sure this is vertigo, but if in a month still there, we will do the CAT scan. He asked if I had headaches, or ringing of the ears, and not expecting to be asked this I immediately said no, but I have headaches at least 2x week, have had them like this forever. Wasn't sure if I had experienced ringing in my ears lately, but of course now paying attention, I surely did last night for about 5 mins. For the past few days, I have what I can only explain as a "fullness" in my head, coughing on a drink the other night it felt like something in my head was moving around, and not at all right. Today my head feels very full, and tight almost. It's an odd feeling.

Any thoughts/ideas?


I am on no meds I take on a regular basis.
Thanks for reading!

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  • Update-I had an MRI of the brain on Friday. That came back fine with the exception of I have severe Chronic Sinusitus, which also was most likely the cause of the worst migraine I have ever had in my life on Thursday night. This is not believed to be causing the vertigo sensation so I am back on the meds for that in addition to an antibiotic as well as s steroid nasal spray. If after a month dizziness is still there I will get a referal to an ENT and/or neurologist.
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  • I couldn't believe when I read you story, it sounded like I could have written it. I have been experiencing the same problems as you and have done everything you have. I have gone to an ENT, Rheumatologist, MRI of my brain and so forth. They haven't found anything. I was also on the Antivert as well and this seemed to help. I was on it about a week and then took myself off to see how I would feel and so far so good. So I don't know if this will continue to keep coming back or what. Let me know if you find anything else out. Good luck! Angie from PA
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  • Hi Angie! I am sorry you too are going through this. To date, I have still found no solution. Things keep going from one test to another. The MRI only showed that I have severe chronic sinusitus, which I would have never guessed, it doesn't feel like anything is going on with my sinuses. I got meds, and steroid nasal spray to take for a month. Unrelated, I am now being tested for diabetes, which to me is a waste of time, and another shot in the dark by another dr.I'll continue to update if I see your still around. Good luck.
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  • I have to had this same thing for years. I feel like the doctors think I am crazy. I have done evey test you can think of and still nothing. I think because it is not stopping me from doing normal things it is just annoying that is why the doctors are not that concerned.I gone to ear doctors, neuroligist, blood doctor and still no answer. It is just more of a pain than anything I just wish they could tell me what is wrong. It is more of a light headness I can still do my normal activities it is just annoying than anything else. My father and sister have sort of the same thing except their dizzyness is sometimes so bad they can't walk. The were told they had Meniere's but they said that is not what I have. So I do understand what you are going through.
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  • I have had all these same problems and its killing me it started a few months ago and its been there every day, horible headaches, dizzyness, etc... I am a senior physics major and though I used to be a well rounded student this semester was 4 F's and a D- due to my inability to do anything... im so tired of all the tests and doctors who dont seem to care probably so jaded from all the hypocondriacs... if anyone has any info... please
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  • I have had all these same problems and its killing me it started a few months ago and its been there every day, horible headaches, dizzyness, etc... I am a senior physics major and though I used to be a well rounded student this semester was 4 F's and a D- due to my inability to do anything... im so tired of all the tests and doctors who dont seem to care probably so jaded from all the hypocondriacs... if anyone has any info... pleaseHey Senior physics student,I am still working on my thesis for my master degree and I got dizzy over a year ago. I have done everything to get it to stop I can think of. It is getting better but it isn't always great. I have been to doctors and rehab but nothing takes it away. My suggestion to you is do things that make you feel better. Don't challenge the dizziness. Your body will neurologically be saturated in which you will have moments (in my case sometimes weeks) of normal feeling. If the scans found nothing (I have an imbalance in my right ear by 95% to my left) you will get to normal. Hang in there!!!!!
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