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dizziness while eating

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 11, 2007
  • 08:46 PM

Whenever I start to chew the first one or two bites of food, I experience a sense of dizziness. The room around me doesn't spin, but it kind of feels like I'm spinning inside my head. It goes away after 2-5 seconds, and usually happens only once during the meal, with the first bite or two. I can be eating soft or hard foods, doesn't matter. I can hold my head still or look down at my plate and it doesn't matter. I don't feel it any other time at all, only when I chew something. I don't have any other symptoms. I’m not on any medications. I had a stapedectomy surgery 2 years ago to correct hearing in my right ear. I just had a balance testing done because I am planning on having a stapedectomy in my left ear now to correct that hearing, and the balance testing came back perfectly normal. I can't find anything on the web about this, other people that experience it, or what might be causing it. Any suggestions?

JAH

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  • You may want to get check for an STD.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • That possible cause is highly unlikely for me, but why would something like that make a person dizzy when eating?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • From:http://www.oif.org/site/PageServer?pagename=HearingChat "Q: I traveled from Cincinnati to Memphis to find a doctor with experience in OI and stapedectomy. I have had both ears successfully operated on. The last surgery, in September 2000, left me dizzy at times, and I have had at least one ear infection since then. Is this normal? A: The dizziness can occur because the surgery opens up the inner ear, which usually clears with time. I cannot explain the ear infection; you should be no more susceptible to one now than before the surgery." Note the "usually." Perhaps there is some scarring to the middle fossa nerve, which you only notice when you chew. What does your doctor say?
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  • aquila-According to my ear doctor that performed my stapedectomy, everything in my inner ear looks normal and he says I'm a "mystery", as he has no idea what could be causing it. When I went in for my balance testing, they had me take a few bites of food first, but of course (murphy's law!) I didn't feel dizzy then! I did tell them that the dizzy sensations that the testing gave me (which was what the testing was supposed to do) felt exactly like I feel when I get dizzy chewing.JAH
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  • Whenever I start to chew the first one or two bites of food, I experience a sense of dizziness. The room around me doesn't spin, but it kind of feels like I'm spinning inside my head. It goes away after 2-5 seconds, and usually happens only once during the meal, with the first bite or two. I can be eating soft or hard foods, doesn't matter. I can hold my head still or look down at my plate and it doesn't matter. JAHI too have been experiencing this, and don't have any answers...an internet search showed lots of people with the same question, but no real answers...the best answer I found is: "If the dizziness is spinning, either you feel like you're spinning or the room is spinning around you, that's called vertigo, and you should see an ENT doctor. In many young people, spinning dizziness is caused by a tiny stone in the semicircular canals in the middle ear, and appropriate abrupt movement of the head by the ENT doc can shake the stone out of the semicircular canals and cure the dizziness instantly.If not spinning dizziness, check blood pressure, be sure you're not anemic, and hope the dizziness will clear spontaneously and soon." That was from the Harvard Medical School site...I'm going to ask for an appointment with an ENT to check into it.
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  • Maybe BPV, benign positional vertigo. See the simple body positions and try them. Can't hurt.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • rad-skw:When I went in for my balance testing, they did a lot of those body positioning tests - having me lay down, sit up fast, turning my head from side to side fast - and I felt just fine, so they thought that it maybe wasn't due to loose stones in my inner ear because I never get the dizzy feeling when I sit up or move my head around at home, only when I have jaw movement from eating. Could I have a loose stone, I wonder, and have it only be affected by jaw movement, and not head movement?anonomous:Keep me posted on what you find out at your appointment too, because I'm not having too much luck on my internet searches or with my doctors yet. But I am happy (sorry!) to hear someone else is experiencing this too - I thought I was the only one! :)JAH
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  • Not the tests, but rather the exercises where you roll around the floor.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • rad-skwI'll try those. Like you said, it can't hurt... (hopefully!) ;o)))
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  • BPV definitely seems right. I have had it before, do the exercises and it should leave within a week. It's extremely unconformable and frustrating.
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  • MSG in food can cause dizzyness. Are you eating kung pao chicken 'round the clock?
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  • when you talking (jaw moving),do you feel dizzy ?or when you CHEW (jaw moving also) only you feel dizzy ?
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  • One of the first symptoms listed of TMJ is dizziness. See your dentist.
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  • So sorry for the delay in responding! Lost my bookmarked site for a while...Well, I haven't been experiencing the dizziness as often as I was for some reason. It just seems to happen sporadically now, not EVERY time I chew like before. I haven't made any lifestyle changes, diet changes, etc. that I'm aware of that would explain this. No, rad-skw, I don't care to eat much of anything with MSG in it, so that probably wouldn't be it. Xjia - I only felt/feel dizzy when I CHEW, not when I talk, and the wierd thing is, I can chew gum and not get dizzy, but chewing food DOES make me dizzy!I do have to make a routine 6-month dental cleaning appointment soon so I will be sure to ask the dentist for her opinion too.Hopefully since I'm not experiencing it as often as before that means it's going away on it's own... whatever it is!JAH
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 28, 2007
    • 02:33 PM
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  • I get the same thing, but i think it has something to do with my blood sugar levels spiking or dropping after my first few bites. I havent been diagnosed with diabetes or anything, but its like almost a passing-out feeling for like 5 seconds, then goes away.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 3, 2007
    • 02:34 PM
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  • Hmm... this is something to look into that I haven't thought of yet.... I've never been tested for it either, but heaven knows my diet hasn't been the best... I'm going to ask to be tested at my next doctor's visit in a couple weeks. Thanks for the idea! :)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 3, 2007
    • 07:39 PM
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  • Do you still have your wisdom teeth?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 4, 2007
    • 10:21 AM
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  • Do you still have your wisdom teeth?Nope, all 4 were pulled when I was a teenager.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2007
    • 08:12 PM
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  • I too have the same problem. Only in the first 10-20 seconds of eating something, i get dizzy, just as the other people have described that have the same problem. Its not consistent of course, not every time I eat. Seems more often than not, that it happens when I eat after I haven't eaten for a while. Not that I'm starving, but still, haven't eaten for a good 4-6 hours. So it almost sounds like it would be an effect of blood sugar levels rising quickly. But that quickly??? Come on, it's like instantly as soon as the food touches my mouth it starts. I do get vertigo, only once a month maybe, and sometimes will go without an episode (that usually only lasts maybe a minute) for a few months. Not always extreme, but sometimes it is extreme enough to pull me right out of my chair and fall to the ground from sitting still. Or almost fall over if I'm walking/standing. Nothing that's affected my life. I haven't found an answer either on this. Just wanted to let you know, you're not alone. And it's *****n me off that I don't have an answer of why.
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  • I too have this dizziness sometimes after eating a few bites of food. I've noticed it always happens when I'm at work, which has MOLD in the building. When I leave in 2 months I'm hoping this symptom will disappear. Do the rest of you live/work in a similar environment with MOLD? Maybe that's the common link?
    DizzyEater 1 Replies Flag this Response
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