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episodes of vertigo

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 23, 2006
  • 08:00 PM

I have had random episodes of vertigo since I was 13. The first attack was when i was playing basketball outside and when I went to shoot the ball everything started spinning and i ended up laying on the driveway. I told my mom but she didn't think anything of it. Then later I suddenly fell off of a chair and she took me to the doctor. Of course he just said i was stressed... at 13? Anyways I continued to have more attacks of vertigo and they have varied in intensity. Sometimes i just get a quick glimpse of undsteadiness or tilting sensation and other times i have to have someone help me walk so i don't fall down. I have fallen more times... its like a sudden spin and i feel pushed over. I don't tend to get sick (nauseus), but sometimes i do. The episodes have seemed to come more and more. I am now 22. The episodes kind of come in packs... if that makes any sense. For like a month I will have small episodes and than I won't have any symptoms for like 5 months. So lately i have had more packs of episodes. During an episode I feel weird... its hard to explain, kind of like i am floating or something. I also tend to be really slow at processing information and even slurr my words. People have told me I act drunk. So over the years I not only had these episodes but i also had very intense headaches. The doctors focused more on my headaches than the vertigo. I ended up getting 2 or 3 MRIs and an EEG and i think maybe some other scan on my head. All the tests were negative. I play volleyball at the university and during a physical was diagnosed with asthma... after taking advar for a while my headaches are completely gone. So I am pretty sure there is no connection to the headaches and the vertigo. A doctor that i did see mentioned that i could have menier's disease, but has given me no medication or help to minimize vertigo attacks. The vertigo is random and it is hard to work, drive, play volleyball, or do anything. Also without having some sort of doctor's note or something calling into work because i can't drive makes my life very stressful. Some other random symptom i have is ringing in the ear. Which does tend to happen a couple times a week, but i have no hearing loss of any sort. At least not that i or anyone else can notice. I am actually writing this during one of my episodes and I know that the information is random. Its just hard to think when i feel like this. And I just need some help and direction.

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  • Have you have had any neck problems or whiplash injury? This might explain some of your symptoms.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 23, 2006
    • 09:11 PM
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  • Does the vertigo occur when you tilt your head back, or when you first lie down, or when you roll over in bed? Do you notice a 'fullness' in your ears when you swallow, when you are in the midst of an episode? Do you get a clicking sound when you swallow? Again during an episode? It could be meniers, (I'm not sure there is any medication, my mother-in-law has it and it just comes and goes) Or an inner ear problem. I get vertigo if I've been in the cold, without anything covering my ears, or when I'm outside in the wind, even in a 'hot' wind. I've learned to make sure I carry cotton for my ears, you might feel like a twit, putting cotton in your ears, but it beats the vertigo. I don't know if this helps. I've got asthma as well, if I get a sinus infection, I have to really watch that it stays out of the ears, if your problem is sinus related, you could talk to your doctor about using flonase, it also helps at certain times of year with the asthma if you are taking advair daily. Lots of info, hopefully not useless.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 23, 2006
    • 11:04 PM
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  • One more thing, believe it or not, there is some weird virus going around my town in the past few weeks that actually is just vertigo. My husband who NEVER gets vertigo, woke up with it, a week later I had it(thanks honey) and then when I got together with some friends I found out they had all had it too. The good thing is it usually only lasts a week, the bad thing is I've had it for a month, but it has gotten alot better. Happy Holidays!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 23, 2006
    • 11:07 PM
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  • do you notice any pattern with foods you eat and the vertigo/tinnitus? perhaps you have an underlying food allergy it is possible that an elimination diet could help
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 27, 2006
    • 11:49 PM
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  • Could it be epilepsy? Lots of people have mild cases of it and don't know it for years. An old friend of mine used to have short spells of seeming not quite right, as though thinking about something else, and we thought nothing of it -- turns out she had epilepsy, not diagnosed for decades until she had a major seizure. She's fine on meds now. Go to a neurologist!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 06:05 AM
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  • I am an audiologist and work with ENTs to help diagnose causes of vertigo. You should be seen by an ENT that works with an audiologist to have a hearing test and another test called an Electronystagmogram (ENG) done. Subtle changes in your hearing can go undetected by you but the equipment is sensitive enough to pick up a deficit. Also it is worth possibly seeing a neurologist as slurring of speech, etc. tend to be more related to a central cause. The reason your doctors were focusing on the headaches is because migraines can cause vertigo. An ENG will also help determine if the cause of the vertigo is coming from your brain (central) or from your inner ear (peripheral). Hope you feel better. I know how miserable it can make your life.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 03:54 PM
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