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Is this Vertigo ?

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  • Posted By: Joe from OZ
  • February 1, 2008
  • 04:54 AM

Hi, I have had some strange symptoms for the last 2 weeks. A certain dizzyness, sometimes feeling that I am about to fall, or blacking out, sometimes a bit of nausea, sometimes as if I am floating. Some other times if I am looking up, I feel as if I am falling backwards. I also feel a certain pressure in my head and neck,and sometimes a pain around the heart/shoulder.

I have seen my DR, who has sent me to do a CT Scan of the brain before and after injecting a dye. Absolutely nothing wrong. The DR also checked my blood pressure (140/100), checked my heart beat and ears.
Aparantely nothing wrong either (except for the blood pressure " a bit high"). He has given me asprin to help thin out the blood (100 mg a day now on my third day).

I continue to have the same symptoms and this is worrying me because I have always been quite healthy. Any suggestions please ??:)

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  • The aspirin sounds like a good idea, as your symptoms could be transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). Aspirin will help prevent full-blown strokes due to clotting. Are you going back to have your blood pressure re-checked? It is high, and this is a risk factor for both stroke and TIAs (not to mention heart attacks) and needs to be controlled if it is repeatedly high. You can also check it yourself at those machines in the drug store. You might want to check it regularly and keep a log book to show your doctor so he can put you on medication if necessary. High blood pressure is known as the "silent killer" because it wreaks havoc on your blood vessels (in your heart this leads to heart attack and in your brain, stroke). Some people can successfully control their blood pressure with weight loss and exercise.Your doctor should have done a complete neurolgical exam. I'm not sure what your symptoms are from, and I certainly don't want to scare you, but the aspirin and monitoring of blood pressure are good ideas, since cardiovascular disease is the number one disease in both men and women in the US.Another possibility is Meniere's Disease, which causes vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in your ears), and hearing loss. Attacks of Meniere's can be controlled by medications such as valium.I am sorry you are having uncomfortable symptoms. I hope they go away.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2008
    • 05:49 AM
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  • Look up benign positional vertigo.BPV
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • February 1, 2008
    • 11:35 AM
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  • If you end up with BPV (see Rad's previous post) there is a special way of moving you around that may help you. Go see an ear, nose throat doctor and ask about it.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • February 1, 2008
    • 02:52 PM
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  • The symptoms you have are mostly the same as I had few years ago: diagnosed as BPV 1. dizzyness2. about to fall3. nearly blacking out4. always with nausea5. sometimes feel like floating6. cannot look up without feeling dizzy7. sometimes feeling falling backwards I think you may have BPV. However your blood pressure is too high
    Meeflower 1 Replies
    • February 1, 2008
    • 03:17 PM
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  • do you have thrist or frequest bathroom breaks? If so, perhaps diabetes..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • February 3, 2008
    • 07:44 AM
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  • Vertigo is a word that many people have previously heard, but they may be confused as to what it actually means. Maybe they have seen the old black and white movie of that name and believe that vertigo is something to do with fear of heights. Well the reality is that vertigo is a symptom of something else and it manifests itself by creating the sensation of either our environments or ourselves as swimming around. In fact there are two different types of vertigo; subjective vertigo is where it feels like you are moving around and objective vertigo is where it feels like the world around you is on the move and spinning. It is important that you don't confuse the symptoms of vertigo with those of lightheadedness, fainting, or dizziness. With vertigo there is only the sensation of movement without there actually being any movement in reality to cause this sensation. As well as the sensation of movement vertigo should also be accompanied by other symptoms. These symptoms can include nausea and vomiting as well as nystagmus. This nystagmus refers to movements of the eye that you have no control of; these movements can occur when the sensation of movement occurs. The symptoms of vertigo are caused by events occurring within your middle ear or cerebellum, or any part of the vestibular system. Vestibular system and what is vertigo These parts of your body are all important for helping you to maintain your balance and allow your brain to know your position in relation to space. When a problem occurs the normal working of the system is interrupted and so you get the unpleasant symptoms related to vertigo such as swimming vision and balance problems. In the vast majority of cases it won’t be something too serious, but the problem can be very unpleasant to deal with. The causes of vertigo can include such things as; injury, inflammation, reaction to certain drugs, or interference to the system originating from inside the middle ear. Once you have the symptoms of vertigo it is important that you learn how to deal with them. The priority is to prevent these symptoms from causing you to fall or otherwise injure yourself. It is also important that you avoid anything that could be considered dangerous while having these symptoms; don’t drive, operate machinery, and avoid heights. There are also other measures that you can take to deal with the symptoms that we won't go into here. Safety precautions for vertigo balance problems The symptoms of vertigo can be frightening and unpleasant, but in most cases there are things that your doctor can do improve things. Sometimes it can take a few weeks for the symptoms to completely resolve, so special care will need to be taken during this time. The exact treatment that will be required will depend on the cause, but there are certain head movements and medication that your physician can use to alleviate the symptoms. The doctor may also suggest things for you to do at home to help eradicate the symptoms. Homeopathic remedies can also help. Homeopathic remedies and what you can do with vertigo
    toufique 2 Replies
    • November 25, 2009
    • 03:20 PM
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  • The symptoms you have are mostly the same as I had few years ago: diagnosed as BPV 1. dizzyness2. about to fall3. nearly blacking out4. always with nausea5. sometimes feel like floating6. cannot look up without feeling dizzy7. sometimes feeling falling backwards I think you may have BPV. However your blood pressure is too highAlthough I do not have true vertigo with my illness I have felt the same way with an additional heaviness sensation and pressure in my head. I got fed up with not being able to see straight and being so dizzy all the time so I went to Thailand where they gave me Cinnarizine which gives considerable help without all the nasty side effects of US anti-dizziness drugs. I wish they would have it here in the United States. It is not FDA approved or available for sale here, but has been around since the early 50's elsewhere in the world. Just thought I would throw that out there for those who are suffering from dizziness and vertigo since it helped me so much. I took it for 4 months (then ran out) and I no longer get dizzy after 5 months of not taking it, but I still have all my other symptoms... Any little help is better than no help at all right? Good luck with the dizzness and keep pushing forward to get answers no matter what!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 26, 2009
    • 00:34 PM
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