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Months in bed, 3 weeks in hospital - what is causing it??

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 26, 2009
  • 04:55 PM

Hi. Can anyone help? My dad had a car accident about 8 years ago. At the time, he suffered whiplash. Some months later, he suffered from what was diagnosed as vertigo. He had to lie flat in bed and if he moved, he would vomit. He spent about 6 weeks in hospital abroad where he was given in depth tests and was told it was not a stroke, then was sent home to the UK and then spent 3 months in bed at home and was told at first he had a stroke and then told it was BPPV..he was given travel sickness pills that seemed to do the trick. Things got back to normal and he went back to work. About a year or so later, his illness came back and he ended up having to stop work, he has had various tests and scans over the years but all come back ok and he's told it's the BPPV.
Now, a few years later, he's had another attack. He hasn't left the house in over a year and took to bed in January. 3 weeks ago, he was admitted into hospital. They have promised him a scan, but it's taking ages to come through. They have tested his heart with a belt that measured the heart over 24 hrs (sorry, not sure what it was called) but haven't come back with results yet. The neurosurgon visited and told him he thinks it's inner ear. Dad has been under the ENT specialist for years and there has been no 'proper' or 'definite' diagnosis and he seems to be passed from ENT to cardio back to ENT to neuro and again back to ENT.. if this was BPPV, then why pass him about??

As it is now, dad has lost lots of weight as his appetite went (slowly getting better in that dept though). He has little energy (we assume because he's in bed and wasn't eating much). Mornings are his worst time, the nurses get him out of bed for a wash and he vomits. When he moves his head - even when changing position in bed - he is very nauseous..he describes the floor coming up to his face, not a swirling motion. he's not making any progress and his life is spent staring at the ceiling and being sick

Any ideas what this could be? Or how to treat it??

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks

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