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Old 11-20-2011, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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My wife developed symptoms of vertigo about 6 years ago and periodically is so depressed and angry about the spells that come and go. She has been to about every specialist known and tried acupuncture, healing, just about everything. It was an amusement park ride that initially provoked this and now, after last week's stress test on a treadmill, it is back with a vengeance.

We now live in the Richmond, VA area and need either a magician or a witch doctor or some homeopathic cure to this life-robbing condition.

Anyone?? Thank you in advance.
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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My mother takes a prescription medication for Vertigo. Has your wife not been prescribed anything?
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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My wife developed symptoms of vertigo about 6 years ago and periodically is so depressed and angry about the spells that come and go. She has been to about every specialist known and tried acupuncture, healing, just about everything. It was an amusement park ride that initially provoked this and now, after last week's stress test on a treadmill, it is back with a vengeance.

We now live in the Richmond, VA area and need either a magician or a witch doctor or some homeopathic cure to this life-robbing condition.

Anyone?? Thank you in advance.
When you say, "tried acupuncture" what do you mean?
How long did your wife stay with the process and who was the acupuncturist?
How much experience did the acupuncturist have under his/her belt?
I won't see any acupuncturist who hasn't been practicing for at least 20 years.
A friend of mine (who is both a veterinarian and an acupuncturist herself) has vertigo and the only treatment that works for her is acupuncture.
She also wears a night-guard as she has severe grinding / clenching / jaw issues.
I believe that it's related to her vertigo in some way but i'm not sure exactly how, ie; exactly what the connection is.
Does your wife grind and clench her teeth at night?
I'm not sure but it's my sense that, though the amusement park ride may have been the trigger (the "final straw"), there was an underlying imbalance before the ride.
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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Last year at the age of 44 I was diagnosed with Menier's Disease.

Since last July I have had to be transported by ambulance 5 times because of extreme vertigo and uncontrollable vomiting as a result of the vertigo.
Menier's Disease effects the main nerve running from the brain to the cochlea.

Moisture builds up on this nerve causing conflicting signals to be sent to your brain as to which way is up or down.

Your eyes are telling your brain one thing and your ears are telling you something different thus resulting in a vertigo attack.

It effects my right ear and is quickly causing me to become permanently deaf in that ear.
Could this vestibular dysfunction be what your wife is suffering from?

My remedy is to take Meclizine which is sold over the counter as Dramamine.
It acts as a vestibular retarding agent thus blocking vertigo from occurring.

Has your wife tried this?


Julia
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:11 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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Has she had ear rocks removed? They can be a cause of vertigo.
I really feel for your wife. I had vertigo for about a week and it was so unpleasant, and made me feel so helpless. You are unable to do anything. The dramamine-type medicines make you so sleepy, I think their only benefit is to help you sleep through the unpleasantness until it goes away, and that really stinks. Mine has never come back, thankfully, and I hope it never does!
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:34 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I've had dizziness for 7 years nonstop alld ay ever day.. Yes thats right non stop so I have sympathy for your wife (albeit I might be slightly jealous she on gets it for periods of time) . I've been through all the hoops and rings to try and make this go away, nothing. Dramamine can work for short periods of time but the ONLY drug I ever found to make it go away is Prednisone when I was at my most severe. They thought I was having a stroke it was so bad I couldn't speak right, was confused and my pupils were different shapes.
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:30 PM
 
Location: In the real world!
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Having suffered for almost 2 years, having lost a job I dearly loved and having to live in disability now, I understand your wife feelings. I can't tell you how much money I have spent on trying to find out what was wrong and finding a "fix" for it and after all that, I am no better or in worse shape now than I was from the start.

I have seen so many doctors that I have about given up and accepted this is my life now. There are days I can't leave the house, wouldn't dare drive, can't eat for the nausea.. In all this, I only found ONE drug that got me back to about 90% of what was normal for me, I took the first months Rx and went for a refill only to findthe FDA has pulled it off the market so I am back to living with the dizziness, nausea, vision that comes and goes, staggering and so on..

Mine started out as vertigo and kept changing. I have been dx'ed with Migraine Associated Vertigo and BPPV. My eyes are so sensitive to lights, especially florscent that sometimes the lights have just about knocked me down to the floor..

I have no answers for you, just wanted to let you know your wife is not alone and is not crazy. There are people that live with this every day and I am one of them. I HATE not being able to work anymore! I still cry over loosing my job and wish I could go back to work tomorrow, every day of my life. I would LOTS rather work for my money than be like this and drawing disability. I can hardly get out of the house and even doing simple things like sewing, knitting and doing things I love are effected by this.

I couldn't even go to my grandsons wedding (in Virginia BTW) because I am afraid to fly or ride in a car that far with this and was afraid if I did, I would have been a burden on them while I was there and been to sick to come home. He was just back from doing 2 years in Afganastan, had just seen his best friend get killed right in front of him and I could not go to his wedding. I cried and cried because I had to miss that.

And to be perfectly honest, if this had not happened to me, I would have thought anyone saying this happened to them was plain ole CRAZY! I find it so unbelievable..... but it happened to me! I would have never believed that a simple case of vertigo could change and change and change like mine did and a person end up in the shape I am in from it!
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:24 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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Last year at the age of 44 I was diagnosed with Menier's Disease.

Since last July I have had to be transported by ambulance 5 times because of extreme vertigo and uncontrollable vomiting as a result of the vertigo.
Menier's Disease effects the main nerve running from the brain to the cochlea.

Moisture builds up on this nerve causing conflicting signals to be sent to your brain as to which way is up or down.

Your eyes are telling your brain one thing and your ears are telling you something different thus resulting in a vertigo attack.

It effects my right ear and is quickly causing me to become permanently deaf in that ear.
Could this vestibular dysfunction be what your wife is suffering from?

My remedy is to take Meclizine which is sold over the counter as Dramamine.
It acts as a vestibular retarding agent thus blocking vertigo from occurring.

Has your wife tried this?


Julia
I also have Meniers, a low salt diet helps, but it can be very challenging because is salt is in EVERYTHING, but well worth the effort to cut back. I am almost deaf in my left ear because of it. And I have a ringing sound 24/7.
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Catonsville, MD
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This is probably not the cause of your wife's dizziness, but I had an entire year of debilitating dizziness and shock-like sensations in my head and out all four limbs. I could barely move. This had happened to me back in 1995 and eventually went away after about a year. I had just about every test known to mankind and they found nothing. It happened again a few years ago and I suddenly knew what it was: withdrawal from coming off a serotonin-reuptake inhibitor (in 1995 it was Paxil; several years ago it was Lexapro.) Some people have horrible issues with coming off those drugs. I have been advised never to go on them again. Since the dizziness and shock-like sensations basically took 2 years of my life, I will follow that suggestion.

I am writing this on the off-chance your wife has been on and off of anti-depressants. No doctors ever put two and two together to help me in 1995, and I was the one who figured it out in 2009. My doctor concurred after I mentioned it.
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Thank you for your responses. I asked my wife to give me more details about the condition and the treatments that she has sought.

The condition that she describes is that of being off-balance, under water, severe head pressure, with intermittent nausea. Sometimes a terrible headache comes on.

The triggers are moving her head quickly, looking up, walking in the dark, long car rides, sudden stops and starts in the car, escalators, elevators, and now the treadmill. Attacks can last seconds or weeks.

She has a history of migraines, anxiety/panic attacks, sinus infections/issues, ear infections, has had whiplash, another neck injury, tmj, and is on meds for high blood pressure. Also, has a terrible fear of taking drugs.

She thinks that the initial trigger for this was about 25 years ago when she went on a cruise with her family and the ship hit storms going and coming from NY to Bermuda. A stabilizer on the ship was not working so it rocked for 2 days going and coming. Everyone was sick including the crew. After arriving home she still felt like she was rocking for weeks. Her family said that had the same feeling for a day or 2. Her doctor told her to take Dramamine or Bonine and it eventually subsided. Thinking back she recalls that she might have had that feel in the next several years but it didn’t last long enough to present any problems.

After we moved to NC 6 years, ago she woke up one morning being severely off-balance and nauseous. Thinking it was sinus related, she took some over-the counter meds. It got a little better but did not go away. Her first of many doctor’s visits began with an ENT.

ENT1-found lots of wax in her ears and sinuses inflamed. Cleaned ears and gave her a prescription nasal spray (no permanent fix.
Carolina Ear & Hearing Clinic-went through lots of horrible tests and was told that she has a vestibular problem that was not curable and that eventually the other working parts of the balance system would kick in and all would be well. To speed things up they suggested rehab sessions with them and exercises to do at home. All of which would make her sicker before (maybe) making her well. Not wanting to give up the good days, she stopped rehab. Meniere’s and BPPV was ruled out.
Acupunturist1 (highly recommended by a neighbor’s sister who had been an acupuncturist in the area bust moved to CA)-treatments were wonderfully relaxing but had not effect on imbalance triggers. Stopped after 3 months.
Neurologist1-standard neurological office tests and MRI; all normal results. No treatment given.
Headache Clinic (neurologist2)-office physical with specific attention on the neck. Was told that her neck muscles were very tight and she only had about 20% normal neck movement. Diagnosis-cervical vertigo. Muscle relaxant prescribed (not taken) and physical therapy recommended.
Physical therapy-highly recommended by a co-worker who had terrible tmj issues. My wife thought she could kill 2 birds with one stone here. Physical therapist was wonderful. TMJ was much improved and neck movement was in the normal range after 12 sessions. After that she was given exercises to do at home. Imbalance issue still persisted
Chiropractor-got worse instead of better.
Accupunturist2(recommended by several so-workers)-treatments again were wonderfully relaxing but problem not solved after 3 months
Family doctor-diagnosis vestibular migraines. Daily migraine meds prescribed. Not taken.
ENT2-did the Epley maneuver again. No change. Diagnosis-mal d’embarquement syndrome. Suggested taking lipoflavinoid. Imbalance issues still persisted.
She feels like this is just all trial-and error. In the meantime, she cannot live a normal life.

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