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Old 04-13-2010, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Florida !
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Default Is there something going around that is causing vertigo?

A couple months ago a friend in Cape Cod mentioned to me he had what he thought was vertigo. He has done nothing for it and 7 weeks later he is slowly getting better.
Another friend of mine in Michigan told me she came down with vertigo. She went to the Dr. and he gave her a 10 day supply of Amoxicillin, Prednisone and Meclizine. Her Dr. seems to believe there is a respiratory virus going around which lands in the ear canals. 2 weeks have gone by and she is better but still feels ( off and on ) pressure in her ears and slight dizziness.
Now my daughter has just told me she is dizzy, seeing spots and losing her balance.
This is just too many people having the same symptoms to be a coincidence.
Anyone out there dealing with this?

If so, what are you doing about it??

Thank you
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:18 AM
 
Location: the dirty south
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Sorry to hear... it's no fun!

I've been experiencing mild to moderate vertigo, ear pain/fullness, visual disturbances, headaches, and a general "off" feeling for months.

I've been to an ENT a few times and he is literally stumped with what is going on with me.

I'm currently following a gluten-free diet to eliminate possible food allergies. Drinking lots and lots of water and taking supplements. I've gone from wearing my contacts to glasses/RX sunglasses full-time, and have cut my salt intake way back per the Docs recommendation. Oh, and I'm also on diuretics. This seems to keep my vertigo in-check presently.

The only things close to a diagnosis I've been given are: "cluster headaches" or an "inner ear disorder".
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Bucks, UK
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if you are asking if there is an infectious cause of vertigo, then the answer is yes, called viral labyrinthitis. info here: Labyrinthitis-Topic Overview
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Old 04-15-2010, 02:35 AM
 
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It's a virus. I had it last year and other people did in town too. The dr said it took a month or two to run its course. Meantime I took Bonine tablets for motion sickness.
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Old 04-15-2010, 03:17 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I've had that off and on for years. Mine is usualy associated with a bad allergy season or sinus infections. Or even a bad cold. I've been to the point of not being able to do anything but sit in a chair. I've been in the hospital twice for it. Had CT scans and MRI's looking for brain tumors, etc.
My problem is any bad sinus infection or allergy reaction seems to somehow get into the inner ear and screws up my balance. Once those triggers are treated I'm ok. Only problem is that once the inner ear is damaged you might feel normal in everday activities but you don't have the balance you had as a kid. And you certainly don't want to spin around like a figure skater. You just might still be spinning weeks later. I've learned to live with knowing that there are some things I can't do even when I'm feeling normal.
I'm 63 yrs old and never had a problem untill I was in my early 50's. It sure was scary at first and admittedly still is when it happens.
But I know the reason.
But I would advise anyone who first has the condition to get checked out thoroughly to eliminate other more dangerous causes. Such as a brain tumor, clogged carotid arteries, etc. Or maybe just a chemical imbalance or vitamin deficiency.
It isn't safe to assume anything. It's better to know for sure in case it is something that needs more radical treatment.
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Florida !
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Thanks everyone for your input !
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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I definitely believe in those nasty viral infections that land on our ear canals and throw us off balance.

For me, my vertigo seems to be more seasonal. In Spring, when pollen counts are high, it tends to be worse for me. If I take a sinus med like Sudafed, my symptoms improve within about 1/2 hour.

Now I'm pregnant so I can't take the Sudafed and have that mild vertigo that comes along with pregnancy.
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