For the last month or so, my head feels "full," almost like I've been swimming and still have a little water in my ears. I get a little dizzy (dizzier than normal, lol) and hear a slight "whooshing" sounds in my head if I move it a certain way. I thought I had a viral infection, so I took antibiotics but it hasn't gone away. Trying to figure out what to do next.
I had this some years ago. I always felt like I was going to pass out, dizzy etc. Saw a doctor and everything looked fine. An inner ear problem was suspect. He put me on a antihistamine that increases blood flow to the inner ear. It worked and I did not have any more problems. I asked to stay on it for a few months and when I stopped taking it, that was the end of the problem.
Ear wax could also be the problem. Try a kit to clean out your ears from the drug store.
Same as r2, I have a prescription for Meclazine, a strong antihistamine. Try some Benadryl if you can't get back to see the doctor right away.
Yes, OP...and it sucks! Woke up one day from a nap, and the room was spinning. It went away after a couple of months progressively. Their are head exercises that help get rid of it, but you have to do it twice a day.
Yes. I don't remember the name iof my 'illness' that causes vertigo.
The worst vertigo I had started so suddenly that I had to lie down where I was standing - which thank God was in my hallway. I couldn't really move or do anything for 3 hours it was so bad.
It's called BPPV - Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo. The crystals in your ear shift and that causes the vertigo. I've had it and sometimes go to my ENT for the Epley Maneuver, which fixes it for me. I have been advised to never lie flat - I sleep elevated, as it flared up initially after lying down during a long phone call - when I got up, everything started spinning.
Symptoms of Vertigo happens during the fall season, don't know why.
Afrin nose spray and sudafed.
Also, look on you tube. Vertigo exercises. There are head tilts, etc., you can do that really help. Take your time with them and do them as often as it says. They help move the fluid.
I have vertigo that comes and goes. The above is what helps me.
Did you recently have the flu? That can cause the symptoms you have. I went to my acupuncturist and he gave me herbs. I was better in about 4 days
Yes, it's terrible and debilitating. I keep Bonine in my nightstand when I sense a flare-up. I think after years of getting it, it just has to run it's course. The Bonine makes you sleep.
yes, I did. after Michael Lucas gave me medical advice on the best online pharmacy.
Yes, woke up one morning three years ago, felt fine, ate breakfast, and shortly thereafter got very dizzy, very loud ringing in my right ear. Vomited, went back to bed and slept most of the rest of the day. Next day Sunday felt fairly normal but ringing was still there. Got up for work Monday morning and dizziness was very bad, went to work figuring it would just go away but it didn't, left work went to doctor,then to a ear nose throat doctor, then to a neurologist, then 3 neurologist. Turns out I had an acoustic neuroma which is a slow-growing (non cancerous) tumor of the nerve that connects the ear to the brain. Had radiation that killed the tumor, but three years later dizziness is still there along with ringing and full feeling in the ear. I eventually just gave up on doctors, they would just send me for an MRI and then say come back in three months do another MRI and come back in three months. I haven't worked a day since then.
Mine started after snorkeling for too long. I use the exercises to keep it under control but it does often come back.
Are you able to get around okay, R14? My grandma got vertigo after being given an antibiotic for meningitis -- it also caused her to go deaf. She had to use a walker the rest of her life because her balance was totally shot.
Let me add that I laid my head down on my pillow a few months ago and the rooms instantly started spinning. I raised my head up and I was fine. Back down and I was dizzy again. Turns out it was the BPPV R7 writes about. My doctor suspected it was due to a vigorous 90 minutes of trampolining the day before. He said it would go away on its own -- and it did, in about four weeks.
I got it after a head injury. Took 6 months to go away.
Dramamine worked well for me.
Are you able to get around okay, [R14]?
Depends on the day, some days it is so bad I just sit and vegetate in front of the TV and computer. Other days not so bad I can do yard work etc. The amount of psychical activity I engage in affects it greatly. I am no longer able to go for long walks, or any aerobic exercise. I can drive a car just fine, because I am sitting still. The movement of the car doesn't affect me, it is just when I move my body around. Doctors say I will eventually go deaf in that ear, I notice the hearing loss but can still put a phone to that ear and hear fine.
Sorry about your Grandmother, it sucks to suffer like that.
I got it around the holidays a few years ago. I was very depressed and I was eating marshmallow fluff with a spoon. This, on top of the usual holiday sweet junk that is always around.
My doctor said that too much sugar can cause the crystals in your inner ear. It went away when I drastically cut down on the sugar.
Tks R7. I checked out a few articles and this sounds like it. I mean, it sounds like the symptoms I'm having. The dizziness is not long lasting, only a few seconds to a half a minute. It seems to come on when I change position, or get up. Lately, I've been having nausea but not relating it to this dizzy feeling at all. The nausea doesn't last too long and I never actually get sick. It seems to happen in the car a lot. Vision problems...Check. I have perfect vision but lately I have been experiencing "spells" of fuzzy vision. I blink my eyes hard to make clear it up. Appreciate the posts.
Anyway, I read up on what you posted
My doctor said to use non-drowsy dramamine. It's meclazine.
it might be due to dislodged "ear crystals."
if so, you can cure it with a friend thru physical therapy.
learn 2 procedures through youtube.
1 -- test: the dix-hallpike test will show you if your eyes start spinning. that's vertigo.
2. -- cure: epley maneuver.
a few youtube views, and you can fix yerself.
I had pretty bad vertigo on Saturday. Couldn't get up for hours. I know I have BPPV so I didn't think much of it.
But I was a bit dizzy on Monday as well and since Saturday I feel weak and bit sick. I also have more pronounced headache on my left side.
Wondering if I should go to the doctor before or not.
TMJ will also cause vertigo. That's what happened to me. Got fitted with a mouth guard and dentist taught me special exercises to strengthen my neck muscles and acupuncture to relax my jaw.
A virus can cause Vertigo, too.
I have had vertigo for years. It only comes at certain times and I never know when it is coming. My doctor thinks it could be seasonal allergies but he's not sure. Antihistamines work but they make you drowsy. As the above poster pointed out non-drowsy Dramamine is meclazine and it won't make you drowsy.
I have them on hand in my desk, car and at home. They work usually work within 5 minutes.
I used less-drowsy Dramamine and it put me out for a day.
Mine came on after a spinning ride at an amusement park. I could barely walk for a few weeks afterward because I kept losing my balance. My doctor said it was an inner ear disturbance and the symptoms would gradually improve over time. They did although I occasionally have a bout.
Daily use of a neti pot has helped in recent years. The only time I have a problem now is when my sinuses get clogged.
[For those who freak out over neti pots: I use distilled water that I boil for 10 minutes and then store it in the refrigerator. I've never had a problem.]
Yes, many times. Usually not that bad, except once after a car ride. I literally felt like I didn't want to live anymore. Like, if this doesn't let up, I will throw myself off the top of a building. No exaggeration. It felt like my brain had been shaken, the worse feeling I've ever had in my life.
Interesting, r25, I just saw your message. I have TMJD, it causes a lot of facial pain (not mouth but face), hearing loss, and I can't open my mouth but so wide or my jaw gets out of placed. Specialist said if it comes out and doesn't go back in (believe me, that's painful for stuff to rub against each other..it's worse and more likely to happen if lying down), I'll have to go to emergency, have surgery where my will be jaw broken.
Forgot to mention the ear ringing. It gets worse over time. In the earlier years it was just a high pitched sound. Now it literally sounds like a car alarm. It comes on suddenly, I thought it was a vehicle from the street behind our house but when I turned my head the sound went away. Back and forth, back and forth, it was coming from inside my head!
My ear ringing is constant and has gotten worse.
Yes, I have been diagnosed by Dr. Epley as having Meniere's syndrome. I went to other specialists after Dr. Epley cut his patient list to those with BPPV but finally gave up. I think most of the doctors were just putting me through expensive tests to bill my insurance company.
Since retiring my hearing has greatly improved and I haven't had vertigo in a couple of years.
One cause I haven't seen listed in this thread is silent migraines or Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV). The clue is if you are really tired after a vertigo attack.
Here's a link to a forum that has a lot of info.
R34 posted a great link. I had a really, really bad time with Menieres. It was so debilitating that I had to quit my job and move in with my parents. I couldn't even drive for a while. It was awful. I went to the place at link. I ended up losing all the hearing in one ear, but the vertigo stopped.
No, but I noticed I can't keep myself balanced on one leg any more.
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OP, why would you take antibiotics for a viral infection? dumbass
I had vertigo as a result of a severe flu. I blew my nose too forcefully and caused a discharge into my inner ear, which resulted in an ear infection.
The vertigo was so intense, in that when I tilted my head back, it felt like I was falling forever.
Inner ear infection cleared up; but am now left with tennitus.
Not since they fired Karen Berger.
Not just Vertigo, OP, but I also have Rear Window, The Birds, and North by Northwest.
Could be Meniere's Disease. They have prescriptions for this, kind of like strong Dramamine. It's uncommon enough that some doctors don't really consider it unless they've eliminated the easy stuff.
Cutting down on salt in the diet can help too.