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I was curious if anybody has been diagnosed with a viral ear infection and how long it lasted for them... I have already had a month of lightheadedness, dizziness, heart racing and nausea, as well as fatigue, and just really feeling under the weather.

Some days seem to be worse than others, but my doctor told me to take dramamene for a few days and by that time I should start feeling better. That was over a week ago, and about three weeks after the light headedness started

im so tired of not feeling well- any ideas how long they usually last or maybe I was misdiagnosed? Thanks for your help
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replied July 28th, 2005
Viral Ear Infection
Hi,
i found your message when I was desperately trying to find a cure for this viral ear infection. I was diagnosed on july 3rd. I feel the same way you do. A few days ago, I actually thought I was better. I drove somewhere.... Luckily, my husband was with me because I couldn't drive back. My progress has completely turned around over the last couple of days, and i'm dizzy again. I've gone to the doctors twice .. They just seemed annoyed that I came because there is nothing they can do. I don't have any pain in my ears, so it is difficult for me to believe that I have an ear virus. Is this the same for you?

Anyway, to answer your question (i hope you still don't have this awful thing!) the doctor told me it would last from a day to 10 days. From research i've been doing, i've found people who've had it for 3 to 5 months. I am so scared of that.
I hope you're feeling better by now. Erin
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replied March 15th, 2012
viral infection in my inner ear
I was just doing some reaearch on a viral ear infction, which I have been diagnosed with, and came across your posts. I was hospitalized the beginning of Dec. with strep throat and an inner ear infection. My imune system is lower then most due to me having lymphoma in my spleen in 2009. I am STILL trying to get over the viral ear infection....dizziness and the pressure and ringing in my ear and was put on a prescriptin of prednisone and have only about a week left of it. Am really feeling depressed and wondering if I am ever going to get any better.
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replied March 25th, 2012
I am going through this right now. Dizzy, nauseous, so tired that if I get up and move around I have to lay back down again. I have a racing heart and get out of breath if I move.
The good news is I get this about once or twice a year, and it will go away! I have a doctor that realizes it is
actually alot of fluid behind the ear more than an ear infection.
The only thing that he prescribes to me that works is a 5 day prescription called zithromax. The doctors used to think I was nuts when I when in, They didnt realize how bad it can be. Dont give up. It can take some time, but it will go away. He usually tells me to also take antihistamnines along with my zithromax. Tell your doctor you want to try that as along as you arent allergic.
Hope this helps.....but it is a terrible feeling
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replied March 25th, 2012
Thanks egyptrobin...I wrote the name of the meds down. I'm not much better since finishing the prednisone and, I dont have another ear dr appt. unil the end of next month. I did call them this past Fri. to see if I should be taking any meds until then. They are supposed to call me back tomorrow so will ask them about the zithromax then. This is really getting old..been feeling this way since Dec. now..Sad You are so right about it being a terrible feeling..I cant drive and dont feel like doing much of anything. Thanks!
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replied March 26th, 2012
Your welcome,I am positive you have what I get, You cant
wait for an ear specialist, I wouldnt be able to move for a month! A regular doctor can diagnose and prescribe
the zithromax. Dont let them shoe you away, they are always
looking for some swollen red ear, and they never find it.
It is a grayish look to the ear if they look. It is hard
to diagnose inner ear. I was always turned away. Prednisone, would never even touch mine, I would be right back at the doctor;s office. Zithromax dries the
fluid and that fluid is what is causing all the problems. I used to bump into walls at work and be sick! It is awful. I would love to hear how you are doing in a week, I think that will do it!
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replied April 10th, 2012
wow! I am thankful to know that I am not the only one. It was a week ago today that I started this vertigo and finally realized that it has to do with my ear, the left ear because when lying down or turning in bed, it is this side when I get the dizzy. Somedays are better than others.. Today I was set back again.. Yesterday, i thought it was over. I am getting tired of this. and literally I am so very tired and have to sleep like I have mono. My head and eyes hurt and when looking up to the ceiling the dizzy will start. Tomorrow I go to my dr. and I will tell them about zithromax. Hopefully I will get some relief soon. I feel useless...
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replied April 10th, 2012
I have had this now since Dec....Just took the zithromax a couple weeks ago and no help from it. I feel even more dizzy yesterday and today then I did in the beginning. Am scheduled to see the ear specialist again in the morning. I even have spells of stabbing pain in my right ear. This is driving me crazy and there HAS to be something they can do for it!
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replied August 7th, 2012
Just curious if you ever got back to normal? I am on my 5th month oh this and really down as well. 5 months of light headedness/tired. Feal like I am in a cloud. Also feals like there's fluid in my ears. No pain at all. I had a brain scan,full blood test, chest x-ray,EKG and stress test. Every test comes out great. Starting to feal like this will never end. So tired and out of it every day. Hope your good
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replied April 10th, 2012
I have had this now since Dec....Just took the zithromax a couple weeks ago and no help from it. I feel even more dizzy yesterday and today then I did in the beginning. Am scheduled to see the ear specialist again in the morning. I even have spells of stabbing pain in my right ear. This is driving me crazy and there HAS to be something they can do for it!
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replied April 10th, 2012
I sure do hope the zithromax works for you. It seemed to have no affect on me and the past two days have been worse then the others. Its enough to cause a person to be depressed! One specialist even told me that taking meds for the dizziness would prolong the healing of the viral infection! I'm at the end of the rope here..
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replied September 25th, 2012
Sounds like menieres disease. Ask your doctor to send you to someone who specializes in diagnosis this disorder. I had the same symptoms and many doctors and tests to get my diagnoses and treatment.
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replied April 10th, 2012
Just wanted to let you know that I took the zithromax but it didnt help me...I wouldnt be that lucky. I go to the ear dr again in the morning to see if he tells e anything new.
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replied September 19th, 2012
Try to get an antiviral medication, not just steroids. I have been fighting off very similar symptoms and today I took valtrex... It is slowly making the pain, buzz, nightmare of a viral ear infection finally go away. Antibiotics will not help if the infection is viral, in fact it might worsen the issue. Try to get anything antiviral into your system. It is working like a miracle for me... Valtrex!!!
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replied December 9th, 2012
Beyond my work day I've been 'living' to google things related to my ear problem, whereby my hearing shut off in R ear on Sept 21 2012, during a 'hot-season' head cold, with alot of nasal and respiratory muck happening. Before shutting down I noticed I could hear my pulse clearly in R ear, esp at bedtime. Emerg diagnosed 2 infected ears, prescribed antibiotic, follow up with fam doc, then Nasonex from him and now it's Dec 9th. I sit here deaf in R ear, buzzing, some crackling, some 'tinkling bells', full feeling within the ear, and I believe a slight change in R eye vision. Had audiogram 4 days ago, fairly deaf with prob showing in cochlea (inner ear). She found it kind of unusual case due to me having no recollection of imbalance, dizziness, nausea (these are so common with inner ear probs and I notice many people on this blog experienced them). My hearing loss hasn't improved since day 1, nor has the buzz and crackling, and I await an appt with ENT. I just turned 56 yrs; I look more like 40. I feel like I'm 'locked' inside my head ( I've no pain or discomfort since antibiotics), I'm inclined toward withdrawing from life interests because it's so disorienting and overshadows general life pleasure. OF course in my 'withdrawal' I'm sick of searching the computer to find a similar case. the fam doc says it could take months,but that's without any input yet from ENT. Like all persons in the blog, I'm going crazy wondering if my hearing will return and why the audiologist found it so rare a case ..she suggested possibly something viral, but I'm seeing many people with viral inner ear probs encounter all the common things like dizzy etc etc. Has anyone 'out there' experienced a case like mine, and please tell me it will get better.
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replied January 22nd, 2014
Please tell me - did your hearing come back. My good ear also shut down 2 weeks ago after a night I could hear my pulse in that ear. Now on steroids and antivaral med, but it is still the same. My symptoms are exactly the same as yours.I do not have dizziness. Hope you have good news, because this is a terrible thing that happened to me.
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replied May 16th, 2014
Hi Nogginheaded, just wondering if you have recovered? My symptoms just started about 3 weeks ago and I have been prescribed antibiotics with no relief. I have had no nausea, dizziness etc. Just woke up one morning with my left ear plugged up and then within 2 days my right ear followed along. This is really disconcerting. It is hard to work and concentrate and participate in meetings at work.

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replied April 11th, 2012
Fluid in ears that was that was treated as an anxiety disorder
This is exactly what happens to me. Four doctors in er treated me for anxiety and depression. The fifth doctor looked in my ears and saw fluid and prescribed what you had. Now when it starts to return, I take claritin and sudafed or Benadryl to dry up the fluid and it quickly goes away. When it originally happened I thought I was having a heart attack or panic attack.
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replied April 21st, 2012
viral ear infection
My ENT doc said there is no fluid but that I do have a viral ear infection. Started March 17th. I will try the sudafed and see what happens. I go back to him in 5 weeks, if it is no better he wants to do an MRI. Really sick of being sick. Thanks for the post.
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replied September 30th, 2012
Ear inflammation
Same symptoms. Was told to take sudafed and given motion sickness pills. A little better after a couple of days. I didn't have fluid just inflammation.
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replied November 8th, 2012
thanks ive got the same thing thought it was just me i tryed to get rid of it myself but after a week i was in my kichen and the room started spinning i was terrified my son had to walk me over the doctors he took a look in my ear said i have a very bad ear infection i aske why i was dizzy and felt like i was drunk he said its the infection thats making me unbalanced . ive got anti biotic spray im a lott better after a week but still a bit light headed when i bed down or get up he said it would take a bit to get better thanks again for you help . from helen
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replied April 2nd, 2014
Do you still have the dizziness symptoms? I had an ear infection about 3 months ago and had dizziness that lingered
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replied September 19th, 2012
Viral ear infection
Try to get an antiviral medication, not just steroids. I have been fighting off very similar symptoms and today I took valtrex... It is slowly making the pain, buzz, nightmare of a viral ear infection finally go away. Antibiotics will not help if the infection is viral, in fact it might worsen the issue. Try to get anything antiviral into your system. It is working like a miracle for me... Valtrex!!!
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replied September 19th, 2012
Try to get an antiviral medication, not just steroids. I have been fighting off very similar symptoms and today I took valtrex... It is slowly making the pain, buzz, nightmare of a viral ear infection finally go away. Antibiotics will not help if the infection is viral, in fact it might worsen the issue. Try to get anything antiviral into your system. It is working like a miracle for me... Valtrex!!!
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replied December 12th, 2013
Hi. I don't know how to write a post so I had to use your post to reply to, sorry! But I had to get my story out there too. This would have to be one of the most frustrating, cruel health issues out there with little or no information/help for sufferers. My issue started with just a slight lightheaded feeling, like when I was in a car and trying to focus on something in the distance, the object would wobble around everywhere. I don't get dizziness as in everything spinning just everything in general seems to move a lot with only a small movement of my head. Even chewing something crunchy makes everything seem to wobble!
It started 5 weeks ago & during that time I've been at the emergency department 5 times in the hope they will have a magical cure. The last time I went there I didn't even see the doctor, they ordered me a psych nurse instead. Does wonders when you're already struggling with an illness that no one seems to know anything about.....
With the doctors unable to give me any direct info about how long it would last for, exactly what it was,etc, my mind started wandering & I was imagining there were all sorts of things wrong with me which invariably bought on panic attacks and depression...we'll that and the fact that a doctor put me on a huge 20 day course of steroids ( which can agitate anxiety anyway )...so now I have lightheadedness, slight ringing in ears, pulsing sound in ears, extreme tiredness, feeling of not quite being 'normal' being off balance, unable to drive, etc,etc, PLUS now having panic attacks & depression! Seriously, I'm not a quick fix tablet kinda girl but I just wanted someone to give me something to be 'out of it'.. I just couldn't do it.
BUT I am here to tell you all, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. My ear sensations are all the same but the anxiety was sooooo severe, the ear condition has taken a second place. I am slowly getting on top of the anxiety & I've come to realise so what if I have ringing in my ears or I'm a bit off balance, as long as there is nothing serious inside my head ( of which I will find out in about 4 days,, then I know I can deal with something that will more than likely pass.
So basically, as hard as it is, positive thinking is a big key part in this illness...depression started to take a terrible hold with me, even to the point where my 3 children were the last thing I could think of but after a lot of mental struggling, and lots of forced walks outdoors, my children are now the reason I am dealing positively with this.
Things are difficult & unpleasant at the moment but I have faith that one day it will pass and I will be back to 'normal'' and when that day comes, watch out world, for if this illness has taught me anything, it is just how important having good health is.
I mean, really, who cares if there's washing to be done or a bill that ant be paid this week. Things will work out, as long as our bodies and minds are healthy.
This illness has been a blessing in disguise really, as it has made me appreciate the more mundane things in life that we all take for granted.
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replied December 12th, 2013
Hi. I don't know how to write a post so I had to use your post to reply to, sorry! But I had to get my story out there too. This would have to be one of the most frustrating, cruel health issues out there with little or no information/help for sufferers. My issue started with just a slight lightheaded feeling, like when I was in a car and trying to focus on something in the distance, the object would wobble around everywhere. I don't get dizziness as in everything spinning just everything in general seems to move a lot with only a small movement of my head. Even chewing something crunchy makes everything seem to wobble!
It started 5 weeks ago & during that time I've been at the emergency department 5 times in the hope they will have a magical cure. The last time I went there I didn't even see the doctor, they ordered me a psych nurse instead. Does wonders when you're already struggling with an illness that no one seems to know anything about.....
With the doctors unable to give me any direct info about how long it would last for, exactly what it was,etc, my mind started wandering & I was imagining there were all sorts of things wrong with me which invariably bought on panic attacks and depression...we'll that and the fact that a doctor put me on a huge 20 day course of steroids ( which can agitate anxiety anyway )...so now I have lightheadedness, slight ringing in ears, pulsing sound in ears, extreme tiredness, feeling of not quite being 'normal' being off balance, unable to drive, etc,etc, PLUS now having panic attacks & depression! Seriously, I'm not a quick fix tablet kinda girl but I just wanted someone to give me something to be 'out of it'.. I just couldn't do it.
BUT I am here to tell you all, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. My ear sensations are all the same but the anxiety was sooooo severe, the ear condition has taken a second place. I am slowly getting on top of the anxiety & I've come to realise so what if I have ringing in my ears or I'm a bit off balance, as long as there is nothing serious inside my head ( of which I will find out in about 4 days,, then I know I can deal with something that will more than likely pass.
So basically, as hard as it is, positive thinking is a big key part in this illness...depression started to take a terrible hold with me, even to the point where my 3 children were the last thing I could think of but after a lot of mental struggling, and lots of forced walks outdoors, my children are now the reason I am dealing positively with this.
Things are difficult & unpleasant at the moment but I have faith that one day it will pass and I will be back to 'normal'' and when that day comes, watch out world, for if this illness has taught me anything, it is just how important having good health is.
I mean, really, who cares if there's washing to be done or a bill that cant be paid this week. Things will work out, as long as our bodies and minds are healthy.
This illness has been a blessing in disguise really, as it has made me appreciate the more mundane things in life that we all take for granted.
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replied August 4th, 2005
Hi,

i wanted to let you know that yes, I am finally feeling better. I never had any pain in my ears so I was pretty skeptical of it being an ear infection too. I have talked to other people who were having dizzy spells that would make their heart race that were diagnosed with the same. Because I wasnt convinced I started looking at the side effects of my other medications and did switch my bc to a new one. Once I did that all my symptoms went away. I wont really know for sure if it was an ear virus or if it was the pills side effects- but either way I dealt with the dizziness for about 6 weeks and now it hasnt bothered me at all for about three weeks. If your on any medication you might just want to check the side effects out (webmd.Com is a great source for that). I was on yasmin and the insert packet didnt say anything about the non-normal side effects, but web md listed almost every thing that I had wrong, dizziness, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, inability to wear contacts, nausea, so I gotta say it seems like the more likely culprit than a random virus in my ear. Hope that helps and that you are starting to feel better- I know how horrible the constant dizziness is, I felt so useless and sick all the time- good luck!
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replied August 4th, 2005
Ear Virus
Hi,
thanks for your reply. I'm definately going to switch bc and see if that helps. I'm so glad you're feeling better. Erin
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replied August 31st, 2005
I got a severe case of vertigo on august 4th and spent two weeks severely dizzy. Its now been four weeks and I still get dizzy here and there. Can someone that has had a viral ear infection answer a few questions so I know if you had the same thing?


Did you get a tightness in your head that made your neck hurt for a whole month?


Loss of appetite?

Cold flashes?

Hot flashes?

A bit of paranoia only when head was very tight?

A funky draining in your throat?


Im just curious. I have no pain cept the pain in my neck for a straight month and suffer bouts of dizziness, nasea, hot sweats, heart racing, and confusion, and sometimes paranoia. Urgent care didnt know what was wrong with me.
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replied October 28th, 2011
viral ear infection
Yes to all of these. But I recently had a complete hyster and found info that said hormonal changes could cause all the symptoms. But my doctor told me today it was a viral ear problem...I'm really confused, and I am a nurse!
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replied March 16th, 2012
inner ear infection
hi, 7 days ago i was fine, late at night i was just reading daily paper, felt fine, then all of a sudden every thing started spinning, couldnt walk, next thing i know im sitting on ground throwing up non stop, was rushed to hospital, spent 3 days there, they suspected inner ear viral infection, but by 3rd day had to have a mri scan to ruloe ouit stroke causing it, very scary few hours waiting for results, and the way i felt like your symtoms i expected it to show up something bad, but was shocked scan came back clear, then was released from hospital even though still filling as bad, 7 days later writing this i still fill so wierd in the head, cant beleive your inner ear can make you so bad but they said to me the part of the ear that was infected controls balance, hearing and vision thats why i feels so wierd and bad, but those words dont help when 1 day feeling like this feels like a month, even thiugh on tablets for dizziness and other one to stop me throwing up i still feel so wierd when i walk, just getting a lift home from hospital in car made me feel so sick in stomach, doing 50klm feels like there doing a 100. the first night in emergency they had to put a heated blanket on me in between throwing up cause i felt so cold, i actually thought i was about to snuff it when it first happend, it just came out of no where but doctors said itr does and reading on internet says same thing, but in saying that have to get off here now cause looking at the screen and typing makes me feel like im going to vomit, scaryest thing ive ever had. (leigh) bye.
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replied September 1st, 2005
Hi, ddiizzyygirl, as or your symptoms- I didnt have any tightness in my neck, but I had a really strong headache that would come and go that was focused in my left temple. I had a really strong loss of appetite because each time that I got dizzy and my heart would race then my stomach would be upset for hours. I didnt have and cold or hot flashes, but I did take my temperature a few times at night and found it was in the 99-100 range which probably explained some of my chills. I didnt have any paranoia or any draining in my throat. My doctor put me on dramamene (the pill for motion sickness) and told me to take it two to three times a day for about 5 days and see if I felt any better- he said it wouldnt cure anything but would get me through the symptoms until the infection healed on its own. I took the meds for two days but they made me so drowsy I couldnt function and didnt really stop the dizzy spells. Might be worth trying though. Good luck and I hope you start to feel better soon!
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replied February 21st, 2006
There Is Hope For Ear Virus Sufferers
Just wanted to write to say that I was having the same symptoms. I went online to forums like this and it scared the daylights out of me, because people were complaining of symptoms of the ear virus lasting two years!! I was so scared I went to the emergency room, and then finally to a specialist. I did, indeed, have an ear virus. Dizziness, nausea, feeling weighted to one side, feeling extremely fatigued..... But the forums about ears scared me so much that I thought that if I ever got better I swore I would return to the forum and say that I was feeling better and there was hope. So here I am. The whole thing lasted about ten weeks, but I feel better, and there is hope. I started going to sleep at 9:30 every night, eating plenty of veggies and drinking water. I was prescribed to meclizine but that made me super sleepy. I feel better!!!! Yay!!!! Don't let these sites scare you as they did me. There is hope.
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replied April 21st, 2006
Ear Virus Or Infection
Feeling extremly dizzy and light-headed for 2 months or so...Some days not so bad..Dr ran blood test all ok no signs of infection but still dizzy any ideas..
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replied June 14th, 2006
Viral Ear Infection?
I happened to stumble upon this forum as I was searching for viral ear infection info.
I have the exact thing everyone is describing, and that's what the Dr. Told me I had. It stinks that all one can do is put up w/ the misery and it eventually goes away on it's own.

How did we get it?

How can we prevent loved ones from getting it?

Is there really nothing we can do but endure?

The fatigue or lack of energy is terrible, the neck pain and headaches. Loss of appetite, racing heart and feelings of extreme worry or dread. It all stinks. Also the slight dizziness makes it all worse.

Why isn't this more publicized?

Is there no help? :?:
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replied July 29th, 2006
Viral Ear Infection - My Experience
Just wanted to share my experience since I found the comments on this forum very useful.

I believe I picked up my ear virus after a couple of weeks on antibiotics for an eye infection. Apparantly you are much more likely to pick something up after antibiotics since your immune system is low.

It started with tinnitus in one ear, a buzzing/ringing noise. Initially I thought it was a build up of ear wax so I had it syringed but that did not help and the tinnitus was still there. There was no dizziness/vertigo at this stage. About two weeks later the dizziness started. For me it was like experiencing a side to side swaying motion as if standing on the edge of a cliff. Not enough to fall over but unpleasant enough.

About 12 weeks on I would say I am 90% better. The dizziness is much improved and the tinnitus is now a very quiet, barely noticeable tone, still in one ear only.

Mine was bad enough that I couldn't drive and walking required a lot of concentration.

A couple of other things I noticed were sore throat/neck glands and also it travelled to my gums and made me think I had a mild tooth ache. Over time the sore throat and aches in my gums have also gone. Both viral related apparantly.

My parents neighbour, who is in her 70s, had an almost identical experience to me. However, it affected both her ears and she sould barely stand up. So I count myself lucky. She had lots of tests with her doctor including an mri scan and the conclusion was an ear virus. Her's has lasted a year but is finally noticing a recovery.

During my 12 weeks of dizziness I tried to eat healthily and drink plenty of water. I also took a vitamin c suppliment. Vitamin c is supposed to be strongly anti-viral. I also took vitamin a betacarotene supplement for anti-viral reasons. Not sure if any of those actions helped or it may have cleared up in 12 weeks without taking anything.

Its a really unpleasant illness and nobody really understands because you look healthy on the outside. Its also infuriating because there is no pill or medicine you can take, you just have to let it take its time to work its way out of your system.

I think my message is that if you are suffering from an ear virus, hang in there. For most people it seems to pass in time ( from research it seems to take 3 months on average), you just need to be patient

all the best

paul
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replied November 21st, 2011
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hello im only 16, i suffer from tinnitus had it since i was about 14-15, it hasnt affected me since the last 5 days, were when i go outside i feel dizzy and very lightheaded like im going to faint at any time, i sometimes get shooting pains in my ear and temple and head allround aches sometimes, my tinnitus is loud and makes me very anxious, i keep yawning all the time and my ear pops a little pretty much every time i yawn, do you think this is an ear infection and left ear seems a little blocked, again this has only came up in the past 5days? thankyou im desperate to know this is just a virus in my ear inflaming my tinnitus and will reduce in time, i would be ok aslong as i know it will go and pass, please read, conor.
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replied August 16th, 2006
Re: Viral Ear Infection- How Long?!
Hey there....Ive had viral ear infection for nearly 5 months now...It is living hell...Dizziness, lightheadness, u name it ive got it..Cant seem to shake it off... I some times wake up at night all dizzy and it would not let me sleep for hours... I feel like im a completely diffrent person...But I will work through it cause my specialist does not have a clue!!! Wat I wanna ask is that has anyone had panic attacks or depression due to the cause of an viral ear infection....I just got me some pills (aropax) I hope it does the job....
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replied April 10th, 2012
I was just wondering if you are still having the ear problem and if not...how long it took to finally go away? I have been to two ear specialists and they both say its a viral infection in my inner ear but its been going on since the beginning of Dec. I go back to one of the ear specialists in the morning but am doubting he's going to tell me anything new. Thanks!
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replied August 16th, 2006
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Ear Problems/ear Infection
Hi everyone. I wanted to add my 2 cents worth into this convo if you all dont mind :) if you have an ear infection with dizziness, that is pretty common. One way to help this would be antibiotics. Also, when getting to the up right position, get up slowly, this should help also. If it continue's to bother you, I would ask to see an ent specialist. Btw, there is a tube that goes between your ears and throat called the eustation tube. So sometimes, if you have ear problems you tend to have a sore throat or throat problems as well.. If your ears are really bothering you (pain)..One thing you can do is warm up a wet wash clothe in the microwave, lay your head sideways (with your painful ear up towards the sky) and lay the washclothe on your ear. (this will also work for sinus pain) there are also numbing drops that you can buy over the counter that you can place in your ear and that should help too. Good luck toyou all!
Jeannine
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replied September 12th, 2006
Re: Ear Problems/ear Infection
Months? Months of this terrible feeling?!? Months of turning over in bed and feeling like i'm on a rollercoaster. I was diagnosed with a viral ear infection yesterday. I suppose that is ok news because I could have sworn I was having a panic attack. (from my research, it looks as though they have a lot of symptoms in common.)

my doctor was very concerned about the heart racing. I had to have an ekg. No worries, though. The ticker is still fine.

However, my head is not fine. I work in a law office and need to spend my entire day reading. That is nearly impossible with the dizziness. I feel like my eyes are constantly rolling back in my head. My heart races and sometimes, it is difficult to breathe. Do I really just have to power through this like you all are saying? Has anybody found any good home remedies that provide even the smallest relief? I am taking motion sickness pills, and now, I can at least drive. Not dramamine though. That stuff makes me too drowsy.

I wasted money on seeing a doctor, but peace of mind is worth something. At least I know I am not having a heart attack or stroke. In closing, how did anyone who has been through this get through it? Months of not eating/sleeping/moving around/reading is not going to be possible. Any tips for coping?
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replied April 10th, 2011
hi i really dont know, been to to a regular MD doctor she looked in my ears she say she dont see anything, but she say sometimes there can be a ear infection hidden where she cant see so i have to go to a specialist i am planning on call the the specialist tomorrow to make an appointment i am really scared right now about it, i feel like the side of my head is tight, axiety, nausea ocassionally, hot flashes cold flshes, fatique, light headed, flue like symtoms, ringing in the ears hardly thou for that, discomfort in the neck ocassionally, and the paranoia feelings, i feel lost sometimes, dont know what to do, been having the light head feeling for a little over a year, i need to know whats happening, anyone can help please
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replied November 22nd, 2011
Another tip I want to share...
I hear you, I hate the ear ringing and dizziness; never experience pain. Dr prescribed amoxycillin and my body laughs at me - hahaha, you know it wont work. But there is a blue pill that does work, and I call him on it all the time now when he goes to prescribe amox that does not work for me. I also learned a cool trip; I use hydrogen peroxide and put a few drops in each ear 1-2 times a week.Also use nose drops, what works for me is Zicam. I have an inner ear attack now, and the ringing and dizziness drive me to drink (OJ of course or water).
Hope this helps someone.
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replied September 30th, 2012
They now have a "less drowsy" version of Dramamine that helps lessen the nausea and dizziness. It still makes me tired, but I'm tired either way with this virus.
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replied September 17th, 2006
Muenlana

sorry to hear that you are suffering with this. You asked about how people coped getting through this.

I had panic attack symptoms such as a racing heart beat and feeling very up tight / stressed. I found reading difficult, could only watch small amounts of tv at a time, couldn't drive, found walking an effort, felt very tired and was in bed by 10pm each night.

The one thing I did find that helped with the symptons were relaxation techniques. I had not tried these before but I found they helped and found I was able to have more mental control over the balance problems which in turn made me less stressed. I listened to audio tapes "empowered breathing" by eli bay and "relaxation" by perry lonsdale. I was very skeptical at first but they did help especially in the early stages when symptons were worst.

My personal situation is that I now feel 95% better, still feel slightly off balance and have a very quiet buzz in one ear. But i'm very thankful that my virus has pretty much moved on. I am back doing normal things again.

All the best

paul
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replied October 10th, 2006
Viral Ear Infection
Well i've come to the conclusion that what I had was not a viral ear infection, but perhaps problems w/ the tmj joint. Tmj or tmd problems can cause many of the same problems.

Find out if you have tmj and then get the help you need.
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replied October 30th, 2006
How Long????
I was diagnosed yesterday with a viral inner ear infection and can't believe how debilitating it is and how I had never heard of it before at my ripe age! The doctor said it could take a few days to a few weeks but that he leaned towards the few days. After reading the posts here, I believe he was trying to be encouraging. It is great to have a forum for this as it is calming to find your symptoms are similar to everyone elses. I take cold-fx (canada) during the winter for cold and flu. We'll see if it helps this. Has anyone experienced a short duration, i.E., a few days? I'm afraid the neighbours will think i'm tippling during the day when i'm out staggering around walking the dog. I am guessing like most illnesses, rest is a large component of getting well but it sure is boring. I wish everyone at the forum a speedy recovery and if I find something that seems to work will post back.
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replied November 4th, 2006
Viral Ear Infection
Hey everyone, lets say am experienced with this infection, am only 22 and last year I lost 9 months of university due to a viral ear infection,which was vestubular neuritis, I experienced intense vertigo, dizzness and nausea and migraine for 2 months, anyway that happened because I already came back from holiday having lost one whole stone and that contributed to the length of the viral infection, it apparently took me a yr to recover then I developed anxiety bcos of it...Anyway I went to my specialist and I began vestibular physiotherapy which I all suggest you do as apparently the head movements cause the brain to compensate for the wrong information coming in about movement and so helps speed up recovery. Well I became all fit and well again back to normal only that today I got diagnosed with it again, but this ones different I think from last yrs one, now I have the symptoms that u guys have, fatigue, dizziness and nausea and that lightheadedness oh and to the person that said had tight head I had that last yr, I kept explainin to the doctor that my head feels tight like there is pressure or somthin..No they dnt understand...I cudnt sleep at all I felt my head all tight and it kept makin a clickin sound.

Returning to today, apparently I was in the taxi going back to my uni halls from hospital and I felt so drowsy and nauseous..I get so scared when am like this, im literally scared of feeling ill in front of everyone..That last yr I didnt get out of the hse bcos of that and I got depressed...This yr I cant make it happen, everyone go out as much as u can, even with someon e accompanyin u...Keep ur mind active and try the vestibular physiotherapy...Am a neuroscientist student u can trust me!

Keep doin the exercises completely until everything subsides, at first ul experience a worsenin of symptoms which is normal then as u keep doin them ur brain will learn to compensate...

1. Stare at an object in front of u and move ur head left and right while keepin ur eyes fixed on the object, do this slowly at first (30x) then as u get used to it after a few weeks try it faster...The aim is to get less dizzy as u make ur brain adjust to the dizziness...Its called vestibular rehabilitation...

2. Do the same thing as above but movin ur head up and down 30x

3. Shut ur eyes and move ur head left and right 10x

4. Do the same as n.3 but movin head up and down

5. Stand on one foot and move ur head left right 10x aswell as ur eyes (hence, no need to fix on anything) this is for the balance

6. Stand on one foot and move head up and down 10x

7. Stand str8 and move ur eyes up and down, slowly then fast as u get used to it

8. Do the same as 7 but move eyes left and right

u will get dizzy at the start, thats normal, after few weeks it will start to see the effect...

I talk of experience, I did the therapy last yr december and for 2 weeks I was worst, then slowly slowly I was able to travel as I got used to it so by february I slowly slowly got on buses again

we have to fight this..I started my exercises today cos theres no way am gonna let it stay more than a month

lara
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replied August 7th, 2012
Just curious if you ever got back to normal? I am on my 5th month of this and really down as well. 5 months of light headedness/tired. Feal like I am in a cloud. Also feals like there's fluid in my ears. No pain at all. I had a brain scan,full blood test, chest x-ray,EKG and stress test. Every test comes out great. Starting to feal like this will never end. So tired and out of it every day. Hope your good
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replied November 22nd, 2006
Cold, Flu And Viral Infections
I use to get about 2 to 5 colds every year.They use to last for days and were very not good. Somebody told me nutrition is the key. I eat a lot less enriched flour products,butter and oil,sugar and milk.And eat more veggies and natural nutritional supplements. Thats just me though.



Since I started eating right getting the proper nutrition in my body, almost a year now and I only got 1 cold. But it was mild and I got over it in 2 days quick.And that week I got it I wasnt eating right and was under a lot lot of stress.

There are some things out there called super foods. I have been using wheat grass for months now maybe u can look it up.

Hey plus I read garlic is one of the most potent natural antibiotic. Maybe for now u can research see if that is true also.

I tend to stay away from synthetic multivitamins and get nutrition from food not man made copys of the real thing in nature.
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replied May 4th, 2007
Viral Ear Infection
Hi just wanted to share my experience. I also have a viral ear infection, and my symptons are exactly same, constantly feel dizzy and sick, blocked ear, my eye keeps watering and runny nose, pain in my ear and all the way down my neck, and I have had this for three weeks now. My doctor prescribed me with Amoxy 500mg tablets, which I have only just started taking, so will see how quickly it will go away, as it is so anoying. I will let you know how I am getting on with the pills, I only hope it will go away fast as I can't afford to take time off work.
Cheers
LK
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replied May 9th, 2007
Off Balance,vertigo,light Headness
i been having these symptom for 2 month,off balance,vertigo,lights headness,drowsy,fatigue,and tight head (headache come everynow and then).i went to 2 doctor and they seem not to know what's going on,no sign of ear infection,got my sugar blood test came out good.can this be some kind of brain tumor?should i go get an mri scan?anyone have experience this before please write back to me please this thing is making me paranoia.
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replied September 24th, 2011
brain tumor
yes.... I was just diagnosed with a brain tumor under the same circumstances.
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replied March 16th, 2012
After reading thru all the above posts, I am feeling a bit more confident that my ear problem will eventually go away...being patient is the hardest part. I am anxious to see how the exercises work for me and thank you for posting them. My last trip to an ear specialist, he mentioned me going for physical therapy to help with the dizziness or to do exercises at home but, I left the office without them mentioning either one to me again. I was also given my 3rd hearing test and was told that I was going deaf in my right ear. Funny thing was...I could plug off my left ear and hear what was being said to me and can listen to the tv and my mp3 player in that ear. I have found that using the ear bud in that ear and listening to the radio for a while, tends to calm the noise down some but it doesnt last for long. I have had this problem sine Dec. now and had an mri done with it coming back normal and just being told it would have to run its course. I have 4 more days of prednisone to take and then, we will see.
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