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December 21st, 2007
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replied December 23rd, 2007
Hopefully!
after reading your last post i started doing the sleep and exercises for BPPV and i must admit i have been feeling alot better (but have felt better for short bursts before so reserved jubilation for now) I have had every test under the sun am broke and they are all negative so bppv makes sense to me ...doing it my way now -over doctors and so far so good. Cheers for the quick replys and as always any change ill let you know but for now maybe a small ray of hope , Graeme
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replied January 11th, 2008
Ear Virus
I was diagnosed Monday 1/14/07 with acute labyrinthitis after having weird dizziness (not vertigo) since Friday 1/4/07, just after I injured my back and was trying to treat that with an inversion table - you can imagine the results. Back is better, head is not. In my opinion, I don't think i have the "acute", but do have plain labyrinthitis - which is bad enough.

Anyway, went to an ENT thinking he would do the Epply maneuver on me. He diag. me immed. Here I was afraid of a brain tumor or something. After talking to others & reading this forum I am learning how common this is, unfort. My doc. recomm. time (days to 6 weeks) & use of dramamine or bonine to treat symptoms.

My sypmtoms - slight dizzyness, increases with quick/abrupt movement of head, which then causes nausea/motion sickness, tight neck due to me trying to control head movement. Helps greatly if I support my neck somehow.

I can drive & walk fine - actually feels better than being inside. Helps to rest my head on the car head-rest. I can work & function pretty well - unloading the dishwasher - up & down motion, will stir things up. Treated one bout of severe motion sickness at 2am one night with bonine and an anti-nausea med. Felt horrible from the meds the following morning.

I agree with others - don't sit around, unless too nauseated or dizzy to stand without hurting yourself. I thought of staying home from work the first day but I got bored out of my mind just thinking about it. I have not stopped my activites, except to do things a little slower & take breaks when I need to.

I take half of a bonine pill if needed and plan on trying some homeopathic cloth braclets. They supposedly put mild pressure on a nerve in your wrist that somehow affects motion sickness - we'll see. Have never used them before. I have always been susceptible to motion sickness, but this is no fun.

Caffine definitly increase the dizzy feeling - hate to give that up - am drinking far less and in lot smaller increments - sips vs. gulps.

A lady at my church had the same thing - took her 2 months to get over it. She said it just stopped like turning off a water faucet. I will have a party when that happens.

Tums seems to help with the weird stomach feeling.

I will pray for all of you & hope that others who have this problem find this forum.
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replied January 11th, 2008
Ear Virus
I was diagnosed Monday 1/14/07 with acute labyrinthitis after having weird dizziness (not vertigo) since Friday 1/4/07, just after I injured my back and was trying to treat that with an inversion table - you can imagine the results. Back is better, head is not. In my opinion, I don't think i have the "acute", but do have plain labyrinthitis - which is bad enough.

Anyway, went to an ENT thinking he would do the Epply maneuver on me. He diag. me immed. Here I was afraid of a brain tumor or something. After talking to others & reading this forum I am learning how common this is, unfort. My doc. recomm. time (days to 6 weeks) & use of dramamine or bonine to treat symptoms.

My sypmtoms - slight dizzyness, increases with quick/abrupt movement of head, which then causes nausea/motion sickness, tight neck due to me trying to control head movement. Helps greatly if I support my neck somehow.

I can drive & walk fine - actually feels better than being inside. Helps to rest my head on the car head-rest. I can work & function pretty well - unloading the dishwasher - up & down motion, will stir things up. Treated one bout of severe motion sickness at 2am one night with bonine and an anti-nausea med. Felt horrible from the meds the following morning.

I agree with others - don't sit around, unless too nauseated or dizzy to stand without hurting yourself. I thought of staying home from work the first day but I got bored out of my mind just thinking about it. I have not stopped my activites, except to do things a little slower & take breaks when I need to.

I take half of a bonine pill if needed and plan on trying some homeopathic cloth braclets. They supposedly put mild pressure on a nerve in your wrist that somehow affects motion sickness - we'll see. Have never used them before. I have always been susceptible to motion sickness, but this is no fun.

Caffine definitly increase the dizzy feeling - hate to give that up - am drinking far less and in lot smaller increments - sips vs. gulps.

A lady at my church had the same thing - took her 2 months to get over it. She said it just stopped like turning off a water faucet. I will have a party when that happens.

Tums seems to help with the weird stomach feeling.

I will pray for all of you & hope that others who have this problem find this forum.
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replied January 28th, 2008
I have a viral inner ear infection too!
Well, I couldn't be happier to see this forum board.

On December 2nd of '07 I had a severe vertigo attack. A month later, although I didn't have the vertigo I still felt "off". Pressure in my ears, on/off fever, light headed, sudden head movements made me dizzy, sixk stomach, ear ringing (minor but still) etc.. I went to a different doctor first week of January '08 and was told it is viral inner ear. He told me it will take 2-3 months to clear. The upsetting thing mostly i find is a week ago i felt 85% well (which i was thrilled with) and now a week later i feel a set back and full on crappy again. argh. And i have my first trip to London next week. The doc told me i can fly, just take a sudafed (for sinus swelling - i have awful sinuses) and take my antivertigo pills in case i need them (which knock me out COLD!).

I just wanted to reach out and hopefully hear from people that know more than I do about this obnoxiously AWFUL infection. So frustrating...
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replied January 29th, 2008
7 months and counting
I'm having a really bad day. 7 months ago I was diagnosed with a viral ear infection. Since then, there are days when my ear does not ring at all and everythuing is fine; There are days when my ear rings and it's just an annoying sound that makes me ask everyone to repeat what they just said; and then there are days like today where my ear is ringing, I'm dizzy, I'm nauseous, I've got cold sweats, and I'm just generally unhappy!! Sad

I'm REALLY sick of this!!

Does anybody have any advice on how to get rid of this thing once and for all?

Disclosure: I am diabetic and my sugar is a bit high, but not insanely so. I take Glucophage, Altace, Synthroid, 1 Aprin per day, and a multivitamin.

Ron
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replied February 6th, 2008
??????? hope
Hi dawnczar, been awile just thought i would ask if the treatment worked?. I thought i had it beat 2 months 95 percent better and then whack here i go again...suuuucccccccckkkkkkkkkkk! anyhow just thought id see how you got on? (hopefully your hell is over) cheers Graeme
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replied February 15th, 2008
Ears Causing things to move
Has anyone had things appear to move when stopt at a light driving due to the current viral ear infection? I have also had sinus drainage with this. Does it eventually diminish? I had my ear wax taken out of my right ear and felt better with the BPPV symptoms. Also noticed that my eyes want to have the feeling that things are still moving but, not as severe. I am going on my second month with this viral ear infection. Would love to hear from folks with any insight.
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replied March 2nd, 2008
yep....your not alone!
i have been afflicted with this #$%2 thing for 10 months now and i know your pain! thought i had it beat a few times then whack it hits you again ..its so frustrating! I have all the symptoms that everyone has exactly . bppv is my deduction after all the blood and brain tests in the world basically i think the crystals in my inner ear came loose after i had an ear infection which the body normally copes with but sometimes the crystals lodge in an area or stick to something they should not and then they cant be asorbed naturally which causes all the symptoms...the nausea and the no energy are the big ones i struggle with... there are all sorts of excercises that can be done to dis lodge them but so far has not worked for me. Sometimes i think they find their way to somewhere that does not effect me but after swimming or sport or just lying wrong they come back and thats why you can feel better then crap again in an instant......yep it sucks.... i guess i have learned to live with it after 10 months ...hope this helps even though in my case its abit doom and gloom.
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replied March 2nd, 2008
Continuation of Rocking motion
Hi Graeme - I sure hope this THING doesn't last for 10 mos. I feel a little better but, still have the rocking sensation when laying down off and on. The feeling that things are moving isn't as intense as it was. But, I continue to have the buzzing in the left ear. I went to an ENT specialist and he wasn't worth it. All he determined was I didn't have Meniere's disease and look wax from my right ear. Also checked my hearing which was fine. I am hearing all kinds of different stories on this inner ear thing. The interesting thing is that doctor's have NO CLUE. But, the pharmacists know what's going on. Are you able to work? I just resigned and that's another issue.
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replied March 3rd, 2008
Hi Juna, yep the doctors have no clue which is frustrating as obviously alot of people suffer from this- im 33 going on 90! I can work (most days) but luckily i have an easy office job at the moment any kind of phisical work and id be stuffed. I just resigned myself to push on through and live life as best i can although it makes it tough when you constantly feel sick...look up BPPV on the net and and then ask your doctor to send you to a specialist to administer the exercises ..worth a shot im on a waiting list to see one (live in new zealand and there is only a few in the country..think he is a otonoligist, i know this has worked for others so good luck i feel your pain
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replied March 3rd, 2008
Hi Graeme - same here. The doctor's have no clue. Agravated about the constant buzzing that continues in my left ear. The other things are better but, continue with the BPPV when laying down and if I move my head to do things, take a back, and can read much without a problem. I went to see an ENT but, didn't help. That's not good that you have to wait to see an otonologist. Do you feel an off and on dizziness at times? I have it especially when my sinus's drain. I wonder when the buzzing will go away? How bad is your BPPV?
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replied March 6th, 2008
Ear virus
Hi, ive decided to finally come on here and ask if any of you have finally got over it.
Im fed up now, had it on and off for 10 mths, each time lasting between 2 & 5 wks then i get a lovely 2/3 wks then its back to haunt me again Mad
Im slowly learning to cope with it but not sure my boss is,
My doc keeps giving me cinnerazine has anyone else used this? or is there something else i could ask them for?
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replied March 10th, 2008
hi kel / juna
I have had this for 10 months too and i have the same week pattern as you. Just when you dare to think you have it beaten its back like the mother in law ready to stay for a few weeks all over again! sucks!! Have you looked up BPPV? seems to make alot of sense to me and im just about to go and do the excercises 3 times a day that the BPPV page mentions - have my doubts as i dont have much faith that i will ever be over it ..kinda beats you down after awhile as you well know but im up for anything now ill keep you posted... Juna- the dizzyness comes and goes for me as well .. i had buzzing about 6-7 months into it that drove me mad but it does go away . having a glass or two of wine or some beers seems to give me some relief kinda cancels out the dizzy stuff and chewing gum works as well periodically ..dont know why i assume it has somethi9ng to do with the jaw being connected to your ears..no idea but it gives me temporary relief- good luck guys and ill keep you posted
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replied March 15th, 2013
Hey Greame
Been reading your posts dont no if u still check this thing or not. Just wondering if u ever came right im from NZ also and are having the same problems.
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replied March 13th, 2008
I am there with you all!!!!!!
I have been having pain in both sides of my neck, my head hurts, I am dizzy and my sense of reality is somewhat altered. My ears hurt and I already had anxiety attacks before all of this. I cannot hear or smell very well. This is all real fun being that I have 3 small children. I am severely fatigued. If there is anyone out there who knows how to fix this let me know. This is definately awful!!!!!
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replied May 3rd, 2008
viral ear infection
I went to the ER last night. I have been dizzy and nausea for about 4 days now. The doctor told me that I have a viral ear infection. He also said it could last up to 6 weeks. He gave me dizziness and nausea pills to take. I have taken four dizziness pills so far and it doesn't seem to help at all. I am going to my regular doc. on Monday so maybe I'll have different news then.
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replied May 15th, 2008
ear infection...help
Almost a month ago I had the flu, then bronchitis, laryngitis and a sinus thing. For the last week I've been off balance and very tired. Doctor gave me amoxicillin for one week. Now I feel worse, more uneasy and tired. OMG! Going to have a friend drive me to Dr. again today. Will this ever end?
I'm so scared my heart races sometimes.
an anyone help me with more information?
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replied June 26th, 2008
viral ear infection :(
I've had dizzyness, vertigo, tightness in the head and neck for 3 months now. Crying or Very sad
I used to have really really bad dizzy spells that came in bouts. I used to get about one a day, I'd also get hot/cold flushes and intense shivering aswell as loss of appetite and nausea and diahorrea. I went to the doctor who thought I might have iron deficiency since I am vegetarian. Blood test results came back all clear so the doctor believes I have a viral infection in my ear.
She put me on these pills called Stemetil for 5 days. I still had extreme dizzyness for the 5 days but after that I haven't had a huge bout of dizzyness since. I still have vertigo and a tightness in the head every so often but I no longer get shivering or nausea and rarely get diahorrea. I'm scared to go outside or to go anywhere by myself because I always panic and my heart beats really fast. Sometimes I feel like if I get any dizzier I'm going to faint. I have to concentrate on walking and I feel like I'm 100 years old. Since the Stemetil I have defaintely improved but I still am constantly woozy and I always feel like I don't know where I am three months later. I feel like nothing is real. Its weird.

The only thing thats really weird is I have no ringing or pressure at all in my ears so I find it hard to believe this has anything to do with my ears although I am experiencing the same thing as everyone else.

Did anyone else not experience anything to do with their ears?

I can't wait til this is over. I have my 18th coming up soon and I would hate to be sick for that long and not even go to my own birthday. It's also stopping me from getting a job and I'm feeling really depressed about it. It's comforting to know others are in the same position as me and I wish you all a speedy recovery. Wink
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replied June 26th, 2008
AIMEE23 - EAR PROBLEM
I am sorry to read about your problems. Last month (May) I went to one of the best ENT doctors in the country. I went through extensive ear tests. There was a little wax in my right ear...no biggie. Dr. said the ringing in my ears was nerve damage that cannot be fixed and the off balance feeling will resolve itself. The balance, dizzy thing was a result of the flu and inner ear fluid. I was sick for over a month with fatigue and felt very weak. Very scary but not life threatning. I'm afraid to say it, but I've felt better for several weeks now. Have you tried going to a BALANCE CLINIC? They do all sorts of tests and movements to try and set off vertigo to find the cause of your problem.
In my case, my eyes throw me off. It sounds nutty, but if I switch from my contaces to glasses, or the other way around, I am thrown for awhile. Also, certain eye movements like looking down then up too quickly. Something about the muscles that control focusing. I also visit my eye doctor regularly. You are very young (I am not) but these problems can happen to anyone at any age. I have always had the dizzy thing now and then, since I was about your age. Hang in there. Keep seeing those doctors. Good luck and feel better soon.
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replied June 26th, 2008
viral inner ear infection
I woke up yesterday with the spinning room effect, nausea and heart racing, went to the dovtors today and was told I had a viral infection in my inner ear, the symptoms are very similar to Labrynthitis (which can go on for months & years). Apparently this viral version can last for a few days or weeks (so i'm told). I've been given some tablets to help combat the vertigo and nausea but they do make me feel really drowsy. I have not had a cold or flu or taken antibiotics just previous to getting this so what is it that can bring this on so quickly, it's a very bizarre feeling, I actually find lying on my side helps alittle, there is some great advice on this forum from people who have had this for some time, so thanks. The question is will i be back at work next week or the doctors again!!!
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