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when i move my eyes up and down side to side i feel dizzy and i have a small headach over my eyes..it almost feels like my eyes jump..and ears hurt a little


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replied November 17th, 2008
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If the symptoms started several days ago, then you might be experiencing an inflammation of the labyrinth (part of the inner ear responsible for the feeling of balance). Labyrinthitis can be caused by an infection spread from the middle ear. The eye symptoms are probably nystagmus (uncontrolled movement of the eyes when in extreme up, down, left or right position). The centers for balance in the brain receive different information about the position of the body from the eyes, muscle receptors and the labyrinth, thus creating the feeling of dizziness. Closing the eyes and not moving at all might relieve the dizziness. An ear, nose, and throat specialist should exam you and prescribe antibiotics if bacterial labyrinthitis is discovered.

If the symptoms last for a longer period, then other conditions of the inner ear should be considered, which might be: Meniere’s disease and even a tumor in the inner ear. However, in these conditions it is not common for pain to appear.


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