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Has anyone here had it before? I think Pam has, right? My girlfriend was diagnosed on Monday after her husband rushed her to the ER. She's been having dizzy spells for weeks and Monday it was to the point where she could barely stand.

How long does it last? Were you treated with meds? What were your symptoms? I feel so bad for her, she's really worried about it. :(
 

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I haven't/don't have it, but the elderly lady who lived next door did. I know she was going to balance therapy through Warren Hospital. I think she was taking meds for it, too.
 

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Amy, I've had a few bouts with it. For me they could never diagnose the cause. They just gave me prescription strength dramamine to help with the dizziness. Mine lasted anywhere from a week to two weeks. If she's having it for longer she may have an inner ear thing going on....
 

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I know she's had it for at least a couple of weeks. Two weeks ago she went to her regular doctor for it, they couldn't find anything wrong.
 

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I've seen it last for a week or two soemtimes meds - they say it is an infection of the inner ear but I have no idea. In most cases it will go away, I just understand it is a horrible feeling. I hope she recovers soon!
 

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I have it. It has not bothered me in quite some time. I have positional vertigo. It pretty much went away when I was pregnant. I couldn't sleep/lay on my left side. They gave me Anti-Vert for it but in my case it only lasted a minute or so and I rarley took it. It feels like the drunk spins x100. I felt pinned to the bed when it would happen. Fortunatley it never happed while I was driving because of the kind it is. After an MRI, CT, balance test, hearing test and cocular test they told me to eat a low salt diet. I had water trapped in my left ear. WTF?? It was much worse in the Summer than the Winter. I was fortunate that it wasn't debilitating.
 

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I had it/have it. It's horrible!!
There was a period of 5 years or so (just after I turned 19), where I would get attacks that would last anywhere from a week to 10 days.
The first time I got it I just fell into a wall one night, completely lost my balance. Thought nothing of it. And then the next morning I woke up and couldn't even sit up it was so bad. Best way I can describe it is that someone has spun you really fast around on a chair and then you try and walk. I was like that every day for 7-10 days. Completely useless. Even sleeping was hard because it was worse when my eyes were closed!
Ended up in the ER the next 2 times because of it.
After that, went to my doctor, had CT scans, MRI, blood work etc. done...even saw a neurologist and ENT specialist. Nothing.
They figure I had a small ear infection (not even noticeable) that just messed up my inner ear really bad. Diagnosed me with BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). I have had constant sinus problems ever since as well.
I've learned what sets it off (quick changes in altitude, head colds, headache etc.) and if I take a strong dose of gravol as soon as I feel even the slightest bit dizzy, it helps.
Haven't had a bad attack in 3 years....hoping it stays that way! It's been much better since I've been on a gluten-free diet as well! And I've cut WAYY back on processed stuff too.

I hope your friend can find some relief. It's a really scary thing to go through. I know there's some type of natural medicine that's supossed to help. I tried it, and remember getting some relief from it. I can't remember what it is, but I'll look it up and let you know.
 

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I have it and believe it or not it's from allergies. It started in 2004 and it took six months to diagnose. I was constantly dizzy, "roaring" in my ears and the left side of my face would get numb. I was taken to the hospital so many times and had so many tests and they couldn't get to the bottom of it. Finally the ENT put me on Allegra D and Nasacort and it immediately stopped. It usually only happens in the winter months starting in October and going till about March. Since it was discovered, I've run into a lot of people that have dizziness and vertigo from allergies. My optholmogolist has it as well from allergies. The last episode was about three weeks ago and I take the Allegra D and it stops right away. Crazy.
 

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Thanks - I'm emailing these replies to her! :)
 

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I have positional vertigo. It pretty much went away when I was pregnant. I couldn't sleep/lay on my left side.
My wife has this too. She has also been to countless doctors because for a while she had the dizzyness permenantly and it was awful for her. I had to drive her everywhere and when we were in the store she would have to hold on to me because she felt like the ground was falling away from her feet. The doctors cannot find anything wrong.
 

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Right after we were married, my husband woke me up to tell me something was wrong and then just fell onto the floor when he tried to sit up. No ability to stand or sit and started to vomit if you moved him.

I called 911 as there was no way I was going to be able to get him to the car. Twelve hours in the ER while they looked for everything up to and including a brain tumor. Turns out it was an inner ear infection. They had a fancy name for it that I can't remember off the top of my head. Took two weeks to fully go away and they told him that it would almost certainly reoccur. It has three times, although each time has been less severe than the time before. They told him that was typical but that he could never be sure it wouldn't come back. He can feel it coming now, which makes it easier to deal with; he just calls for meds and it's not such a big deal.

It was crazy scary the first time.
 

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Was the fancy name Labyrinthitis? That's what the "official" diagnosis was. Sounds midieval.
 

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I've been suffering with this since before Christmas. Doctor tells me everything is normal, but that I have a problem with my inner ear. So tired of dizzy spells. It is very scary and hard to explain to someone that hasn't experienced it...honestly I thought I was dying when I had my first vertigo attack. I am getting better though, my sister finally talked me into going to a chiropractor and he has been adjusting my neck. Apparently having your neck out of place can cause a variety of symptoms. Anyway, I hope your friend gets better. Doctor also put me on a motion sickness pill.
 

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Was the fancy name Labyrinthitis? That's what the "official" diagnosis was. Sounds midieval.
That's it. I never would have thought of it without going to look it up. It does sound like a movie title. Chris has the viral kind which I guess is why it comes back occasionally. He gets meds for the symptoms more than the actual inflammation.

What's scary is how fast it comes on. Chris was fine when we went to bed and then boom, no idea of up and down.
 

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That would have scared the **** out of me. I would immediately assume brain tumor. :shocked:
 

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I had it a few times: When you roll over in bed, the room rolls too. Went to an ear doctor who diagnosed floaters. They had me lie down with head slightly hanging over the end of the bench, then had me turn over very slowly. The dizziness was immediately gone.
 
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