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    There are a number of different balance disorders, and balance problems can often be a symptom of other conditions, so getting a diagnosis will often take a bit of investigation from a GP or audiology specialist. Read more →

    I have a purple line that runs from my tail bone, down my bum crack. no pain, no itching. I have been attending a lot of gym spinning classes and wondered if this might be causing it?





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    I'm 19 years old experiencing persistent pain in my vagina. Sometimes it's just uncomfortable other times it's unbearable! I've had this for about 3 days and I can't move with it! It's like an itchy dryness burning pain. It came about ever since I went spinning (this is the embarrassing bit!) I hadn't done it before so I'm wondering if I wasn't seated properly? Either way the pain is a nightmare and I would love some help!!





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    hello there i am 37 years old and am 5foot 4" i have PCOS which i understand this means i have a slow metabolism i have been going to the gym for the last 4 years and have been doing aerobics, spinning and Bodypump the rest of my body has change shape as expected from the activities i do however my stomach refuses to take shape and its getting me down i have drastically changed my diet and eat really healthy do you have any advice please on what i can do to help shift this problem.





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    Hi, Im 27, I am 16.2 and 5ft 10 i put on wait after having the injection after i had my son at 15, i put on about 3 stone i was always very active and slim before then over the years the weight has gradually gone on, lifestyle didnt help! being bigger i didn't like exercise (couch potato) until recently, about 8months ago i started bootcamp and spinning and Enjoyed it i didnt lose anything so my fitness class teacher set up a plan to make me eat more as i eat about 600-900 calories a day i had 2weeks to eat every 3hrs, so i was eating about 1200 calories now, and if no change he would Personal train me for a month 3times a week, My god he pushed me! and when i finally jumped back on those scales 16.2 he wrote a report to my doctor. I went to see him Friday he told me that theres nothing they can do i have had a thyroid test 2months ago due to tiredness and that was all fine, and i should just except i am a bigger person, keep up with the exercise and go 5times a week rather than 3! I cant understand going from no exercise to intense 3times a week how i have had no change at all, i not a food freak i eat fresh meets such as chicken, pork steak etc grilled and veg but i dont eat fruit or salad that is it! :( please help as i am at end and dont know where to turn now my doctors was my last chance :(





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    I started with dizziness six weeks after my mother died in 1993. I also had my one year old daughter to look after. I was told it was an ear infection. Several prescribed drugs later and ENT clinic visits, my GP even sent me to see a Physiatrist - he thought it was all in my head, but the dizziness last over 3 years. I was at my wits end. I went to see my GP several times, but I just feel he gave up on me, he told me it was stress. I had to learn to control it myself. There was no stress in my life, so that theory went out the window. I literally woke up & the room would spin. I would bend over, spinning would begin. I turned over onto my left side in bed, yet again, spinning. Like I say, I seem to be able to control it myself by just relaxation, virtually comatosed myself, but even though *touch wood* I haven't had a bout of dizziness for over a year, I still live in fear of its return, it's so upsetting, I hate it.





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    have you asked the doctor to check for BPPV so easy to cure with a Eplay manoeuvre

    Hi Maureen, Thank you for your reply. Yes, I've been checked for BPPV & the Eplay manoeuvre did no good at all. All my GP says, is come back when you're actually having an attack, but it comes on very suddenly and if I'm lucky, may only last for a few hours, if I'm unlucky, it lasts for days, but then it can take upto 6 weeks before I am able to get an appointment at the ENT clinic, so to be honest, I've given up....

    I meant spinning!

    Hi I have a balance problem where everything is spinning even my eyes seem to see double it's been a long time since I was able to walk without help please help





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    Go to an ENT. Go to a vestibular therapist. Don't suffer.

    It is interesting to hear of Sanchia’s balance problems. They seem very similar to mine. It’s also great to hear that the Brandt Daroff Manouvre has been successful for Sanchia. For 9 years I’ve been suffering with severe Vertigo. Initially about once a month, but 6 years ago the spinning episodes occurred almost every day. I had an MRI scan and vestibular investigations, which ruled out Meniers but indicated BPPV. Medication such as Stematil, Buccasten, Betahistine and Cinnarezine are not effective. At best they reduce the nausea. The Eply Maneuvers has been carried out only three times in all those years!! I keep asking for help again and again. Nobody is interested in a more in-depth investigation. Neurologist and ENT specialist seem to think I just have to put up with it. My situation is further complicated, because I also suffer from severe M.E. The Vertigo is hindering my progress of recovery from the M.E. It takes all my strength, which I haven’t got a lot of, to control the spinning. I have been advised to try the Cawthorne-Cooksey exercises, but for this I need to be strong enough and also have supervision which is not possible since I live on my own. However, I shall now try and find out about MAV and the Brandt Daroff Manouvre. Hopefully it works for me as well.





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    I suffer from unbelievably similar symptoms to you and also suffer from M.E its so annoying that not many doctors are prepared to do anything! I'm trying to do my A levels at the same time as well.

    Me too, I can totally sympathise. Having adapted to living with ME for 10 years, this Labrynthitis has just blighted me completely and I feel like I am back to square one, with nowhere to go....

    My sex life is really great and I have never had any problems, because I too have an enlarged labia, to be honest I have never thought about it too much and non of my partners have ever mentioned it, but I do get some uncomfortable feeling and some pain when I exercise and spinning class can be painful and because of this I may look into a reduction





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    my name is john andn and i think im gettn panic attacks but im not sure at random days times and places my head starts spinning and i feel light headed like im ready to collapse any ideas as to what it would be?





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    I have suffered from vertigo I believe for 5 weeks my gp gave me medication for vertigo they do not help the condition.i suffer from dizziness a thumping headache front of head , constantly spinning please can you suggest a treatment.





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    My daughter was 17 having migraine and passed out doctor put her on sodium valporate which went on to cause toxicity in body since then she has been wheel chair bound she is only 19 and I am looking at any answers .it just happened overnight her neurologist now diagnosed find please help

    I have just been to the doctors I felt discomfort after a spinning session on a bike. She just said I had traumatized myself and come back in a couple of weeks. Today one week later it's not ant better so I am going to see a private consultant who is what could say his expert field. Will let u know how I get on. I think these days going private gets better results because they are the experts rather than a general practitioner.

    Yesterday I was at work and feeling fine when all of a sudden out of the blue the room started spinning so fast and before I knew it I had been sat on the ground. I was shaking really bad my head felt loose and couldn't stand up by myself. Feeling sick then followed. Later on when I started to feel better I noticed one pupil was larger than the other. Can anyone help me with this?





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    Hi Doctor, I'm a 46 yr old male. Started 14 months ago and have lost 4 .5 stone. I still weigh 19 stone, and I'm continuing with my exercise (gym twice a week, spinning once a week, badminton twice a week), have bought a mountain bike also and out and about at weekends. My question is will I end up with excess skin around my stomach area?





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    I had this and saw a specialist who said it was vertigo migraine. I had a series of vestibular exercises to do and was prescribed propranolol (which is primarily a blood pressure medication but a side effect is in preventing the attacks of vertigo) which works most of the time and I can at least enjoy a normal life without the sickness related the the spinning. Go see a specialist in ear probs

    Not sure how to reply to Susan's response to my initial comment so am replying to my own comment. Am I missing an option on the website? Anyway, Susan thanks so much for responding, it's so nice to know there are other people who experience the swaying rather than the spinning. In ans to your question, I was on hol when prob started and had travelled by plane 2 days before. Pretty sure though that I did have some kind of virus as it felt like that at the time. Thanks for website info will be looking at them for any further help.

    how do i check my metabolic rate . i have always had problems with being overweight i eat healthy dont drink and gave up smoking 4 yrs ago . I go spinning at least 3 times a wk and yet I am still evelen stone instead of 9 1/2 it makes me feel fed up and i seem to virtually have to starve to loose any weight also since being on hrt i seem to find it even harder and my weight is now actually nearer to 11 and half stone , does hrt make it harder ? I am 46 and 5ft 3 inches , I started to take HRT a yr ago





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    hey, I'm 28 yrs old and for a year now I've started to experience cystic acne, I've never suffered with acne in all my life. I've had to do a lot of research into the course and how to deal with it and I tell you it's not easy, you hear of so meany products out there I just don't know which to use I have really oily skin, I understand salicylic acid is good for this so i went out and brought the neugtragenia range and it seems to be clearing it but not preventing new breakouts. is there anything you can suggest as I've heard of so meany spot treatments my head Is spinning. thank you.





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    Try homemadefacemasks with cornflour in them search it u they're are some good ones that help treat oily skin.

    Go to your GP and get some clinically proven treatment. If it doesn't work because of the nature of your acne, go back again and get something else and/or a referral to a dermatologist.

    Keep applying liquid bactine so you get rid of the infection. Make sure you are spinning the hoops through your nipples so the crusting breaks free. Wash with antibacterial liquid soap and spine the loops so they move freely and then pour on the bactine. You have an infection. If it continues, go see a doctor. You might need antibiotics. Don't take a chance. If its not cleared up in a couple more days go see the doctor.

    Hi I am Dan. I am 30 and in the same kinda situation and I am just back from GP and oh boy! I barely cope. Get yourself slipping pills if you can. take 1 and wait not more than 30 minutes or so because there is probably one moment in time when they would work. once you miss it that is it. Get a spinning bike - 30 minutes in the morning should do to get you tired and pumped with endorphins for the day. They make you happier and relaxed. I bet you will be racing it like crazy if your like me and just follow the raging wizz till you drop. And you do not seem stupid. just troubled. well my GP said I am just like that - my character is to be blamed as people are impulsive and forgetful.

    Hello my 13yr old son has these night terrors since the age of 4, experiencing different things for example the tele and room moving in and out like tunnel vision...everything going fast, waking up in different parts of house terrified the floor beneath him moving fast and spinning, hes frantic with fear crying hes going crazy. All i could do is reassure him put light on told him to wash his face in cold water n sit on his bed until he comes round. Is there a explanation for these night terrors.?





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    I used to have very similar night terrors from about 6 till I was about 15 regularly... Now I still do but it's only really when I'm ill. I found the best thing for me was when my mum would calmly and slowly (because everything feels like it's moving so fast) take me back to bed and gentle stroke my head. She'd sit there until I fell back to sleep. But the calming atmosphere helped. She did try what you do to begin with, just sitting with me trying to fully wake me up, but I was freaking out for a lot longer and found it more distressing. Does your son also get strange sensations in his hands? Like a line cutting down the centre of his hands, making things like the duvet feel strange and big? 'cause I always got this... I hope that has helped in some way, he's not alone x

    If anyone is suffering from balance problems or the sensations of being on a boat in rough seas then you may have Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS). Often it is triggered by some form of motion or travel event. However, it isn’t a dizziness in the sense of a rotational or spinning vertigo. I run the only UK website for this debilitating condition – www.mdds.org.uk – so please check out the information on there and do not hesitate to use the contact form on there to get in touch with me. I can also put you in touch with medical specialists from your area who are familiar with MdDS if you need to get a diagnosis.





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    My mother is 87 years of age and suffers from dizzy spells. She got her ears surrinched three years ago and two weeks later she has had dizzy spells. She has seen docters in the hospital and he told her people between 70 and 80 takes these spells and he can not do anything for her can you advice me on anything to be done as it is really annoying her now. Please Help.

    hi im 29 yr old female and for the past 6mnts i havent been feeling right i was diagnosed with being celiac and was told id feel better pretty soon but im getting dizzy spells sometimes the room isnt spinning but i feel like im falling and a bit shakey when it stops i feel so tierd like it drains everything out of me ive got pain in my neck so sleepy all the time ive been having pains down my lower arms and joints ive been to the docter but everytime i go he seems to want to put it down to me being anxious im so fed up of feeling like this i do feel anxious because of all the symptoms im feeling any one have any ideas would be greatfull





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    i would go to accident and emergency explain your symptoms and get a 2nd opinion as you are entitled to one....

    Hi, I'm 44, within a healthy body and no weight problems. As far back as I can remember, my thighs retain fluid and cellulite,so they shake for 3-5seconds when i stomp my leg. Even though i exercise regularly, i don't build muscle. My older sister is worse, even though she does spinning for years and cycles. Even her 15 year old daughter has cellulite even though not as fluidy yet. If oral contraceptives, I've been off them for 10+ years now and my niece has never taken any. I see people who are much fatter and sometimes even obese but have firm thighs and some are even on oral contraceptives. So, what causes this and is there anything i can do, apart from liposuction?





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