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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 am a 50 year old female who has been suffering with vertigo for the past 2 years I kept going backwards and forwards to doctors and found I had vertigo last year I'm constantly swaying on the spot, have buzzing in the left ear and I'm off balance I went to see a consultant sent me for some physio which consisted of shaking my head left to right and up and down and walking while shaking my head up and down it was good at first but my swaying and off balance is back does anyone know what I can do? I don't think doctors know what's wrong with me, I'll try get a second opinion. Many Thanks.





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    my GPS has referred me to a ear specialist for my Vertigo, does anybody know how long this will take for me to see someone? Thanks





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    Been there done it referred to a phisio to do excercise gd luck Havnt helped me Still haven't got any where since 2010

    I first experienced dizziness and unsteadiness about six years ago but for the last few years it has been wih me constantly. I have seen an ENT specialist, had an MRI scan but have been told it's not Vertigo. The unsteadiness seems to get worse the further I walk-leaning sideways and backwards like a drunk- and I have feel over a couple of times while out walking with tremendous loss of dignity, my wife now generaly accompanies me. I do not experience any dizziness when sitting, only when I am upright.





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    I sometimes go dizzy when walking, sitting or standing I have a couple of time gone dizzy when laying in bed. Could you tell me what that can be. I have been to see a specialist who tested me for epilepsy which was negative. I have had a problem with my inner ear, years ago, it was labrythitus, I am not sure if that is how you spell it.Could this be what is happening sometimes?

    I had a viral throat and ear infection and this keeps reoccurring. This developed in my having ear pain and I was treated with antibiotics due to inflammation of the ear. The inflammation was successfully treated but the pain continued, I was referred to the ENT specialist who did not find any damage of the ear or behind the nostril. My vertigo has become such a problem I am unable to mobilize much as my balance keeps going off, I suffer from migraines and is presently taking Propronolal 40mg. I suffer from neck pains and also from a eye problem which is causing me to have double vision and the exercise prescribed for it worsens the condition and due to this I am unable to study for any period of time as I have severe pain in my eyes. Ill be grateful for any suggestions as this as gone on for almost a year.





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    I had a severe attack of vertigo just over 2yrs ago, I have not fully recovered from this and my neurologist has said I am in the 2% that never recovers fully) From this my health has steadily gone done hill. I now suffer from fibromyalgia. I also get repeated attacks of gyrate erythema. I have arthritis in my hips and spine (also have mild scoliosis and a fusion at the top of my spine) I have IBS I have a bowel prolapse ( mid treatment) I have problems with my exhale breath, my airway closes as I exhale(start physio next week) I have problems with dizziness and balance I have very painful knees I have asthma I also had a P.E in Feb '13 Ok so my question is..... How can I exercise? I am really over weight (to scared to weight myself) I am 5ft.2in and wear size 20/22 . I hate the way I look as I've always been a size10/12. This past 12 mths the weight has really piled on. My biggest down fall is salted potato snacks, I can eat a bag of 10 hulu hoops in 1 sitting(that's all id eat in one day) I'm only 45 but feel about 85 Please please help me





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    I am 52 1/2 and just post menopausal. I have had a lot of problems over the last 4 months as I have over a few years. One being: Initially I had to have a D and C through excessive bleeding, thickening of the womb wall. Just prior to this my bowels had literally just got right and I was really happy with my bowel pattern. I have had anal bleeding regularly in the past and do suffer from recurring polyps/have them removed - used to be every 5 years I haven't had them done since 2002 they changed re-removal of recurrences to every 10 years (cutbacks). Since the D and C (coincidence??) my stools have turned to large peas and they are rock solid but normal generally in colour except odd times they go chalky. They only ever come out as pebbles. I hate to say but I have had to resort to removing contents manually as the stools do not seem to trigger the normal pushing motion. I bleed a good deal which is hardly surprising and I have enough wind to sail the Cuttysark. I drink water regularly and tea.I have done 5 a day veg vits longterm, 3 pieces of fruit a day, spicy food, fibre, oats all on a regular basis but nothing changes the stool size and structure and side affects. All that used to work has stopped working. This is just one of many problems I have at the moment but this problem is the one that tends to make me late for work, can't sleep, afraid to eat too much, afraid to start trying to go to the loo in case I end up in a mess with a load stuck inside that I haven't got time to remove for fear of being late. This year I have had a D & C, bowel problems, weight gain - about 1 1/2 stone, headaches,symptoms of abcess in lower jaw but no findings, long term sore throat on and off, permanent tinnitus pulsating tinnitus and crashing noises in my head, vertigo, a (now resolved) double ear infection, kidney and urinary tract infection after D & C, falling asleep at the drop of a hat at work,lethargy and fatigue, difficulty expelling a lot of air from my lungs and limited size of breath intake (genuinely I smoke 7 cigarettes a day - it has been worse/ noticeable since I put on weight, I have a beer gut but don't drink alcohol, pustular psoriasis. I personally cannot see how these things can be linked but I thought I should point them out. Any more time off sick with another doctor's note and I will lose my job/face a disciplinary. Can you help.





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    Can anyone help me, im a 44 yr old lady, 3 months ago i developed an ordinary earache which lasted for 3 weeks and was on antibiotics for that kength of time, then a red spot appeared on my left ear which developed into a painful ulcer, at that point i was hospitalised and put on iv antibiotics for a week then discharged, the pain never eased nor did the ulcer go away and by next morning another one popped up and i was readmitted again.During the course of the next 8 weeks which i spent in hospital that left ear grew several painful ulcers. I was taken to theatre and had biopsies done and had some of the smaller ulcers taken away only for them to grow back as quick and more of them.The oncologist was called in to help deal with my pain as it was unbearable and he put me on a morphine patch, 12 hourly slow release msts and an oral solution of morphine 4 hourly.Then the ulcers in the mouth, jaws and throat started, numerous amounts of them making it unbearable to eat or drink.After a couple of weeks with them being treated with mouthwashes and gels and sprays i realised that each time i managed something to eat my tummy was burning me and so was the food on the way down which i had put down to indigestion.I requested a scope to be done, so at first so as not to be too invasive they did a scope up my nose and down the back of the throat they found an ulcer had got into the septum and ate a hole straight through it.Few days later my left eye started itching and felt grainy when an ulcer popped up on my eyelid.It was at this point that the 8 weeks was up in the hospital that i started asking to go home because no antibiotics or antiviral treatments was stopping what was going on and every swab, blood test, biopsy ct scan and x ray wasnt leading them to any kind of diagnosis, I was just being kept there on morphine for my pain.I came home 2 weeks ago today, my right ear has 4 nasty ulcers in it, my scalp has at least 20 open sores, both the backs of my ears are raw high rigged and weepin,the ulcers in both ears are oozing green pus out of them constantly,the skin is coming away from all my finger nails and their oozing pus aswell, there are sores down my cheeks, neck and face . They tell me to watch out for my toe nails and my genital area which thankfully is free of ulcers so far. They are testing me now for behcets syndrome even though its not presenting itself like iit does in the text books. To date all tests are inconclusive,they dont seem to be linking it to my arthritis which is also kicking up regardless of the morphine or my vertigo or my asthma. My life has come to a complete halt over the past 3 months and ive been written off work for at least a year.My husband and grown up teenage kids have been a tower of strength to me, particurlarly my husband who like everyone has his own worries but is always there to pull me out of the dark hole i feel im in with no diagnosis and without that no treatment for this disease.Has anyone with behcets got symptoms like mine or got my symptoms and have a name for their disease or syndrome. My heart goes out to you all on this site, you know when you have pain yourself its hard to feel someone elses pain.My sincerest thanks to all who take the time fo read this or to answer it





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    Hi Margaret I have suffered from Behcets for the past 20 years. For the mouth I have a steroid mouth wash and for my ears I spray the brown steroid in hailer in them, for skin lesions (genitals and under finger nails etc) I use a steroid cream. Mine started with genital ulcers and progressed to eyes, ears and mouth. Although Behcets (Silk Route Disease) is rare in this country there are excellent support networks. The Behcets Society is wonderful. Behcets is a Rheumatology condition. Prof. Haskard at Hammersmith Hospital is one of the top in his field with regards to Behcets. Last year I was rushed to hospital with 2 DVT’s in my right leg and a clot in my brain. Behcets normally appears in your late 20’s. As Behcets is in the immune system it is hard to detect in blood tests. I have been unable to travel to work for the past 12 months and have to take oral steroids; unfortunately the treatment is also hard to cope with. The Rheumatology team at King’s College Hospital has been absolutely fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. Once they can confirm what you are definitely suffering from and start the correct treatment, then for the majority of the time, life will be normal. Just make sure that you are being looked after with regular checks. Rest when you need to and try and exercise when you can. I wish you well, you are not alone. Even though I have had the hardest 12 months of my life, I can tell you it is not bleak. Don’t give up, stay strong. I will be thinking of you.

    Hi Margaret, I was diagnosed in 2001 with behcets, aged 36. I saw a dermatologist.I had a positive skin biopsy. Basically they inject a little saline water under your skin, leave it for 24 hours, then do a biopsy. Mine went bad/ulcerated. It only happens if you have Behcets. However, not every behcets sufferer will get a positive test, so its not definitive. Its very frustrating I know and you feel helpless at times. The problem is no behcet sufferer has exactly the same symptoms, and as its rare, it must be difficult for the doctors. I feel for you. I have had ulcers in various places mouth, throat, tongue, ears, lips, genital, eyelid etc since 1999, and I still have them now. What I can tell you is that I have learned to live with them, and I guess your body becomes more tolerant, I don't feel as much pain as I used to 10 years ago. Also I have spells when I feel almost normal! I see specialists on a regular basis, and they deal with whatever problem I am presenting at that time. Difflam oral rinse is very good for mouth and throat pain, it numbs it, I use it before I eat. Also betnesol tablets as a mouthwash. Try not to get too depressed, it makes your pain all the more painful! Brown steroid inhalers are excellent for genital ulcers. Life isn't easy, but I always think there is someone worse than me, so I try to stay positive. Its good you have support. You could try contacting the Behcets Syndrome Society for advice? I did when I was first diagnosed. I wish you good health and happiness. You are not alone.

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    I woke with swimming like vertigo aug 2010 which in turn started to affect my balance. I feel now like I am on a boat 24/7 my c1 is always out and I get a band like pressure in the bag of my head. Since aug 2010 I had a couple of mild vertigo attacks but woke aug2011 with spinning vertigo which lasted a whole day. I have seen numerous specialists chiros osteos naturopaths etc to no avail. I had never been diagnosed with anything but there was speculation I had mdds and maybe had a virus. Then in nov 2013 I woke with swimming vertigo again this time it was bppv the others it wasn't. I have tried migraine meds but they did not help. When my c1 is not painful I'm a little better but my rocking swaying etc is always there. I'm really bad at moment since vertigo attack in nov. it's tiring and I feel I spend thousands and I'm still no better.





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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

    I have the same problems and it sound more like labyrinthitis not vertigo the medication for your illness needed is called prochlorperazine tablets form or if you feel dizzy etc best going to hospital for a prochlorperazine injection which is placed above the bum/upper thigh my labyrinthitis last up to 3 days but settle down better with the injection. Hope this will help you get better soon.

    To me it sounds like vertigo. Something to do with your sinuses being blocked. I got vertigo after a bad head cold one time, felt sea sick and had 'glugging' in my ears. At the time I was given tablets by my GP and it cleared the vertigo up quickly. I still get glugging when I reach down for things on the ground but I've learned to live with it. I do know someone who had stents put in for glue ear when he was an adult. Just wondering if you have something similar going on?

    Hello since I was about 13 which now an 24 I started a habit of nose picking with tweezers and hair clips it got so bad that one nostril is bigger than the other and if I don't pick scans out I feel like my nose is all sticky but there is quiet a hole not a hole were u can see through but I could for fit my whole finger in it !! And I have taken vertigo recent well that's Wat they think I wonder did I cause damage I am really worried as my eyesight is blarey with the vertigo or could it be worse than vertigo cause of the hole and years of picking ??





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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 ibs I am bloated every day I get so much wind my bottom makes noises I worry people will hear it I feel constantly on edge every day with my ibs I also get the runs three or four times a week I am unable to work because I also have acute vertigo and I am agrophobic because of my vertigo.





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    I got vertigo attacks lasting for a few seconds for every 2/3 days over a period of a week. Then when I was jogging one day, I suddenly got a sense of vertigo( I thought I was having a seizure ), I had to walk home! The vertigo lasted for over two days then, for about two weeks I felt like I was slightly intoxicated ; when I went to see the Doctor I was told it was probably BPPV ! This was wrong because, the Epley Manoeuvre made no difference. I was on the Internet doing a check on the symptoms and I thought I might have Vestibular Neuritis however, the ENT Surgeon who tested my hearing and responses to some eye tests said that I showed no sign of Nystagmus and that I probably had a viral infection . I am having an MRI scan next week! I hope his diagnosis is correct . I will soon find out.





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    Hi I have the joint pains also as well as constant balance problems. I have transverse myelitis and do not know if that is is the reason?

    Hi I have the joint pains also as well as constant balance problems. I have transverse myelitis and do not know if that is is the reason?

    I have had constant ear infection a for over five years , because of this I now have vertigo which is practicly taken over my life , its got so bad I wake up with it and also sick , I can't move cause I fall over , I've lost a good job because of this also social life , I can't make plans because I don't know when the vertigo will attack , friends don't undestand, I suppose its difficult if U have not experiences it yourself , please someone point me in the write detection ,





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    Hello , just thought i,d share my story on inner ear crystals , which was first told was labrithitus, first went dizzy back in July 11 was in work trying to fasten my work shoe, laces and nearly fell over, i went to the doctors who put me on anti sickness pill,s after a week i stopped taken them, a week later it started again , but more so at night when i was lay down, the spinning use to wake me if i turned over in my sleep, this would feel like i was drunk and ready to fall off the bed, after going back to the doctors, and refered to the ENT, department was told it was crystals and was given exercises to do, these work well if you keep up with them , other wise your symptoms return, hope this helps

    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

    I had a similar problem and went to the hospital. I was diagnosed with vertigo. No one has really told me what I can do to prevent another episode of extreme dizziness and vomiting. I also have pins and needles in my left leg and my left arm is weak. The MRI showed no stroke. The vertigo was diagnosed in my left ear.

    Have they checked out your inner ears for balance problems/ vertigo? That wouldn't be a neurologist. That would be an ENT specialist - Ear,nose and throat or audiologist - ear/hearing or neuro-otologist,- brain - ear specialist. I have a balance problem and know someone who has vertigo type stuff. So, I hope your inner ears have been checked. All the very best, Bess.

    Hi I have visual vertigo and positional vertigo. I tend to stagger and sway and feel like im been pushed to the right. Ive had this problem 5 years off and on but 18 months ago i had a very bad attack and couldnt even stand. Now i just walk in zig zags and im very off balance.The fatigue is horrible i sleep every afternoon and it get worse the more i get tired. Had all the tests, physio,manuver,medications. Still working get help with transport, and have bought a mobility scooter,to get about.Seen neurologists Ents. Guess i'll have to live with it.also get headaches and have spondylois which i feel contributs

    About a year ago i was struck down with very bad dizziness, weakness, fainting, slight vomiting at times and constant headaches. I visited the doctor 4times in 4weeks who the first time i saw him diagnosed me with vertigo syndrome and anxiety. he gave me SERC 8mg for the vertigo which never worked. After about 3months it started to fade out so i assumed i was ok.just over a week ago it all started again but worse this time. I have been sick only once so far but have a constant headache and servere dizziness which i have for about 15-20hours per day! I get a slight high pitched noise in 1 ear from time to time and i can also get some tunnel vision every now and then! sometimes i have panic attacks when this happens and would love any advise or help anyone can give me. thanks





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    Hi Emma, I went through and am still going through the same thing. Mine started as a horrific room spin and i lost part of my vision for 10mins, i went to the A&E and they sent me home, 3hours later i was back again and they 'diagnosed' me with vertigo and gave me stemital 5mg and told me it would last anywhere between 3weeks and 3months. 3months later it eased and i started to feel a bit better but 2weeks after that it came back worse than it was before. That was 4years ago. Since then i have had an MRI scan, balance and hearing tests and been given all types of different medication. Because dizziness is usually an ear problem i was refered to an ENT specialist who said that there was nothing physical he could see that was wrong, he might as well have just told me to bugger off! One doctor contradicts another, one specialist contradicts another and its a never ending circle...excuse the pun. I have tried stemital (which i was told that if you take for too long it can cause the symptoms you are trying to avoid) Cinnerazine (which had no effect) and Serc (which i have been taking for almost 2years and some days they work some days they dont). I came to the embarrassing bodies website to see if there was anyone that could help me but i found your post. I have joined alot of menieres disease groups on facebook, even thought i do not have menieres the sypmtoms and problems are the same, and got chatting to some people that have the disease and i have learnt that everyone handles medication differently, sometimes a low caffine, salt, tobacco and alcohol diet can help, and that its good to know that you are not alone. All i can say is that i am still searching for a doctor that actually cares about my wellbeing and that im only 24 and shouldnt be living like a hermit due to dizziness. Most of the day to day things people take for granted make me dizzy and it has become very depressing for me. Small things set the dizziness off and i have been unable to work for the last 4years. If you need to talk about anything or would like to compare notes then please feel free to contact me. Sorry i cant be more help to you. Gemma X

    hello i guess im not the only one going through this horrible dizziness then it all happned to me jus after the birth of my daughter and ever since then got worse..i have been to numerouse doctors all telling me abouth the illness but actually never doing something about it apart from palming me off with tablets that most of them havnt really worked, even the tablets i am aon now still doesnt stop the dizzines completley and completly does my head in because like gemma has said even the smallest things set it off which is very annoying when your trying to do your day to day things aswell as handeling a baby aswell. its not fair and i wish some one would actually do something about this because i am sick of being some guienie pig. i havnt actually had a scan yet the doctors havnt even been bothred to follow that through yet. im jus a bit freaked out incase it isnt menires desise because i dont feel the doctors have done enough to follow this through..

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    did u ask ur doc if it cud be vertigo?

    did u ask ur doc if it mite be vertigo?

    Hi I'm Jon, I'm now 31 and have had a balance disorder for the last year. When I was 25 I had two very violet vertigo attacks in between two weeks of each other. Which my GP put down to two previous ear infections to my right ear. Since then and another quite bad ear infection I slowly started getting very load tinertness and pressure in my right ear, with the odd dizzy sensation which I resolved with a steroid nasal spray. Now since Aug 2012 my life has totally changed, with each day being a challenge to be normal and not to fall over, with swimy heads and vertigo attacks along with ear pressure and ringing, difficulty driving with bright congested areas being a massive problem. My particular ENT doctor thinks I've got the symptoms of menieres, and given me some rubbish tablets and some balance exercises, which at the moment is not touching my problem. I feel this disorder is not just effecting my mobility it's also effecting my young family a career. If anyone has any advice I'd love to hear from you.





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    Well I am going through a really hard time! :( I started with bad vertigo about 3/4years ago. This then almost immediately turned into an ever present (continuing to worsen) imbalance problem. The main symptoms in which I suffer from are constant disequilibrium (it is the feeling like being on a boat rocking back n forth) feeling sick, a flushing sensation through my veins in legs and arms, pounding chest/head on standing and recently frequent sharp stabbing pains in my head! It's causing work to be very difficult and in general causes really bad dibilitating symptoms! I have seem quite a few specialists and been diagnosed with migranal imbalance vertigo. (But a headache for 4years!?-not so sure) I'm beginning to think it's the blood vessels/blood flow in my head but doctors say no and especially no to a contrast scan. Where's dr Christian when you need him :( It doesn't make any sense now. I don't know where and who to turn to :'( and I'm only 27.





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    have you tryed john from ohios vitamin and minerals check them out had all your ballance and vertigo symptoms his was the only thing helped me get your b12 levels checked in depth doctors dont usually do this im currently injecting b12 have you had a neck or back injury may have disrupted your atlas bone

    Do try and see DR Surenthiran who will be able to explain what is going on and how best to treat. He really is exceptional in this field and well worth going to great lengths if necessary to see. He runs a clinic in London and works for the nhs outvof medway hospital. He made me better after 4 and a half years of illness very similar to what you describe

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    it could be a panic attack, vertigo caused my an inner ear infection, small seizure...you need to go to your doctor and ask their opinion.

    Look for the triggers to your vertigo, Television, Computers, phones anything which emits LED and or OLED and or movement, flicker etc.

    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....

    Hi, I'm a 13 year old female and 3 and a 1/2 years ago I got knocked over and was in a coma for 10 days and since then my balance hasn't been that good, I suffer from ear infections and also I get vertigo quite often (with nausea and painful ears).





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    Hi I'm replying to suggest trying one thing that helped my daughter who suffered from constant ear infections. I am not a doctor and am not prescribing but for Her the GP said that ever time you feel the symptoms of the ear infection coming on. I'm sure you know when it's starting, he said start taking Diphenhydramine Benadryl immediately, for her she never had another ear infection. If you can prevent the infections you might reduce the vertigo. Good luck I hope it gets better. Also remember the doctor only gives you 7 minutes of time when you visit so research all you can and write down your symptoms when you experience them and include information on diet,, liquid intake and quantity, surroundings, environmental influences, pulse rate, and capillary refill, from that information you collect you might beagle to paint a picture of other influences that maybe causing your symptoms.

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