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tko683
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I am a 7 year survivor of stage 3 breast cancer and am wondering if anyone has had this same problem. I am always dizzy, somedays worse than others, and find it very stressful because it is hard to drive or walk when you feel like you are going to fall over. I have been to ENT doctors Neurologists and have had every scan known to man. They tell me that the chemo I had first (A/C) can be very toxic and cause nerve damage in the inner ear. This started right after I finished with chemo and has gotten worse over the last few years. I just wonder if anyone else has this same problem and if so have you found anything that helps. I feel like a prisoner in my home because I hate driving with this feeling. My doctor has recently switched my medication which seems to be helping some but I am still very stressed about it as my husband was just diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer and I am going to have to start driving him around esp. after he has surgery. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

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Hondo
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Yep I too had that problem a few years out of treatment, I could not walk through a door without hitting the side of it and running into the walls. I had a doctor tell me to try a stuff called Ambrotose by Mannatech and it made a big different in my life. Don’t get me wrong I still hit a wall or two now and then but my life is back and I can drive myself and go where I want to go now by myself. I used the power stuff and use about 1 ½ grams or 1/4 teaspone in the morning and evening for about a month after you see it working you can go down to using it only in the morning. Hope it works for you my friend.

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Wishing you well
Hondo

tko683
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Hi Hondo,
Thanks for the advice.....I will give it a try. I hate being dizzy all the time. Thanks!
Take good care,
Teri

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bluerose
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I saw a neurologist about my extreme numbness and tingling and pain in my extremities and told her I lose my balance now and then. She told me that it's a spatial issue meaning that because my feet are numb then when I put them down to walk or stand the nerves are damaged from chemo, in my feet, and so the messages don't go through properly to tell my brain that the floor is under me in all the areas it should to keep me upright. Some parts of the foot are numb with the damaged nerves so they don't report 'floor under your foot' or not. So I can lose my balance. It made sense to me.

I don't know if you have neuropathy in your feet but that and the hands are common areas for it with certain treatments of the past. Just an idea. I haven't heard that about the ears too though, interesting.

All the best,

Bluerose

nowrest
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Joined: May 2011

Isn't it wonderful? My Family Doctor sent me to a balance and dizzyness center. The first session they determined I had a "loose crystal" in my inner ear. After an ear test they discovered my inner ear was not holding any conversations with my brain. They also discovered that the high tones were no longer there. After all this I am now going to therapy which so far has been nothing but some excersises. Interstingly some of the dizzyness is going away.

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palmyrafan
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I read an article a few months ago in our local paper (Philadelphia, PA) about a coach who all of a sudden was getting extremely dizzy for no apparent reason. He was in excellent health, exercised, etc.

Long story short, the crystal in his inner ear had become loose or out of whack and it took a specialist who knew what to look for and could fix it to put it back into place. Ever since the surgery, he's been fine. No dizziness.

Interesting that I've heard about this more than once just this year alone.

I also am glad to hear that I am not the only one who walks into walls and misses the doorway by inches. I just laugh it off and ask, "who moved the door". Part of brain cancer I suppose.

tko683
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Yes, I do have neuropathy in my feet so I guess that does make sense. It is very annoying. I also was told about possible physical therapy helping for vestibular issues but unfortunately there is no one close to my house that does that type of therapy and I can't drive far distances without stressing out. I just get the feeling that they just don't know for sure what it is and I am thinking it is a combination of things and very hard to fix. I just would like to be able to go for a walk or pick up my daughter from school without feeling like the drive is too difficult....thanks for the comments...best wishes to you all.

nowrest
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Go on the internet and type in ear crystals and you will find a page that shows the excersise you can do at home. They are the same as what the therapist is doing to me.

nowrest
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Well it worked. The stuff the therapist did moved the crystal back to where it belongs. Three sessions and I am now OK

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Hondo
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Was hopping to hear from you again on this I will google it and take a look, just glad you got help with this stuff.

Hondo

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