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Rocquie
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Does anyone have problems with dizziness and/or vertigo?

If so, how do you manage it?

Thanks,

Rocquie

 

Anaid2160
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Yes I was recently diagnosed with vertigo. Meclizine helps some. It’s the main ingredient in some motion sickness medicine.

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Do you know the name of the medicine?

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Rocquie
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Dramamine sure helps my granddaughter with car sickness. And it always makes her sleepy.

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Meclizine (Antivert) helps me some too, but it makes me so sleepy I don't like to take it.

Thanks for your reply,

Rocquie

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Besides vertigo, I hope all is well.  Our neighbor has it to the point that he gets headaches and vomiting.  He had such a bad spell a year or so ago that his doctor sent him to a physical therapist. I don't believe he has had a problem since, it really worked.  I know the therapist is one of the best, he helped me when I had both my knees replaced, so you need a good one.

My Best, Becky

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Other than the vertigo, I am doing well. I was in physical therapy until I fell and broke my foot (but not while at PT). Maybe I'll try it again.

Best back to you,

Rocquie

 

Simon24
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Hi Rocquie,

     I had vertigo last year and it was a scary experience. It was beyond dizziness.  I found it difficult to get up because everything was moving.  There is a fairly common condition called  Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo which is caused by crystals that form in your ears. I thought that might be what I had because it came on so suddenly.  I read about something called the Epley maneuver which sounded like it might help so I went to YouTube and found several videos on how to do the Epley maneuver.  It actually worked after a few sessions. I was fairly dizzy the first time or two, but it did work for me.  I hope you get relief from your vertigo soon.                         Simone 

 

 

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Thank you so much for this information! I'm going to try it.

Best,

Rocquie

 

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Rocquie:  two examples.

My brother was in a wreck 12 years ago and had a serious head injury, including a huge laceration....I was in the ER when I watched a trauma surgeon pull his scalp away from his skull and wash it out with a water hose, etc.   He has had serious vertigo ever since.  He has been to 4 ENTS, who determined he has no detectable inner-ear damage, that all looks fine.  He has been to a neurologist -- nothing.  He later started at a pain management group, and after some time, acupuncture seemed to help.  But his vertigo persists to this day.

I was ejected out of a car which then rolled over me in 1986.  I apparently had a head injury also, because I was blind the first night, but doctors were more worried about my collapsed chest cavity and mutilated leg initially.  I could see the next morning when I woke up in ICU, where I spent the next month.  After an additional month in acute care and rehab, I went home for home health visits.  Because I was then getting up and down out of bed more frequently, I noticed profound vertigo, extremely distressing. After lying down, it took several minutes each time for the spinning sensation to stop. This continued for many months.  After home about two weeks (i.e., more than two months following the accident) my ear itched, and I pulled a hunk of windshield glass out of my ear canal, so I may have had inner ear damage. A doctor told me later that apparantly the glass had been embedded under the skin, but that never made good sense to me, how it was missed during two months as an inpatient.

My family doctor put me on "Antivert" (Meclizine). This had little beneficial effect, and made me dopey. Shady: Meclizine is also sold as Dramamine Less Drowsey, so one would presume that there is therefore a MORE drowsey form....

Meclizine and several other motion sickness drugs have been worthless for my brother also.  It should be noted that these drugs treat inner-ear-induced motion sickness only; they do not treat brain disorders that might cause vertigo.  I have been told that I possibly had organic brain damage from oxygen starvation, which could be a factor in my case I suppose.  I have also been diagnosed with several (3) forms of sleep disorder related to the brain stem, and have a form of continuous tremor, so my case is no doubt atypical compared to most cases of vertigo. 

Be aware that vertigo diagnosis is usually differentiated as "positional" or "non-positional" also. I might mention also that I have never had conventional "motion sickness," ever.  Not in a car in the mountains, in an airplane, or even on a ship at sea or submarine.

Periodically I still get serious vertigo (it is no longer constant), but no drugs have been of any benefit. I wish our news was different. 

We do not manage our vertigo; it manages us.  I am not a fatalistic person as regards medicine, but this has been our experince, after probably 10 doctors or more.  Vertigo treatment is probably a 30 minute blurb in medical school. Even neurologists seem clueless and apathetic.  It is fairly rare, doesn't kill anyone, is non-operable, so they write perscriptions and send patients out the door....

max

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Thank you Max.

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