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Posted: 9/18/2009 5:07:37 AM EST
My wife has been struggling with on and off dizziness for about 6 months now. CAT scan was negative as was blood work. It has really affected her quality of life. She is 42 and is in otherwise good health.

Anyone know of any causes and/or treatments for this? The doctors have pretty much given up and said live with it. Thanks in advance for input.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:10:15 AM EST

Originally Posted By Tomato_Thrower:
My wife has been struggling with on and off dizziness for about 6 months now. CAT scan was negative as was blood work. It has really affected her quality of life. She is 42 and is in otherwise good health.

Anyone know of any causes and/or treatments for this? The doctors have pretty much given up and said live with it. Thanks in advance for input.

She's not taking any meds that can be causing this?

I've had that happen. Couldn't figure out why I got dizzy, or couldn't see worth a shit at night, came out it was some side effects of some medication I was on.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:18:57 AM EST
does she drink a lot of caffeine? soda, coffee, etc. i had an issue with too much caffeine causing tinnitus and dizziness.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:19:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By Monkey_Wrench:

Originally Posted By Tomato_Thrower:
My wife has been struggling with on and off dizziness for about 6 months now. CAT scan was negative as was blood work. It has really affected her quality of life. She is 42 and is in otherwise good health.

Anyone know of any causes and/or treatments for this? The doctors have pretty much given up and said live with it. Thanks in advance for input.

She's not taking any meds that can be causing this?

I've had that happen. Couldn't figure out why I got dizzy, or couldn't see worth a shit at night, came out it was some side effects of some medication I was on.
No. Forgot to mention that she has abnormal thyroid function, and she is on thyroid meds. The dizziness started before taking these, and she started the thyroid meds in the hope that the thyroid issues were causing her dizziness. That doesn't seem to be the case.


Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:20:50 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 5:23:19 AM EST by sjerdude]
Has she had MRI MRA of brain. How about Carrotid Ultrasound to check for blockage? Hope she is better soon. Google meniere's disease.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:21:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By warddc:
does she drink a lot of caffeine? soda, coffee, etc. i had an issue with too much caffeine causing tinnitus and dizziness.

She drinks three big mugs of green tea a day...I don't think green tea has a lot of caffeine.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:22:39 AM EST

Originally Posted By sjerdude:
Has she had MRI MRA of brain. How about Carrotid Ultrasound to check for blockage? Hope she is better soon.
She had a CAT scan which was negative...should she get an MRI as well? Not sure if insurance will pay for it. I'll have to check into the Carrotid Ultrasound. Thanks.

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:24:24 AM EST
Google meniere's disease.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:30:10 AM EST
I had the same problem last summer... ended up being dehydration.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:34:28 AM EST
My friend went through the very same thing this past summer. MRI's and CAT scans proved ok. At first, they thought it was a condition called Chiari Malformation but an expert in that field ruled it out. He was referred to an ear, nose, and throat specialist who determined he had a calcium deposit inside his inner ear.
This condition (calcium deposit) happens more than you would think. I know of another person who is suffering from the same thing. There are medications, and believe it or not, exercises that help. Talk to an ear, nose, and throat specialist.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:34:36 AM EST
Does she spin or is it light headed?

How long does a spell last?
Minutes? Hours? Days?

Does she have a headache with it?

Hearing loss?

Buzzing in ears?

Does head motion make her dizzy?

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:38:28 AM EST
Has she been overly stressed and anxious lately?
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:45:05 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:47:22 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 5:47:47 AM EST by Daytona955i]

Originally Posted By Tomato_Thrower:

Originally Posted By warddc:
does she drink a lot of caffeine? soda, coffee, etc. i had an issue with too much caffeine causing tinnitus and dizziness.

She drinks three big mugs of green tea a day...I don't think green tea has a lot of caffeine.
Depending on what it is and how she drinks it, green tea can have a lot of caffeine.

(That is not likely what is causing it.)

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:50:54 AM EST
Just because this is GD, I'm gonna say tell her to quit dying her hair blonde.....
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:51:44 AM EST
On Labor Day, I went to the ER because I thought I was having a stroke. Left side of my face was tingling and I had this HUGE wave of dizziness. The week previous I was also getting smaller waves of dizziness.....almost a feeling of not being grounded in reality.

Diagnosis.......STRESS and vertigo.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 1:34:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bubbatheredneck:
Does she spin or is it light headed?

How long does a spell last?
Minutes? Hours? Days?

Does she have a headache with it?

Hearing loss?

Buzzing in ears?

Does head motion make her dizzy?


In answer to your questions, she:

has light headedness (not spinning);

symptoms last hours or days;

No hearing loss;

Occassional buzzing in ears;

Head motion doesn't cause dizziness.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 1:36:30 PM EST
Vertigo?
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 1:42:40 PM EST

Originally Posted By JDC_VA_USMC:
Has she been overly stressed and anxious lately?

No.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 1:43:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By bluetick357:
Vertigo?

I don't think so. She has lightheadedness, while I think vertigo has swirling/spinning.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 1:56:02 PM EST
The Otolithic Crisis of Tumarkin is one of my favorite diseases.
It sounds like an epic battle of the 15th century or thereabouts.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 1:56:09 PM EST
Do you have any gas appliances? If there is a slow CO leak in your house, your wife may be affected before you are. Happened to my cousin and his wife.



Link Posted: 9/18/2009 1:59:06 PM EST
Sounds like vertigo.

One thing's for certain...
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 2:01:00 PM EST
I've been fighting vertigo since around 1994. Mine is somehow related to chronic sinus infections. I've had deviated septum surgery, tons of tests, etc. It appears there is no magic pill to solve my problem. I've had limited success with diet modifications and such. I used to get up to three serious sinus infections per year. Now, I 'm down to around one or so. Research candida overload to see some of the stuff I have tried.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 2:14:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By Tomato_Thrower:
My wife has been struggling with on and off dizziness for about 6 months now. CAT scan was negative as was blood work. It has really affected her quality of life. She is 42 and is in otherwise good health.

Anyone know of any causes and/or treatments for this? The doctors have pretty much given up and said live with it. Thanks in advance for input.


My father suffers from small 'stones' that build up on the hairs in the inner ear, which adds mass to them, so his equilibrium is over-exaggerated. He gets dizzy and falls down alot nowadays. Massive vertigo sometimes, and he has fallen off of a few ladders on the last house we built.

Doctor said basically the same thing... live with it. They prescribed him some anti-nausea meds, because he spins so hard.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 8:58:44 PM EST
How is her blood pressure?
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 9:01:20 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 9:01:37 PM EST by Bubbatheredneck]
Light headed and not a spinning sensation is generally not an inner ear problem.

A few common things that come to mind:


stress
blood pressure
atypical migraine
cardiac arrythmia

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 9:03:11 PM EST
Originally Posted By Triptech:

Originally Posted By Tomato_Thrower:
My wife has been struggling with on and off dizziness for about 6 months now. CAT scan was negative as was blood work. It has really affected her quality of life. She is 42 and is in otherwise good health.

Anyone know of any causes and/or treatments for this? The doctors have pretty much given up and said live with it. Thanks in advance for input.


My father suffers from small 'stones' that build up on the hairs in the inner ear, which adds mass to them, so his equilibrium is over-exaggerated. He gets dizzy and falls down alot nowadays. Massive vertigo sometimes, and he has fallen off of a few ladders on the last house we built.

Doctor said basically the same thing... live with it. They prescribed him some anti-nausea meds, because he spins so hard.



That is Benign Paroxismal Positional Vertigo. Easily fixed in the office by an ENT that can do an Epley maneuver. Meds are of little benefit.






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