Has Anyone Else Had Vertigo

Canada
April 1, 2009 11:40pm CST
I was diagnosed with Vertigo several months ago and it seems to get better but returns. In my part of Canada it's hard to find a good doctor and although I was given Betahistine 24mg, it's just not working. What works for you? I see the doctor again tomorrow. Thank You for your help.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
2 Apr 09
i have never taken meds for it . i have never been bothered w/it real bad. i have friends that have it bad. i think i have heard them say they took advert fot it. i'm not sure if the spelling is right on that or not. hope u feel better.
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• Canada
2 Apr 09
Thank You for your response. I'll have to check that with my doctor because Betabistine just doesn't cut it.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I have vertigo caused by temporomandibular joint disorder. It affects my middle ear which, of course, causes dizziness, especially when I first get out of bed in the morning. I don't take anything for it, though. I'm just extremely careful for awhile after waking up and keep my hands out to ensure that I won't fall over! Vertigo is caused by a problem with the middle ear, usually, because that's where our balance mechanism is located. Have you tried seeing an ear specialist?
• Canada
2 Apr 09
Thank You for your response. Yes my doctor did send me to an ear specialist and all he did was tell me to lay back on the strtecher. I told him I couldn't lay flat because of the dizzines. He said, "I won't let you fall and he slammed me down on the stretcher, the more I begged him to let me up the harder he held me down. I nearly passed out before he pulled me back up. He told me to come b ack in a month. Fat chance if that!!! I told my doctor he may as well never send me there again because I refuse.
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@drannhh (15245)
• United States
2 Apr 09
Grandma, you are wise not to return to that cruel specialist, and one must be careful of taking medications (especially ones that do not work!) for this kind of condition because where your balance is troubled already, you don't want to take anything that further interferes with your being able to stand and walk safely. Do take care that you don't fall and truly there is no shame in using a walker under these circumstances... good luck with a quick recovery from this, Grandma. Mental, I just had a touch of this recently for the first time and did find that holding onto something helped a lot :-)
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@drannhh (15245)
• United States
2 Apr 09
Curiously, Grandma, I was just reading up on the subject because I was out in the cold and wind and got an inner ear infection that lasted a few days, and for the first time in my life experienced this phenomenon. Although mine cleared up as soon as I got some rest and the weather turned nicer, there were some exercises one can do at home that are said to clear the vertigo up in a short time in 95% of all cases. So I did not need to try them, but here are some links that may interest you: http://www.bio-medicine.org/medicine-news/Simple-Exercises-Might-Help-Vertigo-2814-1/ http://www.ehow.com/how_2303034_treat-vertigo-brandtdaroff-exercises.html http://sexualhealth.e-healthsource.com/index.php?p=news1&id=520046 http://www.dizziness-and-balance.com/disorders/bppv/brandt/first.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa6t-Bpg494
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• Canada
3 Apr 09
I appreciate your response very much. Thank You. Unfortunately they try to make it all sound good till you get to the bottom and then they ask for money. I see this a lot they go on and on about everything being free till the end. I many times wonder if it's because I'm in Canada??? Nevertheless Thank You I really appreciate hearing from you.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
2 Apr 09
My daughter in law has it but I dont know what they gave her or if its working or not!
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@BarBaraPrz (21017)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Apr 09
I didn't know you could take something for vertigo. I have a mild case of it myself, and like yours, it comes and goes. When I'm hit with it I just take it easy and make sure I move my head very slowly.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
2 Apr 09
Hi Grandmaof2! Both me and my Mom have Veritgo and it is really miserable! We were both given Antivert! It does work, but it makes you feel worse! It makes you feel very groggy. It didn't really work for me too well. It does work for my Mom and her Vertigo is much worse, but it really knocks her out. Her's is really bad and she needs to stay in bed sometimes for weeks. Mine comes and goes. I have a girlfriend who has it too and I don't know what meds she was given, but her's was different then mine.
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
3 Apr 09
I had what is called benign positional vertigo. It involves something in the ear. Suprisingly, a chiropractor fixed it. I quick turn of my head made whatever was out of place in my eay, fall back into place. So when ever it comes back, I lie down and quickly turn my head a certain way and it gets better. You can read more about it here..... http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001420.htm
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
no hon, of all the crap I have vertigo is not one of them. So I don't know what is good for it or not
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
I have a slight case of vertigo, but I am not taking any medication. I just avoid looking down, and take the stairs rather then go down those long escalators and hope that someone else changes the light bulb that I have to reach the ladder for me. I do not know what part of Canada you live in. I know that if you live in B.C. or Ontario, you could probably get help, but who wants to move there? Well I do want to move back to Vancouver, but I think that is homesickness because I grew up there.
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@GardenGerty (104021)
• United States
3 Apr 09
I had an episode of vertigo about ten years ago. It lasted maybe two weeks, maybe less. I do not remember anything other than an OTC called meclizine. I did not get diagnosed with an infection or anything that caused it. I hope you can get some help soon. It is a wicked feeling for the room to spin, even when you are laying down.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
8 Apr 09
About a month ago I was just getting out of bed and I got dizzy I had to lay back down. This was happending to me every time I lay down and try to get up. This went on about a week, so I made a doctor appt. She told me that I had vertigo coming from the ear. She gave me some pills called meclizine. They did not help me at all. My doc also told me to go and see a ear doctor. Took me two weeks to get in. By the time I got to see him I did not have it anymore. The doc told me if it come back to come back to see him, but he did give me some head exercise to do if I get it back. I have been lucky so far I have not got it back. He also told me not to take the meclizine cause it just makes it worse.
• United States
3 Apr 09
Grandma- I was just in the hospital Monday and Tuesday of this week and that's what they said was one of the causes. I was getting dizzy spells for a week, but as a busy mom of two I was blowing off my own health until Monday I couldn't even walk straight, see straight, and felt horrible. I was told it was probably two things-A viral ear infection in which the vertigo would last 1-2 weeks, then be intermittant 4-8 weeks. And two, that it may be Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, which they handled with PT, with a follow up PT visit. Though, that too may come back. So, they started me on meds in the hospital and sent me home with them. I'm taking meclizine and valium as needed. So far they work really well together. I hope you can find something that works for you, because if yours is anything like mine was, I don't wish that on my worst enemy! Namaste-Anora