11 years of vertigo and dizziness, any advise would be appreciated

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So I am very sure this started when I had an horrendous bout of tonsilitis and got my ears syringed whilst they were still sore and infected. (the nurse didn't check until after and then said it probablies shouldn't have been done)!

Not long after the dizziness started. I can not remember much about the beginning it as it's been so long but I do know that most days since then I have never felt completely steady, I get different feelings, woozy or off balance, cloudy, almost as if I am in a bubble and not reality.

This went on for 6 months solid with the severe dizziness coming on.

Now 11 years on I am a huge anxiety sufferer down to this, it has affected me socially and in other ways.

For the last couple of years I have gotten more used to it and started exercising reguarly, getting out and having fun and not letting it rule my life.

I normally get a couple of bad turns a year and in between I feel unsteady. 

Now I have all of a sudden have 3 severe boughts in less than 2 weeks.

The symptoms are as follows:

I mostly always get it during the night and it wakes me, if I turn my head a certain way (sometimes just lying flat) I get this awful swirling which knocks me sick and I have to turn a certain way or move my head into a specific position to stop it and I have to stay there until it passes.

If I get up during this my whole head feels like it is spinning in various directions and it then becomes an interesting walk to the bathroom.

If I stand for long enough it's as if my head figures out where I am and the intense spinning stops.

It also affects my eyes a little during these episodes, feels like they struggle to focus.

Any ideas what this could be. I need to find a way of reducing it or even stopping this. I don't want to let it ruin my life when I have just found a way of coping.

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    When was the last time you went to ENT?

    Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

    Clinical Neurophysiologist

    Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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      After 11 years, I recommend a refresher follow-up with ENT.  Our understanding of vestibular disease has increased significantly over the past decade.

      Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

      Clinical Neurophysiologist

      Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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    Hi Emma,

    I get postional vertigo a couple of time a year. It appears it is seasonal.  Usually March/April   and then Sept/October.

    But mist days I feel off balacne due to facial pressure that plugs my left ear and makes me feel off balance. Sometimes I feel like I am walking on a boat.

    This vertigo is BPPV. This positional vertigo is quickly corrected. My vertigo kicks if when I am in bed and I move my head from one direction to the other.  It affects my right ear.

    I have a couple of easy maneauvers that REALLY help.

     If you PM me, I can certainly send you some really good exercises.

    I am surprised that your doctor never explained this and tried to do some exercies.

    If yours is infact BPPV, I hate you have been going through this all this time without help 

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      Hi,

      Thank you so much for this. I suspected this is what it may be after reading up. It's absolutely spot on with the symptoms it describes.

      If it is I am gutted I didn't get the support from my GP and it could have saved alot of heartache.

      I would love to receive the information, it is very much appreciated

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      Hi Emma,

      I tried sending some of the exercises to Lapka but would not work in private messaging

      They gave me their email address and I forwarded it on to them. Hope it helps them

      In order to private message me, clink on my name, then click Message. This will allow messages privately between you and me.

      If you want, just give me your email address, and I  ouls love to send to you.

      We need to help each other......doctors do not always get it 

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    This is my problem too I can't sleep while facing up. When I turn my eyes I also feel like my ears are opening and closing inside.

    I have also tried to live with it though sometimes it becomes a mess.

    Have not seen an ent but I will make an appointment of seeing one soon

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