1st ent appointment today

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Managed to get a cancellation today instead of next week so I'm going for my 1st appointment with the ent today. I'll let ppl know how it goes and what happens for anyone waiting for a 1st appointment to give some info. Not feeling too hopeful but we'll see how it goes.

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    Don't let him rush you. Ask questions. If he can't give you answers, get a referral to another doc like a neurotologist.

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    Good luck! Saw you're in the U.K,which hospital are you using?

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    Well as I thought not the best outcome I was hoping for. I went for a hearing test which came back fine. He had a look in my ears, said they were fine. Got me to do couple of balance tests and did a manoeuvre to check my eye movement. That was pretty much it, couldn't offer me any tablets to try. Basically said u may have had an inner ear infection and it's taking time for your brain to catch up. Said it can take months for the dizziness/drunk feeling to go. Next step is to do an MRI scan which can take 4-6 weeks. Then once that has been done there is other tests they can try, he mentioned balance therapy. I feel like he thought I was just a waste of time. Hospital is Sunderland I went to (wouldn't recommend btw) I've already put up with these horrible symptoms for 3 months now and as time as gone on my anxiety is just getting worse which then makes the symptoms worse. It's a horrible vicious circle!

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      Inner ear problems are hard to diagnose. Very few ent's have the training to deal with them. Most docs and ent's will tell you it's bppv cause that's a simple diagnosis. Tho in some cases this can be true bppv usually does not last that long. Hospitals generally will test to make sure you don't have a life threatening illness. (Stroke,heart attack). Then they will send you home. I have been threw this many times. The problem is you may need a ENT to refer you to a doc who can help. Your best option is a neurotologist. They deal with inner ear problems, balance issues, dizziness,vertigo. They can do the testing you need and figure out what's going on. Because it is a specialty they can be hard to find. A good ENT can refer you to one if you can't find one. In the meantime you can try cutting down on salt intake and caffeine. This will reduce the fluid in your inner ear.

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    Read this Kelly; https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/society/2008/oct/14/health-healthandwellbeing

    Not very reassuring but a pretty realistic picture of how your journey to a diagnosis might unfold. You need to get yourself referred to a hospital that specialises in diagnosis of conditions that cause dizziness. Most ENT consultants have limited knowledge as it's such a big subject - you really need a neuro-otoligist, and there aren't many around.

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