Constant dizziness - labyrinthitis?

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I started with an off balance feeling about 8 weeks ago which lasted about 2 to 3 weeks. I had a few days off work and then managed back although still felt quite dizzy at times I managed to cope. Gp said it was probably labyrinthitis and prescribed cinnarizine. I had a good few weeks following that so I thought I was on the mend but then the off balance feeling returned 2 weeks ago resulting in quite bad dizziness last week so I've been off work since then again. I don't have a lot of ear symptoms. My right ear feels a bit blocked at times and sometimes rings a bit. I feel so tired all the time and struggling to get through the days. I am getting increasingly anxious about what is causing this. My gp has referred me to ent now (which I am doing private as he wouldn't refer on nhs). I am starting to get really depressed as I feel so disconnected from everything. I have two young children. Does this sound like labs? Will I ever feel better?

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    Yes it does, and recovery is always up and down! It's never straight forward sadly. I had three weeks of feeling 100% and then a month of ups and downs :-( anxiety is all part of this too. I was never anxious until this hit me! I Have three young kids and I struggled. Around 3 months I started feeling a lot better :-) I'm on month 7 now and still have ups and downs but mostly getting better

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    You are describing episodic vertigo with some symptoms of ear fullness and tinnitus, compatible with Meniere's disease.  This should be confirmed by ENT.  If you do an audiogram, and hearing loss is less than 2kHz, then this will tend to confirm this.

    Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

    Clinical Neurophysiologist

    Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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      Thank you very much for the reply. I did think of menieres but didn't really think my symptoms fitted as I have quite prolonged episodes of dizziness and my ear symptoms are quite mild. I would have thought I would have had more marked hearing loss and tinnitus?

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      Been dealing with vertigo and do dizziness for over 10 years. First was told bppv. But it been gradually getting worse. In August it hit hard and won't stop. Get episodes of vertigo almost every day. Dizzy all the time. Had tons of tests. Blood work, ekg, etc etc. Had another VNG done. This time it showed a very significant loss in left ear. MRI ruled out brain problems. ENT wants me to see a neurotologist now. Not one in our area. N3d to travel to see one. They are supposed to call me about that. Problem is I need surgery for other problems. That's in 2 days. Closest neurotologist is over a hour away. Car rides are torture. Barely can make the 15 minute rides to local docs. On top of everything else my wife hit a deer with our car on Thanksgiving. So stress us is little high right now to say the least. Lol

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      I have seen everyone except neurotologist. Waiting on the call from his office. I have had at least 1 or 2 apps a week for 3 and a half months. Either docs or tests. Lol
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