has anyone please got some advice for vertigo?

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i have been diagnosed with vertigo. i dont know which type but my doctor says its caused by an inner ear infection. i was given stemetil tablets to use but they dont help. i am getting to the point now where the anxiety i feel about leaving the house is getting worse than my vertigo symptoms. i am fine in the house and ok when i am with someone else but get a sort of panic attack if i have to go out alone. my vertigo symptoms are dizziness, tiredness, involuntary muscle spasms, headaches and awful nightmares. i feel that the anxiety started when i first fainted in public and im scared bout this happening again. ive been signed off work for 3 weeks and meant to return next monday but really cant see the liklihood of this. has angone tried any natural remedies for any of the symptoms? i feel like my docter has just abandoned me to be honest.

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    sounds more like anxiety or panic attacks to me, vertigo makes you dizzy, nauseaus, unbalance and unable to stand/walk unaided, like someone gave you a dizzy wizzy and let you go, thats what i had, at first drs said it was the neck as holding it straight to stop movement, it took a awhile until even after vertigo was diagnosed but finally with my ENT specialist it was diagnosed as Labrynthitis, i was given the cawthorne cooksley exercises and had immediate relief, the anti nausea medications like maxalon and stemetil stopped nausea slightly but fear of falling down and looking like a fool in public then led to me being afraid of leaving house and this then led to anxiety in which i was treated and sent to see a great therapist who helped me overcome my fears as i got better and my confidence came back i was able to go out more then started driving again and now i have my life back again, it took a while, and when i had the dizzy's, my life was crippling, moving my head in bed made me feel like i was falling, life was horrible, i basically couldnt do a thing without assistance, i then had some manouvers done and could hear noises inside ear as these were done by the ENT specialist, then my ear was cleaned and found hardened black wax, so each three months i have my ears cleaned at ENT clinic, things were so bad for me when the head spins and dizzy spells i couldnt see any light at end of tunnel i didnt think i would ever get over it, i didnt think the head spins would stop and was so disturbed by it all i even told my dr i would rather be dead than live like this, but thanks to the ENT specialist at the clinic for diagnosing it, it took alot of tests like MRI, cat scans, heart tests blood tests to name a few and to think simple exercises could change my life and give it back was incredbile, dont give up and if not happy, change your GP like i did thats how i got the answers, hope it works well and dont worry about fainting in public, if its going to happen you are not going to be able to stop it so stop stressing and see someone to talk about how you feel, ope that helps
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    Were you ever able to return to work? I know so many who have had to stop working altogether because of their vertigo. There are many different forums of vertigo too. BPPV is the most common and can be brought on by other medical issues or just begin on it's own. People can experience it once in their life or it can come and go throughout their life. Some even have to face it daily. But that's just one forum of vertigo. It's important to know what is causing yours. If you haven't already I would talk to your doctor again. There are test they can done to see if your vertigo is being caused by BPPV or another form of vertigo. If your doctor is not helpful then i would ask to speak with a specialist.
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