Head spin

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Hi all I am new to the "dizzy" forum so hope some of you can help with my problem. I have had vertigo  for many years and have been told this has been caused by inner ear crystals permanently lodging themselves and could not be moved by the usual manouvours, only surgery, which I will not do as high risk of going deaf, so I have been sleeping on my right side for over 3 years, cannot turn to my left or go straight back without spinning.  But just a couple of days ago I had a horrible experience.  I woke up a little dizzy as usual the my head settles down, then all good, drove to work started doing usual tasks (I work in a cafe) then out of the blue  the room started spinning and luckily I had a bench to hold on to otherwise I would have landed on the ground. This only lasted a few seconds. Felt nauseus and upset stomach. After bathroom I felt better, no more spinning the rest of the day but felt head was full of cotton, very tired and uneasy. Next day I was fine, today again feel very unbalanced and heavy headed.  My question is does anyone feel like this?  any suggestions on what I can do or who I should see? I am so sick of this dizzyness. PS: Stemitil and Serc do nothing but make me sleepy. Had MRI 8 months ago for migraine was all clear. Thank you I am 61 years old. 

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    I had one of those 6 years ago. But I never made it to work. I got up. Sat in the living room and it started to spin. Wouldnt stop. Went to hospital via ambulance. Everytime I tryed to move it got worse and I threw up. Took 3 days to stop. They gave me diazepam to stop it. It's helped now for 6 years but this recent bout it's just slowingbit down. Not stopping. Left ear has gotten worse. Almost no response to vestibular stimulation in testing. They told me about the same thing. Crystals moving. But now it's not that. Done a bunch of tests. Waiting for app with neurologist. VNG test shows left ear none responsive to stimulus. Right ear over sensitive. That's causing the imbalance and vertigo/dizziness. Been since August 17th. Vertigo everyday about 4 times. Dizzy all the time. Cant do anything. Doing PT.

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    Yes - right now lol but on the mend I think. I am working but am careful with what I do with my head. Hard if you are a waitress since you always are running! You should try to take things slower and try to bend at your knees and keep your head upright when bending - it takes adjustment. When you need to turn do so with your whole body not your neck. ! I am wearing a neck collar when at home right now to keep my head straight. I had to change my sleeping side too. Good luck - it should pass eventually. Another person on the forum mentioned having migraines along with BBPV - maybe you also have 2 dx. She had said the crystal prob actually isn't supposed to last that long as in my case - waiting for specialist appt. 😆

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    I was also told by my therapist MRI will show clots, recent strokes, narrowing blood vessels. They have a special Cat scan shows more of the inner ear than a MRI will. But the machine is so expensive and job specific, not alot of places have one. Theres 4 hospitals in my area and a place does medical imaging. None of them have one of these machines.
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    here are the things to rule out. 

    1)Digestion issues -If this ruled out, then

    2)MRI Scan - If this ruled out, then

    3)Inner earinfection -If this ruled out ,then

    4)Vitamin B12 -if this ruled out, then

    5)check for vestibular disorder

    personally i'm suffering for past 6 years, i'm 36 male now. For me the dizziness/im balance started when i run to digestion issues where they said my gall bladder is not working at all and needs to come out,so far i have not removed. But thats where it started for me. I have done lot of reasearch on my own and above are the possibilities.  Mainly see if you have digestion/bloating/food allergy issues.

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      Thanks jayvin, yes I do have digestive problems like reflux, bloating, lactose intolerant. I have an endoscopy every two years and that is all they find, but when I had this attack I felt uneasy stomach and after bathroom did relieve the dizzyness, so I am wondering if it could have been some sort of indigestion although I had not eaten anything yet. At the moment I am just a little unbalanced and being careful re position of head,
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    YES CATERINA YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IM 74 NOW AND 8 YEARS I HAD MY FIRST CASE OF VERTIGO. AND A VERY BAD CASE TOO. I NEVER KNEW WHAT VETTIGO WAS, BUT I SURE FOUND OUT. IT WAS ON A SATURDAY MORNING

    ABOUT 9AM. I WAS BENDING OVER DRIVING NAILS BUILDING A BOAT DOCK

    ?ALL OF A SUDDEN IT STARTED I FELT WOOZY AND LITE HEADED. STARTED TO SWEAT ALOT AND I MEAN SWEATING ALOT. I LOOKED UP AND EVERYTHING STARTED TO SPIN AND SPIN ROUND AND ROUND.THEN I

    ?STARTED TO VOMIT. I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE. A FRIEND CALLED THE EM AND WENT TO THE ER. I COULDENT DRIVE FOR 13 WEEKS.

    ?OR EVEN GO TO THE GROCERY STORE A FRIEND WOULD GO FOR ME.

    ?NOW 8 YEARS LATER IM STILL HAVING DIZZY SPELLS AND BALANCE

    PROBLEMS. I HAVE A INNER EAR PROBLEM AND NO HELP IN SITE. I'LL

    ?HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT. I WONT GO ON A LONG TRIP AND DRIVE BY

    ?MYSELF I TRIED IT AND AFTER DRIVING FOR 4-5 HRS STRAIGHT I GOT DIZZY SPELLS SO I ALWAYS HAVE A SECOND DRIVER.  GOOD LUCK

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      Oh I am so sorry that  this vertigo has affected you so much. Yes I get panic attacks when I go shopping or anywhere alone in case I have a spell. I have an appointment with a vertigo specialist soon as yesterday when I went to my GP I broke down and told her I was sick and tired of this so need to do something. I will keep you informed on what they say. I also go away for 5 weeks a year overseas and I believe that the flying definetely plays a major role on this vertigo, but I refuse to let it rule my life, so I go on. 
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