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When I get up in the morning I am extremely lightheaded to the point where I stagger about, bump into things, and have fallen over on occasion. This slowly reduces and by late afternoon I am fairly normal but only if I don't lay down again - if I do then the problem starts again. I have twice been checked by an ear/nose/throat consultants who confirms that my inner ear system is working correctly and that I don't have BPPV. The problem has been building for maybe a year and is now so bad that I fear soon I will do myself an injury -I walk with a stick to stop myself staggering sideways. I am 76 - but lead an outgoing life in local politics, tend my garden, and travel. I have tried various things which might help - drink lots of water - drink no tea, coffee or alcohol - and give my anti cholesterol pills a holiday - but nothing makes any difference. My doctor says it is just old age, and despite my pleading will not send me for any more tests. Please, does anybody have any idea what the problem might be - and what can be done about it.
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