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Hello to you all,

So my story begins as of last Friday, I took a trip and drank easily 14-16 shots way beyond my capacity. Ended up blacking out and just falling asleep. Next morning decided to go for a walk and experienced a dizzy spell almost like I was about to faint any second. It's now Wednesday and am still feeling dizziness, from the minute I wake up till I go to sleep. I went to the ER and got several types of blood work done, ekg, chest X-ray and everything came back clear. All they said was that I have vertigo.

Have any of you experienced something similar to this ?

And I do have a history of GAD

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    Yup....i started out the same way. I had gone to a party and had quite a few drinks. There was a lot of loud music. The next morning, i woke up dizzy thinking it was a bad hangover. Not to scare you but i ended up with vestibular neuritis that lasted a very long time.

    If your dizziness continues, see a specialist that deals with vestibular issues.

    Debs

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      Hi Debbie,

      Haven't seen you post in a while (I may have missed it, though).  How has your knee recovery gone?  Hope you are almost fully recovered from that.  Things still going ok with your VN issues?

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      Hi Terry

      Thx for keeping in touch and checking up on me! How nice of you!

      I'm doing fairly well. My knee is less painful than it was but is still not the way i would like it to feel. Full recovery is 9 months...it has only been 4.

      VN issues are not too bad either but some are still not resolved. I still have plugging in my left ear on occasion but no ringing thank goodness. I do have the occasional wonky sensation when i am tired or nervous. I don't know if it will ever go away completely.

      How are you doing Terry?

      Debbie

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      Doing about the same as we last talked.  I agree with you that we get to a point that it gets as good as it is going to get.  I think that I am there as well. Tried some SSRIs with little success in being able to tolerate them.

      Hope you continue to find success in recovery for the knee.  Have some friends cruising up to Canada next month.  Wish the condition would allow me to be with them. It is a beautiful country to tour. 

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    Hi Ricky. Vertigo can be horrific at times. It's to do with the balance in your inner ear and little pieces of debris moving are what cause the symptoms of feeling like your about to fall or the room spinning even though it doesn't. I suggest taking the prescribed medication if you was given any of it returns (like mine does) I would say to be referred to a ENT specialist as there are a few different types of vertigo. Hope that helps

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    Try an ENT first. It took me 8 months for my vertigo/labrynthits to be diagnosed. Surgery tomorrow to clean out sinuses do to infection. Good luck with your vertigo..decongestants helped me sleep better and wake up more clear headed.
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    Mine started out this way except I had drank 3 energy drinks in a row. That was back in 2004 and when I went to the ER a few days later they told me I had 2 severe inner ear infections. They gave me antibiotics that helped it for 2 weeks and it never went away since. That was 12 years ago.

    Hang in there. There are many success stories of people overcoming this.

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    Alcohol dehydrates. Why it makes your head spin. Vertigo is a symptom not a disease. They tell you it's vertigo when they have no answers.

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    Interesting. It is thought that VN is caused by viruses, and the herpes simplex (cold sore) virus is one that is thought to cause both VN and sudden sensoneural hearing loss. So, basically, a reactivation of a dormant virus that most of us have been exposed to. Many menieres disease researchers also theorize that HSV may play a role in that condition, and give anti virals. Prednisone is also used as a treatment for sudden sensoneural hearing loss to reduce what is thought to be inflammation from a viral assault.

    What does this have to do with alcohol? Alcohol is a known trigger for herpes outbreaks. So it is not too unreasonable to think that VN after stress or alcohol could be related to HSV, and antivirals may have a role in treatment. Just musing...

    Have they tried steroids to stop your dizziness? If not, that may be worth a try. Then, antivirals may be worth a next try. There are no solid studies to support this, but there is anecdotal evidence.

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