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(Apologizing in advanced for this long post)
I want to start by saying that i've had ear problems and conseuqent intermittent vertigo spells since I was a young child. But this particular problem began in Nov. 2014 when I came home from school feeling slighly dizzy. I went to lay down for most of the evening not thinking it anything more than just mild dizzyness. Later that night around 10pm I took the dog for a walk and about half way around the block I could tell something wasn't right and I wanted nothing more than to just get home before a spell hit.
I didn't make it..
Suddenly a spell came over me and I had to lay down in the street hoping for it to pass. I believe I started yelling help bc it wasn't letting up and a very nice neighbour came out and stayed with me until someone came to get me. I got home eventually but the dizzyness didn't cease and for the rest of the night until I fell asleep I alternated between vertigo spells and throwing up. The next day I felt extremely weak and dizzy but I have not had a real true spell since that night (I'm scared writing this will jinx it). I have however, dealt with feeling unsteady and easily dizzy by what should be innocuous every day things. I went to the doctor a few days after this happened and he didn't actually do anything. No diagnosis, no treatment, just said that it should subside on it's own soon enough. Safe to say it didn't.. So I headed back to the doctor this time to see a nurse practioner and she ran blood tests and saw that my iron was very low so she prescribed me Feramax. It seemed to cure my dizzyness from approx. May-Nov 2015 at which time I had stopped taking it for the most part as I didn't want to take excess iron if I didn't need it anymore.
When the slight dizzyness and unsteadiness returned I thought I must just have low iron again and began taking feramax again and went back to the nurse practioner. She ran another blood test and saw low iron again and suggested that I keep taking them in addtion to vitamin B. It was this visit that I requested to see an ENT specialist since I wasn't getting any real help it seemed. She wanted me to continue w/ the iron before calling in a specialist.
Fastforward to May 2016, I haven't gone back to the dr, my dizzyness is still present (but no full-on spells thankfull since the initial one, though many close calls) and I don't really know where to go from here. This has greatly impacted my life, and I'm reluctant to go back to the same dr/nurse practitioner if they're going to downplay it and put me on vitamin supplements yet again.
What can I do?
Not sure if it is relevant, but I'm a 20 yr old female and was 19 when this happened. I know this occurs primarily in older people and perhaps that's why my drs didn't want to diagnose it?
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