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I've been browsing these forums a little bit on and off for a while and finally decided to post as I am at wits end. I am currently living abroad teaching ESL. About 1 year ago I had an ear infection. After the ear infection resolved I noticed the sensation of fullness in my ear lingered. I went to an ENT who thought it was "E-tube dysfunction". She gave me some medication which I took, but I saw no improvement. Then I more or less gave up on it as it was just an annoying feeling, not anything serious. Now about 3 months ago I was teaching and had a random attack of dizziness. I went through the rest of the day just waiting for class to be over because I felt so ill. I figured it was because I had some drinks the night before and my body was coping with that. I went home went to bed early and woke up the next day still dizzy. This time I left work early. I have had constant dizziness ever sense. After the initial attack, the dizziness was always present ,but was manageable (I didn't feel comfortable unless my hand was resting on some solid surface, which was annoying but tolerable) so I went about 2 months without seeing a doctor. Then all of a sudden it got worse. I ended up going to see an ENT who did some hearing tests and said my hearing was normal. I then went to work and half way though my first class got extremely dizzy and left straight to the ER. The ER doctor told me it must be "some ear or brain" problem gave me 2 injections (no idea what they were he just said "to help your dizziness" and sent me on my way with little follow up advice and no testing. Two days passed and the same thing happened again. This time I made it through work, but went directly to the ER after. This time I went to a different hospital (I also discovered the hospital I had been going to had a bad reputation among locals so, this time I went to a new hospital.) This ER actually did blood work and a CT scan which were both normal. They recommended I follow up with a neurologist. I went to a neurologist 2 days later. The neurologist said he didn't think it had anything to do with my brain but, that it was probably something to do with my inner ear. He prescribed me diphenidol and betahistine and told me to come back in a week if I wasn't better (this neurologist worked out of the same hospital that had a bad reputation but I had already made an appointment there so decided to keep it). A week passed and I did feel about 50% better with the medication, but still not great so I went back. I saw a different neurologist this time because the one I saw the first time wasn't in that day. This neurologist told me dizziness usually only lasts a day and goes away. I reminded him that this had been going on for 2 months. He told me that the medications I was taking were not to be taken for the long-term. but represcribed the betahistine suggesting I try and stop taking it if I could. Well I waited until I had a vacation to stop taking it (because I was nervous it would affect my work) and found no improvement at all. Now this week (going on 3 months now) I am noticing that the medicines don't seem to be helping much at all anymore. Does anyone have any idea what this could be? So far I haven't been diagnosed with anything except "we think it's your inner ear" and on my receipts, it says "unspecified vestibular dysfunction". I was concerned initially that it was meniere's disease especially with the doctor prescribing betahistine ,but he didn't mention that one. From my understanding Meniere's consists of aural fullness (which I feel that I have) hearing loss (subjectively I have hearing loss ,but objective testing at the ENT showed no hearing loss) tinnitis (I don't have tinnitis) and vertigo spells (I wouldn't call what I have vertigo or spells it's more of a constant unbalanced feeling and feeling a little "woozy". After researching I'm wondering if it could be labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis. I started doing some VRT exercises I found on youtube today and I'm hoping that will help. I do go see a new neurologist at a different hospital in two days, but am nervous I'm going to have the same thing happen (be given symptomatic medications with no diagnosis or long term cure/treatment). Has anyone had a similar experience? How long did it take you to feel better and did VRT help? The exercises I found online definitely provoked dizziness (made me nauseous to the point that I vomited) should I keep trying them until I find out if there is anywhere nearby I can see a VRT therapist? Sorry for the long post (that was also a vent session). I'm completely overwhelmed with this and it is starting to make me depressed as well so any help is appreciated!
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