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So five/six weeks ago I had an extreme attack of vertigo - nauseous, constant dizziness, feeling of detachment... it wasn't fun. All I could do to stem it was to sit incredibly still and not move my head. Even lying down my head was spinning like I was drunk.
My doctor prescribed a month's course of betahistine which appeared to start working within a week and a half. My tablets then ran out and I was off them for a week feeling fine. However, the last three days the dizziness has been coming back and each day has been progressively worse. (However, it's nowhere near the level it was at in the first attack.) When I'm at work and people are talking to me, I'm having a bit of difficulty in concentrating. I also feel like I have this pressure in my forehead, making this current bout of dizziness feel more like lightheadness than anything else.
I went back to my doctor this evening cos she told me to come back if symptoms persisted after stopping the tablets. She asked me about my ears and tinnitus... I've had tinnitus in my left ear for years and years, but I only experience it maybe twice a month. And for quite a while I have been feeling like I can't hear out of my left ear properly - but I can only tell when using headphones and even then it seems to come and go. It's such a minor difference that I wonder if it's there at all.
Because of all those symptoms my GP has referred me for an MRI which I have to admit I'm a little freaked out about! Weirdly my mom's co-worker has been suffering the exact same symptoms as me and has also been referred for an MRI, and that kind of makes me think we could both be suffering from a virus that's causing labyrinthitis.
I know that the MRI is just to rule things out, but she said she was doing it because it's all so one-sided with my left ear. I think I'd just like some reassurance! I'm not good with doctors and hospitals so I'm freaking out a bit. I know acoustic neuromas are rare but it's still playing on my mind!
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