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any doctors in the house? new worry

Postby edhc on December 15th, 2007, 2:44 am

right so this past september i came down with symptoms of dizziness and vertigo as well as feelings of pressure and ringing in my right ear. the doctor diagnosed it as an ear infection and perscribed me cefprozil to take for ten days. got to day seven before i started getting an allergic reaction(strangely enough this was when my bfs started...) and then was told to skip on the final three pills. seemed to have done the trick for a while then about two weeks ago i started getting the dizzy spells again as well as the ringing and pressure in my ear...sometimes it feels like there's fluid trapped in there as well...

so i went back to the doctor and she gave me a shot of rocephin and two days worth of levaquin. a week later i'm dizzy as ever and still have the other noted symptoms... i've also been experiencing sharp pains in my head(usually on the top or in the back), nothing ever extreme, but enough to be noticed.

if it were an infection, the antibiotic shot and levaquin would have cleared it up, right? guess i'm kinda worried its resisted the medicine and is just getting worse, leading me to grow more and more paranoid it'll spread to my brain or develope into an abscess or meningitis or something else awful.... i know it sounds rediculous but these symptoms are really starting to get to me... i cant walk around without feeling like i'm drunk or something

i'm suposed to see an ent specialist and have a sinus ct done but i'm still waiting for the referrals to go through...

in the meantime, are there any doctors or anyone else who went through the same situation around who can shed some light on the matter? it would be GREATLY appreciated

thanks in advance
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Postby kit on December 27th, 2007, 4:06 pm

Ed,
You may hav a condition called Meniere's syndrome where there is an issue with the inner ear. It is not quite the same as an inner ear infection but it can cause much of what you have. An ENT shall be able to look and perform the necessary tests to have you diagnosed and treated so as to help with your symptoms. It is not an uncommon condition and there are things that can treat it including Physical Therapy.

Let me know how you do after the ENT appointment. Stop worrying about the rest kiddo.
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Re: any doctors in the house? new worry

Postby Schuey on January 5th, 2008, 5:07 pm

A bit late to respond to this, sorry, but I have had vertigo and tinnitus for around 20 years now. BFS started after. Mine started as a supposed ear infection, was diagnosed with labarynthitis which never went. You may well have menieres; it was proposed that I had it, although twenty years on, I still do not have any hearing impairment, which is part of the syndrome. Hopefully, it will gradually improve, as it did for me. I have never benefited from any of the traditional meds for labarynthine disorders; I found keeping my stress levels down, having regular chiropractic treament and following a sensible diet was the most effective treatment.

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Re: any doctors in the house? new worry

Postby c4110djh on January 7th, 2008, 6:29 pm

I'm not a doctor, but long time sufferer of vertigo/dizziness. Mine started a few years after BFS started, (don't know if they're connnected or not). My neuro sent me for an ENT workup, and after all was said and done I received a diagnosis of Benign Postional Vertigo. I always feel a bit "off balance" regardless of my "position" when I have an attack, but if I turn a certain way or bend over things really start whirling. If it turns out to be something like I have, my attacks come and go, (maybe have had 3-5 in the past 20 years or so,) and I understand there is a treatment for it although mine always seems to clear up before I needed treatments. My symptoms have lasted days to a couple of weeks, but I've always been able to continue working, etc. Good luck, it's a smart thing to r/o an infection---hope you're feeling better soon. Denise p.s. I found I had to be super cautious driving during these attacks & always left early and took surface streets---didn't want to turn my head too fast when looking over my shoulder! Take Care--- Denise
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