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Dizzy spells

Postby papercut » Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:14 am

I've always been prone to Vertigo (starting in my early 20s), but it seems lately it's coming full force and often. I've noticed it for about a week now. I'm 44 and having other issues with menopause (and I'm in denial as well, help me! LOL) but this dizzy thing is the worst. I can't take it. It is ruining my daily life. I work at a computer and when a spell hits, oh my gosh, the last thing I need to look at is a computer screen! It happened last night at a baseball game. It was awful. I take ginger supplements to help it go away, but I want something to keep it from happening in the first place.

I'm calling my doctor when his office opens this morning, but is there anyone else out there with this problem and if so, what are you doing about it?
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Re: Dizzy spells

Postby trishified8 » Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:48 pm

Hi Kris:

I've had vertigo in the past as well, and it is awful. However, with the heat this summer, there is a possibility that the dizziness could be caused by dehydration, or loss of too many electrolytes. I run a lot and I sweat a LOT, so this happens to me sometimes too. It happened to me earlier in the week and I grabbed some crackers with salt, and the dizziness subsided. Also have been drinking G2 (Gatorade lite). It was hellishly hot last week in LA, I don't know where you live, but I imagine it's hot there as well. I hope you feel better soon. :)

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Re: Dizzy spells

Postby papercut » Fri Jun 27, 2008 3:03 pm

Hi Trish, thank you for your reply. It hasn't been hot here at all but it is just now starting to warm up.

I went to the doctor who prescriped an antihistamine. He prescribed Meclazine and also Mucinex D. Sadly, Meclazine causes drowsiness so I can't take it until I get home from work tonight. Also he gave me the name of an Ear/Nose/Throat guy. We'll see what happens with the meds, I guess.

Meanwhile, I'll certainly up my water intake. I need to, anyway, with the Meclazine.
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Re: Dizzy spells

Postby trishified8 » Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:04 pm

Hey Kris:

So it sounds like he thinks it's an inner ear disturbance. I hope the antihistimes clear it up for you. I know how frustrating and scary it can be to have your head start spinning like that. God help us with our health issues.

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Re: Dizzy spells

Postby catmommy9 » Mon Jun 30, 2008 3:41 pm

Kris, on one of my three trips to the ER, for symptoms which included lightheadedness, one of the things they did was flush my ears out. They did find an awful lot of gunk in there, I saw it after it came out, and it was gross. However, this didn't solve my problem, my dizziness and other symptoms turned out to be caused by anxiety, which in turn is probably caused by hormones.

But still...this could be all it is for you. A friend of mine once had a serious dizzy spell while shopping at Walgreen's. She actually passed out and was taken to the hospital. They thought it might be an ear issue, so they did the ear flushing thing to her. And it worked...the dizziness was gone, and she got to go home.

Just a warning...when they do this, it will make you MORE dizzy, but this is temporary and nothing to worry about. They shoot the water into your ears with this giant syringe thing.

So, I would see the ENT doc for sure, because that might well be what is causing this. Good luck! :D
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Re: Dizzy spells

Postby papercut » Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:01 pm

Thanks for all the help, ladies! You rock! :thumbsup:

The Meclizene has helped tremendously. I haven't had a spell since Thursday/Friday. I take it in the morning at work and then again when I get home from work.

One thing I have noticed, and I don't know if it has to do with the Meclizene, is that if I drink more than one cup of tea, I get a weird feeling in my head. Not a 'caffeine' feel, or a jittery feel, but just kind of feeling 'off.' So I have laid off the caffeine (just one cup and no more) and am drinking a lot of water.
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Re: Dizzy spells

Postby Dutchabbey » Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:35 am

For what it’s worth, I went through a similar ordeal while in perimenopause, about four years before menopause actually kicked in. For a couple of weeks I noticed I had some very brief episodes of what I called lightheadedness which I ascribed to long hours at work and a lengthy commute. One day whilst on vacation, I had an attack of vertigo that was so sudden and so violent I literally fell out of my chair. I had to crawl on my hands and knees downstairs to get to the bathroom because the vertigo caused me to become extremely nauseous. This was quickly followed by other episodes, once at a party, several times in the middle of the night. There didn’t appear to be a predictable pattern. Some weeks I would have several episodes, others none.

My doctor did some initial blood screening and then sent me to a Neurosurgeon who performed CAT scans and MRIs with negative results. He, in turn, sent me to a Hematologist who, although he discovered a few anomalies in my blood, found nothing which would cause the vertigo and he sent me on to a Neurosurgeon who specialized in seizures. Negative again. She passed me onto the Ear, Nose and Throat specialists….nothing.

Fast forward…After being on the Doctor-Go-Round for years, going for dozens of tests, filling out hundreds of questionnaires, I noticed that since the onset of menopause, my attacks became more and more infrequent until now I have been vertigo free for almost a year. I sometimes feel the start of an attack, that 'off' feeling you described, but it passes without anything actually happening. Even though no doctor has confirmed it, I truly believe it was the hormonal imbalance of peri that caused it.

Hopefully your doctor is willing to explore the relationship between hormone levels and vertigo. I truly sympathize with your experiences because it was absolute hell for me for several years and I hope the medicine you're taking continues to work for you. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
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Re: Dizzy spells

Postby parts2you » Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:17 pm

ive been in menopause for quite awhile,and i had one of these attacks thur at work. ive been dizzy before but not like that. it was horrible...i,too have been given the Meclazine in the past....so i took one since it was almost time to come home....crashed at 5pm,and woke up the next day fine. dont know if it was my blood pressure because ive been under alot of stress,a sinus thing--or what,but it sure was scary.
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