How good it was to see your reply when we got in from church today! It's been a truly difficult day for me! Got thru church, even though I was soooo dizzy I was pretty miserable--and then out to eat--and brought most of mine home--just needed to get home and sit back, but wanted to 'check emails' first so I could lie back and relax the rest of the afternoon.
I do keep going--the nausea is not nearly as bad as it was/and no vomiting since the vertigo stopped,-but nausea can get pretty bad at various times like today when the dizziness was 'bad'! I have this sensation that comes often lately of the inside of my head moving slowly in a circular motion (?) --or it can be a 'sudden' feeling and a quick movement feeling inside the head, that is over quickly--and that's the one that scares me--because that is what would happen before a vertigo attack occurred. Also, when my head is bad like today, it will 'jerk' ever so slightly--like a 'twitch' only of the entire head. I think it's because my nerves are 'so shot' with all this that its' a natural reflex. So far, no vertigo--thank God! But life has gotten less enjoyable for sure. I 'look good' on the outside (folks tell me) but inside my head--I am 'not good at all'! I'm heading for the recliner now--that helps!
Glad you are busy--I know you like that==hoping things are better with your shoulder too. No more surgery ahead? Sure hope not! Again--thanks soooo much for the input--one more 'ok' to try the acupuncture--it sure can't hurt to try. Yanksgirl View Thread
Back on 2 1/2 Valium (2 mg.) daily--doesn't seem to be helping at all! Last 3 mos. steadily seems worse. The dizziness has alot to 'visual response' like riding in a car--even the front seat, Even being on my computer--like now (have to do it in short stents) Watching TV, have to look away when things move alot! Out in public, alot of movement around me--overhead fans, lots of noise, all make it worse. Hearing is pretty good--almost too good at times and I have to take my hearing aid out! But---then don't 'understand' conversations. A mystery condition this Meniere's. I am considering having acupuncture--some have had success with it and a good doctor has been recommended in our area. Even my cardiologist said he would 'go for it' if he were me! Just no 'end in sight'. I don't let it stop me for the most part, but enjoying long time trips out anywhere--or doing much of anything I used to enjoy is now short term and not truly enjoyed even then. Just a 'quality of life' issue going on. Could be much worse I know. Needed to 'vent'. Thanks for listening. yanksgirl View Thread
I'm getting a 'holter monitor' tomorrow! So, hope to get some answers that alleviate my anxiety as to if it's the ear or heart or perhaps both. You're so right--they both have similar symptoms with light-headedness and nausea, etc. I posted another message on this Ent board, in reply to the your suggestion--wondering now if you meant for me to copy and paste to the 'heart health' board? Or here again for other folks to comment on this ent board?. Oh well--see, I'm already getting confused without your guidance! LOL
Anyway, I've posted a few times on the cardiac board and it takes 'forever' to get any answer. Good ones when I do, but such a long wait. Not like this board--and depending on you! Again--so long--miss you already! (: yanksgirlView Thread
Not sure what you meant by copying and pasting the last message--since you answered my question. I did call my cardio doctor today, and told him what's going on. Waiting for a call back. You gave me the answer I needed. Thank you so much! Again--I will miss you being 'right there'! yanksgirlView Thread
Dr. M: How and where do we post? Here or on WebMD Answers--it is very limited in space to write! For now--update on me: Ent has me back on Valium 2 mg. a.m. and p.m. for recent symptoms getting worse with dizziness, nausea, etc. following my shunt surg. last March. I'm to call him in 3 weeks and let him know how I am. I know you aren't a heart doctor--but having had A-fib; now under control, it seems lately my heart skips for a very long time 2 beats at a time, races at odd times, skips after 3-4 and 5 beats and so I'm very lightheaded, more so when this occurs and it's hard to know if it's my ear or heart. Today has been bad--lightheadness, nausea (mild) but heart doing it's thing. I wanted to ask your advise and saw you're leaving as of last Friday. Hope this gets to you! We'll miss you--I'll miss you! What a fantastic job you've done here for so many of us! God Bless! yanksgirl (firstname.lastname@example.org)View Thread
The full dose of Mec. is 25 mg. and it really puts me to sleep--that's why I take 1/2 dose. However, when I was having bad vertigo, I'd chew the whole tablet and it took care of the nausea and spinning pretty quickly. Remember, my Ent doctor frowns on Meclizine--though many folks with vertigo take it. He says it just masks the symptoms and that Valium is the pill to help control the cause. How do you feel about that?
As to the scopolomine patch, I used it on a trip years ago and had bad reaction to it. I wore it all the time when on water, land or etc. That may have been the problem--but didn't want to be sick. It made me sort of 'out of it' for hours. My a-fib is under control now--as of my last appt. I even wore a 24 hr. holter monitor and my heart wasn't in a-fib then. So, since it can come and go--I wonder at times if it's 'back' and that is causing some of this. Just hate to run to the cardio's office all the time. Yes, I take the ginger gelatin candy that's coated in sugar. Hope that gives you a good picture. yanksgirlView Thread
Great--I would go in to 'withdrawal' without your help!!
Just to clarify--I have been having serious bouts of nausea--not 'the throwing up'! I do have the suppositories on hand 'in case' the 'throwing up' would occur'.
If I could, it might help! It's just really very debilitating to feel that way for long periods of time and you can't eat until is subsides of course.
Sometimes a cracker or ginger eases it. I keep ginger with me at all times.
It will suddenly ease and then come back, but especially when I get lightheaded.
The 'feeling inside my head' that makes me feel vertigo is about to happen, makes me anxious of course. It happened again today while cleaning house.
I had to lie down awhile--and took 1/2 of a Meclizine and though I'm sleepy, it has helped. The weather here is in' 'winter storm watch' and so that also affects my inner ear as you know. Anyway, trying not to get discouraged. I will call my ent doctor if this worsens for sure. Take care---enjoy having more leisure time. yanksgirlView Thread
Oh no! Why have they made this sort of change? We need all the help we can get--especially from the dedicated medical personnel like you, who truly are a wonderful source of inspiration and encouragement, and medical advise on this and other boards. You have been absolutely wonderful in your timely responses and help!
Sure hate to hear this news!
Thank you for your answer and regarding the Zofran--I can't take it with the A-fib meds I take--they cause serious conflicts. I can take Meclizine-it does help the nausea and head thing--but not alot. I did take it yesterday when the 'near vertigo' happened. It makes me feel even more drugged, but all drugs do. I don't do drugs well at all. I am taking the Valium again--one a day for the inner ear thing. Just doing it on my own, because I know the Ent doctor would say to go back on it, if I called him. I too wonder if he can be 100% certain about 'no vertigo'. Guess that's got me concerned too. I've had both types of vertigo--one makes me have to lay down and the other turns me upside down--physically--like a drop attack. Both cause serious 'throwing up'. What I have now is extreme nausea---no throwing up--but it makes me miserable. Anyway--I'll sure miss you, Dr. M: I do hope your latest surgery will help you--- yanksgirlView Thread
Hi, Dr. M: I need your 'thought's once again. I have had some 'mild, very short episodes of this feeling inside my head that I used to get just prior to a 'vertigo' episode.
They occur when I lay down in bed, and when I turn on my side to get up, etc. And, on occasion--just while sitting up and really doing nothing (that's usually in a busy area, like a restaurant, etc.)
The feeling is like 'motion' inside my head' and it immediately makes me feel almost 'faint' and dizzy--and nausea comes on.
I get shaky and yesterday it happened as we were ordering take out dinner and I had 'looked up' at the menu. Suddenly I felt that movement in my head and my stomach 'turned over' and I was shaky--had to get to a table and sit.
We got our order right away and my husband pulled the car to the door and the restaurant young man--saw to it I got to the car ok. Now, I'm 'anxious' that will occur again of course.
At the grocery store today I felt so lightheaded and nausea was going on (which has been daily for weeks now--sometimes mild and sometimes really bad), so was glad to get home and sit back.
It does help when I do that--as always.
Since my Ent doctor told me I'd have 'no more vertigo' after the shunt surgery, I've felt confident of that, but what could be causing these episodes of 'movement' in my head that feels like a 'spin' is coming on?
It will be a year in March since the ear surgery. Could it be that the shunt is 'clogged' or that the vertigo is going to recur--or is it something else--and if so, any idea as to what? The doctor said the shunt would 'not clog' because if it did, I'd have 'vertigo', then he followed that with 'you will not have vertigo anymore'!!
I even stopped in at the Urgent care to get b/p checked and it had 'spiked to 170/66--not really bad, and heart rate was ok too. They do that 'free to walk in patients' and I go there once in awhile to get mine checked.
Anyway, this extreme nausea and off and on 'near vertigo' feeling has me more anxious again. Have kept on keeping on, but still dealing with this. Very discouraged right now.
Thought of you this week--as a friend had her shoulder done. She's elderly- in her 80's and so far is doing ok--will start therapy tomorrow.
I wondered if you have decided on yet another surgery--if so, I wish you the 'best' of results this time. Yanksgirl View Thread