Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
I do. Actually what I have is pre-syncope. The room doesn't spin for me but I get the ringing in my ears, graying vision and stars, and feel really light headed to the point I have to sit down, lay down or flop over something or I faint.
They aren't sure what is causing it right now. I'm undergoing testing and went to see another doctor on Wednesday who I believe is referring me to a cardiologist. My family doctor put me on a medication called "Serc" for a month trial. It didn't seem to help very much, if at all, that I noticed.
Are you sure you are having "vertigo"? Vertigo, pre-syncope and syncope are different.
One thing I do know is that a build up of calcium in the inner ear can cause dizziness. Have you been to an ear specialist? If you have such a condition a few simple positions can drain the excess calcium. I believe it takes all of 10 minutes or less to do.
I guess I should have mentioned that earlier- yes, I was diagnosed by an ENT- actually, one of the best ones in the South- he's awesome- Dr. Shea at the Shea Center for Hearing & Balance- awesome, awesome doctor
...- he completly fixed my ears last year after doing surgery on them
/ I have Meniere's disease- so a lot of my symptoms are a direct result of that disease. I also have TMD - many people incorrectly call it TMJ- everyone has TMJ- it's a joint that connects your jaw to your skull- but TMD is a disorder of that joint to where your jaw doesn't correctly align itself- it can put pressure on your ears and other parts of your skull and cause really bad ear/jaw aches (not good if you have Meiners
). I have a mouthpiece (clear and you can't tell i'm wearing it) that I sleep in at night that really helps my TMD symptoms- that helps a lot!
I used to be a music major- so when I was constantly singing - my TMD acted up really badly as did my vertigo and meiners.
/So TMD can affect Vertigo symptoms as well. I have severe vertigo- I take a VERY low dose of diazepam 3x a day to control the dizzy spells- it's used in extremly low, non habit forming doses to treat vertigo on occassion. / When they were in the process of diagnosing me with vertigo, they had to rule out other things first - they origionally thought it was my heart- so i was sent to a cardiologist and put through a ton of tests for that (which they did find some things out about my heart when I was there thank goodness- so I do have to be careful- I have a very rapid heart beat.) Then they sent me to a neurosuergon to rule out MS...so thankfully i didn't have that eithor. After a few more tests by my ent- he diagnosed me with vertigo. Also- I have a benign cystic brain tumor- in a really weird spot on my brain...so sometimes it can cause symptoms as well. My low blood pressure also causes vertigo symptoms. When I have a vertigo spell I - get extremly dizzy, see stars, get very heart, my heart beats extremly fast, I often faint and black out completly and the list goes on....usually on my medicine- I have NO symptoms at all- but once in a while i will get them- and today was one of those days. I completly fainted earlier...I don't know how long i was out eithor because I was by myself. I don't think i was out long though. / I haven't had that happen in a long time. / Also, if i get too hot like in the summer or after taking a really steamy shower- i'll have Vertigo spells then as well. Normally the medicine works well, but sometimes, nothing does. I also have a salt imbalance- so if I don't have enough sodium in my system i get lightheaded and have vertigo symptoms as well. It kinda stinks- but usually the medicne prevents all of those symptoms...but on days that it doesn't i'm miserable.