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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Cervical Vertigo ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 5/3/12 9:09 AM

You guys are usually a wealth of health information. I have been experiencing the above for about a week now. It only happens at night and varies. I get a little dizzy when I stand up and it lasts for about 20 seconds and if I move my head/neck in a certain position I can recreate it. Going to Patient first tonight. Seems a few different things cause it from and inner ear infection to compressed arteries. So a little worried. Anyone have an experience with this? I had a neck injury 15 years ago while working at Joanns carrying too many bolts of fabric. And it bothers me here and then but not often.

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Date: 5/3/12 9:20 AM

I've been having this problem for 2 weeks now. Ringing in my ears, vertigo if I move my head to look up at the ceiling, or quickly side to side. I also at times have a headache.

I went to see the doctor 9 days ago over it and the need for Rx refils. She told me the same thing my Pharmacist told me. Virus going around. The Pharmacist had it for 4 months before it went away. Oh lovely... It is not as bad as it was, but at times that loud ringing in my ears drives me nuts. Worse at night when laying down.

Hope this makes you feel less alone. The doctor told me it will go away on its own. She did not know when it would happen, though.

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Date: 5/3/12 11:01 AM

I have had bouts of vertigo over the years. In the USA, I believe that you still have the availability of meclizine over the counter. I would take that and a Gravol if I experience nausea and I usually did. (ask your pharmacist or health professional, of course)
I hate vertigo! With me it took its sweet time before equilibrium returned!
Hope it goes away quickly. Nothing to do but rest. Oh, I believe there are exercises to do to help with vertigo as well. Maybe do an online search for those.
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Date: 5/3/12 11:59 AM

That would make sense cos my daughter was complaining about her neck hurting and was ready to go to the doctor. I think going to give it a few more days and see how it does.

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Date: 5/3/12 12:08 PM

If it turns out not to be a virus, a rther common condition called "Benign Positional Vertigo" (you can google it) could be responsible.

If your doctor thinks this is possible, ask about a self-help series of moves called The Epley Maneuver. Actually, there are several videos on youtube where it is explained and demonstrated.

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Date: 5/3/12 1:10 PM

I am an audiologist, and I do vestibular testing and treatment....well by treatment I mean that I treat what is in my purview to treat. Sounds like both the OP and Learn should be evaluated for BPPV( what Elona was referring to as Benign Positional Vertigo).
Many times BPPV is triggered by a virus, or by head trauma( even a small bump, don't think it has to be a car accident), but often we do not know the origin. BPPV is very easy to diagnose and treat if your professional knows what to look for. In the case of BPPV, meclazine will not help at all....but it just may help nausea if you also have that. If you are taken anti vert or meclazine and your symptoms go away....it wasn't BPPV.
Also, BPPV tends to spontaneously resolve. It might take two weeks or two months or two years, but it does resolve. Treating it will get you there in days, though. Most other vestibular/ balance conditions are more complex and nuanced, but BPPV is pretty black and white. I always tell my patients that a "positive" BPPV test is a good thing, because it is so easy to treat.
You will likely need to see an ENT and may also be referred to an audiologist if your GP or internist doesn't work with it(most don't). Good luck!
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Date: 5/3/12 1:18 PM

Have you been seen by an ENT? Have you had audiology services yet? Is the ringing in only one ear, or both? And yes, we would see clusters of patients with these types of sudden onset dizziness, again suggesting a viral cause, but depending on your symptoms you may want to rule some other things out. Hope they did that for you.

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Date: 5/3/12 3:21 PM

thanks guys for all the information.

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Date: 5/3/12 3:32 PM

Also consider the possiblility of TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorder.
Here a link to one of the many online health guide sites click here.

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Date: 5/3/12 7:40 PM

I can't imagine someone never having an inner ear infection and not knowing what that might feel like, but if so, then you have been lucky, I guess. I know ear infections, as used to suffer from/suffered those for many years. I think it would be kind of very hard to have a really full blown one, raging one, without knowing about it at all. Just because they do hurt a lot, and are pretty uncomfortable most times.

Before your ears really seal up all the way, and it starts to even actually hurt a bit less,in time going on, the ear drum gets all bulgy and extended, from real fluid build up and pressure, and it actually goes from just maybe ignorable with a lot of effort kind of hurting, to instead hurting like hell, (like having to count to yourself or wanting to bang head onto a wall or such even) for about the 4-6 hours or so it takes that to happen. Or at least that is what it feels like to me. I would put that kind of pain, at least for me, on a one to ten kind of scale at maybe a 7 or a 8 at least. In comparison, I would put childbirth (at least just mine) at maybe a measly little one or two on any kind of scale instead!!! Just to let you know I'm really not normally a pain or discomfort kind of wimp at all though. For any kind of other things at all. But everyone feels things different I suppose. That is pretty hard to ignore right there most times. But once your ears are pretty much sealed up with all that fluid in them, (infected or not) it might not actually hurt all that bad, but if you were to turn your head suddenly, you might really have some vertigo. Also if you have a raging ear infection, and not just fluid, you probably would be running a fever. And feel stuffed up and pressure in your ears. Things might sort of sound like you were under water too, because your ear drums really would be sort of.

If colds have been going around your house lately though, and if you even had one of those first, and now it seems it's back in this new form, maybe have them check your ears. And just because they quick look at your ear drums with a little ear scope and just see no redness or bulging right just then, just that one day, it does not mean you are still not and just not ever could be getting an ear infection though. They might not be even able to see it for a day or two even. If you have had them before, you might even be able to tell a few days ahead of time even, way before they could even think they can see anything more visually by just eyeballing your ear drum at all. If that is the case, then you most times do have to wait out those few days, and then go back and prove it to them them, more visually, when they can actually see your red and bulging ear drum, with their own eyeballs more instead. I'm really super glad, I don't get those things anymore, as they are no fun at all!

Nothing I typed, means that you are getting or have an ear infection/fluid in your ears though, just wanted to tell you more what one might feel like, if you had never felt something like that before. Because to me, it sounded like maybe you were asking, what that might feel like.

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