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Constant dizziness/imbalance

Posted by @chester in Brain & Nervous System, Jul 21, 2011

I'm a 47 year old male, and I've been experiencing a non-spinning dizziness/imbalance feeling for over ten months now. It all started after having a sinus and ear infection. I've had and MRI of the head, balance testing, blood tests for any deficiencies, heart tests, all of which are negative. I am suppose to see a neurologist next. Anyone else having similar problems?

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Posted by Anonymous-8e02718d, Jul 29, 2011

A family member first had dizziness/imbalance after taking a very strong antibiotic for a sinus infection. If you were treated with antibiotics, consider reviewing the literature about side effects. The drug she was on was Cipro. She has been working with a vestibular specialist and it has been helping. Best of luck.

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Posted by @char, Jul 29, 2011

Any time someone talks about unexplained dizziness I recall how I for two years went to the doctor and physical therpist to get help for spells of severe vertigo. The answer had nothing to do with a medical problem but was a reaction to the chemicals in my hair product and my make up. When I stopped using them the dizziness was gone for good. Anytime you have dizziness or feel disoriented be suspicious of anything you are using that has toxic chemicals. They are in almost everything.

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Posted by @dissidentdaughter, Jul 31, 2011

Did they rule out an inner or middle ear infection?


Posted by @chester, Aug 2, 2011

I'm not sure if the doctor's have ruled this out, but I haven't. I am suppose to see a neurologist next, and am also trying to get an appointment at Mayo Clinic in regards to this problem. I will be asking about the infection possibility.


Posted by @dissidentdaughter, Aug 2, 2011

Good luck!


Posted by @ppam, Sep 3, 2011

I'm a 59 year old female and have had the same issues since March 2011. Started with sinus infection. I've had no-spinning, but dizzy and balance. CT Scan, heart, angiogram, EKG, EEG all good. Ear,Nose & Throat (ENT) Specialist diagnosed me with Vestibular Optic Reflex. My eyes feel like they are trying to cross, nausea, blur vision and sounds drive me crazy. Life changing for me. I've seen every doc imagineable...can't find a cure. I'm working with Physical Therapist for the balance which is better. The other, no. My neurologist agreed with the ENT diagnosis. I'm just not so sure. My ears have ringing sensation, my eyes feel like they are trying to focus, but can't. The PT and ENT continue to reassure me that the inner ear hairs are getting a wrong signal - telling my brain that I'm moving, when I'm not, which cause my eyes to google around too. It's just been horrible, so I can empathize with you. Recommended Zofran for nausea. Meccalizine for motion. 2mg Xanax for nervousness. I even had a tooth extracted that I thought could be causing the problem with the 8th Cranial Nerve....nope. I sure hope we find answers. Good luck to you, I hope you learn something new to help you.


Posted by @chester, Sep 6, 2011

Since my last reply I've seen a neurologist and had another MRI, but with dye this time. It takes forever to get appointments and results this year. After many calls the neurologist's nurse finally called and said the MRI looked normal. I am waiting now to get into the Mayo clinic's Dizziness and Balance dept. I'm sure another couple months out the way it's been going. I take Ativan once a day which helps reduce symptoms for awhile to get through the work day. If I ever get this figured out I'll definately be sharing that information. I never see any followup information from people that have returned to normal on this or any of the other sites I've read. Hope we get some positive answers soon.

Posted by Anonymous-847f3348, Sep 6, 2011

74 Year old female. Have been suffering from chronic dizziness/imbalance since Nov 2005. Have seen every Dr. one can think of with no postive results.
Totally dibilatating


Posted by @deliasanderson, Nov 29, 2011

keep a journal of foods and when the dizziness occurs in relation to them


Posted by @chester, Nov 29, 2011

In early October I was diagnoised with CSD, Chronic Subjective Dizziness. I've been doing physical therapy exercises since then to help with the constant dizziness, but so far it hasn't helped. I'll be checking back with my doctor next week.


Posted by @claudia11, Jun 4, 2012

Please let us know how things are


Posted by @claudia11, Jun 4, 2012

Out of the blue 14 months ago I suddenly got dizzy and it has been constant since then. Have seen several doctors and have had MRI, blood work,,balance testing,etc. It is frustrating. Have been to 2 neurologists and recently saw a third one who put me through alot of testing in his office. Should get his report next week.
One doctor thought I might have an acoustic neuroma. Another mentioned cerical vertigo. Am 58 and now unable to drive.

Do not give up. If you live near a big city find a dizzyness specialist. If you are not near a big city go to Mayo.

I live near a big city and a cardiologist said to go to Mayo and he could not find anythong causing the dizzyness.


Posted by @chester, Jun 27, 2012

I did go to Mayo and was diagnosed with Chronic Subjective Dizziness. I posted another reply recently with my latest on this problem.


Posted by @bigskygal1, Feb 21, 2013

Hasn't anyone in the medical field suggested BPPV? I had this and someone can help you with the manipulation. I printed out the page out of Mayo Clinic's website and do it myself when it comes back.


Posted by @anon88375104, Feb 21, 2013

I guess you can add me to the list. I woke up with dizziness, ringing in the ears, visual problems - like vibrating vision, balance problems and sensory disfunction (somewhat like ataxia) one year ago. I've seen every kind of doctor imaginable, including Mayo, and the only thing they've come up with is a vestibular problem, but no explanation for the sensory disfunction and ringing and visual problems. I'm currently in vestibular rehab and it is helping a little with stability, but everything else is still there. I am so desperate I will do anything to have my life back. Has anyone discovered anything yet?


Posted by @chester, Feb 21, 2013

The only thing I've discovered is that taking clonazepam daily takes the edge off and helps calm the nerves that these feelings we have aggitate. Going on my third year with this now, I've pretty much given up on the idea I will feel normal again, but now work with the things I can do instead of dwelling on what I can't. This is obviously easier some days more than others.


Posted by @rrichardparker, Feb 23, 2013

They don't exactly know why mammals have sinuses. I'm not surprised they can't provide a cure


Posted by @claudia11, Mar 8, 2013

The constant vertigo/dizziness is now going on 2 years. I do not drive anymore and I live alone. I have had a battery of tests with a variety of doctors. I have been told I might have cervical vertigo,acoustic nerve disorder or vestibular nerve neuritis. I have also been to physical therapy and vestibular therapy.It is frustrating.
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