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Constant vertigo for almost 2 years

Posted by @claudia11 in Brain & Nervous System, Mar 3, 2013

I have constant vertigo for 2 years. I have had just about every test under the sun.
3 abnormal ABRs and an MRI that shows an AICA loop extending into the left ear canal. All other tests normal. My speciialist thinks there might be vestibular nerve compression.
This vertigo statred quite suddenly and has been constant. It gets worse when I turn my head side to side so I gave up drivng.
Would appreciate hearing from anyone.
I live alone and feel so alone in this . Nobody seems to understand this.

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Posted by @anon88375104, Mar 3, 2013

Hi Claudia, I have also suffered from this problem going on 14 mos. It has left me nearly nonfunctional. I just started vestibular rehab about one month ago and can now turn my head from side to side and up and down without "triggering" the spinning effects but am still dizzy all of the time. I've also had all the MRIs and CT scans but they could never find anything. Finally had just a regular X-ray with three views - neck flexed up, flexed down and straight on with mouth open. Amazed to find out that my axis (C1) vertebrae is off. They said I have "military neck" and that is the cause of all of my problems. Also have ringing in the ears, visual disturbances and muscle weakness from time to time in addition to the dizziness and vertigo. I looked it up and can't believe that is exactly what is wrong. I hope this helps you and anyone else who might be dealing with these nightmarish symptoms. Good luck!

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Posted by @claudia11, Mar 4, 2013

So glad to hear from you. This dizzy stuff is just awful. I had physical therapy for my neck as well as vestibular therapy. I had stopped turning my head from side to side because it made the vertigo worse so I got a very stiff neck hence the physical neck therapy for 4 months. One doctor suggested the vestibular therapy but after several sessions the therapist said it was not doing any good.
I had an MRI of my c spine and that showed stenosis and spurs so one doctor thought I had cervical vertigo. Like you I am almost nonfunctional at this point.
I have to rely and friends and neighbors for rides to the store etc. Now even getting to the docotrs is difficult. I am 59 but I feel much older.
I hope you get some relief from your difficulties. Has anyone prescribed any medication?
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