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Old 08-06-2019, 05:35 AM
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To mk a lengthy story as brief as I can...

I'm now 44. Been getting off & on dizziness/off feeling since 5/2017 for no reason that I can tell. Not sure if "dizziness" is the right word. It's hard to explain. Been seeing a neurologist since Oct 2018.

Tests done:

- blood test
- brain MRI (non-contrast) - that caused me worse dizziness...took 2-3 mos to gradually go away
- Baer VBK
- vision & hearing tests
- very quick Epley maneuver long ago in the examining room. Now did ride a roller coaster that twists around & upside down just yesterday & my head didn't feel good for a few min, but after that was fine.

Meds Prescribed for it:

- 25 mg Meclizine - didn't seem to help

- .5 mg of Alprazolam I guess aka Xanax was just prescribed the other day for me optionally take. Haven't taken yet. Don't really want to...aren't there bad side effects?

Future tests ordered:

- more bloodwork to test vitamins D, folate, & B12 levels, AC1, thyroid function, & antiphospholipid Ab.

- MRIs of brain and of cervical something or other (top of spinal cord) with and without contrast

Last time I took an MRI WITHOUT contrast, I was dizzier for a good 2-3 mos after.

Question to you all:

My mom found this trusted state licensed Naturopathic Doctor who for a 90-min consultation for $275, will try to help figure out what my issue is. I don't have extra money lying around, but I'll try my best to do it if I really want to. But it will cost more $ as they delve more into it.

Do I try this dr out OR go ahead & tk the MRIS, etc.? Thanks so much in advance!


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Old 08-06-2019, 05:55 AM
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I donít have any helpful suggestions. I just want to send hugs and hope you have some answers soon.
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Old 08-06-2019, 05:55 AM
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My mom has dizziness similar to what you are describing. Sheís had all the same tests/blood work as you have. She has a regimen of a water pill, an as needed low dose of Valium, and an open ended prescription for the drug they use for herpes simplex.

The water pill is used daily and the other two when she has breakthrough dizziness. It took about six months to get the original dizziness under control and now ya just maintenance for her.
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Old 08-06-2019, 06:22 AM
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I have a friend that sounds similar to you.
He went to a holistic dr and found out that he had food triggers. He has a new lease on life.
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Old 08-06-2019, 06:40 AM
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No real advice but Iím wondering if all your time on the computer has something to do with it? Not being creepy but from the todayís to do list group you often post that you work 8-16 hour days from home on the computer. I know I feel off if I stare at a computer screen for too long. Have you noticed any difference in your symptoms when you take a break from the computer for a few days?
Iím sorry you are dizzy all the time. That sounds miserable.


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Old 08-06-2019, 10:17 AM
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I would do anything and everything I could to figure out what is going on.
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Old 08-06-2019, 11:05 AM
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I don't have any experience in your issues, but do have great experience with my naturopathic doctor. I have different health problems but similar in that none of my regular, traditional doctors helped me. They all prescribed medication that just treated my symptoms superficially but never got to the root cause of my problem or healed me at all.

I tried a naturopath, mine is a kinesiologist. He is expensive (doesn't take insurance, so I pay $169/hour--more for the longer, first appointment) and is also 90 minutes away from me (I live in a rural town) But he's the only one who actually made a difference in my health. He figured out some food allergies that trigger my issue, as well as helped me balance hormones and treat some hidden issues. It has been totally worth it to me. I see him every few months and it is so worth the money. Plus I don't have to take an antibiotics/prescription meds--he treats me with natural supplements that actually work.

I would try this doctor. You can call ahead and see what experience he has treating your problem, or ask how he would go about treating you. Get an idea of what tests, etc he would run. It may be the answer you are looking for.
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Old 08-06-2019, 11:38 AM
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in both east and west medicine. Sometimes they are the same person. I don't think I have ever had a medical doctor who I felt was a true healer, but some have more empathy than others. I have tried many alternatives and have a healthy admiration for many options, also including western medicine when it is the best or only choice (e.g. a caesarean).

An MRI will at least rule out a lot of things, and if nothing definite is found, that is more reason to look elsewhere. If it is an either-or, I guess it depends on what kind of time frame you are looking at. What are the possibilities that an MRI would disclose? What does your doctor think? Do you trust him/her. Does he or she trust your judgment?

Is there anything at all that you can think of right now that you are doing or not doing healthwise, but should be doing or not doing? You probably know more than you think. We are not accustomed to listening to our bodies. That is what a good naturopath does, works toward that.

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Old 08-06-2019, 01:37 PM
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I have mixed feelings. Personally, I have never been helped by a naturopath, but I have given them a lot of $$$! However, I know they do really help some people and I feel like your situation is a problem they might really be able to help with. I would only see a naturopath if you are also willing to make huge changes, especially in diet, and invest in supplements. Otherwise, I think it's a waste of money.

I have heard of people being helped with dizziness by acupuncture. There's a place by me that has "community acupuncture" which is significantly cheaper because everyone is in the same room. You could always make an initial appt and see what they say.

Is the doctor concerned or is the doctor simply ordering tests because he doesn't know what else to do? Have they ruled out everything serious?

Hope you find some answers and start feeling better soon.
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Old 08-06-2019, 02:44 PM
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I would avoid "natural" doctors because i believe much of what they do is just common sense.

You should try a low sodium diet, exercise, avoid caffeine. Prescription strength diuretics. Get 8 hours of sleep. Do not eat highly processed foods

I have had Menieres disease for 27 years it is rough in the beginning but should get better as you get used to it. Easily managed often left undiagnosed

Sorry you dont feel well


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Old 08-06-2019, 05:40 PM
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I think I would wait for these tests to decide what to do next.

Have you tried a chiropractic adjustment? Sometimes if something is out of alignment it can cause positional vertigo. It wouldn't hurt to try that. I am also wondering about the length of time you have to spend on the computer each day. There could be something to that.


Good luck with all the tests! Please keep us updated.

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Old 08-06-2019, 06:01 PM
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Please check and make sure that your insurance won't cover the cost. My Anthem Plan which is part of Blue Cross/Blue Shield has been moving more toward Integrated care and alternative medicine. They cover some more natural treatments as well as acupuncture. That would have been unheard of back in the day.

Also, I know that you said that you had hearing tests but have you seen an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist? My husband was having spells of dizziness and it was related to congestion in his sinuses and affecting his ears and causing severe bouts of dizziness. He has been on a daily decongestant and it has been very helpful. I'm no doctor, but it is just a thought.

I think I would for sure go ahead and have the bloodwork done even if you don't decide to do the MRI. The bloodwork would be relatively easy and might either give you some information or rule somethings out. The naturopathic doctor might be interested in those results, too, in any case.
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Old 08-07-2019, 07:20 AM
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Thanks so very much you guys for your input! I do appreciate it.

The naturopathic dr said to go ahead & do the MRIs so they can have those results to look at too. So I'll do those MRIs next week & see what the regular dr comes up with then & if I still feel the need to see the naturopathic dr, I will.

I have a few Xanax pills that I've never taken before. I wonder will taking 1 before the MRI (30-60 min before?) help me not feel so lousy afterward? But since I've nevet taken Xanax before, I don't know how it will affect me, so if I feel bad after the MRIs, I don't know if it's the Xanax contributing to the bad feeling. Hmm.

I also want to see if my health insurance covers acupuncture or alternative medicine at all. Probably not, but doesn't hurt to ask.

Thank you again!
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Old 08-07-2019, 01:06 PM
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cheerio, true, I've thought about the time on the computer. That's the work I do and there's no way around it. I've always tried to not even have the computer on 1 day of the week. Thanks.
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Old 08-07-2019, 06:39 PM
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Masped - I’m not sure what kind of job you do on the computer but is there any way to not do really long days? Some days you say that you are working for 16 hours. That is a lot and I think that could potentially have a negative impact on anyone’s health. Is there any way to limit your work to 8 hour days?
(Of course I have no idea what kind of job this is and if it’s possible to cut down your hours.)
Another thought would be can you ensure you have good posture, lighting etc at your work space? Do you get up and take breaks frequently? Drink enough water?
I am no doctor, I am simply looking for “easy” fixes that could possibly help.
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