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21 Mar 2003

chronic vertigo<br><br>chronic vertigo
I have been suffering from chronic vertigo for nearly two years -underwent mri scan and various
medications ear tests, grommits inserted in middle ear. Chronic fatigue syndrome was diagnosed
and at the moment I am taking anti-depressants and alzam - it helps up to a certain point but
then gets worse again - tiredness nausea and loss of balance.

It there anything else you can suggest I have seen a neurologist, ear specialist and nothing can
be found. This is really influenzing my lifestyle.

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01 Jan 0001

Mandy, vertigo is a sensation of motion when there is no motion or an exaggerated sense of motion in response to a given bodily movement. Thus, vertigo is not just “spinning” but may present as a sense of tumbling, of falling backward or forward, or of the ground rolling. Any disease that can affect the vestibular apparatus (inner ear) can cause vertigo.
The following are some of the most common causes of vertigo.
Length of vertigo episode = seconds
*Hearing affected => Perilymphatic fistula
*Hearing not affected => Positional vertigo, vertebrobasilar insufficiency, cervical vertigo
Length of vertigo episode = hours
*Hearing affected =>Ménière’s syndrome, syphilis
*Hearing not affected => Vestibular migraine
Length of vertigo episode = days
*Hearing affected =>Labyrinthitis, injury of the labyrinth
*Hearing not affected => Vestibular neuronitis
Length of vertigo episode = months
*Hearing affected =>Acoustic neuroma, drugs
*Hearing not affected => Multiple sclerosis, cerebral degeneration
Referring you to an ENT specialist and a neurologist was the right thing to do and I’m not sure why they couldn’t make a definite diagnosis. Did anyone mention Ménière’s syndrome? Maybe the best would be to get a second opinion from different specialists. Good luck.
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