Since November of 2009 when I got home from work i was cooking dinner for my kids and all of a sudden I started to feel really hot from my face kind like a sensation that I was going to pass out I went and laid on my bed and all of a sudden the room and everything started to spin I got really scared it only lasted for a couple of minutes but after that I was rally nauseated and very weak and dizzy I went to see my family doctor and he told me it was called laberyntitis so he prescribed meclezine then I went to see an ent doctor who told me this will go away on its own well it didnt so I went to see another ent doctor and when I was at his office I was having a real bad episode of this that my eyer were moving from side to side like crayzy so he send me for an ENG exam in Methodist Hospital in Houston TX It was a horrible exam because they actually made me dizzier but it had to be done after a week he gave me the results and told me that it was normal that the mechanism in my brain and ear were working normal so he said what you have will go away on its own I kept feeling bad so I went again and saw the first ent doctor I had seen and without even cheking me he said I am going to send you to a good friend of mine Dr. Chang in Houston he is a neuroent. Last week I finally saw Dr. Chang and after sharing all my story he told me what you have is migraine so he prescribed medicine for depression and he also gave me some exercises to do whenever I feel better its been 5 days that I been taking the medicine because at first I didnt wanted to take it when I read all the ugly side effects I was scared and I didnt know what to do but when I look at my kids I really want to get better for them and I want to get cured I am so desperate I dont want to live all my life like this please give me some advise . thank you for listening to my story I hope somebody outthere know something about this . GOD Bless you out there!
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My mom and I both occasionally have vertigo attacks for a few days in a row. I have so much empathy for you. I know exactly what it feels like to lie in bed and grab the sides because you feel like you're going to fall off it because the room is tipping. Or to feel like you're about to fall off a chair even though nothing is moving. I understand how you feel.
I am not sure I understand how often this happens to you. Do you have vertigo all the time? Or does it come and go? How often are you affected by it, and for about how many days at a time?
I have a question for you about the migraine issue. Have you had migraine headaches? Those horribly painful headaches where even light and sound make your head hurt worse? Or did the doctor just think the depression meds would help with the vertigo?
One fairly odd thing that one of my mom's doctors told her that actually seems to work is this. You do it in a sitting position. Straighten a hand out flat. Then, with the side of the hand where your pinky finger is, tap hard on the back of your head. You want to tap about halfway down your head -- about equal to where your ears are. And you can do it pretty hard (but don't hurt yourself!) Since vertigo is about the balance mechanism in the ear not working right, this action can sort of register with the ears and in essence tell them which way is up. It works for my mom, and she's had pretty bad episodes of vertigo, with all the same testing you have had. Maybe it will give you some relief as well.
What medicine did the last end prescribe for you?June 28, 2010 - 8:37am
I'm so sorry you have this vertigo issue. I know how scary and frustrating it can be, as I personally know three people who suffer with it, including my sister. Each of the three has a different cause, but the result is that they all have attacks with no warning and have had to find a way to live with it.
Did you take the migraine medication? Did it help you? We have a section on vertigo: https://www.empowher.com/condition/vertigo.
The problem is there are several causes, they can be difficult to figure out, and even then with medication you may have to get used to it to a certain extent. For example, my sister goes through periods where it is bad for a while and then lets up a bit. So when she has been having a lot of trouble, she doesn't drive or do anything that could be dangerous with a sudden attack. When it slows down a bit she goes back to her normal routine.
If you haven't already, I suggest you try the medication. If it doesn't help or you don't like it, you don't have to take it again. But sometimes we have to balance between some side effects and being able to function. If you like, I can give you further resources. A site that may help you is the American Migraine Foundation, which offers support and information: http://www.americanmigrainefoundation.org/.
I know when this first started happening to my sister, it provoked some anxiety attacks. Now it is still unpleasant and frustrating, but she knows what it is and just deals with it. So eventually, if you have to deal with this long term, please know that it does get easier and you are not alone.
If you have further questions, please let us know. Good luck.June 28, 2010 - 7:01am