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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have been diagnosed as having Fluid on my mastoid in the right ear, through 2 separate MRI's prescribed by two diffeent ENT's. The first gave me Levaquin and it seemed to help. I have had some hearing loss since childhood in that ear, so it is nothing new to me. Thankfully my MRI's show nothing on my brain. The reason for these tests is a mild case of vertigo that comes and goes and is annoying but not terrible. Can the fluid on my masatoid be a chronic condition that will cause me to have this mild vertigo all the time?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi!
Doctor :   Pls. give me few secs. to go through the query.
User :   I also have "whooshing" in my right ear pretty often, and that is when the vertigo is worse.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I ask you a few questions pertaining to your problem to help you better ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender please ?
User :   Female 50
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know since when you have been havinhg any tinnitus or whooshing sounds ?
User :   For years. It probably has been almost 20 years or more, off and on. I have chronic sinus issues, so it seemed all related.
User :   The vertigo is only the past 12 months or so.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Not to worry, have you been put on any medication for the mastoid fluid, is it Mastoiditis ?
User :   Not called Mastoiditis per se. Just fluid, and just the Levaquin once, and I think it helps because I have noticed it eases up after I take the course of anitbiotics. But I don't think I can take that 4 or 5 times a year forever.
User :   My GP gave me Prednisone but I couldn't stay on it because I have slightly elevated Blood Pressure which I take meds for.
Doctor :   No it doesnt need to be taken for 4-5 times
Doctor :   If a proper course is taken , in most cases it doesnt recur - 60% of cases ; and hence slowly the vertigo subsides after some time, and some labrynthine exercises and physiotherapy.
User :   Yes my Neurologist mentioned that. Should I follow up with her? And is this referred to also as LAbarynthitis?
Doctor :   Yes, that is right.
Doctor :   Please follow up with her and you will get well and out of this vertigo soon , once your infection in labrynths is fine.
User :   OK. Do you know anythign about these exercises or therapy at all?
Doctor :   I would have expalined to you , but you need a practical demonstration and help from a physiotherapist initially as sometimes even they cause vertigo initially, but slowly they start helping you.
User :   ok, thanks
Doctor :   Thank you for ocnsulting me
Doctor :   take care bye for now
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