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What could be the reason for frequent episodes of dizziness and how can it be treated ?

i have been having episodes of dizziness on and off for several months. it was thought at first that i had a pinched nerve in my neck . then i was told it was the crystals in my ear, and was given a procedure to do on myself when i got dizzy. After still having the problem almost a year later (again on and off) i was told i have a retracted ear drum. if i lay on my right side flat, it is almost always certain i will wake up extremely dizzy. it is effecting my day to day life, with work, etc. Am i on the right path with this diagnosis , and should i just be patient for this condition to correct itself?
Asked On : Sat, 14 Apr 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Thanks for your query.

I will try my best to provide you with best possible professional recommendations to your questions.

You are suffering from vertigo, is the feeling that you or your environment is moving or spinning.
Few causes of it are Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), inflammation in the inner ear, it may be associated with head trauma, migraine, or decreases blood supply to base of the brain.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common form of vertigo and is characterized by the sensation of motion initiated by sudden head movements or moving the head in a certain direction.

Treating the cause is the most important to cure vertigo, infection in inner ear should be treated with antibiotics, BPPV is treated by several physical maneuvers can be used to treat the condition.

The drugs are also available like antihistamine, scopolamine transdermal patch are prescribed.

Vertigo caused by problems in the inner ear, while usually self-limited. The use of drugs and rehabilitation exercise is the mainstay of treatment. Most commonly this will make the symptoms completely go away or make the condition tolerable.

So i say you are getting the proper treatment just be patient.

Yet again, I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

Answered: Sat, 14 Apr 2012
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ENT Specialist Dr. Ravinder Sharma's  Response
Dear Sir

I am Dr Sharma ENT surgeon. On the basis of info provided it appears u are suffering from vertigo. Vertigo is defined as hallucianation of movement -- person feels as if he is spinning. It can be because of a variety of causes (ear, brain, spine, eyes or systemic causes)and a complete neurotology work up (history and examination) is required plus some lab investigations (Audiometry, CT scan, Blood tests - hemoglobin, T3, T4 and TSH) to come to the diagnosis.
Once a diagnosis is made it will be appropriate to come to the treatment
What you have mentioned clinically appears as Benign Positional Vertigo but I would like to examine you before actually coming to a diagnosis . I hope this answers your concern

with regards
Ravinder Sharma
Answered: Sat, 14 Apr 2012
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