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Suffering with vertigo like symptoms, developed dehydration. What is happening ?

My brother is 68 years old (otherwise very fit & healthy), but has been suffering with vertigo like symptoms, dizzy spells, vomiting etc ... recently he has developed dehydration ... he has endured all necessary exams, treatments and medications for the past year & 1/2 but is still suffering ... can anyone tell me what is happening with his case and when can we can look forward to his recovery?
Tue, 23 Jul 2013
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Hello dear,

The symptoms as mentioned in your post can be due to:
1. Any pathology in the Vestibular apparatus in the inner ear, which maintains posture & balance.
2. Any fluctuation in the blood pressure or blood sugar levels.
3. Inadequate hydration status & electrolyte balance of the body.
4. Deficiencies of certain nutrients like Iron, Vitamin B 12, Folic acid, etc. which helps in blood formation & nerve conduction.
5. Hormonal & metabolic causes.
6. Stress, inadequate sleep, etc.

So, kindly consult your Physician and discuss regarding this.
Investigations like complete blood count, estimation of blood pressure & blood sugar levels, CT scan of brain will be helpful to rule out any pathological cause for the symptoms.

And it is also needed that certain precautions regarding diet & lifestyle should be taken, such as:
1. Take soft, plain, non-spicy foods
2. Drink lots of water to maintain adequate hydration
3. Avoid fast food.
4. Avoid smoking & alcohol.
5. Keep away stress..think positive.
6. Exercise regularly & practice meditation.

Wishing your brother a Good Health.
Thanks & take care.
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Suffering with vertigo like symptoms, developed dehydration. What is happening ?

Hello dear, The symptoms as mentioned in your post can be due to: 1. Any pathology in the Vestibular apparatus in the inner ear, which maintains posture & balance. 2. Any fluctuation in the blood pressure or blood sugar levels. 3. Inadequate hydration status & electrolyte balance of the body. 4. Deficiencies of certain nutrients like Iron, Vitamin B 12, Folic acid, etc. which helps in blood formation & nerve conduction. 5. Hormonal & metabolic causes. 6. Stress, inadequate sleep, etc. So, kindly consult your Physician and discuss regarding this. Investigations like complete blood count, estimation of blood pressure & blood sugar levels, CT scan of brain will be helpful to rule out any pathological cause for the symptoms. And it is also needed that certain precautions regarding diet & lifestyle should be taken, such as: 1. Take soft, plain, non-spicy foods 2. Drink lots of water to maintain adequate hydration 3. Avoid fast food. 4. Avoid smoking & alcohol. 5. Keep away stress..think positive. 6. Exercise regularly & practice meditation. Wishing your brother a Good Health. Thanks & take care.