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What causes dizziness and vertigo?

Hi, I ve been having a strange sensation, not so much dizzy but more like I m on a boat. Had this since March on and off, although when it hits me now, I have to hold onto something or getting up and walking around seems to relieve it over time. I ve had the sensation from a brief minute up to a couple of hours gradually getting worse, peaking and then dropping off. I have recently had full blood count and ECG. I have been referred to ENT for end of the month but I don t have any issues with my ears, nose or throat. I have intolerances that have recently returned to wheat and dairy. I did have a coelic test last week but don t have the results yet. I was diagnosed with labrynthitis back in May but then they decided it wasn t as they couldn t induce an onset of my symptoms. I m just worried that my doctor isn t taking me seriously and would I be better to pay going privately for a thorough examination? Would the blood test rule out anything serious and should I just carry on managing the symptoms? I m 39 year old female, 5ft 8inch and 170lbs.
Tue, 23 Sep 2014
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
It does not sound like ear disease at all- not with the sensation that you describe.
If it only happens while changing position it could be a minor ear problem and should be okay in a couple of weeks. Gentle exercises of the neck by rotating it in various directions slowly might be of help; also, avoid sudden changes in position.
It would be worthwhile seeing a physician or neurologist and also getting an eye check up done.
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