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What Could Cause Prolonged Dizziness?

Female senior citizen 5'3" 120 lbs. Have had continuing dizziness for about six weeks, onset following dental cleaning and work, had round of antibiotics, now have a whitish pea-sized lump behind my right ear. Have been trying recommended exercise for possible rocks/crystals out of place in middle ear. Mild temporary relief from dizziness following that exercise to 'reposition rocks/crystals into an out-of-the-way place in ear'. ? What is the lump that seems to have appeared rather suddenly?
Mon, 29 Dec 2014
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Geriatrics Specialist 's  Response
Hi,
Thanks for asking.
Based on your query, my opinion is as follows.
1. Whitish lump behind ear is a lymph node.
2. Due to infection, reactive lymph node enlargement has occurred. Swelling would take around two months to reduce.
3. Continue exercises as suggested for dizziness. Additionally, improve hemoglobin and check for blood pressure and hydration. If swelling persists beyond two months, fine needle biopsy may be necessary.
Hope it helps.
Any further queries, happy to help again.
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What Could Cause Prolonged Dizziness?

Hi, Thanks for asking. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows. 1. Whitish lump behind ear is a lymph node. 2. Due to infection, reactive lymph node enlargement has occurred. Swelling would take around two months to reduce. 3. Continue exercises as suggested for dizziness. Additionally, improve hemoglobin and check for blood pressure and hydration. If swelling persists beyond two months, fine needle biopsy may be necessary. Hope it helps. Any further queries, happy to help again.