Mom with MS having MAJOR dizziness

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sbcgrace
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   Posted 4/24/2007 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi!  I am new to this board as I am a regular on the Crohn's Disease board.  My mom has MS and was diagnosed about 18 years ago.  Her symptoms have always been tingling fingers and no feeling in her feet.  She has had some vision trouble - needs more prescription than before.  She does have very bad fatigue but is an unbelieveable story - she is a runner now. 
Anyway, to get to the problem, she woke up this morning with terrible dizziness.  My dad had to hold her up while she brushed her teeth and washed her face.  She has been in bed most of the day today.  She called her primary care doctor and he suggested she come see him before the neurologist so he could rule out an inner ear infection or sinus infection that might be causing the dizziness. 
Have any of you had dizziness associated with your MS?  My mom hasn't had this problem before.  I am so afraid she is going into a flare.  I have just gone into remission with my disease and know the battle of getting there.  I hate for her to go through it again, though I know it is sometimes unavoidable.
FYI...she is currently taking Avonex.

Currently 2 x per day 1000mgs Pentasa, Prilosec, Lortab, Ambien, Librax (for spasms) & VSL#3 (for probiotics).


shellypoo
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   Posted 4/24/2007 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
Yes, dizziness can be a sign of a flare or like her primary said it could be inner ear or even viral.   Hopefully it will be an easy fix.  Meclizine helps with dizziness, I think the prescription version is antivert.  I hope she is better soon. :-)
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Gretchen1
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   Posted 4/24/2007 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi sbcgrace,

Your mom should let her doctors know this information immediately.  Dizziness was my first symptom and led to my diagnosis. Dizziness is very common in MS.  Get her doctor on this and hopefully your mom will be feeling better really soon.  Good luck and keep us posted. 

Congratulations on your own remission and good luck!  Stay healthy.

Love and prayers,

  


Gretchen
 
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Treatment: copaxone, prayer, laughter, and positive thinking


sbcgrace
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   Posted 4/24/2007 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Gretchen,
Thanks. I am usually the one that pushes her into the neuro's office. She doesn't like to dwell on things or let them get her down. I'm sure if she is going through a flare that her stress over my health has been a contributing factor. I just got my dx in Oct. and it has been really bad since then until lately when I achieved success in my remission - finally!
I see you take copaxone. One of my very dear friends takes copaxone or did. She came off to try to get pregnant and she succeeded! We are so excited for her. I'm not sure if she will go back on once she delivers.
Thanks!

Currently 2 x per day 1000mgs Pentasa, Prilosec, Lortab, Ambien, Librax (for spasms) & VSL#3 (for probiotics).


uppitycats
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   Posted 4/24/2007 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
sbcgrace said...
Hi!  I am new to this board as I am a regular on the Crohn's Disease board.  My mom has MS and was diagnosed about 18 years ago.  Her symptoms have always been tingling fingers and no feeling in her feet.  She has had some vision trouble - needs more prescription than before.  She does have very bad fatigue but is an unbelieveable story - she is a runner now. 
Anyway, to get to the problem, she woke up this morning with terrible dizziness.  My dad had to hold her up while she brushed her teeth and washed her face.  She has been in bed most of the day today.  She called her primary care doctor and he suggested she come see him before the neurologist so he could rule out an inner ear infection or sinus infection that might be causing the dizziness. 
Have any of you had dizziness associated with your MS?  My mom hasn't had this problem before.  I am so afraid she is going into a flare.  I have just gone into remission with my disease and know the battle of getting there.  I hate for her to go through it again, though I know it is sometimes unavoidable.
FYI...she is currently taking Avonex.

I think her doctor is doing exactly the right thing -- she should see him, and maybe an eye-ear-nose throat doctor to be sure that there isn't something else going on, before attributing her problem to having MS.
 
Indeed, some folks with MS experience dizziness, vertigo, other related problems, and there can be nerve damage in the ears from the MS that would cause all this. But it is very prudent to RULE OUT everything else first -- some of those other things can be treated, where the nerve problems related to MS often cannot be treated.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


rhondab
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   Posted 4/25/2007 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sbcgrace!

Wow...i hope u'r mom's feeling better today! Yes indeed, dizziness can be a symptom of ms. Many people live with it on a daily basis as well as many other such bothersome symptoms. I'm glad to see she's seeing her gp to investigate possible ear infection probs as well as any other issue that may not be related to ms. It's quite important to correctly identify what's really going on...and treat it properly. Good for u for pushing and caring for u'r mom! Please let us know how she's doing.
rhonda
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uppitycats
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   Posted 4/25/2007 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
There is an autoimmune disease called Meniere's Disease which causes extreme vertigo, dizziness, accompanying nausea, etc. All-too-often when one has ONE autoimmune disease, another will occur. That might be worth asking about, when your mom sees her neuro.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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