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NatK
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   Posted 4/16/2008 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Approximately one year ago, I was diagnosed with allergy induced vertigo. Currently, I take Clarinex-D and two nasal sprays (Veramyst and Astelin). In addition, I take Singulair in the evenings. The sprays work OK, but it doesn't seem as if the Clarinex does anything. Usually about lunch time, I'll start feeling a little off. If it worsens, I get the full out vertigo which prevents me from getting out of bed completely. I can live with having allergies, but this dizziness has affected my job and my life. Does anyone out there have something like this? If so, does anything help alleviate your symptoms? I am beginning acupuncture, so all remedies are welcome!
 
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   Posted 4/16/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi NK, welcome to Healingwell :) Agh! Vertigo is the most horrible feeling isn't it?? I'm sorry that you are having to endure that! Just a question, have you had your inner ears checked for fluid build up? Sometimes allergies can cause fluid to build up in the ear which can also account for vertigo. You'd figure with the allergy meds that it would take care of the problem. Do you know what you are allergic to? Have you thought about allergy shots? They're not 100% effective but if you haven't tried it, that's an option. If the Clarinex D is not working, you could try other meds such as Allegra D or OTC Zyrtec D if you haven't already. But if you are experiencing the vertigo maybe you can try seeing an ENT if you haven't already done so? Maybe they could help you.
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Fandango57
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   Posted 7/14/2010 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
my mother has had vertigo for almost 5 yrs. she's 78 yrs old with no known allergies.she's had 3 mri's, seen 2 ear,nose and throat docs,been to a clinic that specializes in inner ear. they adjusted the crystals in both ears but that didn't stop the vertigo either.she also saw a neurologist, who says she has a blocked artery.we just don't know what else to do. nothing seems to work for her. it has really changed her life. any suggestions????

couchtater
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   Posted 7/14/2010 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Does she have GERD? If so it could be her vegus nerve being irritated by reflux. Gerd medication could help her if she has GERD.

ClariceVampire
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   Posted 2/29/2012 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
NatK said...
Approximately one year ago, I was diagnosed with allergy induced vertigo. Currently, I take Clarinex-D and two nasal sprays (Veramyst and Astelin). In addition, I take Singulair in the evenings. The sprays work OK, but it doesn't seem as if the Clarinex does anything. Usually about lunch time, I'll start feeling a little off. If it worsens, I get the full out vertigo which prevents me from getting out of bed completely. I can live with having allergies, but this dizziness has affected my job and my life. Does anyone out there have something like this? If so, does anything help alleviate your symptoms? I am beginning acupuncture, so all remedies are welcome!



NK
welcome to the world of vertigo , I was diagnosed may of 2010 with bppv which turned out to actually be allergy induced , now every February thru April , I know I'm in for at least one ride on the not so merry go round , mine was so bad at first that I was bedridden for a week at a time , yes that's right , no paycheck for that week , if it's any consolation , my brain has gotten better at ignoring that side of my head and over time , it seems to be not so severe as the first few times which came every month for a week for the first four months , the allergy meds seem to reduce the swelling in the labyrinth , that is what worked best for me , anti-inflammatory with allergy , try taking Advil along with the allergy meds , it helps and maybe with time it will fade , I'll keep my fingers crossed for you , good luck , fellow spinner

UCLA_Girl
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   Posted 3/8/2012 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I had "vertigo" back when I was pregnant 14 years ago. I was dizzy for several MONTHS. To the point that I couldn't stand up without throwing up from motion sickness. I went to several doctors - they gave me typical "vertigo" meds, etc., sent me to an ENT, etc. Nobody could tell me why. Finally, my regular doctor said to me " let's stop all of this & just try Sudafed - maybe it's just allergies". Sure enough...plain Sudafed. The REAL stuff - the kind you have to sign for. It took several days (since it was so severe) to dry me up, but that is EXACTLY what it was. Since then, every year - about this time - it comes back. But, now I know how to fight it. The Zyrtec won't do anything on it's own. It HAS to be plain Sudaphedrine - nothing else works...I don't know why.

I can tell you that I have run into several people with the same issue, and in every case, it has fixed their problem as well (nobody wanted to believe me at first, though). A friend's husband was missing days & days of work every year, and couldn't get a diagnosis. It completely solved his issue too. I do not understand why doctors don't try this approach - I've even had doctors tell me that it wouldn't work...but it absolutely does. Without fail...for going on 14 years!

With me, I never have "normal" allergy symptoms. I never have itchy eyes, or runny nose. None of that. My "indicators" that it's coming are only that my inner ear itches & I need to clear my throat quite a bit. That's my only "sign" that it's coming. Most of the time, I am fine - and then I turn over in bed & I'm spinning like there is no tomorrow. Now, if my ears start itching, or I'm clearing my throat a lot, I start my Sudafed immediately. I can almost always "catch" it before it happens!

I hope that can help someone out there! Even if you've tried other things....just TRY it!! (Just a warning though - some people can't sleep while taking Sudafed, so I recommend taking it throughout the day, and maybe stopping during the night-time after you get it under control.) Good luck, everyone!! I wish you spin-free days & nights!

ClariceVampire
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   Posted 3/8/2012 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   
UCLA_Girl said...
I had "vertigo" back when I was pregnant 14 years ago. I was dizzy for several MONTHS. To the point that I couldn't stand up without throwing up from motion sickness. I went to several doctors - they gave me typical "vertigo" meds, etc., sent me to an ENT, etc. Nobody could tell me why. Finally, my regular doctor said to me " let's stop all of this & just try Sudafed - maybe it's just allergies". Sure enough...plain Sudafed. The REAL stuff - the kind you have to sign for. It took several days (since it was so severe) to dry me up, but that is EXACTLY what it was. Since then, every year - about this time - it comes back. But, now I know how to fight it. The Zyrtec won't do anything on it's own. It HAS to be plain Sudaphedrine - nothing else works...I don't know why.

I can tell you that I have run into several people with the same issue, and in every case, it has fixed their problem as well (nobody wanted to believe me at first, though). A friend's husband was missing days & days of work every year, and couldn't get a diagnosis. It completely solved his issue too. I do not understand why doctors don't try this approach - I've even had doctors tell me that it wouldn't work...but it absolutely does. Without fail...for going on 14 years!

With me, I never have "normal" allergy symptoms. I never have itchy eyes, or runny nose. None of that. My "indicators" that it's coming are only that my inner ear itches & I need to clear my throat quite a bit. That's my only "sign" that it's coming. Most of the time, I am fine - and then I turn over in bed & I'm spinning like there is no tomorrow. Now, if my ears start itching, or I'm clearing my throat a lot, I start my Sudafed immediately. I can almost always "catch" it before it happens!

I hope that can help someone out there! Even if you've tried other things....just TRY it!! (Just a warning though - some people can't sleep while taking Sudafed, so I recommend taking it throughout the day, and maybe stopping during the night-time after you get it under control.) Good luck, everyone!! I wish you spin-free days & nights!
. Yes for me actifed worked with Advil , I think anything with pseudo ephedrine

Alcie
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   Posted 3/8/2012 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I keep my inhaled allergies under control with weekly injections. They keep my from having other allergy-induced side effects.

Besides an allergist, I seen my ENT doc for ear problems. They have several tests they can do to find the CAUSE of the dizziness. There's also semicircular canal training they can get you started on that helps some people with dizziness. You can google that training, but first get the cause checked. My tinnitus is caused by my statin, so you can see there can be a not-so-obvious cause for ear problems.

maowsers93
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   Posted 4/21/2012 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi every one. I started getting vertigo every January and April about two or three years ago. I lived with it for a few years and I just went to the doctor for it last week. Apparently what causes it is allergies. Instead of getting the runny nose and itchy eyes like every one else our sinuses swell up in our head and it traps fluid in our ears. I went to a chiropractor and she drained my sinuses which helped a lot. Also, she told me that jumping up and down makes it go away because it makes all the fluid settle. So, if your allergy medicine isn't working right away jump up and down a few times when it starts and it will make it stop. I hope this helps.

jaycee28
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   Posted 12/28/2013 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I started taking allergy shots 2 months ago. I recently got vertigo with inner ear labryinthitis. I'm starting to think that the allergy shots caused this. I've never had vertigo in my life..not until I started the allergy shots that is.
Has anyone had a similar experience?? thanks!

Ramesh
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   Posted 7/3/2014 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
ClariceVampire said...
NatK said...
Approximately one year ago, I was diagnosed with allergy induced vertigo. Currently, I take Clarinex-D and two nasal sprays (Veramyst and Astelin). In addition, I take Singulair in the evenings. The sprays work OK, but it doesn't seem as if the Clarinex does anything. Usually about lunch time, I'll start feeling a little off. If it worsens, I get the full out vertigo which prevents me from getting out of bed completely. I can live with having allergies, but this dizziness has affected my job and my life. Does anyone out there have something like this? If so, does anything help alleviate your symptoms? I am beginning acupuncture, so all remedies are welcome!



NK
welcome to the world of vertigo , I was diagnosed may of 2010 with bppv which turned out to actually be allergy induced , now every February thru April , I know I'm in for at least one ride on the not so merry go round , mine was so bad at first that I was bedridden for a week at a time , yes that's right , no paycheck for that week , if it's any consolation , my brain has gotten better at ignoring that side of my head and over time , it seems to be not so severe as the first few times which came every month for a week for the first four months , the allergy meds seem to reduce the swelling in the labyrinth , that is what worked best for me , anti-inflammatory with allergy , try taking Advil along with the allergy meds , it helps and maybe with time it will fade , I'll keep my fingers crossed for you , good luck , fellow spinner


Hi Clarice,
Urs sound closest to my problem. I hope you are still watching this thread to share some ideas:
Here is my story: I moved to US in 99, came to arizona and would get vertigo episodes twice a year, February and October. Each time it would last for 3-4 weeks ( present all the time) and i feel dizzy only when I move my head to the left side and it last only during the time of motion and anytime my head is still i dont feel anything else. So I learned how to live with that, no sports etc, would get drowsy and my mind gets slow as the day progresses. The end of the episode is very distinctive and intense, even a small motion of my head in any direction ( just a gentle nod) would make me feel very dizzy and nauseated and that lasts for a day or 2 and those days i am bed ridden and cannot do anything. I moved to california in 2007 and since then the episodes are less predictable and also less frequent, averaging about 2-3 every 2 years. So far no one was able to figure out what I have and today I am in the middle of the episode and the Doc confirmed that it is no BPPV but symptoms are caused by allergies. He prescribed me meclazine and I used that last time when I had it ( makes me feel very dizzy and drowsy when i take it) and the episode only lasted 1.5 week, not sure if it was the medicine. I am going to try that again this time and see if the results are consistent. Before I would use allegra along with psuedophed but didnt make any difference once the episode started.
How are you doing?

Ramesh
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   Posted 7/3/2014 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
maowsers93 said...
Hi every one. I started getting vertigo every January and April about two or three years ago. I lived with it for a few years and I just went to the doctor for it last week. Apparently what causes it is allergies. Instead of getting the runny nose and itchy eyes like every one else our sinuses swell up in our head and it traps fluid in our ears. I went to a chiropractor and she drained my sinuses which helped a lot. Also, she told me that jumping up and down makes it go away because it makes all the fluid settle. So, if your allergy medicine isn't working right away jump up and down a few times when it starts and it will make it stop. I hope this helps.


When you do the jumping does that stop the episode or help with how much dizzy you feel? I have tried that couple of time but not for a whole lot of time, just for 5 mins or so and it didnt make any difference. I suffer from the vertigo issue that lasts for 3-4 weeks. I am at the point where I think that there is no permanent solution, so looking at ways to reduce that time from 3-4 weeks to like a week.

Joan M
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   Posted 7/23/2014 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Had it too but antivert which your pharmacist should have worked for me. You need a script and it is easy to diagnose with checking out your eyes. Antivert has a generic and it is not a controlled substance or anything like that.

Ramesh
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   Posted 7/23/2014 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I started using meclazine ( antivert ) this year and this year I already got the vertigo episode twice in a short span ( which never happened) and both the times I used meclazine. Both the time the episode lasted 10 days as opposed to 20+ days. So maybe it is because of mecalzine but that medicine knocks me out totally. I cannot do anything, so I only took it for 3 days each episode.

Joan M
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   Posted 7/24/2014 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I took two first day or two and then one everyday until the episode ended. I was instructed by an allergist in New York City to do it that way. I must drive and do not feel comfortable driving with vertigo. The episodes have gotten less and less and I believe it was veloset (an antibiotic) which brought it on. I am very allergic to drugs. I do not remember how long the first episode lasted. I could not walk on the streets of New York City against traffic. Night was ok because you could not see everything so clearly.

Hope you can get some help.

the dizzy optimist
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   Posted 7/25/2014 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh thank goodness for you Joan M! I'm not crazy after all when I tell people I cannot walk down a busy street, especially if there is traffic passing!

I was allergy tested at the beginning of July. I started allergy treatment this week. And I've been somewhat functional after reading on here about how taking sudafed some.

Joan M
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   Posted 7/26/2014 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
No and it is easy to diagnose, the doctor just can tell from your eyes that you have vertigo. They ask you to move your eyes around and they look into your eyes with a bright light. They do not touch your eyes or put harmful rays in your eyes. They can tell if you have vertigo. Then they will give your the script. There is over the counter stuff too called dramimine (spelling). There used to be a patch too for people who go on cruise ships and get dizzy from the waves.

Get some help with the dizziness.

D72
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   Posted 9/2/2014 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you to everyone who shared. I encountered this just recently - never heard of it before. On my third day in bed and thanks to all of you I feel less depressed about it. Trying different things. Dr was brief and unconcerned but mentioned the Epley Maneuver and allergy meds. Woo. Missing work/pay is anxiety-inducing too!

Joan M
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   Posted 9/3/2014 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Tell the doc to take care of dizziness. I have a script ready in case I come down with it.

IT IS EASY TO DIAGNOSE.

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   Posted 9/11/2014 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I have mild vertigo and it usually only bothers me when my allergy's flare up or I ride elevators. Main thing is communicate with your boss if you can about the need to sit down when you have a spell. Go to a doctor and get some medication to use when it happens, there are ear drops and other meds you can take that will help.

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   Posted 10/18/2014 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same problem with allergies. It's not so much the "room spinning" kind of vertigo, but I can just be sitting there, and all of the sudden I feel like I'm falling, or sometimes it feels like the floor is moving under my feet. When I walk, it almost feels like I'm drunk, like my equillibrium is REALLY off. I always have this "off balance" kind of feeling. Meclizine does not work for me. Like UCLA_Girl said, when I took straight Sudafed, it helped dramatically.

My problem is, I also suffer from anxiety and panic disorders, so sometimes the Sudafed ramps up my anxiety. I have found that taking Advil Cold & Sinus gives me the same relief because it contains psuedophedrine, so sometimes I will take that with a Benadryl, and that works perfectly. I hope this helps some of you, and I'm SO happy to have come across this post! I was afraid that I was the only one this was happening to.

Oh! And I also suffer the "not being able to walk down the street" without feeling REALLY funky. I suffer the most ALL summer, from the end of June/beginning of July, until the end of fall due to my allergies to 7 different types of mold spores and dust mites.

Thanks again!

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Alcie
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   Posted 10/19/2014 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Fox.

Are you seeing an allergist? I got rid of my allergy symptoms completely with the shots. I only need them once a month in non-allergy season, but up to weekly in my allergy times.

I also have chronic sinus infection, which has similar symptoms to allergy including some dizziness. Sometimes I need antibiotics, but mostly I can keep it under control with sinus wash daily. I like the Neil Med bottles because they give a larger, more thorough wash. I posted my allergist's recipe for salt somewhere on the forum.

Antibiotics don't do a good job of getting rid of sinus infections because there is very little blood circulation there. Some docs say only the sulfa drugs do any good.

For severe dizziness after falling on my head I went to my ENT. He did the Epley maneuver which got the particles in the inner ear back to where they belonged, stopping the problem instantly. I had to go back for a second session. Epley is real simple - see some videos online! It's worth a try!

The thing with dizziness is finding the cause!

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   Posted 10/21/2014 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
An alternative to Sudafed that won't keep you up at night is the herb Fenugreek. I like the tea: Put 1 T. herb in 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, cover the pan, and steep for 20 minutes. Strain out the herb. Sip the tea throughout the day. Can add other herbs for flavor, such as thyme or peppermint.

Alternative: A combination of Fenugreek and Thyme dry herbs in a capsule. I sometimes prefer this method over the tea. 2 capsules 3x/day helps keep my sinuses open.
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   Posted 1/13/2015 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I moved to southwest florida in Feb 2011. First experienced vertigo September of that year then every September since. Doctor believes it's allergy induced. It's now January and September. I've never had allergies ever when I lived up north. When I feel it starting I wake up all congested in my nose, itchy eyes then the ear pain starts a few days later. At that point I start meclazine and Allegra at night. Seems to help but still have no idea which allergy is causing it. It's pretty debilitating. I too was bed ridden the first time for a week. I got it simply by rolling over to my left side in bed. Instant vomiting and room spinning. Not as bad now but the nausea and off balance and walking leaning to the left is pretty aggravating. I find I can't look up and down or lay on my left side. Any suggestions that would help calm this down will help, willing to try anything at this point. I have a government security job and dizziness just doesn't help. I know they have some treatment where they tip you upside down to get your crystals aligned but I fear the vomiting affect. Hate to vomit will try everything not to get that far.

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   Posted 5/4/2015 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I just read the postings from 2008-2014 about allergy induced vertigo. I am astounded. On a fluke I looked this up on the internet, not expecting to find anything of much value. I have just had my 4th incident of severe vertigo in 14 years - which requires a trip to the ER to get it stopped (think Tilt-a-Whirl on steriods - spinning so fast you cannot move, vomiting until nothing is left, can't walk or open my eyes unless they drug the heck out of me). I so do not want this to happen again. I can't tell you how helpful your comments are - I feel like I'm finally not crazy. I got an "ah hah!" with this incident - it's the 3rd time I had this specifically in the SPRING when allergens are very high in MN, so maybe the cause is allergies - but I have no allergy symptoms. You all have given me hope that with sudafed/psuedophedrine/fenugreek I might be able to avoid this in the future- that some of you have found the ear fills with fluid even though you don't know it. As I think of it, I can feel my ears lightly pop when I swallow - so maybe that's my cue about what my body is doing.

FYI In 2013, after my 3rd episode, I went to my ENT who sent me to a ENT specialist, who conducted about 7 different tests including one where they tried to make vertigo happen but they could not induce it nor find any cause for it. They gave me a low dose of meclazine -- which helps marginally. This last round, even though I took meclazine with the first spin, it wasn't enough to stop it. When I get the vertigo, it goes from 0 to 100 in a heartbeat and is out of control for hours.

So - thank you for giving me hope with practical knowledge, experience and tips! Any other suggestions are welcome.
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