Anyone here ever suffer from vertigo?

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Papa Bear
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   Posted 5/31/2007 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Not the U2 crap, the symptoms?
Last week I ended up in the emergency room because everything was spinning around me (Spins I haven't experienced since being a drunk as a teenager) had a EKG and catscan that were ok...Dr. said I have vertigo and prescribed Antivert 25mg.
Anyway it sucks...I think it's stress and highblood pressure related...that or maybe it's my meds (Effexxor 150mg daily, Strattera two 40mg daily, Zetia 10mg daily....did a follow up with my primary M.D. today...he said the same thing "vertigo" I'm getting some blood work done Monday.
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   Posted 5/31/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   


I had it when I first started switching from lexapro to cymbalta.  I also had an amazing headache that I thought was from the vertigo.  It ended up being a sinus infection (we think) but I had no other symptoms of a sinus infection, including when they did a visual check.  They treated with antibiotics, but it didn't work so they treated with stronger antibiotics. 

After a little while it just went away.  Antibiotics or time, it's gone- and that's all I care about

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   Posted 6/1/2007 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had it since I started weaning off Zoloft. I've been off the Zoloft a week now and still get moments where I feel like I'm swept up by a passing roller coaster. I sure hope it stops soon. I didn't have this before the Zoloft. mad

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   Posted 6/1/2007 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I too had it when I first started my meds,then after a few days it went away.
It is scary though

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   Posted 6/1/2007 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I know someone that had vertigo that was not related to meds!  Make sure that this is not a medical problem because it is something that can really effect your health if not diagnosed right.  At first they thought it was inner ear, however it turned out to be an inflammation around a nerve that ran along the brain stem, meds were need to shrink the swelling, if it would not have been diagnosed right, the outcome would have been severe.
Make sure that they do not just contribute it to your meds because you have depression and it is easy to push a diagnosis that is easier to give than to investigate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you want more info on what vertigo I am familiar with, I can talk to this person and get whatever info you might want.  Please make sure though that you consider what I say!
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   Posted 6/1/2007 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had vertigo on and off for a large part of my life.
Once they told me it was a middle-ear problem, and that I might try cutting back my salt intake. I tried it and it worked!
Then I developed ear infections that wouldn't go away. Antibiotics didn't help. I took Vitamin C in high doses AND gave up milk and ice cream - poof! Ear infections went away, so did the dizziness they caused. I also gave up drinking fruit juice and any cold beverages. I drink filtered tap water, no ice. Cold stuff isn't good for your sinuses, and can cause edema and dizziness.
I know that blood pressure medication can cause vertigo. I tried Lisonopril for my kidneys (my blood pressure is actually quite low) and it made me feel lousy. I had to quit taking it, although it didn't make me dizzy - just tired and depressed.

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   Posted 6/1/2007 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
P.S. Blood pressure medications alarm me. There are natural ways to relieve hypertension, like fish oil and other Omega-3 supplements.

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   Posted 6/1/2007 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Papa Bear,  You may want to do some research along the lines of hypertension and Effexor Xr.  This medication is notorious for having a high percentage of hypertensive side effects.  So, if you already have this problem and take Antivert it could be possible that you may be running into some drug interactions there.

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   Posted 6/2/2007 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Papa Bear -

Several years ago, I suffered vertigo due to a low iron count.  Your blood test should be able to rule out if that's the case or not.




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