Vestibular Migraine, Positional Vertigo, Dizziness

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Date Joined May 2012
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   Posted 5/9/2012 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Once when I was shopping I got very dizzy and saw everything going round. I rushed to emergency and they told me that I had an attack of vertigo. I threw up several times too. After 3/4 days I was normal again. But a month later this sensation came up again and it was very bad. I had to stay 4 days in bed and when I tried to walk a little bit I had to throw up! I talked to an ENT and gave me some medication and also some exercises to do to help me overcome it. But yet again another month and another attack! I talked to another ENT who examined me for nerves and everything was OK and told me that I had Positional vertigo. He also suggested to stop taking the medication because the positional vertigo should go away on it's own. He recommended to exercise more like going walking etc. But still I felt light headed EVERY SINGLE DAY. And yet I had several other attacks, but they weren't as bad as before. I talked again to the first ENT and told me that it is Vestibular migraine, a migraine without the headache itself, but it effects the inner ear. Since he is considering it as a migraine he suggested to stop eating several foods like red meat, mature cheeses, red wine, choclates and spices especially curry. I stopped eating these food but still I have this light headed feeling every day and sometimes it got worst for 2 days. I asked him to do a CT scan but told me that there arent any symptons why I should do it. I don't know what I should do more than I am doing. It's been 6 months now, with continous light headed feeling for 2 and a half months.
Now I decided to do some blood tests and then if the symptons persists I must persude the ENT to refer me for a CT scan. 
Are there any one with vestibular migraine or positional vertigo, and did you found something that helped?

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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 5/10/2012 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
my daughter has been diagnosed with vertiginous migraines............migraines that have vertigo as a major symptom. She takes a small dose of elavil for it and it has cut down on the frequency. Do you have any other symptoms besides the vertigo? Do migraines run in your family? The first ENT is correct in asking you to avoid certain foods to find out if they are triggering the you notice an activity or change in routine that seems to trigger it? When they were monthly did they coincide with your menstrual cycle (this question is of course moot if you are a man!)? I am sorry for all the questions but migraines are usually a rule out diagnosis after testing shows that there is not something else causing the symptoms.

What are you hoping to find out with the blood tests? Could you go see a neurologist or a neuro-opthamologist? My daughter saw a neuro-opthamologist for balance testing to rule out any other issues before they settled on migraines as a diagnosis. Please keep us posted on your journey.

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Date Joined May 2012
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   Posted 5/10/2012 2:21 AM (GMT -6)   
hi thanks for your reply. regarding other symptoms I don't have. The ENT alwasys asks me whether I had some loss of hear or tinitus, but nothing, just the severe vertigo. And yes I have migraines in my family. I have my mum, brother and sister, but them seems that they are controlling it.

That's what I cannot find, what triggers it!! I cannot say that it is stress, because most of the time that they occured I was very relaxed and not in a stressful situation. I cut on certain food but still they keep reoccuring. When they were monthly, I could notice that my nose was blocked, but now I'm fine due to use of nasal spray. I'm a male so no menstrual cycle lol.

Regarding blood test, I don't know exactly what I'm hoping to find! I just want to do them just to see if there's something wrong after talking to my GP what is happening to me. I normally have low iron levels, and now that I'm not eating red meat, I want to check the levels there too. I know that maybe there's no relation between iron and vertigo, but I have to see what the levels are. Maybe I will talk to a neurologist, I never heard of neuro-opthamologist. I will check about it.

In June I have another appointment with another ENT and I heard that she's good. Apparently she does some type of exercises that can help!
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