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.....