I really hope someone can help. I recently read a discussion in one of these forums about Vertigo being related to Allergies and a few people were going to try the Joseph Miller technique. I believe the technique has to do with the influenza vaccine in order to conquer HSV-1. I have been a Vertigo sufferer for 9 yrs now and I get it every year at the same time (May and it lasts until Sept). I suffer for a good 4 months and concluded its gotta be allergy related if its always in the Spring. Can someone help and tell me how to administer the Joseph Miller technique? I tried researching it online and cant find anything. I went to every doctor and had every test to find everything is normal. This is my last hope...please help!
Ask the doctor to prescribe you Allegra, or non-drowsy anti-histamine. I can't give you the medical terminology, but it has something to do with "drying up" the area in the head (inner ear) that causes this. I have been hospitalized with vertigo before (until I knew what the problem was). Dizziness, nausea, hyperventilating etc... the whole thing. Taking Allegra during the "vertigo season" (late summer) totally prevents them from coming on at all. You have to take one pill a day. It works as a preventative remedy. It won't work as well after the dizziness as already started. I've used Claritin as well, and this also works. Any "non-drowsy" antihistamine will work.
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get some local honey and use it like a medicine several times a day, putting it in green tea with lemon. it will help your allergies. When you have vertigo, go online and find a video of the EPLEY maneuver. It works instantly, it's easy, it's natural and you can do it on yourself after you learn it well. The other techniques are insufficient or laborious. If you don't feel good after it is performed, try it again. Don't lie down with head tilted back, to avoid recurring symptoms.
I have been experiencing the very same thing. It starts with early spring April and lasts until the first part of summer. It begins with a high pitched ringing in my ears and then I get the motion sickness and vertigo sensations that I swear are going to drive me nuts! I just started taking over the counter Benedryl and HATE taking drugs of any kind. I would rather take herbs or work with natural cures if possible. I have not yet tried the EPLEY maneuver but definitely plan to do so tonight. Do you think the local honey (B caps) would work for me as well as Benedryl? Please HELP-I can't go through another Spring like this!!!
This is the first good advise I've heard. I have had a runny nose and a huge amount of pressure in my ears. I've had the fluid in my ears for 3 years now but this is the first time I've had Vertigo with it. It's going on 15 days solid! I've tried Meclizine which only sorta helps, and have been taking Allegra D, but it doesn't seem to work as well as the over the counter ones. Anybody know how to or what to take to dry up the fluid in my ears? I've just been told by an otologist that I "may have" Menier's and to do a low sodium diet. No questions about anything else, just that and basically said have a nice life. No blood test's, no MRI's nothing. Just said oh well you don't have an ear infection have a nice day.
I am having the same symptoms that you are and no answers either!! I have constant dizziness and spells of vertigo where the whole room moves. I went to the ER a month ago where they did a CT scan and they diagnosed me with an inner ear infection. I then followed up with an ENT and he said no ear infection or fluid in ears but possibily Meniere's! I went in for a VNG test and he said "some weakness in both ears" but never diagnosed me with anything. I feel like I am getting the run-a-around and I've tried every allergy medicine but they all caused more dizziness and also makes me drowsy!!
I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth in Texas and have been going to a doctor who treats Menieres (http://owensearcenter.com/ ) If you don't live in this area I would call them and see if they can give you a referral. I was given his name by a doctor in Austin (my cousin see him for this same condition).
Avoid any doctor that says you have Meniere's. Meniere's is just saying you have 3 symptoms that come from an inner ear disorder and the cause is unknown. You already knew that before you went to the doctor. Sometimes vertigo is hard to diagnose. Vertigo can come from Endolymphatic Hydrops (endolyph fluid causing an inner ear sac to fill and expand out of parameters and becomes toxic to vestibular nerves) controlled somewhat with the Zone diet (too low sodium and Valium a BAD idea), Benign positional vertigo from crystals (treated with Epley maneuver), Perlympth fistula (treated with weeks of bed rest and surgery), etc. What caused these conditions to occur varies from trauma, virus, environmental toxins, etc. What triggers vertigo that comes from one of these underlying conditions can be many factors with allergy a consideration especially if reoccurring at the same time. After 5 years of vertigo, migraine headache, vomiting, hearing loss, tinnitus, hyperacusis, etc., that happened randomly for no reason, I underwent a inner ear 3 1/2 hour drip steriod perfusion that gave me 4 years with little problem. An occasional dizziness if I ate too much sugar or unbalanced my diet for a period of time. The last year in feb. all hell broke loose and I was in vertigo with daily vomiting for several weeks ending up in emergency for IV hydration. I was given Zofran to dissolve under my tongue for vomiting and it was a life saver for the vomiting and helped some with vertigo, but not much. The vertigo lasted till May, with some mild dizziness in June and July. Then I was fine until middle of Feb this year. With Zofran I have not vomited once, but have spent a few days in bed and the rest with dizziness varying from very light to vertigo. I believe because the steroid perfusion wore off, that now my Hydrops is being triggered by allergy and research shows that the Juniper pollen is at a very high level last year and this year. This makes sense because my vertigo started in Feb when the winds were blowing from down state where large areas are covered with Junipers. I have tried meclazine, various allergy meds, Allegra, etc and no result other than headache worse. I take acyclovir anti viral med. daily so reoccurring virus is not the issue. I am calling the doctor today to see about any oral steroids that might help. I cannot afford another perfusion or neuro-otologist visit. Thanks for the post from others here who seems to have their vertigo (whatever cause) triggered by allergies. Bear in mind that allergies do not usually cause vertigo, but can aggravate an underlying disorder. Please do not let anyone tell you that you have meniere's disease. There is no such diagnosis. You may have the symptoms described by Dr. Meniere in the 1800's and said to have Meniere's syndrome, but that is not a disorder or disease, just a label and a simple way of saying you have vertigo, hearing loss, and tinnitus. Any doctor that tells a patient they have Meniere's DISEASE and scares them with this mysterious non existent disease, should have their license pulled.Chances are with these 3 symptoms one has Endolymphatic Hydrops and understanding what is happening in your inner ear helps treat it and learn to live with it. Get a diagnosis from a neuro-otologist if you can afford it. Ask if they believe Meniere's Disease is a scientific diagnosis. If so look for another doctor because you are wasting your money with a doctor that cannot admit he/she cannot diagnose you so he/she calls it Meniere's disease. I am going to try the oral steroids.
Thank you for sharing your experiences with vertigo. It is so refreshing to hear someone who has been down this road as I am traveling.
I've only been to a few doctors but I have experienced what you have yet in a small way. They will not believe me when I tell them my vertigo is traced every time to my allergy to sugar and even when I've had too many carbs. I try to be so careful because an attack of vertigo is the worst thing I have ever experienced. My wife will blindfold me and let me sit in a straight chair....but it has lasted for up to '3' days in that intensity and you have to move sometime. I have made a copy of your experience and will refer to your trials. Thanks again for sharing. dwight
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