Experience Project iOS Android Apps | Download EP for your Mobile Device

The 24/7 Carnival Cruise

I am suffering from vertigo since May. I have been going from doctor to doctor with no result. I was told yesterday  I may have positional vertigo. All tests came back ok, but I see no improvement despite the meds I am taking  (  I was prescribed Betaserc and an over the counter motion sickness medication).I feel like I am on a boat all the time,and my head is rocking back and forth. I can´t explain it any other way.
It is getting very difficult for me to lead a normal life.  All I want is to stay in bed and watch the world spin from a safe place.
Any ideas or suggestions  ??
underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 11 Responses Aug 17, 2011

Your Response


I feel your pain have been suffering with it sense dec. of 2010. Ihavent quit spinning sense feb of11 . I have had test all coming back normal. been on meds but nothing helps. I cant get disability because no doc can pinpoint what it is. I cant walk staight, let along drive straight. But thats whati i do for a living is drive. My memory is poor now my hearing loss is real bad along with bad headachs. Have had that sense april of 2008. I will keep you in my prayers.

Have you tried the migraine diet, this was recommended by my ENT specialist after a series of tests led to a diagnosis of vertiginous migraine - no dairy, no caffeine, no chocolate, no red wine, no MSG, no citrus, no banana and no pineapple. I know it sounds limiting and soya milk in decaffinated tea is an acquired taste but there are lots of other food out there and I certainly don't starve (plus there is always champagne). <br />
They also advise adequate sleep, regular meals, no stress and no exessive excercise an I do seem to be worse when I have a lot of things going on in my life and if i am short on sleep.. <br />
If you are in the UK you can asked to be referred to an ENT Specialist<br />
In the US of A they call it Vestibular Migraine and also advise reducing salt in the diet and ensuring you drink enough water - i sometimes find that just drinking a large glass of water when a bout of vertigo starts, can help ward it off.<br />
I hope that this is of some help

hello i first experinced vertigo symtoms in july 2010,it lasted a year,i fought hard to rid this virus from my mind ,in the health food stores theres some pill called vetoligy..two bottles later,it worked.i found that stay away from air conditions and bright lights ,and grocery went away..good luck

Yes,vertigo can be quite unbearable.<br />
<br />
Unfortunately I am still trying to find the cause of mine.<br />
<br />
Hopefully I will find the reason and the cure for it very soon.<br />
<br />
Thanks for your good wishes.

I hear ya on the pain some doctors can be. Sometimes you'll luck out and get a really good one, and they can make all the difference. Has this gotten any better for you? I know with my hemiplegic migraines, it took a couple months for the treatment to even start having an effect, and it has gotten a bit better with each month. If it is migraine related, there are things you can start doing with journaling your daily meals to see if something stands out, and eliminating common migraine triggers. Is the dizziness constant? Does it ever go away? I do hope you can find a good neurologist..


Sadly, no, geetar, or at least not yet.<br />
<br />
I have had to do some research on my own. There is something called vestibular migraine which happens to have the same symptoms I am experiencing but of course, this should have to be confirmed and treated by a doctor.............another doctor... ( sigh )...<br />
<br />
Thanks for your comment and good wishes.

Have you figured this out yet UC?<br />
Hope you are feeling better.

Hi Scoobs,<br />
I am taking ginger ( which helps with nausea ). I was just told I may have positional vertigo over the phone when I called my doctor to ask him about an OTC med another doctor suggested.<br />
No excercises were mentioned.<br />
I don´t know which is more annoying, the dizziness in my head or the carrousel of doctors I am seeing who just seem to say whatever when they don´t have a clue as for the answer to my vertigo.

Thanks for your comment, my friend.<br />
<br />
No I have not stopped any medication. After I got dizzy I started seeing doctors and I was prescribed Levothyroxine after my TSH levels and thyroid antibodies were found to be quite high ( off the charts ). I am taking this med since July and I have an appt with an endocrinologist this week to see if the dosage is correct and if the medication is working properly.<br />
The vertigo however, has remained constant. As I wrote I was prescribed those two meds for vertigo but I have not felt any better, not one tiny bit. It is not fun to feel you are on a boat, particulary when you are not !! :-)

Have you tried the Ginko or ginger? There are exercises too for positional vertigo. Any luck with that?