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Dizziness, ringing in the ears, unable to lay on left side  


Tim A.
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13/11/2020 1:15 pm  

Hello, in February of 2017, I awoke with the room violently spinning. As the spinning gradually lessened, I was left with a constant feeling of being intoxicated that persists to this day. Whenever there is any head movement, it's as if someone has a hold of my head and is constantly moving it around. The intensity of these symptoms varies greatly from day to day. In addition, I have constant ringing in my ears that can change in pitch and volume. Another troubling symptom is that I cannot lay on my left side without causing BPPV. I have been to three vestibular specialists and two PT's that specialize in vestibular issues. One specialist told me to avoid sleeping on my left side and the PT's told me not to avoid any head position. I was diagnosed with vestibular neuritis but my family Doc says that he is "perplexed" because that usually resolves in a few weeks.

Has anyone else experienced these symptoms and have you had success with any treatments?

Cynthia Ryan
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Joined: 10 months ago
Posts: 19
25/11/2020 6:36 pm  

Hi Tim,

Sounds like you have been diagnosed with chronic, recurring BPPV, which can certainly cause dizziness and imbalance between episodes. Have you been diagnosed with any other concurrent vestibular disorders, such as Meniere's disease? Have you undergone a full battery of vestibular tests? Did your physical therapists prescribe any exercises?