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Permanent dizziness while vertical/walking

Palioly profile image

Does anyone out there recognise my problem ? Basically every moment I am either vertical or walking, I have about 10-15% dizziness; but none when either sitting or lying down. It's as if I have drunk about 3/4, (three-quarters), of a bottle of a good red wine, but without getting the alcoholic buzz. Running (I was a regular parkrunner) is impossible as I weave from side to side if attempted.

I have had local Hospital tests in Audiology, E N &T, (no ear canal problems); Neurology, (no brain tumors), and Cardiology, (one stent fitted 9 years ago) - with no solution reached, apart from a tentative diagnosis of BPPV, which is Benign Positional Postural Vertigo.

I'm 77 and otherwise quite fit, with a BMI of 22.5, and a weight of 68.5kg, but effectively disabled from other than short walks.

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OsidgeModerator

Sorry to hear about your problems. Have they ruled out blood pressure problems or narrowing of the arteries into the brain?

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Palioly in reply to Osidge

Neurologist said no tumours, but some signs of old age - after an MRI head scan. Blood pressure controlled by Bisoprolol & Candesartan for years. Dizziness started off about 5 years back (well after my heart problem), with occasional trouble when running, but has slowly got more permanent over the years, so as I have had to give up the running and long walks.

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OsidgeModerator in reply to Palioly

I mentioned the artery issue as global brain ischaemia (Reduced blood supply) can cause dizziness and vertigo but perhaps that was looked at during your MRI

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Palioly in reply to Osidge

Hopefully, and I did actually see the Hospital's Consultant Neurosurgeon.

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Galen70 in reply to Palioly

Did the cardiologists suggest any change in your blood pressure tabs , to see if this might help ?

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Palioly in reply to Galen70

Yes - the Beta Blocker and the Candesartan I have both taken for nine years, were halved from previous level, but this had no effect, except to allow my BP to go up a bit.

I sometimes get partial relief using Betahistine.

This could be a case of Ménière's disease (MD), which is a disorder of the inner ear that is characterized by episodes of feeling like the world is spinning (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and a fullness in the ear. My dad who is 72 was diagnosed with this.

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digar in reply to digar

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mén...

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Oiroiroir in reply to digar

I agree, all my tests with regard to inner ear came back normal and in the end the ENT consultant said it was MD, I was given medication which helped a bit but it just took time, probably 18 months before it went. I really hope you get some relief as it’s awful to deal with.

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Palioly in reply to Oiroiroir

What is "MD" please ? What medication ?

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Oiroiroir in reply to Palioly

Meniere’s Disease. Give it a google and see if it’s worth mentioning to the consultant or GP.

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Palioly in reply to digar

My EN&T Consultant did rule out any defect of the inner ears after extensive tests in his Audiolgy dept.

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Palioly in reply to digar

Saw ENT Consultant for several tests, but BPPV was the bestvhe culd call my problem. Said not to be an inner ear problem.

I would bet you have vestibular neuritis. This sounds like exactly what I went through. Had all the same test and many more! The Epley maneuver worked great for me, other than that it just took time.

What is "Vestibular neuritis"? - this is a name that has not occurred in any of my consultations so far.

Sounds like Vertigo. There are two types. One is cured by an adjustment similar to chiropractic. The other requires physical therapy to retrain the nerve connections between the eyes, innner ear and feet. Get a referral to a neurologist who specializes in dizziness. If the problem were sporadic. it might indicate heart arrhymia.

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Palioly in reply to jimfromcalif

Problem not sporadic - is with me every waking minute when I stand up and walk - even around the house. No problem siting down or lying in bed.

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Palioly in reply to jimfromcalif

BPPV was the only comment from an ENT Consultant.

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