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    I have been, at times, getting dizzy and a friend of mine told me recently that I veer to the right when walking. I have always had motion sickness since I was a kid and it is getting worse (motion sickness may be related). I am going to tell my Dr. when I see him about these symptoms. I heard there are some tests they can give you to find out if you have an inner ear problem. I suspect that I may, but won't know for sure until I get a diagnosis from the Dr. and he gives me some tests. Not sure what the tests are like. If anyone knows what the test/s consist of, please let me know what I am in store for. If it is a low grade infection, I think they can treat that with antibiotics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrinkofWtr View Post
    I have been, at times, getting dizzy and a friend of mine told me recently that I veer to the right when walking. I have always had motion sickness since I was a kid and it is getting worse (motion sickness may be related). I am going to tell my Dr. when I see him about these symptoms. I heard there are some tests they can give you to find out if you have an inner ear problem. I suspect that I may, but won't know for sure until I get a diagnosis from the Dr. and he gives me some tests. Not sure what the tests are like. If anyone knows what the test/s consist of, please let me know what I am in store for. If it is a low grade infection, I think they can treat that with antibiotics.
    I had that a couple of months ago, but it was so bad, that I kept falling. The doc. suspected that the nerve in my ear was inflamed and upped my anti inflametories. It went away in 8 days.

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    I've had inner ear problems since my early thirties...room flipping vertigo, the whole bit. Docs always thought it was inner ear infection, so they gave me antibiotics, etc. It would come and go without any rhyme or reason. Finally, about 5 years ago when I started having constant nausea, extreme fatigue, and joint pain along with the room flipping vertigo, I went to an ear specialist. At first, he thought it was BPPV (where the crystals in your inner ear become displaced, causing vertigo, dizziness and balance issues until the crystals fall back where they are supposed to be)....except that BPPV did not account for my fatigue, weight loss, etc. I insisted something else was going on. Doc said he didn't think so, but would test my blood for antibodies to see if there was an autoimmune issue. He did, and boy was there. My ana came back at 1: 5120!!

    Despite the lab results indicating a serious autoimmune issue, the ear doctor still wanted to believe it was BPPV (ha ha), but he sent me to a rheumatologist anyway. My rheumatologist doesn't think it could have anything to do with lupus, which we now know I have. I think the vertigo and balance issues have always has been caused by lupus, I just did not know I had it back in my thirties. If lupus can inflame my joints, why can't it inflame my inner ear? But what do I know...docs know everything, right??? (again, ha ha).

    All that being said, I've had all the inner ear tests. Some of the tests check your balance by having you stand with your eyes closed, etc., some check your inner ear to see if the vertigo can be induced by running water in your ear, etc. None of the tests I had were painful. Hopefully, you have something as benign as BPPV, which lots of people have. It is not necessarily harmful, other than it causes balance issues (thus, the veering while walking) etc.

    Hope this info was helpful. If you have any more questions, pm me. I think I've said enough here to put everyone to sleep
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    Pearl - Room flipping vertigo is the pergect way to explain it! I've had Vertigo, it's horrible, but after a few days of meds, I was walking straight as an arrow again. Mostly.

    Hope you feel better soon DrinkofWtr

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    I have Meniere's syndrome, which also causes room flipping vertigo, strange sounds in the ears and hearing loss. I've been told that it is a neurological problem, so I wonder if it could be somehow related to the CNS version of Lupus?
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    Funny you mention this now...
    The last 2 weeks i have had extremely sore ears, and have been having dizzy spells where everything just...moves???
    I hope its just an infection and not something else :S
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    I have had dizzy spells since i was 6. They got so bad at times that i would be on the couch for 1-3 days sometimes. I still get these just not as often. I DO get ear infections easily(also have since 6 yrs of age),along with pressure, LOUD ringing and bumping off the walls as i walk through my house! Makes the kids laugh! When i flare my left ear more so than the right, gets all these symptoms along with my dizziness and vertigo,it gets so bad i get nauseated and even throw up sometimes. My ENT did some tests but found nothing, he thinks its my inner ear inflamed along with the rest of my body when i am sick and/or when i flare. Makes sense to him and i, especially since tests showed nothing. Its weird though, its always the left side of my body that is effected WORSE when im sick and/or flare. My floaters and curtains are even worse in that eye than my right etc. etc.
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    I so appreciate all of your replies and scenarios of what may be going on with my ears. I am certainly going to address this issue the next time I see the Dr. and if it gets too bad I will try and make an early appt. with him.

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    Im thinking about you!!!! GOOD LUCK with the ear issues!!!!!!
    We Live in a MORTAL, FRAIL, IMPERFECT world in which the word "FAIR" doesn't always apply.Make EVERY MOMENT COUNT with the ones you LOVE because it can end in the blink of an eye. Love, Jeannette

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