Like many of you, I’ve been to numerous doctors and have had every test available- CT scans, ENG tests, MRI, etc, but nothing could be found. Since I didn’t have vertigo or Menieres or a brain tumor,I got schlepped off to the psychiatry department where I was given the “we don’t know what is wrong with you so we’re gonna say it’s anxiety” diagnosis.
I’ve tried numerous SSRIs to varying success, but what ultimately ended up working best was venlafaxine (aka Effexor). It took a few months but I started feeling relatively normal. Within the first year or so, I would sometimes feel about 50% better or 70% and so on. My doctor increased the dose when I would regress until I was taking 300mg. For 6 years this medication worked pretty well. I was able to work and live a good life. I did have some periods where I would go down to 50% for a bit, but it would gradually go away. Unfortunately, i’m dealing with one of the “down” periods where the dizziness is back and is sticking around. I don’t know if I have to wait it out again or if this is something different. But even though I’m going through this down period now, I did have many years of good health where I was able to work fully, travel, and enjoy myself all thanks to the Effexor.
I was also lucky to have minimal side effects, the worst was night sweats, but I found that a small price to pay for a dizzy-free life. I’ve also started taking vitamin supplements as I was insufficient in B12 and D, since I believe it’s important to take care of your body.
I am currently taking klonopin which helps with the dizziness. I am hoping my body will work itself out of whatever is going on that the Effexor is not helping, but until then, the klonopin helps me get to work and go through the day. I’ll keep you updated.
eliuri: thanks, michael...really do appreciate it..as i said most other forums , their layout works fine with me..im a bit visually hypersensitive..so thanks for accomodating this weakness of mine
May 13, 2015 20:11:04 GMT -5
Michael T: Aye Aye Captain
May 14, 2015 17:42:52 GMT -5
eliuri: well, now that Mt Sinai hospital has developed a successful treatment for Mdds, a long cruise might induce the Mdds..so ill rock in opposite direction...that will of course get rid of the CSD by neutralizing it...So anyhow, bring on those ships
May 14, 2015 20:00:02 GMT -5
ccube1234: The spinning has not stopped. I'm following up with doctor in a couple of weeks. I took 3 Zoloft today. It should take a couple of days to see if it takes effect.
Aug 4, 2015 13:30:05 GMT -5
jools: What's up everyone? It's been way too quiet lately.
Sept 7, 2015 10:17:46 GMT -5
Michael T: Hi Jools, yes WAYYYYYY too quiet !!!
Nov 27, 2015 19:16:50 GMT -5
jools: Does anyone know what has happened to Dizzytimes.com forums? Has the community moved somewhere else?
Nov 30, 2015 6:11:24 GMT -5
Michael T: Not sure Jool, sorry, I havent looked !
Jan 6, 2016 4:28:58 GMT -5
charliegirl: Hi everyone. I am so happy I have found this forum. I am a female, 56 yrs. old. I know I have BPPV, but this is a real eye opener and a real explanation for my constant feeling of unsteadiness between BPPV attacks.
Apr 24, 2016 11:20:34 GMT -5
Michael T: Test Test ----- Helooooooo !! lol, lets re-energize this board !
Nov 9, 2016 18:23:04 GMT -5
woodsy: Hi I'm new to this forum but have the same issues as many,
Mar 31, 2018 7:42:40 GMT -5
woodsy: P my dizziness clears up if I take benzio
Mar 31, 2018 7:43:45 GMT -5
woodsy: or if I drink alcohol
Mar 31, 2018 7:44:33 GMT -5
woodsy: why is there not a simple explanation ? My doctor does not know the answer, how is this condition treated?
Mar 31, 2018 7:46:50 GMT -5
levade: The benzos work! Oddly enough a low dose of halcion in the morning got rid of dizziness right away! ( But my Dr wouldn't give it to me because it's for sleeping.....gave me Xanax instead........which didn't work nearly as well.
Apr 10, 2018 8:14:21 GMT -5
zambi: Finally a diagnostic category! New user, 10 years pppd
Jul 18, 2018 17:01:26 GMT -5
zambi: Could hydrocodone for back injury cause or exacerbate pppd?
Jul 18, 2018 17:07:04 GMT -5