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cincrazy
07-03-2012, 06:15 PM
Any of you on here ever experienced the pleasantry of an inner ear infection? It's caused me a great deal of vertigo, which in turn causes anxiety. I just feel off balance and out of sorts. I've been prescribed medicine, so that's good, but can anyone give me any idea when the symptoms will slow down or disappear? This has caued me to miss two days of work already, and I'm afraid if I miss anymore, my job may be in jeopardy.

reds1869
07-03-2012, 06:25 PM
I haven't really dealt with ear infections per se, but I have MS and two of my primary symptoms are vertigo and balance issues. It can be very frustrating but in my experience employers can be quite understanding; I suspect more so in your case where the situation is obviously temporary. I hope you feel better soon. The medication I take to alleviate symptoms does a good job of making me functional at work, though I'm not allowed to drive while on it.

One last piece of non-health related advice (with disclaimer that I'm not a lawyer, yada yada) is to document your doctors visits and any Dx/Rx. The paper trail could come in quite handy.

cincrazy
07-03-2012, 06:32 PM
I haven't really dealt with ear infections per se, but I have MS and two of my primary symptoms are vertigo and balance issues. It can be very frustrating but in my experience employers can be quite understanding; I suspect more so in your case where the situation is obviously temporary. I hope you feel better soon. The medication I take to alleviate symptoms does a good job of making me functional at work, though I'm not allowed to drive while on it.

One last piece of non-health related advice (with disclaimer that I'm not a lawyer, yada yada) is to document your doctors visits and any Dx/Rx. The paper trail could come in quite handy.

Thanks a lot, I appreciate that. Best of luck to you and your MS treatments. How long ago were you diagnosed? My best friend's mother has battled it for close to twenty years. She's an incredibly strong woman.

reds1869
07-03-2012, 06:35 PM
Thanks a lot, I appreciate that. Best of luck to you and your MS treatments. How long ago were you diagnosed? My best friend's mother has battled it for close to twenty years. She's an incredibly strong woman.

I was diagnosed a little over three years ago, even though it feels like logner than that. :) My treatment has gone well and quite honestly at one point I made the decision to not let the disease define or control me. I've seen far to many people with MS sink into total depression and malaise and have vowed to never "be that guy." Best wishes to your friend's mother.

muddie
07-03-2012, 06:43 PM
cincrazy,

I've got a fair amount of hearing loss for a couple of reasons. Primarily loud music but I did have a number of ear infections as a kid growing up. I've got to ask, is your blood pressure in a reasonable range? I'm assuming so but I'll ask based on my experiences. Good luck as well.

Mutaman
07-03-2012, 06:50 PM
Go see a decent Ear nose and throat specialist. I just had a bout of "swimmer's ear", but I guess that's not a big deal. Drops quickly resolved the problem.

cincrazy
07-03-2012, 08:38 PM
cincrazy,

I've got a fair amount of hearing loss for a couple of reasons. Primarily loud music but I did have a number of ear infections as a kid growing up. I've got to ask, is your blood pressure in a reasonable range? I'm assuming so but I'll ask based on my experiences. Good luck as well.

Actually the blood pressure's been trending high lately. And thanks for the good luck :)

cincrazy
07-03-2012, 08:39 PM
cincrazy,

I've got a fair amount of hearing loss for a couple of reasons. Primarily loud music but I did have a number of ear infections as a kid growing up. I've got to ask, is your blood pressure in a reasonable range? I'm assuming so but I'll ask based on my experiences. Good luck as well.

The dizziness from the vertigo really made my heart race, made me very anxious. After repeated readings my BP did go down by the time I left, but it was about 160/90 initially. But that's the norm for me, I get pretty bad whitecoat hypertension.

cincrazy
07-03-2012, 08:39 PM
Go see a decent Ear nose and throat specialist. I just had a bout of "swimmer's ear", but I guess that's not a big deal. Drops quickly resolved the problem.

Thanks Mutaman. If this doesn't heal reasonably soon, I certainly will. He mentioned that I have swimmer's ear in one ear as well. Gave me some drops for that.

Tommyjohn25
07-05-2012, 09:53 AM
I had one back in 2009. Same exact symptoms that you're describing. Stupid think hung around for over a month! Granted I didn't get any medicine for mine so hopefully that shortens yours. I've never had anxiety once in my entire life before that experience, and that was Almost as bad as the vertigo.

cincrazy
07-05-2012, 11:58 AM
I had one back in 2009. Same exact symptoms that you're describing. Stupid think hung around for over a month! Granted I didn't get any medicine for mine so hopefully that shortens yours. I've never had anxiety once in my entire life before that experience, and that was Almost as bad as the vertigo.

Totally agreed. The anxiety is killing me right now. I'm afraid to go anywhere or do anything because I don't know when the vertigo will strike. I can be feeling relatively ok, then BAM, everything's spinning. Both ears are bothering me also, which doesn't help any. The meds I've been given don't seem to be helping. And I've missed every day of work this week but one, and I'm still in my first 90 days, so I'm hoping they don't decide to let me go.

Tommyjohn25
07-05-2012, 02:36 PM
Yeah, that's why my Dr. didn't give me anything. He didn't believe anything but time would be of any help. I hope you don't lose your job though. I have a very understanding boss that was patient with me through it, fortunately.

redsfan1980
07-08-2012, 01:20 PM
god these are horrible... i had one when i was a kid and i cried so much because of the pain

cincrazy
07-19-2012, 02:32 PM
So.... I'm still having problems, making my anxiety worse. I've had brain tests, heart tests, blood work... all fine. They say my ears look ok, that it "may be an inner ear issue," but that it's hard to diagnose. I mean really? This is what I have to go on? Does vertigo persist even after the ear infection is gone?

KoryMac5
07-21-2012, 03:18 PM
Could be the crystals inside your ear causing the dizziness. Went through this a month or so ago when I would get up fast or move my head quick. I would google benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and check on the excercises that they give you to correct it.

Tommyjohn25
07-22-2012, 11:31 AM
My ears only were slightly uncomfortable during my bout with it, but my vertigo lasted almost 3 months.

cumberlandreds
07-24-2012, 01:28 PM
My ears only were slightly uncomfortable during my bout with it, but my vertigo lasted almost 3 months.

You can feel the effects of Vertigo for a long time. About 20 years ago I had vertigo. After I finally got it calmed down enough to be able to walk, I would feel dizzy whenever I looked up or took quick sideways glances. I'd say it took a couple of years or more to be able to not notice dizziness especially when looking straight up.

Tommyjohn25
07-24-2012, 02:22 PM
Man. Glad mine didn't last that long. Ugh.

Tommyjohn25
07-24-2012, 02:35 PM
Crazy how much the anxiety part can affect you. The example I have of it is pretty crazy when I think about it. I am currently 6' tall and weigh in about 200 lbs. I've been around that most of my adult life. I lift weights religiously so my weight slowly increase as I gain muscle. When the anxiety kicked in, I had no appetite, and no energy to go to the gym. When i finally went to the dr I weighed in at 165, and the sweatshirt I was wearing was just hanging off my body. I looked terrible. My first day back at the gym, I had to have assistance putting up 95lbs on a incline bench press. To out that into perspective, my current max is 315. I think if it weren't for the anxiety symptom if the inner ear infection I could've have dealt with it better. That anxiety though, man, it did a number on me. Especially since I had needed dealt with any sort of anxiety before. I also remember when my appetite came back. I couldn't eat fast enough.

cincrazy
07-26-2012, 08:09 PM
Crazy how much the anxiety part can affect you. The example I have of it is pretty crazy when I think about it. I am currently 6' tall and weigh in about 200 lbs. I've been around that most of my adult life. I lift weights religiously so my weight slowly increase as I gain muscle. When the anxiety kicked in, I had no appetite, and no energy to go to the gym. When i finally went to the dr I weighed in at 165, and the sweatshirt I was wearing was just hanging off my body. I looked terrible. My first day back at the gym, I had to have assistance putting up 95lbs on a incline bench press. To out that into perspective, my current max is 315. I think if it weren't for the anxiety symptom if the inner ear infection I could've have dealt with it better. That anxiety though, man, it did a number on me. Especially since I had needed dealt with any sort of anxiety before. I also remember when my appetite came back. I couldn't eat fast enough.

I'm with ya man. These last few days I've FINALLY started to feel better. The dizziness has been bad, but the anxiety was even worse. I was afraid to leave my house, to do ANYTHING. But today and yesterday, I've been in pretty good shape. I think I've turned a corner, thank goodness.

Sea Ray
08-02-2012, 09:37 AM
Any of you on here ever experienced the pleasantry of an inner ear infection? It's caused me a great deal of vertigo, which in turn causes anxiety. I just feel off balance and out of sorts. I've been prescribed medicine, so that's good, but can anyone give me any idea when the symptoms will slow down or disappear? This has caued me to miss two days of work already, and I'm afraid if I miss anymore, my job may be in jeopardy.

Have they talked about Meniere's Disease as a possibility?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9ni%C3%A8re's_disease

cincrazy
08-04-2012, 10:42 AM
Have they talked about Meniere's Disease as a possibility?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9ni%C3%A8re's_disease

They have not, but I've done some research and talked to some people who have it, and it sounds just like what I'm experiencing. It is the WORST. I thought I had turned a corner, was feeling better for over a week, and yesterday was just awful.

redsfanmia
08-05-2012, 03:22 PM
They have not, but I've done some research and talked to some people who have it, and it sounds just like what I'm experiencing. It is the WORST. I thought I had turned a corner, was feeling better for over a week, and yesterday was just awful.

My wife battled dizziness for 2 years with really no definitive diagnosis, she would get better than worse. It always seemed to happen when she was driving. She just recently started driving alone again after like 5 long years. The dizziness caused her anxiety to worsen as well. Good luck.

Sea Ray
08-05-2012, 09:27 PM
My wife battled dizziness for 2 years with really no definitive diagnosis, she would get better than worse. It always seemed to happen when she was driving. She just recently started driving alone again after like 5 long years. The dizziness caused her anxiety to worsen as well. Good luck.

I've had two people in my family diagnosed with Meniere's and in both cases riding in a car was a primary trigger

redsfanmia
08-06-2012, 01:01 PM
I've had two people in my family diagnosed with Meniere's and in both cases riding in a car was a primary trigger

Maybe that is what she had/has she has not had any episodes for a year or so thank god.

Tommyjohn25
08-07-2012, 02:50 PM
It's my understanding that it is highly unlikely for a male to get Meniere's, and that it was most common in middle-aged women going through menopause. I may be wrong though.

Sea Ray
08-07-2012, 02:55 PM
It's my understanding that it is highly unlikely for a male to get Meniere's, and that it was most common in middle-aged women going through menopause. I may be wrong though.

I don't know:


How common is Meniere's disease?
Studies have shown that Meniere's disease affects about 200 out of 100,000 people (or in other words, 2/1000). This is roughly the same prevalence as multiple sclerosis (MS). The majority of people with Meniere's disease are over 40 years of age, with equal distribution between males and females. Interestingly, the Framingham study found that 2/100 people believe they have Meniere's disease in the US, suggesting that misdiagnosis is far more common than the correct diagnosis.
http://www.dizziness-and-balance.com/disorders/menieres/menieres.html#common

My suggestion is to get something that they can cure...:D

cincrazy
08-15-2012, 01:32 AM
I've been feeling much better lately. Still not 100%, but well enough to function anyways. I'm extremely sick to my stomach tonight, which is the first time that's happened in a few weeks. The dizziness has more or less been kept at bay, however. Still having ear pain, although the pressure has subsided and the ringing has stopped.

Sea Ray
08-15-2012, 07:02 PM
I've been feeling much better lately. Still not 100%, but well enough to function anyways. I'm extremely sick to my stomach tonight, which is the first time that's happened in a few weeks. The dizziness has more or less been kept at bay, however. Still having ear pain, although the pressure has subsided and the ringing has stopped.

Thanks for the update. Please continue to keep us posted...:)