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ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
10/16/13 7:09 P

You might also want to check out the Epley Maneuver or "log roll" (there are lots of videos on YouTube showing them). I've used these exercises regularly and they have totally eradicated the vertigo for me. It was my doc who sent me to YouTube to look for the videos.

LINRN1203 Posts: 4
10/16/13 6:56 P

Yep! Those 'crystals' are actually tiny, little stones. Think of a long tube with grass growing on the bottom and the little rocks lined up at intervals on top of the grass. Now roll up that tube (like a coil). The rocks are assigned to touch certain pieces of grass so when you move, even with your eyes closed, you can tell what position you are in. The problem with labrynthitis (or positional vertigo) is those rocks are touching different pieces of grass than they are supposed to be touching so you feel like you are in a different position than the rest of your body is telling you that you are. Sometimes viruses or a cold cause a fluid change in that tube and those darn little rocks just don't remember where they are supposed to be.
Hope that help explain it!

LINRN1203 Posts: 4
10/16/13 6:46 P

When you purchase the Dramamine make sure you read the label - there are 2 kinds but meclizine IS one of them. I found I can take 1/2 a tab and it works without making me sleepy.

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
10/16/13 11:42 A

yes, officially, "Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo" -- BPPV. Thank you for the mental nudge! lol

I added a link to my post describing it. It's at least something to think of outside of blood pressure problems.

Hope the OP finds some relief! and thanks again for the reminder. I hope those crystals haven't gotten into my memory, too! hehe

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10/16/13 11:41 A

Nana4girls and Exotec, I'm pretty sure that it's the positional vertigo that you both mentioned. I think she mentioned the technique used to get the crystals back into place. I may ask her about it the next time I go to the doctor. I could probably do without the prescription. I only take it when needed. So, for now, I don't mind. It is good to have the alternatives though.

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10/16/13 11:30 A

I believe what you are referring to is called Positional Vertigo

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
10/16/13 9:47 A

Another consideration:

I also have a version of "vertigo." I can't recall right off the top of my head the name for it at the moment, naturally! But it's caused by displaced or loose crystals in your ear.

Evidently, there are some crystals which are supposed to be adhered to some portion of your inner ear. For reasons unknown (to me), sometimes those crystals come loose and float around, creating severe vertigo under particular conditions, such as turning over in bed, putting your head back, turning a certain way, etc. This sounds a bit like what you're describing.

The solution is a physical/mechanical "correction," in which they lay you down and turn your head this way and that and sit you up and lay you back down, it's a regular procedure. There's no guarantee that those crystals won't come loose again afterwards; sometimes it takes several adjustments, and sometimes it's ongoing. I've had it done a few times, and it lasts for a while and then starts creeping back. At the moment, I know what will bring it on and try to just not do those things! But it does help, and it doesn't require the addition of yet more toxic chemicals (meds) into my system.

You might enquire of your doctor whether s/he has heard of this and/or thinks it might be a factor for you. Naturally, it's easier to just write a scrip. It's at least worth checking into from the patient's perspective.

I Googled it!
Here's a better description:

Good luck!

Edited by: EXOTEC at: 10/16/2013 (09:49)
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10/16/13 1:02 A

Have a RX full for when the MS causes bad vertigo. It helps!

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10/15/13 8:54 P

I work in the pharmacy & that is what is used by our patients, yes it does help. My Mom had to take it for vertigo. Some people it takes longer to overcome. Take Care

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10/15/13 7:54 P

Yes, I take Meclizine and have for several years. Dramamine does not help me with the dizziness. I, also, use allergen ear drops for my right ear. I have motion sickness as well. I do some balance exercises as well.

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10/15/13 7:42 P

I take it for situational vertigo -- and it works. Dramamine only helped me with the nausea.

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10/15/13 7:28 P

I also have bouts of Vertigo, it can be awful. I have taken Meclizine, but now I just take Dramine, it is the same thing, and the Doctor is the one that gave me that advise. It works, and you can keep it on hand.

Edited by: NANAS4GIRLS at: 10/15/2013 (21:37)
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10/15/13 6:56 P

It seems to help. I have only been taking it on days that I've been doing strength training (so once a day, 3x/week). Although, I have taken it everyday this week. I don't know if it's my imagination or if it is for real, but it feels like the med. helps to make my left ear not feel full (like there is cotton stuck in my ear). My blood pressure tends to stay on the low side of normal. That seems to be the pattern anyway (I'm a platelet donor and they mentioned it once or twice). I don't get motion sickness. I'm glad I don't, especially since I love traveling along mountain rodes. Anyway, the dizziness I have only lasts a few seconds, but it's uncomfortable.

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10/15/13 6:51 P

Meclizine is the generic of the over-the-counter drug they tell you to buy if you get motion sickness (can't remember the name off the top of my head). My partner has MS and dizziness is a common occurrence, so that's what she takes. The dizziness comes and goes and I hope it does for you too!!!

ANDILH Posts: 1,543
10/15/13 6:09 P

I've used this medication in the past. I had very good results, but took it sparingly because I found myself wanting/needing it all the time. My blood pressure is actually very low, all the time, which causes a lot of my dizziness. I still have it to use as needed, so I use it when I have ear infections primarily now.
I hope you have good results and start feeling better soon. I think vertigo/dizziness is far more awful than people realize. I also get motion sick, so the vertigo was even worse for me because every time it popped up, so did the motion sickness. Ugh.
Good luck!

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10/15/13 11:57 A

About a month ago, I went to the doctor for dizziness that only occurred when I did certain things (turning over in bed while trying to get comfortable and doing bridges, bridge-ups, and single leg bridge-ups). Anyway, my doctor asked some questions and then checked my blood pressure when laying/lying down, when sitting up from being on my back, and then when I stood up. The blood pressure shot up when I sat up and was in my normal range when I was on my back and standing up (my blood pressure has always been normal). So, she prescribed Meclizine (25 mg) she said to take it once every 8 hours (up to 3x/day) as needed. It does seem to help with balance and the dizziness is not as bad. I haven't had any side effects (at least not that I have noticed).

I was wondering if anyone else has taken or is taking Meclizine for dizziness/vertigo and if it helps you. Have you been able to go back to doing activities you weren't able to do because of the dizziness (specifically focusing on exercises)?

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