How Can I Take to Treat Vertigo?

My wonderful mother (who turns 89 on July 1st) is having frequent problems with vertigo and headaches. She had a bad cold a few years ago, and the problems started then. She also lost most of her hearing in one ear.

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Do any of you have any suggestions on what she can take to control these problems? Tylenol Migraine helps with the headaches, but she doesn't know how to get rid of the vertigo. Thanks for all of your help.

By Kathy from Wichita, KS

April 28, 20100 found this helpful

Vertigo is often associated with ear problems. This is something to take up with her doctor, as it could be the sign of something more serious.

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April 28, 20100 found this helpful

When I had a few attacks a couple of years ago I was prescribed SERC tablets from my doctor, within half an hour it got rid of it. I feel for her it's very unsettling. I hope it goes away soon, mine did eventually. Monique :)

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April 28, 20100 found this helpful

Seems allergies can trigger Vertigo also. Many people have it this year that never had it before.

After your mom see's her DR. maybe Zyrtec/OTC cetirizine would help her. Even the vet recommended a 1/4th tablet for our Buddy during the times he chews on his foot/leg. Allergies, even our poor little dog.

GG VI

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April 29, 20100 found this helpful

Ask your doctor for a referral to an ENT Specialist as it may be a inner ear problem. I too had a similar situation and the ENT sent me to an Audiologist who also specializes in Dizzyness/Vertigo issues. He did a test to diagnose the problem and I am able to control my Vertigo by using the Epley Manuver. Some specialists want to perform the Manuver themselves whereas others will teach you how it's done. By all means get it checked out as it's miserable to live with. Good Luck!

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April 29, 20100 found this helpful

Vertigo and loss of hearing? Ear problems. This is not something you can treat at home; you need to see a doctor, and perhaps even a specialist. Go with your mom and insist that something gets done and that she get referred to a specialist.

My mom had a sore knee for several years. She had painkillers and so on. She was in her late 70's. Finally, when she saw a specialist, he x-rayed her HIP, and she had a replacement in 3 months. The problem was not so much with the family doctor, as with my mom, who never insisted that she needed to SEE the specialist.

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April 29, 20100 found this helpful

I'm the one who posted this question. Thank you all for your suggestions! I just talked with my mom about them, and she was quite interested in what all of you wrote. She has been to the doctor and an ENT about this problem, but they have been unable to help her, so that's why we're trying to find something that will help her. I appreciate all of your interest in this matter.

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April 29, 20100 found this helpful

I have suffered recurrently from vertigo - it can be caused by a brain tumor but this is rare. Following a cold or virus, crystals can build up in your inner ear - when they are dislodged the vertigo disappears. This is a simple exercise to perform and your GP should be able to help you. Get your mother to lie on her side facing one direction. Slowly get her to sit up and lie down on her side facing the other direction. Be there to assist because she may become very dizzy. Repeat this a few times, and make sure you do it slowly. Vertigo can also be caused from dehydration, so increase the water intake. Hope it works for you! Good luck

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April 30, 20100 found this helpful

It may be possible that she has "menairs" I know that is not the correct spelling but that is the way it sounds. It's an inner ear problem that can eventually causes hearing loss. There are no good "cures". My mom has it and taking ginger helps her a lot.

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