I Called My Neurologist About The Dizzies

The advice given by my husband and many friends about my dizzies was to contact my Neurologist. So I did!! Dr. Reddy, my new Neurologist, had two concerns. The first concern was that my dizzy episodes could be related to a relapse. The second concern was that of a inner ear problem.

Dr. Reddy immediately arranged for a MRI to be conducted next week. If the MRI shows no new lesions he will refer me to a Inner Ear 👂 Specialist.

Dr. Reddy felt certain that stress would not cause me to feel like I was spinning or to feel a loss of balance. His primary worry was a relapse so while I had a MRI in late May I’m getting another a mere 2-3 months later. Lucky for me I have met my deductible for the year.

A brain lesion is an abnormality seen on a brain-imaging test, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT). On CT or MRI scans, brain lesions appear as dark or light spots that don’t look like normal brain tissue.

Source: http://www.MSFOCUSMAGAZINE.org

1) Vertigo and dizziness in multiple sclerosis is usually caused by a growth of an existing lesion or the appearance of a new lesion on the brain stem or cerebellum, the area in the brain that controls balance.

2) Vertigo can also be a symptom of a problem with the inner ear. Other possible causes of dizziness or vertigo include certain medications, blood vessel disease, migraine, stroke, high and low blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, or even infections such as the flu.

3) A common cause of vertigo in all people is benign paroxysmal positioning vertigo, which is not a result of demyelination. BPPV occurs when crystals of calcium carbonate collect in specific parts of the ear canal that affect the vestibular system. When you move your head these crystal can dislodge from the tiny hairs in your ear and cause the hairs to move, sending false signals to the brain that results in vertigo.

4) Because dizziness and lightheadedness can be symptoms of other potentially serious conditions, always contact your physician to rule out other causes and determine whether or not these symptoms are related to your MS.

5) Once your doctor determines the cause of your vertigo, they can prescribe specific medications to treat vertigo. Over-the-counter anti-motion sickness medications available as oral tablets or as skin patches may resolve the problem.

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25 thoughts on “I Called My Neurologist About The Dizzies”

    1. Thank You Dutch!!!

      Your words were right on. My problem is I always assume things like dizziness are par for the game of MS. So, I feel like I am sharing info with my Neurologist that he can do nothing about. When my Neurologist returned my call the first thing he said was “I’m glad you called”.

      Lucky me — really appreciate my new Neurologist!!

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      1. Like life, medicine is constantly changing.. what may not have worked yesterday may work tomorrow… hope your doctor can help so you can enjoy life some better… there is a lot of living to do…. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Grace!! Like I said to another I tend to feel like things like dizziness are par for the game of MS. Makes me feel like I just need to deal with it. My BLOG allowed me to share my current issue. Lucky for me people that cared to read made it known how I should proceed. New experience— feel lucky to belong to this BLOGGING Community of people!!!

      Rest friend!!!! Your in my thoughts.

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      1. I’ve had several people tell me to just walk in the rain – why am I stubborn? So many years of taking the bus and standing waiting on the bus in rain, sleet, snow and yucky stuff … maybe this old dog can learn new tricks?

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      2. Maybe I have to be less rigid thinking … if it is not a torrential rain I’ll go next time as I try to reach this goal. Maybe a lot more birds as they love splashing in the puddles. I miss the birdbaths I used to have – can’t have them as I got rats from the house behind who left their pit bull out 24/7/365. I am going to e-mail you a story – I was about to do that … so scary. P.S. – I don’t mind worms! Hate spiders and centipedes, but I’m cool with worms.

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      3. Lucky you if you’ve never seen a centipede! They have a lot of legs and move like greased lightening. They are in basements alot, but come up through the pipes – I am scared to death of them. Here’s a picture of them. The millipedes aren’t as bad – they have lots of legs, but they are small and they wiggle more than run. These things run light the wind, believe me. https://www.orkin.com/other/centipedes/

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      4. You would not believe what I do when one has been sighted upstairs – but you likely would do the same thing. I have spotted several this Summer and two I killed. The rest are at large. I have a tall little metal table and I put my slippers on there at night and cover them with a paper napkin over top to ensure nothing crawls inside. My walking shoes and my street shoes (one pair of moccasins, I don’t get dressed up anymore since I work from home) are in plastic boxes in the cellarway – same with boots in the Winter. I don’t like spiders at all either. Why did God make creepy crawlies anyway?

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  1. I am so glad you called your Neurologist. I hope the results come back for the best. I kind of do still believe that stress could cause dizziness. I only say this because stress can cause so many issues that are not known by the doctors. Still try to keep your stress as low as possible and just hope for the best with the results. I am sending you lots of positive vibes sweetie!

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  2. I’m late to this blog post….did you find out the cause of the dizziness? I have labyrinthitis and know all too well how terrifying dizzy spells can be. I can only imagine how extra scary symptoms like this must be for you. All new symptoms could bring a relapse of a much worse prognosis. Scary. Hope you are well. Hugs. ❤

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