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.
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.