Hello Margaret, I am in South Africa. Certainly back in the 60's & 70's we were not up to 'international' standards, although my ENT at the time had been to America to further his knowledge about Meniere's.?? Until relatively recently, I very seldom heard of anyone with similar problems. Plenty of folk with (regular?) migraine, and it has been suggested to me by migraine sufferers that that was my problem.
Perhaps it's my age now, but it seems everyone has had or knows someone with 'dizzy' problems, but most seem to be cleared up quite quickly, I'm guessing blood pressure, low sugar or similar problems. I have also heard of several claiming a cure from the local ENT who does the Epley maneuver, but he did nothing for me, except lighten my purse.
During those first 10 years of being blown off as basically neurotic (my all time favorite diagnosis being - "have a baby and you won't have time for dizzy spells"), I had truly got to where I thought maybe I was actually bringing these on myself, and was therefore a bit mentally deranged!! Once I was diagnosed with Meniere's and had a reason, though no cure or real help, I just learned to live with it. Then suddenly during last year, following a 'normal' break after 4 months of hectic Meniere's episodes, these new symptoms appeared, which totally match so much described here, though thankfully not as bad as some!! My GP felt it was'nt migraine related, so I just left it at that and experimented with supplements etc. on my own. I am a little skeptical of the medical profession in general these days! At present, I am almost 100%, - suspect it is just a remission, but keeping up with the supplements and hoping or the best!
I do remember reading somewhere that there were more REPORTED cases of MAV in Britain than elsewhere, but it was posseted that this was possibly a diagnostic glitch.