So, as you know, I have had BPPV which started in April. I was unaware of what it was when I had it, so I went 2.5 months walking around with imbalance and severe dizzy spells during certain positions.
I believe the chiropractor I went to see made it worse because they laid me back and said, well, it seems you don’t have an inner ear problem. This was, in hindsight, terrible medicine because one must do the “Epley Maneuver” to rule out nystagmus related to BPPV, not just lay the person back. So, she then proceeded to massage my upper neck with a vibrating gadget concluding my dizziness was a result vertebrae insufficiency (another whack diagnoses as I am 32 and have no history of obesity, plaque buildup, etc.) The vibration must have further dispersed the crystals in my inner ear because my dizziness/BPPV got extremely debilitating. I ended up in the ER where they finally diagnosed me with BPPV and gave me an Epley worksheet.
I found the Epley wasn’t working, so I did the half summersault Maneuver, and that cleared the spinning, but the residual off-balance feeling lingered. Before this all started though, I had an increase in headaches which felt like they were originating from my left ear which also felt clogged. This was most-likely because I got over a 3-month bout of upper respiratory cold and Eustachian tubes couldn’t drain properly (I still have it). I have gone for three separate hearing tests, all of which came back normal which also make me stumped over the eusthacian tube dysfunction validity.
ENT said it probably was a weird case of BPPV with some residual symptoms and to “keep making myself dizzy.” GREAT.
So some of my symptoms are off balance feeling, swaying, severe anxiety over all of this which I believe makes anything residual worse. I recently went on vacation which decreased a lot of my symptoms and also confirmed to me that my ears weren’t in that much distress because of the altitude survival.
So, when I get back from vacation, the ear fullness is still there in my left ear. I go to a local walk-in clinic where they advise both my tympanic membranes were bulging and I need to go on antibiotics. Ok. So today. I go to get a second opinion, and the doctor says ear look perfect. Is the medical symptom that much of a joke? How can one doctor says yes, apparently middle ear infection and then another say, no way? Amoxicillin would not clear a middle ear infection in less than 24 hours since that’s what the first doctor prescribed.
During all of this, I also visited a neurologist who said all of my symptoms sound like “a migraine.” But most of my symptoms, eye floaters, noise sensitivity, irritability have been there well before vertigo/off balance feeling. Also, I feel better with motion like in a car which I feel wouldn’t feel better with an organic vertiginous illness.
It’s like doctors/specialists have a hammer for every nail depending on their specialty.
Now, I am beginning to wonder if the off balance feeling post-BPPV is simply anxiety, something I’ve suffered with since I was 16.