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Unexplained dizziness, vertigo, ringing in ears and weight loss


Question Posted Monday June 30 2008, 8:48 pm

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on a health problem that my husband is having. He is 33 years old, otherwise healthy, but has been experiencing what seems to be inner ear problems his whole life. Since he was a child he has had episodic vertigo. As he ages it seems to be getting progressively worse, now with ringing in the ears, constant disequilibrium, dizziness, vertigo attacks and now weight loss. He's been to an ENT who is apparently the best and he can't figure out what is wrong with him. He's had MRI's, CT scans, and blood work. All normal. His hearing is fine as well. Please help!!!

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teardrops7 answered Tuesday July 1 2008, 9:24 pm:
it could be some type of infection...try and get the doctors to check for those.
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sexy_rexy answered Monday June 30 2008, 11:28 pm:
I'm sorry to hear about your husband, I'm 18 and I have the exact same thing. I've had blood tests and am constantly at the doctors. Since everything else, such as stroke etc has been ruled out, the doctor has diagnosed me with a viral infection in my inner ear called labyrinthitis.

I have the exact same symptoms as your husband and I know this is such a horrible and frustrating condition.

I was given some tablets called "Stemetil" and after the 5 days I took these for I felt about 70% better with much much less dizzyness and vertigo. During the time I was on these tablets I felt horrible but as soon as I finished taking them I immediately felt a difference.

After about 3 months I am nearly completely better; I have spoken to a number of people who have had this condition and apparently labyrinthitis can last from a couple of weeks to even years!

Here is a website on the condition of you and your husband would like to have a look: [Link](Mouse over link to see full location)

There isn't really much you can do for this apart from heathy eating and plenty of bed rest unfortunately. I know this is a frustrating and awful thing to have.

Hope your husband is feeling better soon.

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