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Hi, I am34, reasonably fit but slightly overweight. I exercise

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Hi, I am34, reasonably fit but slightly overweight. I exercise 4-5 times a week. Over the last eighteen months I have had dizzy spells and end up flat on my back with my eyes closed until it passes. Once it took 30 minutes before I Could stand again. I also suffer from bad travel sickness ( I have to take medication if I am not driving) which has got worse over the last four years. Travelling on escalators and elevators also causes dizzy spells. I get to the top/bottom and have to stand still for 5 seconds until my head stops spinning. I also get an excruciating pain in my r ear which makes it too tender to touch or even move my head. It can last for to 2 min. I am concerned I may have an inner ear problem. My maternal grandmother had an acoustic neuroma behind both ears.

Thank you for your question,

I’m Dr. Saha and I’ll try to help you.

Do you have any other symptom?

Do you have loss of hearing? abnormal sound in ear?

Is there any discharge from ear?

Did you consult ENT doctor?

Did you have any test or treatment?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Have not had any hearing tests or consulted a doctor as of yet. I sometimes find it difficult to hear with background noise (I am a teacher and if the overhead fans are on it is difficult to hear students answer) then I can come home and complain that the tv is on way too loud. I have never had any discharge from my ear. I can't think of any other symptoms.
Thank you Tania, for the information,

I am sorry that you are suffering so long.

The dizziness can be due to different factors.

There may be dehydration, loss of fluid, fall or changes of blood pressure, low glucose etc.

It can be the symptom of a neurological cause like bleeding, cerebellar diseases.

Anemia or low hemoglobin can also be factors.

As you feel pain in ear this can also cause dizzy feeling.

Ear causes like benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or labyrinthitis or acoustic neuroma as you thought of can cause dizziness.

BPPV is a common cause & there can be dizzy feeling with position.

Symptoms can overlap with different ear conditions.

I would advise to get an examination by an ENT specialist.

Audiometry, scans can be taken after examination.

In addition, CBC, metabolic panel can be taken to look for other causes.

I hope this information helps.

I will be happy to assist, if you need any clarification.

Please feel free for any follow up query.

Best wishes.
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