Well, I feel really like a 'whiner' when I see how badly many of you are suffering--and so have just been browsing lately. I saw my Neuro/ent this week. Told him I had given AV's a try--Dr. Gacek's formula, and it didn't work. Really had hoped to be able to tell him it had! He didn't seem unhappy that I'd gone around him--as he had told me to do what I felt I needed to do. So, as I said, got my primary to agree (reluctantly) to prescribe them for me. Anyway, my hearing tested close to the same--and since my shunt surgery 2 years ago, except for a few very mild 'feeling that vertigo might be coming on', I've had 'no vertigo! He told me I 'will not have it anymore'! That was encouraging. He did say that my ongoing head pressure, nausea and dizziness is not that common, but some of his patients--very few do deal with that. Said I had a 'sick inner ear'. I told him I tried the Valium for a couple weeks at bedtime as he has prescribed in the past. No help. Also that I take Xanax 2 times daily for the anxiety this causes. That's my problem--now I'm wondering if my body is even beginning to have bad affects from it--as I'm nauseated daily, from mild to intense. And the ongoing head fullness/pressure, never ends when I'm upright! I keep on going, feel like having a good cry--several times a day and give in to that on occasion, but try not to do so too often. So, I read the posts here and realize my symptoms are so minor than so many here. But I have to tell you, when you're dizzy/nauseated and that makes you feel like you have brain fog and you just wonder, 'is this ever going to be better'? You do get 'down' for sure. So there--I've sounded off! That's what this board is so good for. No one else understands, though I have a supportive spouse and family, they just don't understand, nor do really close friends. I 'look ok' so folks assume--as you all know--that we are, when we really are not! Thanks for listening!