Doctor Suggests Inducing Vertigo?

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  1. kaiguy55

    kaiguy55 New Member

    Hi All,

    I have had an MM diagnosis for about 6 years now. The last year in particular has been hard, with the hearing in my affected ear (the right) really going downward. After yet another round of Prednisone, my hearing is at the worst it has been. I noted when talking with my ENT that the only time I have had better hearing over the last few months has been following a vertigo attack. As he had already noted he does not have anything else he can recommend to help my hearing (already tried Dex injections, Prednisone, Steroid packs, Low Sodium diet, Diuretic) he actually asked me to try and induce vertigo at some point to see if it brings the hearing back! I don't actually know what triggers I have for vertigo (I still have not been able to identify triggers) so I don't know this is actually an option.

    Has anyone else had a doctor suggest this?
  2. Intrepid

    Intrepid New Member

  3. nicmger

    nicmger New Member

    No. My doctor has never suggested that.
  4. PleaseNoDizzy

    PleaseNoDizzy New Member

    I have to say, that sounds kind of crazy to me...
  5. kaiguy55

    kaiguy55 New Member

    Haha- yes, I thought it sounded a little strange too. I think it just speaks to how out of options he is, which is hard to hear from your doctor.
  6. recentlydizzy

    recentlydizzy New Member

    I kind of (sort of) get the logic behind what the doc is suggesting. If vertigo is some how improving your hearing why not try and induce vertigo when hearing levels are falling. However I would suspect this should be done in a clinical setting. Maybe having a VNG done will create enough vertigo in a safe environment to make some improvement in your hearing? At least that is something to talk with the doctor about.
  7. bubbagump

    bubbagump New Member

    the cold/hot air with the VNG should do the trick...or maybe try eating a ton of crap? salt, pizza,
  8. Donamo

    Donamo Guest

    kaiguy55 - there are lots and lots of options available to you on this site.

    For me, a vertigo attack usually was caused by or created a reduction in pressure in my ear. Then all other symptoms improved, for a while. I also think, but don't know for sure, that each of these vertigo pressure reductions did some more or less permanent damage to my hearing.

    I think induced vertigo would not accomplish the pressure reduction and I think it was stupid of him to even think it.
  9. recentlydizzy

    recentlydizzy New Member

    I could cause a vertigo sensation of sorts by holding my nose and blowing until I feel the pressure in my ears change. I don't like doing it because It can also hurt but it is something I can do. Not that it creates true vertigo ie. room spinning but it sure as hell makes me woozy.
  10. rondrums

    rondrums Bilateral

    Your doctor is crazy. That's insane.

    Doctors have no idea what causes Meniere's because they were taught in medical school that it's "idiopathic."

    That is horse crap. Meniere's is caused by an infection in your mucosal tissues. The infection affected the endolymphatic sac in your inner ear. Your immune system was unable to deal with it because it is dysfunctional. The solution is to re-establish proper function in your immune cells.

    Sound familiar?

    Bless all,
  11. CarolineJ.

    CarolineJ. New Member

    Only a person who has never experienced vertigo would suggest inducing it! We all spend our lives avoiding it :D

    I noted you are seeing an ENT, do yourself a favour and find a good NeurOTOlogist to help you.
  12. Cheryl

    Cheryl New Member

    You beat me to it, Caroline. I was just going to say your doctor has obviously never had vertigo.

    With every vertigo attack, your hearing is damaged a little more, so in my opinion your doctor was totally off by telling you to induce vertigo. Geesh.

    I also don't believe one can induce a true vertigo attack. Whatever happens to cause vertigo in the first place happens in the inner ear, which is surrounded by rock hard bone. It just happens when it happens. Well, I guess one could overload on sodium if one is sensitive to that.

    I'm not even going to spend anymore time pondering how to induce a vertigo attack. Isn't even something I ever want to live through again. I do everything I can do to keep it from happening.
  13. kaiguy55

    kaiguy55 New Member

    Yes, I would agree that it is a suggestion only from someone who has never experienced vertigo. It's not something I was seriously considering, just wondering if anyone else had had a doctor mention this. It seemed like such a strange recommendation.
  14. Juz

    Juz New Member

    If my doctor suggested that I would respond with a particularly colorful suggestion of my own, focusing on various methods of insertion without lubrication.
  15. jaypr

    jaypr New Member

    Not that I would want to, but I could induce a vertigo attack within 15 minutes by drinking a black coffee or some dark alcoholic drink like port, sherry or red wine. I agree why on earth would you want to induce an attack.

    Some doctors beggar belief. I went to my GP recently he gave me cream for what turned out to be a bladder infection, the next doctor gave me nothing and suggested I was suffering from anxiety. It was not anxiety but utter frustration at seeing two hopeless doctors. I had to pay £150 to privately see a specialist (urologist ) in order to get a diagnosis and the correct treatment.
  16. redwing1951

    redwing1951 New Member

    I can remember praying for a vertigo attack to happen because I knew it was coming and I wanted to get it over with. Prior to vertigo I would have days of hearing distortion, head pressure, fullness, brain fog and pounding tinnitus. I knew the only way I would get relief from the symptoms was a vertigo attack. After 24-48 hours of being wiped out from the attack I would feel somewhat normal until the next attack. A doctor never suggested I bring on vertigo, but it did relieve all the symptoms.
  17. bubbagump

    bubbagump New Member

    this happens to me and i think many other people too....which doesn't seem to fit the theory that every attacks kills your cells and make you more deaf...
  18. nicmger

    nicmger New Member

    Every time my Meniere's finishes an "active" period my hearing is less than it was prior. Unfortunately.
  19. recentlydizzy

    recentlydizzy New Member

    Redwing1951> I can totally relate to wishing vertigo would come on with it. When I was asked about triggers I kept thinking my ears and face would, for the most part, have a lot of pressure before a vertigo episode. Keep in mind with the exception of small episodes at work I would rush to bed and go to sleep but I always have pressure relief after the vertigo episode!
  20. mrdizzy

    mrdizzy New Member

    I for one would run the other way from this person who has a license to practice medicine and calls himself a Dr.

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