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Tags: headache , ear

My husband has recently seen a GP about dizzy spells he has started to experience. They come and go, some days fine, others much worse. Both he and the doctor think it has something to do with his ears being blocked.

The doctor prescribed some anti-dizziness pills, which don't appear to have any affect. He's also started to use some ear drops which have now blocked one ear, impairing his hearing. He's got another doctors appointment next week but he doesn't think he can wait that long - any thoughts?

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The Answer

We appreciate how dizziness can be very debilitating to your husband’s day to day activities. Dizziness is a symptom that is shared by more than forty different medical conditions. Your General Practitioner has assessed your husband’s symptoms in relation to these many different medical conditions.

It would appear that your GP is focusing on the common following conditions that can present with dizziness in General Practice; labyrinthitis, vestibular neuronitis, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular migraine and Ménière's disease. We would suggest that you continue to keep the appointment with the GP as he/she may need to refine the present diagnosis.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.

 

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