My Husband Has Been Experiencing Dizzy Spells

My husband has recently started to experience dizzy spells. They come and go, some days he's fine, others much worse. Both he and the doctor think it has something to do with his ears being blocked. The GP prescribed some anti-dizziness pills, which don't appear to have any affect. My husband also started to use some ear drops which have now blocked one ear, impairing his hearing. He's got another doctor appointment next week but he doesn't think he can wait that long - any thoughts?

26 September 2019

Last reviewed in September 2019 by Lindsay Mulley, Registered nurse in AXA PPP healthcare's Health at Hand team.

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 following common 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.

In the meantime, there are things your husband can do to help manage his dizziness. These include:

  • Lying down until the dizziness passes, then getting up slowly
  • Moving carefully when experiencing symptoms
  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Keeping hydrated.

It's also best to avoid things like coffee, cigarettes and alcohol, and try not to bend down or get up from a sitting or lying down position suddenly, as this is likely to exacerbate the dizziness.

Further information

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