Ok let me give a brief history. I’m 36 y/o male, started having dizzy related issues late when i was about 15 or 16. At one point, my balance was messed up for 6 months. Went to college, lived my life, intermittently had actual vertigo ( couple times a year), often was completely normal, and sometimes balance/vestibular issues. Fast forward, started having some ear fullness/ears ringing in 2016, which eventually led me to see Dr. Furman at UPMC in Pittsburgh and he diagnosed me with VM. A previous Doc had diagnosed me with Menieres, but Dr. Furman said that it was not Menieres. They did a bunch of tests there, mostly normal from what i understand, but the following was said, maybe someone can help me understand this.
Rotational Testing: Abnormal. Earth vertical axis Gain within normal limits, phase lead within normal limits, horizontals nystagmus showed mild left directional preponderance
Caloric Testing: RVR of 18% in left ear and within normal limits. From 4 irrigation’s, a left beating nystagmus was 38% stronger than right. Exceeds normal value of 25%.
I can send results to someone if they are familiar with interpretation. Anyway, that was in 17. Been feeling great overall, had a few episodes, and the occasional flare up of balance trouble for a day or two, but 6 weeks ago i started having some issue with feeling off balance. I’ve had several “oh shit I’m about to have a vertigo attack” at work, but then they fade. 4 out of the last 5 mornings I’ve woken up very dizzy, and it takes hours to get my bearings. Haven’t had this in years. I’ve moved from Pittsburgh since my appointments, and trying to find a doctor here in Fort Collins CO.
Couple questions. Can I rest assured that Doc Furman was right, and this is migraine and NOT Menieres or something else? He told me sternly at the time: “I’ve been doing this for 30 years, you don’t have Menieres.” I historically don’t believe doctors. Should i revisits the testing?
Thanks, glad i found this forum, hope it’s a great resource. This is particular bad timing, as i have a backpack elk hunting trip in 1 week!!