Why am I dizzy? Journal entry and 1st visit to the neurologist.
Talk about the power of suggestion! Yesterday when I read that Menier’s is usually accompanied by ringing in the ears I felt comforted that I hadn’t experienced this. Maybe I wouldn’t lose my hearing. But the first thing I noticed this morning was ringing in my ears. The worst part was that it seemed familiar. I think I have been experiencing it but just haven’t thought too much about it. Hopefully it’s just my imagination.
Other than that, this has been an uneventful week. I had more ringing on Sunday and Tuesday, but very low and only lasting a couple of seconds.
On Monday, I got the results of the rest of my blood work back. Turns out I am very low in vitamins B-12 and D. (and my cholesterol is a little higher than it should be, not unexpected) Maybe this will be the total cause of my problems and I will simply have to do better at taking my vitamins the rest of my life.
Thursday - Neurologist visit
1st visit to the Neurologist
I must admit that my first visit to the neurologist was somewhat disappointing. Anyone with any degree of medical knowledge will probably laugh at how naïve I am. What I envisioned and hoped for was quite a bit different from reality. I was sure that he would cover my head with electrodes, run some tests and “poof” come out with a printout detailing exactly what is wrong with me. Apparently it doesn’t seem to work that way. After a very detailed interview, lasting about an hour, I don’t know much more than I knew before; there are several things that could be wrong with me, and I may have more than one problem. He tried hard to make me dizzy, there in the office, which I expected, but it just wasn’t happening. It would have been very helpful in making a diagnosis if my head had co-operated. But it didn’t.
Unfortunately, he is booked at least five weeks out and my spells seem pretty random at this time. So the plan is to give him a call when I get dizzy again and he will try his best to work me in :/. In the meantime, we will begin the test and wait game. First I must wait for a call from an imaging center to schedule and MRI of my neck. This will happen sometime in the next month or so. Then in two months I go back to discuss the results and decide where to go next; probably a test of the inner ear which is guaranteed to be uncomfortable. His own words were that he makes no friends with this test, which I translate as painful. Fun.
I’m not sure what’s after that, but the comforting part is that there are plenty of things to rule out before we get to Meniere’s disease. It was pretty far down the list. My personal plan is to take my vitamins and hope I’ll never get dizzy again. It really could end up being a vitamin deficiency. The drama queen in me might be disappointed, but the rest of me will be very pleased! I’ll let you know how it all works out.
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