The Dizzy Patient Evaluation
by Dr. Christopher Chang, last modified on
DISCLAIMER: We do NOT consider ourselves "dizzy" experts, but provide the following info as a service to patients. As we are an ENT practice, we will only perform the appropriate testing and evaluation to see if the ears and/or allergies are a cause of a patient's dizziness. Anything more needs to be arranged through your primary care physician or another specialist. Generally speaking, a neurologist is the specialist able to provide the most comprehensive evaluation of dizziness.
The dizziness lasts continuously for weeks to months before improving...
...that started AFTER a boat/plane trip with dizziness described as a rocking sensation that resolves with movement but not when standing or sitting still. No ear symptoms at all...
You may be suffering from Mal de Debarquement syndrome. Read more about this problem here. Unfortunately, the only treatment (that I'm aware of) is time and displacement exercise (exercise where actual movement occurs like running on the street instead of running on a treadmill) as well as optokinetic head roll exercises. It DOES get better with time (though it could be a long time). However, be aware that if you get this problem after a cruise trip, you are more likely to get it again in the future.
Read more about dizziness in general here.
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