Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Can My Dizziness Be Treated?

Monday, 22 March 2010 09:00 AM

Question: I have occasional dizziness. I have had antibiotic shots, steroids, and I’m taking meclizine, but I still have problems. What more can I do?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Vertigo, or dizziness, can be caused by any number of things including drugs; infections; circulatory, hormonal, or abnormal cell growth conditions; disorders of the middle and inner ear; and nerve disorders and tumors of the ear canal.

It is time for a complete total assessment that includes a cardiovascular, neurological, and endocrine workup. Most vertigo can be diagnosed and treated by a skilled physician with very few tests, reserving imaging and elaborate testing for resistant cases. Don't forget a review of all of your medications and supplements that may be playing a role.

This is not meant to confuse you. I simply wish to emphasize how important a baseline evaluation is for determining the direction to take in solving resistant vertigo. Have yourself evaluated now, as the shotgun approach you have encountered has obviously not helped.

Your personal medical doctor should be able to arrange your workup so you can get referrals to the correct specialists. It is not unusual to need the input of more than one when underlying conditions may be contributing to vertigo.

If you need additional help, ask for a referral to a local university teaching center or ask for a referral to one of our larger centers, such as Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, etc.

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