Hello everyone, this site has been so helpful as I've been reading obsessively for the past few days! I want to tell my story so far and I have questions that I hope someone can help with.
I have been suffering with vertigo on and off for many years. I used to wait for it to go away but I heard that if you find the right therapist it can be much more successfully dealt with. So I did that, found a wonderful physical therapist, she tested me, found I had a crystal displaced in my right ear (a classic case of BPPV, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), knew just how to fix it, and quickly cured the spinning environment that I had been living in for a month at that time. Afterwards I was to continue with therapy to improve my balance. But my balance didn't improve.
My ENT did not seem to like my report that I still felt dizziness, but it was a different kind of dizziness than before. Also I have ringing in my left ear, which I said didn't bother me too much (though it bothers me now that I know I have AN). I had a hearing test and it showed hearing loss in the left ear which I still do not notice. An MRI was ordered and the result, I was told, is that I have AN, 5mm x 3mm x 3mm on the left side. I don't yet know any more details because my doctor has been on vacation since the MRI and I will be able to see her next week and hopefully get more info.
My assessment of the situation now is that I had BPPV in the right ear while also having an AN in the left. But the whole thing is kind of confusing and I wonder if anyone knows if there is a connection between having these 2 things. I don't think that I was misdiagnosed with BPPV since it was cured. The old feeling of vertigo was feeling and also seeing the room spin if I moved or turned my head in certain directions. What I feel these days is more like light-headedness and when I walk I sometimes just slightly stagger off to the side which is embarrassing and comes as a big surprise to me when it happens. I have developed a fear of falling whenever I'm not sitting down. This is not good for me being able to get any exercise but I think I have to try.
My other mysterious problem is with my eyes. They burn and water all day, every day. I thought it was allergies but was told it is not. I went to an ophthalmologist and he said he sees nothing wrong with them. I read that dry eyes can cause watering but that doesn't make sense to me since mine are wet all the time. So when would they have this dryness that is supposed to make them water? I wonder if anyone has experienced this kind of eye issue. It doesn't seem to be a symptom of AN that people have mentioned here, but hey it is in my head so it's close to my ears.
So those are my 2 questions. Does anyone know if there might be a connection between the displaced ear crystals in BPPV and having an AN? And has anyone had similar eye issues to mine? I will be continuing to ask my doctors about my problems but wonder if anyone's experiences here might be enlightening too.
Thanks for listening,