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Ear Infection Causing Vertigo

Discussion in 'Diving Medicine' started by Ghattas, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. Ghattas

    Ghattas Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Everywhere
    Thanks for sharing. The experience in your linked thread sounds very similar to mine, but yours is more severe (thankfully, no nausea and vomiting on my end so far).
  2. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
    Not sure any provider would say “sure go ahead and dive” but maybe @doctormike could give you some advice.
  3. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New York City
    Not me! Sorry, always happy to help as best as I can, but I really can't "clear" you over the Internet...

    The bottom line is that viral labrynthitis is exactly what you said - a diagnosis of exclusion. Assuming that a full workup has excluded other causes of vertigo, and assuming that you are back to normal with no difficult equalizing, the history of vertigo alone doesn't mean that you can never dive again.
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  4. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ontario Canada

    Wouldn't comment...

    After the initial onset...it was ten months before I dove again...I was thankful it was the end of ''my'' season...there were brief periods in the first 4/6 months where standing was challenging...

    It would disappear for weeks at a time...and I thought to myself...thank God...it's finally gone...and then it would come back with a vengeance...

    I was prescribed a medication by my family physician...but stopped taking it...on the advise of the ENT...who advised...it would run its course lika any ''virus'' and disappear...which it did...


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  5. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine Medical Moderator Staff Member

    Hi @Ghattas ,

    I wouldn't risk it. Vertigo under water not something you want to go through.

    It's interesting that he diagnosed inner ear infection vs. BPPV like @uncfnp mentioned. Did he explain how he ruled out BPPV?

    Best regards,
  6. Ghattas

    Ghattas Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Everywhere
    Thanks for your message. He did not go through his thought process. I did a bit of googling myself and tried the maneuvers that would supposedly get rid of BPPV but without much success.
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