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 Dizziness / Loss of Balance

Has anyone had this happen to them before?
I have had strep throat for a week now and I am on amoxicillin. The second day I had it, believe it or not, I wasn't feeling all that bad so I decided to exercise a bit. I went on the elliptical for 30 minutes. Well the following morning, I was so dizzy I couldn't even move. The entire room was spinning and I had to stay in bed the whole day. Well that was Tuesday and here we are almost Sunday and the dizziness is still here. It's definitely not as bad as the first day but it's still here. I have no idea why.

I have had no fever either. Have any of you ladies experienced dizziness or loss of balance after being sick with the flu? Is this common or should I be worried? I am going to see my doctor on Monday but I'm kind of worried at the moment.

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 12 Feb 2011 7:31 PM
 31 Dec 2007
 newmarket, Ontario
sami806
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Could it be an ear infection?

I know that causes dizzyness,

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 12 Feb 2011 7:31 PM
 19 Oct 2009
 Whitby
Jewel_Brian
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Dizziness is the one thing that I always get, no matter what kind of ailment I have, be it the flu, just a cold, etc. etc.

Because you've been sick for so long, I wouldn't be surprised if this is just a sign of exhaustion.

How have your eating habits been with the strep throat? Have you been able to stay nourished? That could be affecting you as well.

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 12 Feb 2011 7:32 PM
 19 Oct 2009
 Whitby
Jewel_Brian
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Good point, sami. An inner ear infection would definitely cause this.

Although, you'd think the antibiotics would have taken care of that by now?

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 12 Feb 2011 7:33 PM
 25 Sep 2005
portia
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I definitely eat well, that's for sure. And my ears have been hurting me too. But wouldn't the antibiotics be helping that too? So confused...

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 12 Feb 2011 7:34 PM
 14 Jul 2009
 Ottawa
BandAidChik
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It's called vertigo and my mom suffers from it quite a bit. Everytime she gets sick she winds up getting it either mildly or quite badly. It is an inner ear thing.

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 12 Feb 2011 7:53 PM
 14 Jul 2009
 Ottawa
BandAidChik
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It depends on how bad it is. Sometimes it only lasts a few days. Once it lasted for several weeks though.

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 12 Feb 2011 8:08 PM
 25 Jul 2006
 GTA
SugarMama
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Have you been drinking lots of water?

I get that feeling if I'm dehydrated.

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 12 Feb 2011 8:21 PM
 31 Aug 2009
MrsMcW
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When I got the flu this winter I was dizzy and weak feeling for a week after.y heart would race so fast I had to sit down or else I could barely stand up.

I drank lots of water and rested alot in bed and it finally went away.

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 12 Feb 2011 8:48 PM
 17 May 2005
 Vancouver, B. C.
dutchgal
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Look up Epley Maneouvre on Youtube and try having someone do it for you. It's simple to do and will help. My friend had vertigo for a good three weeks and I did this for her intermittently over teh three weeks, and it totally helped her. Simple procedure, and easy to administer.

Good luck!

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 12 Feb 2011 9:22 PM
 30 Jun 2007
 Victoria
Tropical777
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There are lots of possible reasons including what's been mentioned. A few other things that I can think of are drops in blood sugar and blood pressure as well.

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 12 Feb 2011 9:27 PM
 25 Sep 2005
portia
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Oh dear...well, I have to go to the doctor on monday for sure. I can't stand this anymore. It's such an awful feeling. Thanks for the responses ladies. I appreciate it.

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 12 Feb 2011 11:20 PM
 11 Jan 2010
aime
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If you aren't having fevers then I would say probably dehydration. Or low blood pressure. Either of those drinking more water helps. Good luck at the doc!

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 12 Feb 2011 11:45 PM
 9 Sep 2009
 Calgary, AB
raisingirl
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I had this for about 3 weeks once. I went to the doctor, and they said it was probably an inner ear infection. They can't tell if it actually is that, there is nothing they can do for it, and they can't treat the symptoms. At least that's what they told me. I think it's called labyrinthitis. Eventually it just went away on it's own, but it was a crappy 3 weeks. Because my balance was so out of whack, my body started having mini panic attacks and my blood pressure would go crazy.

Hopefully you feel better soon!

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 13 Feb 2011 12:07 AM
 17 May 2005
 Vancouver, B. C.
dutchgal
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Your ear has three semicircular canals, filled with fluid and cilia (tiny hairs) and there are teeny rocks floating in that fluid. The motion of these rocks in the fluid keeps up feeling our balance. When the inner ear is infected, the rocks can get stuck or lost somewhere in the semicircular canals they are not supposed to be. The Epley Maneouvre will help put those rocks back where they belong, and make you feel less dizzy.

Honest. It doesn't hurt, it really does help. DOOO IT! It will totally make you feel better. All it is is tilting the head a specific way in a series of movements, and nothing else.

Epley Maneouvre

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 13 Feb 2011 1:07 AM
 25 Sep 2005
portia
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I did some googling on vertigo and now I am completely freaked out. For quite a number of people it never goes away. And the more I think about having this forever, the quicker my panic attacks start. I need to calm myself...

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 13 Feb 2011 1:21 AM
 19 Oct 2009
 Whitby
Jewel_Brian
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I wouldn't go right to the vertigo diagnoses. With you being sick right now, there are SO many explanations. Don't worry smile

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 13 Feb 2011 10:22 AM
 4 Feb 2011
 Ottawa
FineFrenzy
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I get temporary vertigo too. It's AWFUL, but does go away. It usually last 8-36 hours for me.

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 13 Feb 2011 11:07 AM
 4 Apr 2006
cynful
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For the past 6 months, every time I get a cold it's accompanied by dizziness. It generally goes away when I start feeling better, although I had it stick around for 3+ weeks once. It's an awful feeling!

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