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Posted by: Estelle | 2004/12/15

Minears/dizziness/vomitting/black-outs

My mother (63y) have been suffering with extreme nausea, vomiting dizziness to the extend where she cannot get out of bed or stand up, should she attempt to stand she blacks out completely, she becomes very pale during this period and can only turn her head to the right, this prevents the nausea from becoming worse and her world spinning around. This has been happening for ± 3-5 years. It all came about when she returned from the Eastern Transvaal ± 5 years ago and the GP thought it could be malaria, but that was ruled out later on. She has been to an ENT specialist who thought it might be minears disease, who in return referred her to the hearing clinic for further tests without any joy. A week ago she suddenly just fainted while walking and we rushed her to hospital where they could only diagnose high blood pressure when she sit up, while in hospital an "Internis" did various test, heart, liver, colon, gall bladder, etc and also found nothing wrong. She used to get these symptoms from August to October, but it seems like it is moving on. What can be the cause of this, should we take her for another blood test to test specifically for malaria? With every bout it is worse at times she is confined to her bed for days. The hearing tests did reveal that she has lost some of her hearing thus far. Please try and assist as no GP or physician can solve the problem yet!

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Estelle, it still might be due to a middle ear problem, but it sounds more like a neurological disorder from this side of the screen. The specialist physician (internis) would have picked up malaria and other infections, so the best would be to see a neurologist. Good luck.

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