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Tinnitis, Vertigo, Menieres

I am a 65yo male who has been diagnosed with bilateral Mernieres 9 years ago. I take Antivert as needed. The past several years I have had little need of the antivert, but the vertigoes are coming back. Nux Vomica 30c, Graphites 30c, Tabacum 30c is what I have come up with. Do you approve? If so can you help me with a dosage schedule? These 3 also have tinnitis in their repertoire. I have ordered Digitalis Purpurea 30c online. Am I hitting the correct remedies? can you guide me with remedies, dosages and schedule. Thank you for being available.
 
  bzmeltzer on 2013-05-21

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Please copy the Questionnaire from the following thread
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and post all the questions here duly answered. On that basis your remedy may be worked out.

The answers should be given in a way that we are able to understand you as a person.

 
kadwa on 2013-05-21

I am answering all quesions as thoroughly as I can but some my my replies are very personal and I would much rather not post these very personal responses to a public forum. What should I do?

 
bzmeltzer on 2013-05-24

Just dilute the personal stuff into general terms.

 
simone717 on 2013-05-24

OK, I am done, but it is loooong. do you want the whole thing pasted into the forum.

 
bzmeltzer on 2013-05-31

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sorry, but yes.

 
simone717 on 2013-05-31

K. if I cant get to it by sundown, I will get to it Sunday. thanks for your invovlement

 
bzmeltzer on 2013-05-31

Patient ID: Bentzion Meltzer Sex: Male Age: 65 and 7 months
Please answer the following questions in a descriptive manner after careful analysis and recollection of previous experiences and happenings.
1. Describe your main suffering?
The actual beginning was an intense attack of vertigo about 1999 - 2000. I was sitting at my computer when I leaned forward to see something on the screen better and the world literally turned upside down. I grabbed the desk and held on (for dear life it felt). Visually, I was seeing a kaleidoscope of images twirling, like what I was seeing was like a stick was stirring the visual round and round, I think counter clockwise. I did not fall off the chair and kept holding onto the desk until it passed. I remember being in a full body sweat afterwards. I then stood up and felt the same loss of balance but no where as strong. Got to the bed and lay down until I stopped sweating and felt that I could walk.
Around this same time I began to notice a loss of hearing and a rise in noises in the ear: Tinnitus.
The vertigo came and went, usually mild, but whiIe shopping in a mall in 2004 or 5, I did have 1 vertigo episode where I thought I 'd better sit down before I fell. So I sat down on the Mall floor, the vertigo got worse and I decided to lie down (on the mall floor) before I fell down. Paramedics were called, got me to a hospital and decided after tests and observation that it was just good plain ole vertigo.
Began taking Meclazine 25mg as a preventative around 2005. EENT Dr. said stop, it will mask symptoms so I did. This Dr also performed a surgery to fix my badly deviated septum in 2005. This Dr also diagnosed the bilateral Meniereís.
For the past several years, my vertigo has been dormant with almost no episodes mild or otherwise. Meanwhile my hearing was deteriorating to where I needed hearing aids. The tinnitus was getting some worse then going away, then coming back, sometimes waking me up at night and so loud I could not go back to sleep. There were enough episodes of that loud noise that I mentioned it here. But it was not an every day or night thing. At that time.
Now: Fast forward to current situation.
I have experienced a marked decrease in ability to hear, to distinguish words. In fact a hearing test 1 month ago showed my speech recognition in my right ear had dropped from 80-90% to 50%. The tinnitus is loud to the point of interfering with my hearing. ie, it was LOUD for me inside the sound proof audio chamber. I have an appt next week with ENT to see if there is a cause for this sudden change. (It is now next week, no obvious reason could be found, Dr prescribed Prednisone 10mg: 3 for 5 days, then 2 for 5m then 1 for 5. After that another hearing test and a scan of my ear canal etc area)
AS far as my general hearing goes: my left ear is the weaker ear w/ louder tinnitus, also there is a 'broken speaker' effect ( you know, like when a stereo speaker gets a tear in it and the sound has that kind of buzz to it). My right ear used to be my dominant ear until this recent change. Now all sound has this broken speaker effect and my ability to understand the spoken word is nil. I can hear the sound but cannot make out the words most of the time. Then sometimes the right ear is hearing better and I can actually have a conversation although I have to check to see if I am hearing what is being said to me correctly. The hearing aids have not enabled me now. Obviously it is better with them than without, but the buzz is always there, the tinnitus is always there, the loss of speech recognition is always there.
The episodes of vertigo are reappearing, are fairly strong, say a 6/10. I do get a mild - moderate vertigo every time I stand up from either laying down or sitting. I have to be still for a few moments and then it passes. I am beginning to take Meclizine 26mg more frequently to head off a fall down vertigo. This has been working somewhat. But not completely.
2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body?
Bulging disks in C5 -C3. Stenosis. Periodically they touch nerves leading to one shoulder or another. no pain med touches it when affected. There is no particular activity that brings it on
Bulging disks in L3 - S1. Stenosis. occasionally touches a nerve running down my left leg, pain level shoots to an 8 at least. most of the time back pain in the 5-6 range is constant. Am taking 15mg Oxycodone 2 x a day plus 37mcg Fentynal patch (25 + 12). This keeps my overall pain level to 2-3. The left leg event does not happen very frequently anymore after the initial onset around 3-4 yeas ago which lasted for months until we found that oxycodone was the only med that helped.

BTW I am a veteran of the US Army and have medical benefits though the VA system. I was a dental assistant 71-73 and stayed in Ft Bragg NC the whole time.
My hearing is deteriorating. which I described above.
Blood work is fine. Everything within normal parameters. Prostate is fine. Bladder , Kidneys fine.
I sweat copiously after the mildest exertion. Sometimes for no reason. I will be just sitting there and break out into a sweat.
I feel weak at all times. Even after a nights sleep, I feel weak and tired on getting up. See #18
Prostatitis: painful ejaculation, urination - Urologist proscribed Sulfamethoxazole 160MG 2x a day 30 days. Finished bottle, symptoms remain, Urologist notified.
3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?
Isolation
mild depression - am currently taking Venlafaxine 75mg and buPropion 100mg 2x a day it seems to help.
4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst?
Resigned to weathering it out.
5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease?
It started as I wrote above around 1999 - 2000. No recognizable event or disease that I can connect to it. It came out of the blue when I leaned forward to look at the screen.
6. Which time of the day you are worst?
There does not seem to be any pattern at all.
7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same?
There is nothing that I can point to that aggravates and only time and medication ameliorate.
8. Do you think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)?
Of course stress is a main culprit, and I have been under a great deal of stress for the past 17 years . My depression was determined to be situational. Also we have moved 7 times in the last 17 years.
9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?
no difference
10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.
I tend to be quiet but the hearing issue isolates me and I cannot hold conversations most of the time
I am easily offended but try to let it affect me, I talk myself out of it most of the time.
I tend to prognosticate and have to 'kick myself in the butt' and just do it. but that is a part of me that I am constantly working on.
I am depressive as I wrote above.
I mostly feel that it's never going to get better so I better make the best of it.
During the last 17 years there have been many times that I wished that I would go to sleep and not wake up. ( a passive thought not an action producing one). but then it would pass and I would be ok for a while. Then some new full blown argument over something thoroughly unimportant and I would start that cycle again.
Bu mostly I am resigned. I still hope that things will get better for me, but I am 65 and I dont have much time left. 15 yrs? 20?
- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?
no knowledge that a thunderstorm is on the way unless I see it on the news.
- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?
I'll let you know when it happens.
- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?
not particularly, but there are some perfumes and menís colognes that I positively cannot stand.
I am becoming sensitive to noise because of the hearing issues. The hearing aids amplify the noise but my recognition of speech or direction is shot. I will never hear the difference between a Stradivarius and a Bass Drum again.
- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless weeping, talking to one self etc?
Not that I am aware of
- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?
I have one friend and several acquaintances. My friend is a friend in every sense of the word. My acquaintances are pretty much ok people, I donít hang with or empower in any way people I dont care for. I do ignore a handful, but for the most part I am friendly without giving too much or expecting too much
I love my children to the moon and back.
Ex-wife? I donít want to discuss in an open forum
11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?
I fear that I will spend the rest of my life without a woman's presence. To be good friends with, to share thoughts and ideas, to love
12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions?
No particular cravings for food. The only aversions are cucumbers, green//red peppers.
13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?
My thirst has increased lately. It seems that I am always thirsty - for cold drinks with plenty of ice.
14. How if your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?
I would say normal maybe slightly elevated
15. Is there any kind of food which your body canít stand?
green/red peppers cooked or raw
16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs?
Again recently I have been sweating at the slightest exertion: head, trunk and limbs. I also break out in sweat just sitting there working on the computer. I can feel the sweat running down my sides and my legs. All over
17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?
I have to be careful with constipation, but I am taking Oxycodone and Fentanyl for pain and constipation is a side effect. Stool can be hard to pass balls and other times normal. I take stool softener as needed.
18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleep?
I have Sleep Apnea and sleep and use a BPAP respirator. I rarely sleep through the night due to my thirst which has me drinking lots of ice tea or water, then having to pish several times during the night, and the BPAP tubing which wraps itself around me to the point that I wake up to straighten it out. I tend to toss and turn and usually fall asleep on my left side. I have to take 1-75mg Trazadone and 1 3mg Melatonin to make sure that I will all asleep. Otherwise I may not get the R EM sleep I need. Eval of the sim card in the BPAP shows no Apneas.
19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general?
No. I think that I have become impotent and I have Prostatitis.
20. How do you think you are different from others, if at all?
I tend to pay more attention to details
Small things matter to me.. ie. At a class, some people always talk during the lecture. Most of the attendees will sit by and do nothing, I will try to shush them. In other words, if I see a Ďwrongí and if I can correct it, I donít shy away from the involvement. I do something about the small details that I see are out of place. As opposed to doing nothing.
21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication?
Depression: Venlafaxine 75mg and buPropion 100mg 2x a day current
Sleep Apnea: BPAP every nap and sleep current
Pain: 15mg Oxycodone 2 x a day plus 37mcg Fentynal patch (25 + 12) current
Hearing loss: Prednisone 10mg: 3 for 5 days, then 2 for 5m then 1 for 5 current
Tinnitus: Digitalis Purpurea 30C current
Vertigo: Meclizine 25mg; Digitalis Purpurea 30C current
Prostatitis: Urologist proscribed Sulfamethoxazole 160MG 2x a day 30 days has to be renewed.

22. What major diseases are running in your family?
My father had mild hypertension. He had a sun related growth on his scalp that was under treatment when he passed away 4 years ago from a stroke. He also suffered with Scoliosis.
My mother also had mild hypertension, developed Alzheimerís And passed away in her sleep in 2005.
My maternal grandmother had a double mastectomy.
My paternal grandmother developed throat C and passed away as a result.
23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance
I look depressed, tired, like there is something wrong. People ask me if I am ok.

 
bzmeltzer on 2013-06-03

Please take three doses of Staphysagria 200 as follows and see how that affects in next 15 days (only 3 doses in 15 days).

day 1 morning
1st dose

day 1 evening
2nd dose

day 2 morning
3rd dose

One dose means
If the medicine is in pills form 2 pills. Don't touch pills with hand. Use cap of bottle to take pills.
If the medicine is in liquid dilution form, 2 drops in some 20 ml water. Sip up slowly.

Please follow homeo restrictions like no coffee, no raw onion/garlic, no strong perfumes, don't eat or drink anything within 30 minutes before or after taking medicine.

 
kadwa on 2013-06-03

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200c? 200x? i assume 200c but please confirm

 
bzmeltzer on 2013-06-03

sorry to be a dunce, but there are pills, pellets, tablets and granules. can you please be more specific aabout what dosage of the recommended strength, 200c or x, at which transport: pills, pellets, tablets, granules. Pleasae accept my apology for being what might be elementary questions.

 
bzmeltzer on 2013-06-03

Hi bz,

It is 200c. A lot of homeopaths like you to get the liquid.
Kadwa does not care either way, but I would order the
liquid and order it from Boiron, bc I feel their remedies
are better made.

 
simone717 on 2013-06-03

Just logging in to observe progress.
Lets see how staph works.
Just thought of it differently.
Hope you dont mind Abu ji.
regrds
Dr. Yogesh

 
yogeshrajurkar on 2013-06-03

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