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Dizziness/Vertigo?
Posted by: Dorothy DeWitt
Date: August 28, 2000 9:46 PM

I am a 51 year old female. For most of my adult life, I have gotten dizzy if standing too quick. I was told it was a sudden drop in blood pressure. But, if I moved my head suddenly or shook my head fast (as if saying no), I would get dizzy. In the past few months to maybe a year, this has become much worse. If in the car and there is a sudden, fast acceleration, I get very dizzy and disoriented and feel nauseated afterward. Also, if I am laying flat on my back, if I lift my head to sit up or just change positions, I get extremely dizzy (feel like room spinning). I have to lay still until dizziness passes, then roll to my side to sit up. Then too, I am nauseated afterward. I have never heard of anyone else with symptoms like this. Please tell me what this is.

RE: Dizziness/Vertigo?
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: August 29, 2000 3:54 AM

You are activating your carotid sinus reflex. A sudden pressure on, or stretching of, the carotid sinus (a part of your carotid artery system located at the bifurcation of the common carotid artery in the neck) drops the blood pressure. It is a designed to protect you from sudden increases in blood pressure from traumatic events. There are drugs which suppress the reflex, but have bothersome side effects. Your doctor can prescribe them. I would first concentrate on avoiding sudden head movements.

One of my patients saw this posting and sent this email which may be of intererest to you:

I used to have the same problem...just not as severe. The dizziness went away with time...but in a way was still there. For the past year and a half I have been working with my teeth and have removed all of the amalgam, nickel plated crowns, gold crowns, etc... This took place due to your suggestion and has rewarded me immensely. I was literally going down hill fast. I have detoxed for the metal within my system for a long period as well. Also...my dad has dizzy problems and he has a mouth full of amalgam. He's been this way for years.



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