Vertigo and Diabetes

Bug - 14465
By Bug - 14465 Latest Reply 2014-09-10 12:47:43 -0500
Started 2008-05-09 03:46:04 -0500

I have been diabetic for 23 years and for the past 3 years have been fighting Vertigo…as has my diabetic Mother. I have recently read that there is a diabetic connection. Anyone out there having Vertigo problems? Please let me know I am not suffering alone!

10 replies

GabbyPA 2008-06-28 11:30:14 -0500 Report

Did any of you find out what is actually happening? I too, have experienced Vertigo and thought it was an ear infection. I take a Cipro and it usually clears, so maybe mine is just an infection. However...I really would like to know if they are connected? I will keep track of them then.

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Bug - 14465 2008-07-05 09:34:58 -0500 Report

Gabby, I have seen a few doctors for the vertigo and have been told there is a definite connection to it and diabetes. While most experience it due to an inner ear infection, many diabetics get it without and infection. I have to take motion-sickness pills every day…forever. I experience headaches and dizziness often on a daily bases and have now for months. My Mother has the same problem and has had it for 5 years. It is frightening and can get you down but hang in there.

tmana 2008-05-15 15:14:29 -0500 Report

First things I'd ask are whether you are under doctor's supervision for hypertension (high blood pressure) and whether or not you have recently lost a fair amount of weight. Many antihypertensives can cause vertigo as a side effect. Rapid weight loss can cause iron deficiency anemia, for which dizziness and disorientation are two of the earlier symptoms. Anemia can be diagnosed through a standard blood test.

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Bug - 14465 2008-05-16 06:28:43 -0500 Report

tmana…I have been diabetic for 23 years, of course I am under doctors care, no sudden changes in weight, blood pressure and am not anemic. If you have ever had vertigo you know it is so much more than just feeling dizzy. I am trying to deal with it, this bout has lasted almost 5 months. I have been in contact with people that have had it longer, 1 man had it for over a year. My Mothers lasted almost a year.

Bren62W 2008-05-09 05:21:52 -0500 Report

Hello Bug,

I started having Vertigo problems about 6 or 7 months before I was diagnosed with diabetes. I was not aware that there was a connection. My doctor has never mentioned it. Did you see this fact documented somewhere? I would love to read more about it if you did. Hope to talk to you soon.

Take care,

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Bug - 14465 2008-05-10 02:01:28 -0500 Report

I read about the vertigo connection on line…search vertigo. I would love to find more on the subject and to hear from others that have it. I have had several bouts of it and this last one has lasted 5 months…I can't stand it any more. Have had many people tell me it is just an inner-ear infection, while that may be true for many it isn't true for all. Doctors have said it is the crystals in the inner ear floating around…not where they should be. I have had several manipulation treatments, in the beginning it worked now nothing helps.

Bren62W 2008-05-10 02:29:22 -0500 Report


WOW! I feel for you. My longest bout lasted about two weeks. I thought I was going to lose it. I couldn't imagine 5 months of it. I've been to the doctor with mine too, and that's the first thing they blame it on, the ears. It's very frustrating. I am going to do some research to see if I can find anything about the connection with diabetes. This is the first time I have heard that theory. Will let you know if I find anything relevant.

Take care,

Becky85 2008-05-10 08:55:41 -0500 Report

I have had many bizarre problems because I had a heart transplant and became diabetic after that (2005). The only thing that they have not connected to my heart is vertigo that began about a year ago. I really appreciate hearing about others' experiences. I will also look into it.