I've spent weeks now chasing a solution to my dad's constant complaint of dizziness. It's been 24/7 for well over a month. He has a history of vertigo, which was seemingly solved by an outpatient surgical procedure on his ear last fall. But now it's back and unrelenting. On our own we tried ginger, both the pills and oil, which upset his stomach greatly. We've seen the ENT multiple times, who has tried several meds to no effect. Next a visit to a neurologist who believes the issue is degenerative damage in his neck causing less than good spinal fluid flow, and hence issues with dizziness, as well as the shuffling walk and unsteady gait we've seen for a few years now. The neck issue is alleviated with a neurosurgery that no one is willing to do on an 86 year old with heart disease. Family practice doc says we could see 5 more specialists and they'd each likely find another cause for the dizziness as it's so multi factorial. He wrote a Rx for a new rollator walker and advised being careful. ENT doc has been called back as he was waiting to hear what neurologist thought, so we don't know if he will have anything left in his bag of tricks. I know we're officially at the age of more problems with less answers, but thought I'd see if anyone had any thoughts or experiences that we haven't heard?
My dad is still living alone in his house with lots of help from me. He's adamant that he won't live with me and doesn't want anyone living with him. He has a sound mind. He completely freaks out at the cost of assisted living every time we look, but knows it may soon reach the point of no choice.