Drs. Scott Eggers and Neil Shepard on Dizziness

This Medical Edge Weekend program features Mayo Clinic physicians Dr. Scott Eggers and Dr. Neil Shepard on dizziness.

Medical Edge Weekend 6-5-10


  1. Adrienne
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    I’ve recently been diagnosed with migraine-related dizziness, & have never had an actual migraine before. This condition is not recognized by the National Headache Foundation, but it seems to be fairly common. Would you agree that this is a common cause of dizziness? Can people with this condition get relief?

    • jstreed
      Posted June 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      The following is a reply from Dr. Shepard:

      Migraine related dizziness is consider likely the second most common cause for dizziness in adults and the most common in children. This is a diagnosis of exclusion after the person has been determined to likely be a migraine sufferer. Relief is usually obtained by treating the migraine condition with dietary restrictions and medications.

  2. Ony
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Is it possible for allergies to cause dizziness?

    • jstreed
      Posted June 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      Here is a reply from Dr. Shepard:

      Allergies can worsen an ongoing condition of dizziness but is not felt to be the direct cause for dizziness.

  3. Amy Petersen
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    I came down with the flu on 4/5/10 and the morning of 4/8/10 I woke up feeling better from the flu, but was lightheaded and dizzy and have been ever since. I am unable to be up for long periods of time before feeling like I am going to be sick. I have been thru several tests including blood work, ECG, harness test, MRI, hearing test, balance test, and just had a spinal tap done today (6/4/10). I do not have the results of the spinal tap yet, but all other tests have come back normal. The MRI did show that my pituitary gland was enlarged but just on the high end of normal and Endocrinology did not feel that this would be the cause of my symptoms. I have Lupus and have been in touch with my Rheumatologist as well. It sounds like if the spinal tap comes back normal they are saying it is most likely viral and will have to run its course. This is truly debilitating and has put my life on hold. I am unable to work, drive, read or preform day to day tasks. If you have any thoughts or suggestions I would truly appreciate them. Thank you so much for your time.

  4. Posted June 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Is there any archived version of the radio show? The link from the Twitter stream did work for me. This is a great resource that could be shared outside the live window.

    • Posted June 5, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      The audio file will be posted here on Tuesday, June 15. We distribute it to our radio station affiliates outside of Rochester, MN for broadcast next weekend, but after they have had an opportunity to run the program it will be posted here for anyone to hear.

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