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Dizziness is in almost all cases, the first MS symptom experienced. Nevertheless, most people have a hard time making the difference between vertigo and dizziness, as they usually describe what they are feeling in a subjective way – what one experiences and the way he or she expresses himself or herself is entirely different from the way another person does it. There are cases when the dizziness is not even related to MS – which makes the diagnosis much more difficult.
Dizziness, as a symptom, is experienced by only 5% of all patients in the early stages of MS, but according to studies, over 50% of all patients will experience feelings of vertigo and dizziness during the course of the disease. Studies also indicated about 10% of MS patients also experience hearing loss, which only exacerbates more the feelings of dizziness and vertigo.
The management of this symptom is done through therapy and medication. Fortunately, there are plenty of choices for the treatment of dizziness in MS, so all sufferers are bound to find a treatment that works best for them. When it comes to medication, a very commonly prescribed one is Dramamine (Meclizine) a medication that is also used by people who suffer from motion sickness. Another very potent and successful drug for some multiple sclerosis patients proved to be Scopoderm ( hyoscine) that is administered as a patch that’s placed behind the ear. Of course, these medication are used for mild symptoms of dizziness. For multiple sclerosis patients with high levels, a course of corticosteroids is the usual and recommended treatment.
As already said, dizziness management isn’t made only through the use of medication. Today, for multiple sclerosis patients, Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy is the most popular non-drug treatment. In this type of therapy, the patient and therapist work together to learn and retain the way the patient’s brain interprets and processes the information received from the vestibular system, thus reducing brain damage due to MS. Until now, this type of treatment proved to be very successful, and most patients don’t need medical interventions to overcome their dizziness after it.