I still get vertigo, but why? How I plan to find out.

When I found out that soy gives me vertigo, I was overjoyed because I knew why I was suffering and I knew how to avoid it.  But then occasionally I still get vertigo.  What’s up with that?

Some of these attacks I can explain because I’ve eaten a food product that probably had soy in it, even though soy was not an ingredient listed on the package.  These items say “. . . made in a factory that also produces soy products . . . ” or something similar.  OK, that makes sense.  Produced on the same assembly line so the equipment may be contaminated with soy. Or there was soy in the air.  I don’t know.  I have no idea just how much soy is necessary to set off my vertigo.  Apparently not too much.

But then there are vertigo attacks for which I can determine no soy contamination. What caused these?  Some other allergen probably, and I’m in the process of trying to determine what that is.  My candidates are my chewable allergen-free vitamin pills, dairy products, and nuts.

How do I plan to determine which of these three items is the culprit?


Step 1:  Cut out all possible foods causing vertigo until I am living on just a few items.  For me that is some gluten-free cereal, almond milk, gluten-free bread, Boar’s Head lightly-browned turkey, Coca-Cola (thank God Coke doesn’t have soy in it!), applesauce, baked potato with no butter.  No vitamin pills.  Nothing else.  I could have a lot of veges and fruits I suppose, but I’ve got some other GI problems that preclude a lot of those.  Anyway, the point is that I get down to the basics where I’m OK.

Step 2:  Stay on that minimal diet for a couple weeks, hopefully experiencing no vertigo attacks.  If I have a vertigo attack, I have to go back to square one and cut out something else.

Step 3:  For one week add just one item to the minimal diet and see if I get vertigo.  This week it was my supposedly allergen-free vitamin pills.  Well, I haven’t had any vertigo this week, so I guess they’re all right.

Step 4:  Next week try adding some other suspected item to the minimal diet and see what happens.

You get the idea.  I’ll let you know what happens . . .

Posted under Causes, Treatment

This post was written by Dan Ferry on August 10, 2013

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