Well, I finally figured out what else was causing my vertigo: my high blood pressure medication (metoprolol tartrate). I never considered the medicine as a possible cause because when I first had the vertigo, I was not taking any medication. And when I stopped eating soy, I was still taking the medication and I was fine. However, I was only taking one pill a day. When my dosage increased slowly to two pills a day, I began to have severe vertigo problems again. I began looking for additional foods that might be causing the vertigo instead of blaming the medicine.
It doesn’t seem much of a leap to realize it was the medication, but I was sure it was a food allergy. I got to the point where I was only eating about five different gluten-free/soy-free foods (cereal, almond milk, meats, bread, potatoes) and still having vertigo problems. Finally I looked online at the side effects of the metoprolol tartrate and discovered that about 10% of people who take the drug have vertigo. Eureka! Duh.
So I worked with my doctor to get me off the medication, and now I don’t have the bad vertigo problems, but I now I have to lose 20 pounds and increase my exercise level to drop my blood pressure. Well, I wanted to (needed to) do that anyway. Now I have a real reason to do it.
An observant reader will note that in the last paragraph I said “. . . I don’t have the bad vertigo problems . . .”, not that all the dizziness/vertigo is gone. Yup, I still have some minor dizziness and every once in awhile a day with more moderate dizziness. Is it from some food (eggs?). Is it from the prilosec that I have to take (my only other meds)? I don’t know, but I hope to find out . . .
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This post was written by Dan Ferry on November 27, 2013