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Question: Dizziness when lying flat

 arowland25 - Thu May 17, 2007 11:18 am

Hello. I am a 28 year old female. Medical history includes:
* 2 laparoscopic surgeries to treat endometriosis (2002, 2004)
* Gallbladder removal (2006)
* Diagnosed with a trace amount of mitral valve regurgitation (2007)
* Diagnosed with mild tricuspid valve regurgitation (2007)

Medications include;
* Cholestyramine (Post gallbladder issues)
* 10 mg Inderal 3x daily (valve issues)

For the past several months I have gotten very dizzy when I am laying flat on my back, and even when I use a flat pillow. I have gotten a fluffier pillow and that seems to help some. My question is what can cause dizziness when laying flat on your back? It's preventing me from doing situps and other exercises. The dizziness does not go away until I sit up. It's very scary and my cardiologist says that it's not related to any of my heart issues.

Thanks for any help you can give!

 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Jul 04, 2007 11:46 am

User avatar Off hand, I am not sure exactly what would be causing your symptoms. You may want to see a neurologist. I wonder if you are experiencing some symptoms related to the balance center in your ear that may be being "mistriggered" when you lie flat.

Sorry I can't be of more help.

Best wishes.

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