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Old 01-24-2011, 02:09 PM   #1
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Visual vertigo

Hey my name is beau and I have had "vertigo" for about to years now and have been past around different specialists and no answers.. Until now I went to a physiotherapist who works on dissy patients and he is 100% sure it's "visual vertigo" so he has give me eye exercises to do for 2 week and go back to see him. He says i will have full recovery but will take upto 3 months, I am just wondering if there is anyone on here who has or knows about this treatment and has made a full recovery?? Thanks for taking your time to read this

 
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Re: Visual vertigo

Visual vertigo refers to dizziness that is caused by busy and unfamiliar environments. The brain calculates balance with signals from the vestibular system, musculoskeletal system, and the eyes. If one of these systems is not working properly, the other two systems will become more sensitive to stimulation. In your case, it sounds like the eyes are working overtime to compensate for damage to the vestibular system.

The eye exercises are intended to get your brain used to the faulty signals it is receiving from the vestibular system and "recalculate" you balance. If your PT diagnosed your properly, and you do have vestibular damage, then it is highly likely that you will regain your balance after a few weeks or months of therapy.

Do you only get vertigo when you are in busy environments?

Do fluorescent lights make you dizzier?

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Re: Visual vertigo

Thanks for that now I understand more about it.
I use to think it was 247 but hen I think about it the symptoms come on strong and quick when I am in busy environments and driving etc sometimes I can't stand the light when I get dizzy and have a headache at the same time!

 
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Re: Visual vertigo

Did you previously have some sort of vestibular injury with Labyrinthitis, Vestibular Neuritis, BPPV, etc?? If not, then your physical therapy exercises are not useful because this assumes that you have a vestibular problem, and your symptoms are possibly a central problem.

Your symptoms with the combination of vertigo, light sensitivity, and headache sound remarkably similar to Migraine Associated Vertigo. Many doctors are not familiar with this condition, I have heard that people have good luck with Neurologists for MAV treatment. I think the perspective of a physical therapist is too narrow to treat your problem. I would consider visiting a neurologist or otologist.

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Old 02-05-2011, 08:40 PM   #5
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Re: Visual vertigo

I have been suffering for similar symptoms for over 5 years. Fluorescent lights, patterns, computer monitors, driving long distances, moving crowds ALL heighten great disorientation, although it is always with me.

Can someone give me some advice. I have seen vestibular and neurological specialists, but no diagnosis. Is this visual vertigo a symptom or a cause. Thanks so much.

 
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Re: Visual vertigo

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Visual vertigo refers to dizziness that is caused by busy and unfamiliar environments. The brain calculates balance with signals from the vestibular system, musculoskeletal system, and the eyes. If one of these systems is not working properly, the other two systems will become more sensitive to stimulation. In your case, it sounds like the eyes are working overtime to compensate for damage to the vestibular system.

The eye exercises are intended to get your brain used to the faulty signals it is receiving from the vestibular system and "recalculate" you balance. If your PT diagnosed your properly, and you do have vestibular damage, then it is highly likely that you will regain your balance after a few weeks or months of therapy.

Do you only get vertigo when you are in busy environments?

Do fluorescent lights make you dizzier?
Hi and thank you for your informative postings. You really do seem to be extremely knowledgeable about all of this and it is most helpful.

I have been experiencing vertigo (even visual vertigo, possibly BPPV) for the last 3 weeks. I have seen the ENT, neurologist, and eye dr now and have now had a bad side effect to meclizine after only my 3rd day. I had been taking Chlor-Trimeton (OTC antihistamine) before that until yesterday AM though. Have an EEG scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Above you mentioned fluorescent lighting and I've also seen it a few times on the website. What does it have to do with vertigo? I do have it in my work environment and at home now with the more "green" lighting.

Your input is very much appreciated.
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Hi and thank you for your informative postings. You really do seem to be extremely knowledgeable about all of this and it is most helpful.

I have been experiencing vertigo (even visual vertigo, possibly BPPV) for the last 3 weeks. I have seen the ENT, neurologist, and eye dr now and have now had a bad side effect to meclizine after only my 3rd day. I had been taking Chlor-Trimeton (OTC antihistamine) before that until yesterday AM though. Have an EEG scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Above you mentioned fluorescent lighting and I've also seen it a few times on the website. What does it have to do with vertigo? I do have it in my work environment and at home now with the more "green" lighting.

Your input is very much appreciated.
Thank you for the kind words

Many people who suffer from Migraine Associated Vertigo are sensitive to fluorescent lighting. If your vestibular testing does not show any unusual weaknesses, then MAV could be a likely conclusion and I would ask your doctor about this being a possibility.

 
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Thank you for the kind words

Many people who suffer from Migraine Associated Vertigo are sensitive to fluorescent lighting. If your vestibular testing does not show any unusual weaknesses, then MAV could be a likely conclusion and I would ask your doctor about this being a possibility.
Thank you for the prompt reply and you're quite welcome. I did speak with the neurologist this evening about the possible effects to the meclizine and he and my pharmacist agreed that I should continue to take the meds. He does not think it is a side effect. So, reluctantly, I took it again tonight. I guess I will find out eventually for sure. I will ask him about the MAV and how the testibular testing was. He mentioned about labyrinth being a problem with me.
Thanks again and I will continue to read up on your postings. Take care! .
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