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Old 05-30-2011, 08:20 AM   #1
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Question balance therapy?

the ENT says he wants me to start balance therapy. someone will show me how to do some manuvers to make the dizziness stop.

has anyone had this kind of therapy?...does it work or is it a waste of time and $?....

any advise is helpful.......

 
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Re: balance therapy?

The efficacy of balance therapy depends on the cause of the problem. If you have a vestibular injury, then vestibular rehab therapy would be beneficial. However if you have an ongoing condition such as MAV or BPPV, only minimal gains can be found from balance therapy.

 
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:18 PM   #3
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Re: balance therapy?

they think my allergies are causing my dizziness....but still want me to do allergy shots and the balance therapy.....

im going to get an MRI within the next few weeks to rule out acoustic neuroma.....all this is so scary and depressing

have you done any balance therapy?

 
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Re: balance therapy?

I have not done general balance therapy. However, I have done some vestibular rehabilitation therapy but it did not help me because I have vestibular migraines.

That would be interesting if your allergies are causing this. Do you mind telling us more about your symptoms? (including all noticeable changes).

My vestibular migraine attacks started a few days after I graduated college, and I have had constant symptoms for one year now. Luckily my masters degree is offered online because I wouldnt want to be going to school like this!

I actually had an MRI today just to rule out the minute possibility of any other problems. This was my first time doing an MRI and it was a closed MRI. It didnt bother me, it just helps if you close your eyes.

Hang in there, we will get through this!

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Old 06-20-2011, 11:05 AM   #5
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Re: balance therapy?

Hi DizzyGal,

First, were you told of what area of the inner ear that is not functioning right? (as in the "Utricle" organ)? Have you been tested in the "Rotary Chair" for about 13 specialized tests, including one for the Utricle's function? (There are only 12 such Rotary Chairs in the country so far).

Very important to get those specific tests results in order to know exactly what therapy to have. If it is the Utricle Organ that is causing an off center balance reference, then Linear Therapy should be applied. BUT, so far, many PT's don't yet have good therapy for such a condition. Dr. Gonzales, at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, is one of the pioneers in the Rotary Chair and the process of coming up with good therapy for off- balance conditions that are related to the Utricle. (along with knowing about all other specific balance causes and their therapy).

I would call his office, and ask for another such specialist in your area that has that rotary chair, so you can have the most jp to date tests and results to then have the most effective therapy.

I have a friend who has been searching for 14 years to get diagnosed for his balance condition. He went through several Vestibule Therapies from a general guess as what it could be. (59 total doctors). NOT good. Got to KNOW what bone, organ, or other problem in the ear before starting any therapy, to be sure of you doing the right thing, for the reasons of money, time and most important, the "Result"!

Only this past week did he get one, (from being put through the 2 hour tests in the Rotary Chair by Dr. Gonzales. It's not fun to be spinning and suddenly stopped in all different ways for all the tests as you try to line up lines and dots by having goggles on. BUT, it is the only way to figure out specifically what area of the inner ear that may not be functioning properly, for any reason. Otherwise, it's a guess, and you could be doing the wrong therapy for what you really have wrong going on. The tests results from The Chair are very detailed and can tell the real story of all balance issues, (whether ruling the ears in or out as the cause). And to what "exact" part of the ear, if found to be the cause.

In the meantime, try to look at things in whatever room or place you are in that are farthest away. Focus on those things more than things close up. And while walking anywhere, notice if you are leaning to one side, compensating for any off balance feelings. If you are, then the Utricle "might" be ear organ that may not be functioning property.

Either way, try not to have your muscles tense up to much, walking, standing or sitting. Doing that case cause having overtightened muscles, (creating stress chemicals, besides having to be mentally stressed more, (Glutamate chemical and others in the brain that would just add to the stress). Relax as best as you can, physically and mentally, (They go hand in hand of course),

Get Well! Get in That Chair! Get to a VERY specialized doctor who has the Chair! They are the ones that can get to the bottom line of balance problems.

I will post just that info as main topic, so others can possibly get help, sooner than later. I've seen my friend go through too many years of being undiagnosed. Now there is HOPE!

Best Wishes to You!
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Re: balance therapy?

i did the ENG/VNG balance test, hearing test, allergy test, catscans. MRI, EKG, chest xray and everything came back normal

symptoms are pretty much just lightheadedness......in the morning im usually stuffed for a few mins, or have a runny nose but that clears up

zyrtec does make me feel a little better, and i have started allergry shots a few weeks back

 
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Re: balance therapy?

Were you tested in a Rotary Chair? If not,,,,then you only scratched the surface. If so, then keep seeking out doctors until one cares a LOT, and gets to the bottom of things.

If not in the rotary chair yet,,,,then there's "a lot" of specialized tests not done yet.

Hope this helps!
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