I havent posted for quite a while as i was trying to start afresh with a new part time job (working with dogs
), new medication and a new attitude. I just wanted to update anyone who might have the same visual vertigo probs as me.
I was put on betahistine by a new doctor who although didnt have the answers, thought it would be worthwhile to try a new mild medication with no adverse effects (its for menieres disease). In short, it did ease my ear symptoms (fullness, ringing, pain, etc) but made no difference whatsoever to my visual vertigo. I am still taking it and have been working at a boarding kennels part time.
I am lucky that the drive to work is literally 6 minutes along a quite country road with no trees or anything roadside to send my peripheral vision crazy. At most i work for 3 hours at a time, the busiest days being tuesday and wednesday when i work 3 hours in the morning, 4 hours off, then another 2 hours in the afternoon. My work consists of walking dogs for 1.5-2 hours then cleaning. The dogs are walked along a countrylane with open farmland on one side and dense forestry on the other. Its fair to say that i am woozy and dizzy pretty much the whole time that i am walking and that to begin with i was really uptight about having the responsibility of someone elses beloved dog in my care whilst feeling this way. Now, i am a lot more relaxed in the knowledge that 5 months later nothing bad has happened and i feel a lot more confident in my bodys ability to get me around (even though i still feel dizzy, unbalanced, uncoordinated, fatigued, nauseous, etc). Unfortunately, being forced to walk for a few hours a day in an environment which badly provokes my symptoms has not served as the VRT as i had hoped. There has been NO improvement in my symptoms after 5 months however i am much fitter than before.
It has however done me so much good being out and about and mixing with other people (3 other doglovers to be exact). I definately feel more positive about carrying on living with the symptoms.
I am still studying toward working with dogs and am taking my time with it. I also have an appeal hearing in November to find out whether i am going to get the Employment and Support Allowance - jobcentre dont believe there is anything wrong with me, no change there
I dont expect to be successful in this because of budget cuts, etc but i feel really proud of myself for fighting them every step of the way.
Good luck to everyone battling the dizzies xxx