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Old 02-20-2012, 12:34 AM   #1
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Vestibular Neuritis or Labyrintis?

Hello,

I'm a 30-year old female.

A little over 6 weeks ago I suddenly experienced extreme dizziness when I got up one morning. That whole day everything was spinning and I was pretty nauseous.
After that day dizziness persistent but I haven't been nauseous since.

After a few days I went to the doctor who did some basic tests (temperature, blood pressure and some neurological tests) and told me it was most likely an infection on the balance center of the ear (pardon my English if it's not correct). She said it would clear up in about 3 weeks.

During the next couple of weeks thing didn't really get much better at first, then suddenly the symptoms seemed to go away little by little. Then, while at work, I turned my head to look at someone and suddenly everything started spinning again. Since it was then about 3 weeks since the first doctors visit I went back. This time there was a different doctor.
She too did some basic tests and finally said she agreed with the other doctor that is was a viral infection. It should be gone in about 4 weeks after that visit.

That is now almost 3,5 weeks ago. And I am still dizzy. I must say, now it more seems like episodes. Sometimes it goes okay for a few days then suddenly it's pretty bad again for a few days and this cycle seems to be repeating itself.

Strangely since about 4 days I've been experiencing a almost constant beep in my right ear. It's not extremely loud, but it's there and I'm wondering. Is this a new symptom?

I'm a bit of a hypochondriac and still pretty worried that it's something horrible like a brain tumor inside my head.

Do any of you have experience with vestibular neuritis or Labyrintis and can you tell me if my symptoms are similar to yours?
Is it normal that after a total of now 7 weeks it's still not gone?

Thanks!

 
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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Re: Vestibular Neuritis or Labyrintis?

With VN or Labs, you should have been recovered by now, and it sounds like your symptoms are somewhat episodic. Its much more likely to be a central cause, like vestibular migraine without headache. This is the most common cause of balance problems, even in people without a history of headache (like me). I would see a balance expert or a neurologist and try a preventative like Nortriptyline.

 
Old 03-10-2012, 08:57 AM   #3
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My situation bears some similarity to yours. I have had symptoms for a little over 10 weeks so far. It started with severe vertigo one night when turning over in bed, and this repeated itself quite a few times over the next few days before I realised that if I didn't lie on my right side it wouldn't happen. I felt nausea within the vertigo and also had symptoms during the day. These feelings include false motion so that I can feel as if I am falling backwards or to the side when I am still, or as if I am on a merry go round. I have had no actual spinning vertigo while not lying down. For the first weeks, things also felt surreal.
At present I have some time during the day when I feel OK and some time feeling dizzy or feeling false motion. I am unable to go into a room with lots of activity or people without getting very dizzy and then anxious. I also have trouble in shops when I feel dizzy and as if I am moving when I am not. Sometimes it can look as if the floor "drops".
I have felt much better at times, but then have gone back to feeling terrible and really dizzy.
I understand that my symptoms are consistent with having had a viral infection such as either labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis with possibly some BPPV as well which may or may not be linked to the virus.
I believe that it is possible for symptoms to go on for 8 weeks or so, and much longer if the body does not naturally compensate for the damage caused by the virus.
I have been referred to a physiotherapist who specialises in vestibular rehabilitation therapy and she can help me by getting me to do exercises that will eventually lessen or get rid of my symptoms. It can take several months, though, or longer. The GP or ENT specialist can refer you if they think it will help.
I have found that I have particular problems with my neck which can be worked on.


Hope you feel better soon. It is better to move around as much as you can manage/bear so your body can learn to deal with the balance/dizziness problems and correct them.

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Old 08-02-2012, 01:51 PM   #4
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Re: Vestibular Neuritis or Labyrintis?

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Originally Posted by bindar View Post
With VN or Labs, you should have been recovered by now, and it sounds like your symptoms are somewhat episodic. Its much more likely to be a central cause, like vestibular migraine without headache. This is the most common cause of balance problems, even in people without a history of headache (like me). I would see a balance expert or a neurologist and try a preventative like Nortriptyline.
Dear Bindar,
I find your posts highly informative and am going through them one by one. I came across this one and have thought since I start having motion sickness symptoms compounded with anxiety (chronic subjective dizziness) 6 years ago that I have chronic vestibular neuritis as its basis - that it doesn't go away, though symptoms can be mitigated through VRT. Am I wrong in this that I probably have vestibular migraine instead?
Is it possible to "contract" vestibular migraine without having a history of migraine? I don't have temple area headaches or sensitivity to light, etc.

 
Old 09-16-2012, 04:39 PM   #5
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Re: Vestibular Neuritis or Labyrintis?

No worries. Vertigo, vestibular, Meniere's, etc. They all have the common symptoms. The ear issues are common with these disorders.

 
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