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Old 05-18-2012, 12:11 AM   #1
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I would like to share my story.

Hi,

I would like to share my story because it is truely amazing and what you described was so similar to what I experienced that I know I can help you and others. I have had constant dizziness for 3 years and have experienced almost identical symptons. I had a chronic feeling of being drunk, could not expose myself to computers, shopping centres, bright light without being so dizzy I would have to leave the area. Of course Doctors wanted to send me to ENT and Neuro Surgeons, I have been in and out of hospital, unemployed and had given up on ever getting better. All Doctors have thought me mad and sent me to shrinks and prescribed anti-depressants and anxiety medications. I have tried them all and vestibular rehab but have only found slight relief through valium or Paxtine(SSRI). My wife 4 weeks ago discovered information on the use of Prism lenses, and disruption to the neuro pathway from my brain to the rear of my eyes. As I could only find someone in Michigan that undertook this treatment I quickly dismissed it. Then something amazing happened. After much opposition from doctors and specialists alike, a brilliant Optometeist named Michael Christian from Queenscliff Victoria was able to advertise this type of lense online. Although sceptical I rang him and he described to me what no other person had been able to before. He knew my symptons and expained how it is my brain that is working in over drive and Prism lenses could retrain it. Being so far away, but desperate, I took the flight to meet with him and see what he could do. He listened to me and then showed me the power of the optics, They were able to make me fall over, lean to one side, feel in a total different world to what I have lived. After 1 and a half hours we tested hundreds of diffent strength lenses until one gave me balance like I could not remember for so long. I had them made and received them 7 days later. Having not worn glasses before, it took 4 days of balance issues, slight head ache and visual disruption. But then it happenend. I could stand again, I can spin, I can work straight, my muscle aches and pains are going away, and me vision is almost perfect. 3 more weeks on and I dont take medication, my balance has improved 75%, my pain is going, and I am being told in six months the lenses should be no longer required. I am not saying this is everyone with dizziness problems, but if this sounds like you, and you know in your heart that you are not suffering anxiety, make a call, do more research because this has changed my life. i am not saying pack your bags and go, but if someone is willing to listen and can describe what this man can. What do you have to loose? Thankyou Michael, you are an angel and the tears I saw in your eyes when you saw what was happening to me whilst working with these lenses, showed me what a wonderful man you are. I know the message will get delivered because angels will always shine. To others, find this answer if this is you. Someone can help.

 
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:47 AM   #2
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Re: Undiagnosed Chronic Constant Lightheadedness

That's amazing! Congratulations and please keep us posted with your progress. I'm sure that even just reading your post will make a huge difference to a lot of people on this forum.

I looked into sensory processing and visual perception problems when trying to sort out my own dizziness and i reckon that even if it's not the original source of the dizziness for some people, it can become a symptom and subsequently a major contributor to their problems.

 
Old 05-20-2012, 07:38 AM   #3
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Re: I would like to share my story.

sounds good, but did you ever get fully diagnosed with what exactly caused your dizziness?

I have balance issues (mainly in the dark) and went to the Mayo Clinic and was told I had bilateral vestibular hypofunction, that the cells in my inner ear have deteriorated for an unknown cause and what I feel is called oscillopsia.

 
Old 05-21-2012, 12:36 AM   #4
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Re: I would like to share my story.

Hi,

No I was not given a name for the condition. I have heard of people discussing VHS but this was not mentioned by the Optometrist. He told me that the Neuro pathway to the back of the eyes is disrupted. This usually is caused by some sort of trauma and has nothing to do with the vestibular system in the ear. The Prism lense works to retrain this and ultimately over time the lense strength is decreased as the brain adjusts to the glasses. I have read those with simular symptons to mine can except around 75% of the balance issues to be resolved. So far so good but I will keep you posted. Take care all and I hope this helps you somewhat.

 
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