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Old 01-18-2005, 03:33 PM   #1
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Alcohol and inner ear problems

Just looking for some feedback on the effects of drinking. I love a beer and have been pretty good in abstaining since my problem began about 7 months ago. But I have had a couple of breakouts (even though I am on anti-anxiety medication and shouldn't) and while at the time I feel pretty good, the hangover is horrendous. It seems to last for days whereas in the past I would normally recover after about 24 hours. Anyone share a similar experience or have any advice. Cheers

 
Old 01-18-2005, 03:52 PM   #2
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Re: Alcohol and inner ear problems

Its v v individual Phila.

Some people can tolerate it with their dizziness - I cant. The only time I will is if I go clubbing (I dont go much these days due to this but I do go every couple of months) and being drunk helps me cope with the dizziness as I just tell myself "Im drunk, its ok, thats why im dizzy" etc. It kind of gives me a break from feeling dizzy out and about and then being depressed about it. Cant explain it.

But on the whole, 1 sip and I feel 10 times worse.

The day after Ive had a few - I generally feel not too bad which is weird. But the times I have had a few (literally about 4 occasions in 2 years!) I "spin" once in bed and its not pleasant!

A specialist told me "inner ear problems and alcohol dont mix" and she said that alcohol woukd always cause many sufferers problems (long after the symptoms have gone because you always have an inner ear deficit in the case of labs - the brain just "takes over").

To be honest, once I am well, I will try. But the thought of being drunk and feeling drunk fills me with dread at the mo as once well, I dont ever want to reingnite the feelings/symptoms that have plagued me for 2 years - being drunk would remind me of some of my inner ear symptoms.

Sorry, off on a tangent there! In a nutshell - v individual and everyone is different!

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Old 01-18-2005, 05:35 PM   #3
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Re: Alcohol and inner ear problems

Hey

I used to drink a lot of red wine, and when I had this going on but was in denial stage I was having a few coctails and getting really silly and would feel horrible next day. Have not really been able to enjoy being drunk or even relaxing with a drink, effects the system to much. I am hoping to partake again in red wine because I miss it.

CL that is very interseting about going clubbing. I am impressed. I have not been to a clun since this went bad. You go!!!

Jade

 
Old 01-18-2005, 06:15 PM   #4
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It's frustrating enough having labs let alone not being able to partake-- it sure is a cruel world, but we try and battle the best we can. By the was I have asked this a few times on this forum with no response and CL you seem to know much more about all this than me, is anyone on Rivotril (clonzepam) ? I am and it has helped me immensely in the past few months.

 
Old 01-19-2005, 03:08 AM   #5
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Hi Phila - yes sorry I have never heard of the drug you mention...

Jade - altho I feel bad in a club I just think I'm 25 and Im missing out so I just go once in a while! I would like to be going more regularly! But hey ho, not just yet...

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Old 01-19-2005, 06:00 AM   #6
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I used to love a good mixed drink, but haven't been able to drink alcohol at all since onset of these symptoms. It's not so much the after-effects as it is when the alcohol is still in my system. Heightens my symptoms to the point when I am very uncomfortable with even slow walking. No way will I put myself through that even for a social drink, so I completely abstain.

I do miss a good cold drink now and then, but not enough to risk having to deal with increased symptoms. I deal with my head symptoms enough on "usual" days to want to provoke them!

I go to clubs also, but not as much any more in part because of my symptoms and in part simply because my circle of friends is slowly moving away from that. But I've done it, even danced my butt off, and depending on the day, was either no worse or needed to take it easy for a few days afterwards.

The thing with my friends now is movies. I go when my head feels well, otherwise, I do not! I haven't been to the movies in about four months.

But I know I'll go again when I am up for it! Patience is a virtue!!

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Old 01-19-2005, 06:31 AM   #7
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I can't drink alcohol at all. I tried drinking once with the dizziness and I found it hard to walk at all. It makes my symptoms worse. I only had one drink...and that was enough to worsen the dizziness.

 
Old 01-19-2005, 02:22 PM   #8
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Well CL, I suggest you try and find out about the drug I mention b/c honestly it has meant the difference between me laying around feeling depressed and dizzy all day to being able to live an almost normal existence. Obviously there are limitations to what I can do but befire I was taking a small dosage each day I basically could do litle but lay on the lounge. I don't know where you are (I'm in Australia) but maybe you could ask your specialist. My neurologist has assured me the medication will not have any impact on brain compensation. I was reluctant at first b/c I thought it may delay the compensatory effects but I believe this not to be the case. I have been suffering from labs/VN (well that's what we think it is, thugh the neuro often talks about tiny hair that sometimes break off in the inner ear circle) for about 7 months. It is still very much with me but the medication has given me a real boost. Cheers

 
Old 01-20-2005, 05:11 AM   #9
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Will ask about it to my specialist Phila - seems a few meds have helped people here tho I am reluctant to take them and my specialist has said not to. But we'll see. My anxiety is not bad. Just low mood and apathy. And of course the inner ear symptoms. xx

 
Old 02-13-2005, 05:39 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Phila
Just looking for some feedback on the effects of drinking. I love a beer and have been pretty good in abstaining since my problem began about 7 months ago. But I have had a couple of breakouts (even though I am on anti-anxiety medication and shouldn't) and while at the time I feel pretty good, the hangover is horrendous. It seems to last for days whereas in the past I would normally recover after about 24 hours. Anyone share a similar experience or have any advice. Cheers
Since having labrynthitis, I really cant drink at all anymore...I have tried, but even if I have one drink, I can notice the effects...Start to feel weird and out of it, off balance, and when I lay down, even if having one or two at the most drinks, I get a type of spinning sensation (that you would normally have after quite alot of drinks)...And I always feel really sick the next day..Upset stomach, tired, dizzy (not vertigo really), and headache, which takes all day to recover..not like a normal type hangover...So even when I am feeling fine (my lab was quite a long time ago, but still occ. have on and off vestibular symptoms) I wont drink cos I know it will make me feel bad...I also used to go out to clubs and dancing, but not as much anymore, and if I do, i dont drink

 
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Re: Alcohol and inner ear problems

Hi Phila,

I was completely "dry" for about 15 months and then started introducing alcohol in *slowly*. I started with small glasses of lite beer with lemonade (ie. a shandy) and have moved forward ever since. Two nights ago I drank half a bottle of red wine!! So it looks like all is well if not too well. No bad hangovers at all. I drank a few glasses of water before bed to hose things down a bit.

At first I would feel a little worse after a drink and then I seemed to just get used to it and now I don't care at all although I won't have a drink on an empty stomach...that would be too much (even before labs).

Best....Scott

 
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