Re: can anyone help
Most people on this board can relate to the symptoms you describe. The sensation of being on a boat is described as vertigo. A lot of people on this board have one of two diagnosies (although there are others but they tend not to present in the way you describe.) One of them is vestibular neuritis (also called labyrinthitis when it includes hearing loss) - damage to one or both of the balance nerves often caused by a virus. The other is migraine associated vertigo. This is a form of migraine that presents as vertigo and/or dizziness. I would strongly suspect from what you say that hormonal fluctuations after the birth of your child may have triggered a childhood migraine problem that is now presenting in a different way. People are either seen by specialists called neurotologists (different from a neurologist) they are super specialists in the field of dizziness. People with MAV are often either seen by a neurotologist or a neurologist. The suggestion you see a neurologist isn't a bad one. It would probably be a good idea totry one of the daily migraine preventatives of the type you were probably given as a child.
I would recommend you read the post by Wowwweee called 'I think I have my diagnosis' which gives a great description of this migraine associated vertigo on this healthboard. Here is the link
If the link doesn't work, go in to advanced search and put Wowwweee (make sure you get the spelling of her name correct or it won't work) in name search and migraine in word search and it will take you to it.
There is also an article by Robert A Battista on the net. If you do a search on the net with that name it will bring the article up.
Don't worry that people often refer to dizziness, much of the time they mean the sensation you describe - people don't always use the word vertigo. Dizziness can be a catch all term for many symptoms, ranging from feeling off/spacey and disconnected to feeling like you're on a boat and being pulled about, to a spinning feeling. People on this board often only experience one type, some all.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. If it is MAV, then people often respond extremely well to the drugs. If it is vestibular neuritis, then generally people go through a process called compensation, where the brain learns to cope with the damage to the balance nerve and slowly (it can be very slow) start to feel normal again. If you read a lot of posts on the board you will get the hang of the different conditions and explanations. Many people have felt as you do and got better.
Last edited by hbep; 07-24-2005 at 07:54 AM.