About two weeks ago (s/p getting over 2 URIs in the Fall) my head didn't feel quite right, very heavy and had some trouble focusing my eyes-as though fighting off a virus and being extremely over tired. A week later I experienced a dizzy spell while at work-came on suddenly and I had to sit for a while lest I fall over. I attributed it to overwork in a crazy environment with no time for a supper break (I'm an RN). I felt OK the rest of the night but experienced more transient dizziness last Sunday. I had that same creepy feeling in my head like I'd better go to bed early and hopefully ward off yet another seasonal virus.
Monday morning comes, I open my eyes, lift my head a few inches from the pillow and the room is spinning-I feel the need to vomit so I attempt out of bed but fall to my knees in a cold sweat and begin to dry heave. My husband helps me back to bed where I spend most of my time the next three days battling dizziness although the worst of it (vertigo and nausea) has passed. I call my GP and she suggests Labyrinthitis and says to try an anti-histamine or decongestant.....and wait it out. Day 4 I manage to sit myself at the computer and do some research on this disorder. I'm able to walk without holding onto things but my gait is very unsteady with a "sick headache". The dizziness worsens with sudden movements of my head-espcially upwards. I find this site on the internet which has "sticky posts" that direct me to some informative articles by a Cain MD. I'm pleased to see that yes, I must have a viral infection of my inner ear and it "typically lasts for 3 wks although it could go longer." I start reading some posts by folks who've obviously been regulars on this site for a long time and I become alarmed..... Does VN typically go on for months....even yrs....or are the poor people here who're writing these posts the minority who are stuck fighting these nasty lingering symptoms for who knows how long?
My gait at day 6 is slightly more steady ( I actually walked my dog today!) but my head feels like it's on another planet----or I OD'd on way too much cold medicine....here, but not here. I also started a 4 days regime of a medraol pack today. I also wonder if I'm not improving but my brain is just getting used to that off balance feeling.
If I continue to "improve" the way I've been....maybe 10%/day-I hope to feel "normal by week 3".......but I wonder if I'm done progressing and I'm going to have to get used to feeling so out of sorts and off balance for a long time to come(?)
Did anyone have an initial course like mine and get "stuck" in improving....? Does anyone know anyone who actually DOES feel normal in less than a months time?
Any support/info would be much appreciated. Sorry for so long and thank to those who've reached the end