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Old 12-29-2009, 04:49 PM   #1
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Vestibular Neuronitis, or something else?

Hi all. I've been suffering from this condition for some time now and I need some advice so here's my full story.

6 months ago, I was sitting at my computer and suddenly started feeling strange. When I stood up from my chair I felt imbalanced so I proceeded to lie down on a couch. When i closed my eyes I started feeling very sick and after opening them again, the whole room was spinning around me and my eyes were repeatedly moving to the left. I went to the bathroom and vomited like I had never before. Only a few minutes later, I felt better so I went to sleep.

When I woke up, I was feeling 100% normal, like nothing had happened at all. Still went to my doctor and they did blood test and said everything was fine. I felt absolutely fine for the next 5-6 days but then gradually developed dizziness and nausea. The dizziness was mild but the nausea bothered me quite a bit so the doctor gave me anti-nausea drugs and said everything will be fine, it will go away.

After one month of having some 'fairly bad' and some 'OK' days, one morning I woke up with cold symptoms (mild fever, cough etc) and I felt dizzy and extremely nauseous. I went to ER and ended up in hospital for 8 days where they did all the tests (brain scan, EEG, BAER, hearing tests, blood tests etc etc) and concluded it was Vestibular Neuronitis.

When I came back home the cold symptoms were pretty much gone but the dizziness and especially nausea was pretty bad. I spent the next TWO MONTHS barely getting out of bed because the only position I felt even remotely good in was lying on my back and looking straight to the front. No one had told me about the compensation process and no one had told me talking anti-nausea drugs (which were barely helpful at all!) for that long is not a good thing.

Then I read up on the internet on the whole compensation process and how you need to start moving as soon as possible to let the brain know something's wrong and let it adapt to the faulty signals it is receiving from inner ear. Seeing as there are no VRT specialists here where I live and doctors seem pretty clueless on the subject, I started doing exercises I found on the internet.

After one month of my "home VRT" my dizziness improved A LOT. I could finally sit or walk around the room without feeling pressure in my forehead, eyes etc. My nausea however improved very little. I was still feeling sick, not as bad as before but it still lasted 24/7.

I am now 3 months into my "VRT" and the dizziness is I would say 95% gone. I can finally sleep on the side and not only on the back too. BUT, nausea is still here and just doesn't seem to go away. I feel okay-ish for 2 or 3 days and then wake up with pretty bad nausea that lasts 3-4 days. It's been like that for this whole 3 months and although the "good" period would sometime last more than 2-3 days, I never ever feel completely nausea free.

What made me write this post is reading other people's experiences with VN and labyrinthitis. This nausea doesn't sound normal to me because aside from that first vertigo attack, my dizziness has never been particularly bad, I've never had another vertigo attack, I've never really had any problems with my balance, I have zero hearing issues, no fogginess, no ear pressure, no blurred vision, nothing.

My question is, is it normal for VN that I've had constant nausea for 6 months now even though as I say my other symptoms have never been anywhere near as bad as in most people with this condition? Could it be something else that is causing it? Perhaps it was never VN in the first place?

I suffered from depression and anxiety for 2 years but had been feeling good for a few months before the initial attack happened so I doubt that's the cause. I also had a bad habit of spending too much time in front of the computer with probably not so healthy posture. Could it be my eyesight? Or my neck or my back or something? I'm not really expecting for someone to give me a correct diagnosis over the internet as I know that's impossible but my doctor doesn't seem to be very knowledgeable on VN at all so I was wondering what do other people think, are there possibly some other conditions that would likely explain my symptoms. Could it really all be psychological? Because I do have anxiety again, due to VN itself because I fear I will never feel normal again Should I just continue with my VRT and hope the nausea goes away like my dizziness pretty much did?

Sorry for such a long post and please excuse any grammar mistakes, English is not my native language. Any response is greatly appreciated.

 
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:51 PM   #2
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Re: Vestibular Neuronitis, or something else?

Hello. Since no one else responded to your post as of yet, I figured I would since I also experience nausea as a symtpom.

Have you seen an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor)? An ENT would be able to conduct an ENG (a battery of tests that determine whether you would have any sort of vestibular problem) and be able to properly diagnose your problem and recommend either medication or VRT. It is really important for your to get an accurate diagnosis of your problem and I'm afraid an ER doctor and a primary-care doctor might not be able to give that to you. Plus, ENTs (and neuro-otologists) specialize in treating patients with vestibular disorders and know all types of medications and therapies that are out there that might help you with your dizziness and nausea.

The dizziness and nausea could be indicative of a vestibular problem. Your use of the computer might not in and of itself be the source of your symptoms. It might be something that you do as you sit at your computer like moving your head around and something you hear (like music or the television) or something you see (like the movement of an object in your line of vision). For me, I know that oftentimes, if someone or something is moving in my peripheral vision, I suddenly getting nauseous.

If you don't mind, please keeping posting as to how your condition progresses. Thanks and take care.

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Old 01-09-2010, 08:51 PM   #3
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Re: Vestibular Neuronitis, or something else?

I saw that you mentioned that you don't have problems with balance.
I think that "balance" is a very complicated sense.
I have bilateral vestibular hypofunction (damage).
You would think that I would have trouble walking, but I actually take a dance class
twice a week and am quite good at it!
I am also really good at balance poses in yoga class.
The inner ear is so complicated.
I don't have hearing problems nor do I have ear pressure.

I do have jumpy eyes and vision problems.
That's my biggest trouble.

Anyway, I thought I would share my perspective.
The symptoms can vary a lot.

I agree about seeing a neuro-otologist and having an ENG/VNG.

Take care.

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Old 01-12-2010, 02:24 PM   #4
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Re: Vestibular Neuronitis, or something else?

Hi, thanks for your replies.
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Hello. Since no one else responded to your post as of yet, I figured I would since I also experience nausea as a symtpom.

Have you seen an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor)? An ENT would be able to conduct an ENG (a battery of tests that determine whether you would have any sort of vestibular problem) and be able to properly diagnose your problem and recommend either medication or VRT. It is really important for your to get an accurate diagnosis of your problem and I'm afraid an ER doctor and a primary-care doctor might not be able to give that to you. Plus, ENTs (and neuro-otologists) specialize in treating patients with vestibular disorders and know all types of medications and therapies that are out there that might help you with your dizziness and nausea.
To be honest, I'm not sure. I spent eight days in the hospital and they did check my ears and then they sent me to an audiologist. Is that the same as an ENT doctor or neuro-otologist? They did that test where they flush warm water into each of your ears and put some kind of goggles on your face and tell you to move your eyes to the left, then to the right etc. It didn't really make me feel any more dizzy than I was already feeling. Is that normal if it's indeed a vestibular problem? Because they didn't tell me anything after the test, just sent me back to my room.

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The dizziness and nausea could be indicative of a vestibular problem. Your use of the computer might not in and of itself be the source of your symptoms. It might be something that you do as you sit at your computer like moving your head around and something you hear (like music or the television) or something you see (like the movement of an object in your line of vision). For me, I know that oftentimes, if someone or something is moving in my peripheral vision, I suddenly getting nauseous.

If you don't mind, please keeping posting as to how your condition progresses. Thanks and take care.

-GlassPawn
What I find strange is, I've been sitting in front of the computer a lot for years and never ever experienced anything like this. My TV is also a couple of meters from my computer so it's in my peripherial vision and it never bothered me at all. And now sitting in front of the computer is one of the thing that makes me most nauseous. I had to turn down brightness of the monitor dramatically which helps but still watching at it makes me more sick. I also notice that different sitting positions have an effect on nausea as well which is why I thought maybe it has something to do with my back or my neck.

What concerns me is that after the excellent initial success with VRT which got me out of bed, I'm not noticing improvement anymore and even on my best days I don't feel well enough to resume my normal life. What's worse, just a couple of days after my original post, again I woke up with slightly sore throat, some cough, nothing too bad at all but my dizziness got slightly worse and my nausea got 10 times worse. For some reason, during those bad periods, lying/sleeping on the side always makes me much more nauseous than lying on my back. I am now feeling better again but it will no doubt happen again next week or so

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I saw that you mentioned that you don't have problems with balance.
I think that "balance" is a very complicated sense.
I have bilateral vestibular hypofunction (damage).
You would think that I would have trouble walking, but I actually take a dance class
twice a week and am quite good at it!
I am also really good at balance poses in yoga class.
The inner ear is so complicated.
I don't have hearing problems nor do I have ear pressure.

I do have jumpy eyes and vision problems.
That's my biggest trouble.

Anyway, I thought I would share my perspective.
The symptoms can vary a lot.

I agree about seeing a neuro-otologist and having an ENG/VNG.

Take care.

Your writing is fabulous!
You write better that most native English speakers.

That's very interesting. I've read people's experiences with Labyrinthits on other message boards and most of the time they mention feeling off balance, having difficulty walking etc. I only ever felt off balance during the first vertigo attack but never again. Just like you, I could probably take a dance class with no balance problems. Even during the two months I spent in bed after I came back home from the hospital, it was always the dizziness and nausea that was the problem, not the balance.

Thanks to both of you for the advice again. I will try to find a neuro-otologist when I figure out what it's called in my language and if such a doctor even exists here where I live. If it really turns out to be a vestibular problem is there really anything they can do about it? Can VRT really make a person feel well instead of just "better"? I've tried quite a few anti nausea medications, none of which helped much, so I stopped taking them because I hear they can slow down or even prevent the compensation process from happening. Same thing for anxiety. It just terrifies me that I'll have to live with this nausea for years which no doubt makes me feel even worse and yet those medications apparently interfere with compensation as well.

 
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The test you describe is the VNG that I mention.
Can you get the results from that test?
I hope that bit of info helps.

 
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Re: Vestibular Neuronitis, or something else?

sounds like my sinus issue but a better case and good that the dizzys went away i have that almost every mourning its been 2 months for me with this,,,good work !

 
Old 01-16-2010, 10:19 PM   #7
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Hello again.

I just wanted to let you know that I was doing some research on my condition (which appears to be vestibular migraine) and found out that for some people the light (and flickers) from the computer screens can aggravate the vestibular system. So your problem might very well stem from your computer use.

Also, I would recommend that you see an ENT (also known as an Otolaryngologist) first because he or she would be able to order an ENG and a caloric test (where they put the water in your ears and measure your involuntary eye movements). I know you had a caloric test at the ER before before ENGs and caloric test results can vary from place to place based on the equipment used and the expertise of the technician performing the test. So if you have good insurance and don't mind the expense, it might be worth doing it again if the ENT requests it and also, you'll have that ENT's audiologist (who he or she will likely trust) interpret the results. Based on those results the ENT can then go on to suggest see an Neurotologist or not. When I saw my ENT, he just consulted a neurotologist for me rather than force me to wait a while to get an appointment as a first-time patient to see that neurotologist. The situation might be similiar for you.

I hope you get to the bottom of this problem soon! From what you have written, it sure sounds like it is a vestibular problem of some sort. Take care.

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Re: Vestibular Neuronitis, or something else?

Cajko,

Yours is an interesting case and sounds very tricky. It sounds to me like you had a BPPV attack. You wrote:

"my eyes were repeatedly moving to the left. I went to the bathroom and vomited like I had never before."

If the eye movements were pulsing and discrete movements (nystagmus) as you seem to explain it's BPPV. Did the pulsing slowly lessen as you kept your head still?

While it might be possible that VN could have precipitated a BPPV attack (you had that little "preview" episode which is similar to what I had with VN) it sounds like there is still some uncompensated stuff hanging around. It's normal to feel worse after colds and flus too with this so soon after being ill. It throws the brain out.

See this thread re VRT:

http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=499927

I'd probably try to find someone who can keep you working on VRT. Is your sight OK? If your sight was off that can hold back compensation. Vestibular migraine is yet another common entity that can kick in and keep you feeling lousy indefinitely but doesn't seem likely in your case. Are you taking an antidepressant now? If so, which one?

Scott

 
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The test you describe is the VNG that I mention.
Can you get the results from that test?
I hope that bit of info helps.

Looking at the papers they gave me when I left the hospital, all it says under the audiologist section is: "dg. Normacusis bilateral, Normotonio bilateral". From what I can tell, all that means is that my hearing is normal. The BAER test however apparently shows a "mild peripheral/cochleoneural disfunction" in my left ear while the right ear is normal. Not sure how that test is called in English, but they attach some electrodes to your head and then give you headphones and play some clicking noises through it and the results are recorded in a computer.

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sounds like my sinus issue but a better case and good that the dizzys went away i have that almost every mourning its been 2 months for me with this,,,good work !
Do you have nausea as well, warpony? I don't mind the dizziness that much. Not even the actual vertigo that I experienced the first day is that bad, but the constant nausea is killing me. It has literally changed my whole life.

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Hello again.

I just wanted to let you know that I was doing some research on my condition (which appears to be vestibular migraine) and found out that for some people the light (and flickers) from the computer screens can aggravate the vestibular system. So your problem might very well stem from your computer use.

Also, I would recommend that you see an ENT (also known as an Otolaryngologist) first because he or she would be able to order an ENG and a caloric test (where they put the water in your ears and measure your involuntary eye movements). I know you had a caloric test at the ER before before ENGs and caloric test results can vary from place to place based on the equipment used and the expertise of the technician performing the test. So if you have good insurance and don't mind the expense, it might be worth doing it again if the ENT requests it and also, you'll have that ENT's audiologist (who he or she will likely trust) interpret the results. Based on those results the ENT can then go on to suggest see an Neurotologist or not. When I saw my ENT, he just consulted a neurotologist for me rather than force me to wait a while to get an appointment as a first-time patient to see that neurotologist. The situation might be similiar for you.

I hope you get to the bottom of this problem soon! From what you have written, it sure sounds like it is a vestibular problem of some sort. Take care.

-GlassPawn
Hi GlassPawn.

Interesting that you mention that. I've always noticed flicker on CRT screens. It didn't give me headache or dizziness but it did used to bother me. It's one of the main reasons I switched to LCD a long time ago but since the backlight operates at around 200Hz, even if I don't notice it the flicker is in theory still there and may as well be the reason why looking at the screen makes me feel worse.

I talked to my doctor again and brought up what's been said about an ENT and neuro-otologist, and he agreed I should see one. Why didn't he tell me this before I don't know. Either way, I'll be calling them tommorow to make an appointment, so we'll see how that goes What are your symptoms? Do you feel constantly nauseous or it's an on and off thing?


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Cajko,

Yours is an interesting case and sounds very tricky. It sounds to me like you had a BPPV attack. You wrote:

"my eyes were repeatedly moving to the left. I went to the bathroom and vomited like I had never before."

If the eye movements were pulsing and discrete movements (nystagmus) as you seem to explain it's BPPV. Did the pulsing slowly lessen as you kept your head still?

While it might be possible that VN could have precipitated a BPPV attack (you had that little "preview" episode which is similar to what I had with VN) it sounds like there is still some uncompensated stuff hanging around. It's normal to feel worse after colds and flus too with this so soon after being ill. It throws the brain out.

See this thread re VRT:

http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=499927

I'd probably try to find someone who can keep you working on VRT. Is your sight OK? If your sight was off that can hold back compensation. Vestibular migraine is yet another common entity that can kick in and keep you feeling lousy indefinitely but doesn't seem likely in your case. Are you taking an antidepressant now? If so, which one?

Scott
Hi Scott,

I googled nystagmus, and yes that's exactly what happened during the first attack. I felt slightly imbalanced and weird but it wasn't until i lied down on my couch that the nystagmus kicked in. Moving to a sitting position and holding my head still made the vertigo/nystagmus stop but I still felt very sick.

I've read on a few places, just like you say, that flu and cold can cause your brain to decompensate and it's normal to feel worse during that time. What's strange is that I've been having recurring cold symptoms for months now. They are VERY mild but they seem to be making me feel terribly nauseous over and over again. Perhaps it's just a coincidence, and the cold symptoms have nothing to do with it, but I'm thinking it could also be some kind of infection that prevents me from compensating.

I'm not taking any antidepressants now because I read they can prolong or even prevent the compensation process, just like anti-nausea medications. Not sure if that's really true. My sight is OK, I think, but whenever I feel dizzy i have this pressure in my eyes. Yesterday I felt pretty well, almost zero dizziness and just a little nauseous. For the first time in 7 months I went to my shop and did some work for an hour and a half or so. Then I wake up this morning and it's the same thing all over again. Blocked nose, some minor cough, my neck feels a bit stiff, although not bad my dizziness is back, pressure in my eyes and of course terrible nausea. Does this even sound like VN? I guess the ENT doctor should be able ti find that out.

Thanks for the VRT link. I've been doing some of the exercises mentioned in there but some of them are new to me. I try to do as much VRT as I can without overdoing it but it's almost as I've hit the wall and can't improve anymore. Either something is preventing me from compensating or I have some other condition than VN which isn't treatable with VRT.

Thanks everyone for the replies, I really appreciate it. I'm hoping to have an appointment with the ENT doctor as soon as possible so I guess I'll know more by then

 
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My symptoms:

I usually feel woozy all day long. It is hard to describe. Imagine you have the flu, but remove the coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and nasal congestion. So all that you are left with is the lightheadedness, the mild-moderate fatigue, and mild nausea.

I also seem to be very sensitive to motion. I get nauseous in cars and in airplanes. Motion sickness pills don't seem to help this problem any.

I've also begun to notice some sensitivity to lights and to the temperature. I feel particularly worse (usually more woozy and more nauseous) during the evenings when all the lights are on in my home and I feel particularly worse when it is warm either indoors or outdoors.

My ENT believes (at this time) that all this is consistent with vestibular migraines (aka migraine associated vertigo). Everything was normal with my ENG except that the Caloric test indicated hyperactivity in my left ear consistent with Central Vestibular Dysfunction.

 
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My symptoms:

I usually feel woozy all day long. It is hard to describe. Imagine you have the flu, but remove the coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and nasal congestion. So all that you are left with is the lightheadedness, the mild-moderate fatigue, and mild nausea.

I also seem to be very sensitive to motion. I get nauseous in cars and in airplanes. Motion sickness pills don't seem to help this problem any.

I've also begun to notice some sensitivity to lights and to the temperature. I feel particularly worse (usually more woozy and more nauseous) during the evenings when all the lights are on in my home and I feel particularly worse when it is warm either indoors or outdoors.

My ENT believes (at this time) that all this is consistent with vestibular migraines (aka migraine associated vertigo). Everything was normal with my ENG except that the Caloric test indicated hyperactivity in my left ear consistent with Central Vestibular Dysfunction.
I think I know how you feel, although what I have doesn't seem to be MAV.

I'm seeing an ENT in four weeks but something strange has happened recently. Last sunday, I was feeling alright-ish, still nauseous though, but I figured I would finally try watching some TV. So I turn on the TV, lay on my bed and lean on my elbow. Can't explain it well enough in English, but every 10 minutes or so I kept changing positions (left, then right etc). After an hour and a half, I was feeling quite dizzy which I figured was from watching TV so I turned it off and went to sleep.

When I woke up in the morning, for the first time in these 7+ months, there was almost zero nausea I wasn't just a little better, I was clearly feeling a lot better and for the first time had no trouble sleeping due to nausea. That lasted an entire week and just this morning I'm feeling nauseous again but it's not too bad... yet. What I'm thinking is, those position changes that I did while watching TV, they were VERY similar to some of those BPPV treating maneuvers. I clearly felt worse during the "maneuver" and much better in the morning.

Could it be BPPV that is causing all this rather than VN? Thinking back, changing head positions has always had an effect on my dizziness and nausea. Do you have to have an actual vertigo for it to be BPPV or it could be causing only dizziness and nausea too?

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Cajko if you are still around please consider seeing a gastroenterologist. You could very easily have a stomach disorder as well. I have problems with a hiatal hernia, reflux, and then gastritis. This all flared up shortly before my dizzy,etc. problems started and got worse a few weeks in. The nausea was terrible. I would think between the stress and any medications anyone could end up with increased acid production and/or gastritis, only making you feel sicker. The fact you notice a difference with positions could also point to this. It is possible you yopu could have a different digestve issue also, so please ask to see a specialist and maybe have an endoscopy done if you aren,t feeling better. Mota

 
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Cajko if you are still around please consider seeing a gastroenterologist. You could very easily have a stomach disorder as well. I have problems with a hiatal hernia, reflux, and then gastritis. This all flared up shortly before my dizzy,etc. problems started and got worse a few weeks in. The nausea was terrible. I would think between the stress and any medications anyone could end up with increased acid production and/or gastritis, only making you feel sicker. The fact you notice a difference with positions could also point to this. It is possible you yopu could have a different digestve issue also, so please ask to see a specialist and maybe have an endoscopy done if you aren,t feeling better. Mota
Hi, thanks for your reply.

Since my last post, I've seen an ENT doctor, another neurologist, had a color doppler of the carotid arteries done, also had a scan of my cervical spine and got my eyes checked. Should have seen a gastroenterologist as well just like you suggested however I'm feeling a lot better now!

The ENT doctor said everything was fine with my ears and sent me to a neurologist who did the doppler test and said I should do another brain scan just to make sure, do a cervical spine scan and get my eyes checked. Well, the cervical spine is fine but my eyes are not. More precisely, my left eye is almost perfect but the vision in my right eye is a tiny bit blurry. Nothing too bad but there is definitely a difference between the two.

I'm wearing glasses now and have noticed a big improvement. I've become more active and have finally started having a close to normal life. I still feel nauseous quite often but it's nowhere near what it used to be. The glasses make the biggest difference when looking at the computer screen. There is basically no pressure in my eyes and forehead anymore. The weird thing is, aside from the said pressure, I never really noticed there was something wrong with my eyesight. Removing the glasses and trying to use the computer makes me feel worse immediately so if it wasn't my eyesight that was causing it in the first place, then it still played a big part in slowing down my progression.

Hopefully one day the nausea will go away completely but right now I'm quite pleased with how I'm feeling compared to how I did when I started the thread. Obviously, it doesn't mean anyone else has the same problem but perhaps it helps someone. For everyone who has unexplained symptoms similar to mine, get your eyesight checked even if you think you see well!

 
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Cajko,

Do you suspect it was the eye sight that was the culprit all along? I just saw an opthomalogist and they said my eyes were perfect (despite some floaters I just noticed).

You see, I too have been suffering from a type of dizziness (more of a surreal, dreamlike state feeling actually - not any spinning or dizziness, just uneasiness) and it seemed to come from my eyes - more the way I perceive everything visually. It has been 24/7 (only when I am awake and not laying down really though).


I had an MRI done a couple months ago and it was normal, but I do have severe sinus disease and had a middle ear infection (confirmed by my doc). I was treated for that with cephalexin, but my family doctor feels it could be possibly inner ear issues (e.g. a virus etc).


Based on what I am describing, do you feel this could be something like labyrinthitis or inner ear infection? It is subtle and I have no debilitating symptoms, but I just need some different opinions.

I go to see an ENT in a week.

Thanks

 
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Cajko,

Do you suspect it was the eye sight that was the culprit all along? I just saw an opthomalogist and they said my eyes were perfect (despite some floaters I just noticed).

You see, I too have been suffering from a type of dizziness (more of a surreal, dreamlike state feeling actually - not any spinning or dizziness, just uneasiness) and it seemed to come from my eyes - more the way I perceive everything visually. It has been 24/7 (only when I am awake and not laying down really though).


I had an MRI done a couple months ago and it was normal, but I do have severe sinus disease and had a middle ear infection (confirmed by my doc). I was treated for that with cephalexin, but my family doctor feels it could be possibly inner ear issues (e.g. a virus etc).


Based on what I am describing, do you feel this could be something like labyrinthitis or inner ear infection? It is subtle and I have no debilitating symptoms, but I just need some different opinions.

I go to see an ENT in a week.

Thanks
The doctors are not sure but personally, I don't think the eyesight was the culprit all along. Two reasons for that. First, the very first attack of vertigo, dizziness and nausea came on suddenly. I would think that if it was an eyesight problem it would have been more gradual. And second, I take an at least one hour walk every day to be more active and stuff and a couple of weeks ago it was really windy and cold outside and when I came back home I was really dizzy and nauseous. Since then I've noticed every time I go outside when it's cold, my symptoms worsen. Again, it doesn't sound like an eyesight problem to me. That being said, the glasses really do help me. If I take them off while looking at the computer screen, while watching TV or while reading something, I immediately start feeling more nauseous so who knows.

Inner ear problems seem to be extremely hard to diagnose properly. I'm not an expert of course but what you are describing does sound like it could be an inner ear problem. Are you sensitive to motion? Does this uneasiness change or go away when you close your eyes?

From what I've gathered, many people with labyrinthitis have very different symptoms. I. for example. have zero balance issues and no spinning vertigo. Others with lab/VN suffer from exactly that. Even some of the doctors I've visited think I'm fine because of that fact and yet other doctors have told me the symptoms are different for different people and that I probably do have VN.

Either way, getting as many different opinions is good. Hopefully you'll know a lot more after you visit the ENT. Good luck.

 
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