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Brooke2DD 11-13-2012 08:09 PM

Constant nausea inner ear issues
 
Hi everyone,

I have been having on going issues with dizziness (rocking boat) , nausea, eye flickering and ear symptoms (blocking, ear aches, tinnitus). I saw a closed post between schoolgirl & Howie re: constant nausea. Has anyone else had constant 24/7 nausea with dizziness or these symptoms? Please reply I'm having a tough time at the moment.

Thanks,
Brooke2DD

lovineachday 11-25-2012 12:33 PM

Re: Constant nausea inner ear issues
 
I did have those symptoms at the beginning of my illness. I had Vestibular Neuritis a couple years ago. It slowly improved until there were breaks in between the bad days. The breaks got longer and longer. It is not easy, and no fun, but do your best to keep moving. Walking, even just walking around your home. If you have VN, your brain needs to learn to compensate for inner ear damage but learning how to do all the movements your body makes without as much help from your ear.
Hang in there! It WILL get better.

Brooke2DD 11-25-2012 12:56 PM

Re: Constant nausea inner ear issues
 
Hi lovineachday,

Thanks for your reply. How long were you sick at the beginning? It's been three months for me and the nausea is still dragging out.....Is this normal??

Thanks,
Brooke.

lovineachday 11-26-2012 06:08 AM

Re: Constant nausea inner ear issues
 
It took a long time for me, but unfortunately I don't remember the timeline very well. It began in July and I do remember having some difficulty that Christmas but I'm pretty sure it was a "bad phase". I remember Christmas being hard because nodding when you're talking to people (as in uh hunh) made me dizzy. And the holidays are all about socializing. The mornings were always the worst were for me, and I often had dry heaves. I often wouldn't have an appetite until lunch or dinner. The only good thing about inner ear stuff is that it goes away! My best advice to you is to try to figure out how much anxiety is playing in your illness. When I did that, and tried to relax about my symptoms I truly felt a lot better in general, and my attitude toward my illness wasn't as bad. Easier said than done, but anxiety does make everything worse, and it's common with inner ear stuff.
Take care of yourself!!

Brooke2DD 11-26-2012 02:26 PM

Re: Constant nausea inner ear issues
 
Hi,
Thanks so much for your reply. This is exactly me what you describe!! Thank you so much for telling me about your experience. The morning nausea, the no appetite until late evening this is exactly what I'm experiencing. I'm really tired of being sick each day! It's hard not to think about the symptoms when you feel so crappy. How did you get on with things? When did you feel you turned the corner in getting better? Is there anything I can do to help myself? Did you have to do any rehab exercises (vestibular rehab exercises)?

Thanks,
Brooke.

Brooke2DD 11-26-2012 02:28 PM

Re: Constant nausea inner ear issues
 
Hi,
Thanks so much for your reply. This is exactly me what you describe!! Thank you so much for telling me about your experience. The morning nausea, the no appetite until late evening this is exactly what I'm experiencing. I'm really tired of being sick each day! It's hard not to think about the symptoms when you feel so crappy. How did you get on with things? When did you feel you turned the corner in getting better? Is there anything I can do to help myself? Did you have to do any rehab exercises (vestibular rehab exercises)?

Thanks,
Brooke.

lovineachday 11-27-2012 08:15 AM

Re: Constant nausea inner ear issues
 
I'm glad I could help a little, Brooke. One thing that is so hard when you're going through this is feeling alone. And wondering if you are the only person who feels this way! (You aren't. ;)

The best thing you can do is try to keep moving. Staying still feels better but it will hasten your healing if you keep moving around the house, walking, etc. Someone explained to me that your brain has to relearn every little movement that your body makes all over again, this time with less help from one of your ears. Don't go crazy, because that doesn't help but at the end I did find that working out (fitness classes) took care of the last of my healing. Slowly do more and more. It helps your brain learn to compensate.

You should totally look into VRT. My ENT referred me for it. It helps speed up the process. They should be able to tailor it to your specific needs but it's things like moving your head up and down while your gaze is fixed on an object, side to side, etc.

There was never a day when I went wow! It's gone! There were many days when I'd think Wow, I haven't been dizzy in three weeks". It was such a slow process for me. Three steps forward two steps back. But like I said I had dizzy weeks and good weeks. The unpredictability isn't fun. But you will get through this. Hang in there! I know it's hard to ignore but if you try, it can help. I hated being "the dizzy person", got tired of talking about and always worried about it. So I just tried to start acting normal (even when I felt yucky). Sorry I'm rambling. Take good care and I am sending you healing vibes!! :)

luisluisluis 01-02-2013 10:09 PM

Re: Constant nausea inner ear issues
 
Hi Brooke

strated getting symptoms 3 weeks ago - no nystagmus with the eyes but a feeling that they weren't quite right ie heavy, maybe a tad blurry/difficulty in focussing quickly. Also have nausea (comes and goes) but def in the morning the moment I wake up, lightheadedness/sense of slight imbalance. Just want to know if you're still suffering from it or have gotten better. Note that you had it for 3 months at least :(

Brooke2DD 01-02-2013 11:47 PM

Re: Constant nausea inner ear issues
 
Hi Luis,
I have continued along this path and am certainly still working on getting better. I have been diagnosed with inner ear nerve damage by a neuro otologist. They are the dizzy doctors & the only ones who i found know anything about these issues. I saw two other specialiss who had no idea.

The nausea has eased but is still there and comes and goes. Some days im ok other days are not good & i feel unwell all day. I am currently doing VRT exetcises given to me by a physical thetpist. I still have some of the symptoms including the eye issues & dizziness etc.

I hope this helps you a bit,
Cheers, Brooke2DD

Brooke2DD 01-02-2013 11:53 PM

Re: Constant nausea inner ear issues
 
Hi Luis,
I have continued along this path and am certainly still working on getting better. I have been diagnosed with inner ear nerve damage by a neuro otologist. They are the dizzy doctors & the only ones who i found know anything about these issues. I saw two other specialiss who had no idea.

The nausea has eased but is still there and comes and goes. Some days im ok other days are not good & i feel unwell all day. I am currently doing VRT exetcises given to me by a physical thetpist. I still have some of the symptoms including the eye issues & dizziness etc.

I hope this helps you a bit,
Cheers, Brooke2DD

luisluisluis 01-03-2013 02:35 PM

Re: Constant nausea inner ear issues
 
Oh no Brooke - was hoping there would some good news. How does one get so unlucky overnight with something so random? I'm pressing on and being positive. Am awaiting blood tests tomorrow then if I pass that probably book in with an ENT...which may be diff from the neuro-otologists. From a trend perspective, are you finding slow progress in general in the symptoms from when it started. Are you using any medication? Pls keep updating us and I'll do the same.


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