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    Old 06-21-2005, 07:43 AM   #1
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    Bacterial versus Viral

    If it is bacterial would the doctor see signs of infection? If they don't see infection then would one assume it is viral? Just curious how they would know if it is bacterial or viral labyrinthitis. I'm confused because it seems like doctors don't even know when it is Labyrinthitis to begin with.

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    Old 06-21-2005, 08:03 AM   #2
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    Re: Bacterial versus Viral

    Gloria, Joy:

    I saw my Neuro-Otologist last night and asked him about the diagnosis of Lab. He said that is the most popular diagnosis. All that is is the inflamation of the ear. However what we all have is Vestibular Dysfunction or disorder which no one knows the cause. It could be initially from a virus like lab but its guess work. He said more importantly is to treat it correctly with VRT and meds if needed if VRT does not help. He said I could tell you that your diagnosis is lab but it really does not matter.

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    Re: Bacterial versus Viral

    HI There, from some reading I had done when Ifirst came down with this,
    I believe bacterial labs is very rare and much more dangerous, most cases are viral and because of that antibiotics don't usually help. When I had it I also got pneumonia and was sure I had bactirial but my doctor assured me it was a virus.
    You would definitely be showing symptoms of the infection if it wasn't viral, you would probably be pretty sick.

     
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    Re: Bacterial versus Viral

    Thanks for all your input.

    Howie - Did he say if it is correctible or not. I guess is what I'm asking is does he think it will cure itself?

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    Old 06-22-2005, 05:48 AM   #5
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    Re: Bacterial versus Viral

    Gloria:

    Doctor could not guarantee anything but said VRT and diiferent things work. Everyone is different to how much this will work and how long. They try at least to make it as managable as possible. One thing he was rather confident about was he really doubted it can be anything else. Basically saying something this long would get worst not better not matter how slow the improvements are... Plus I have had a billion tests to rule anything else out.


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    Old 06-22-2005, 10:11 AM   #6
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    Re: Bacterial versus Viral

    I think Howie is saying - that you can get vestibular dysfunction from many things but you CAN also get it from labyrinthitis (I did). The inner ear, as discussed before, doesnt heal itself, it is the brain that compensates.

    As for bacterial labyrinthitis - you would know - a lot of pain etc - and it's rare...

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    Re: Bacterial versus Viral

    CL is correct.... You can get this from many things one being lab. So it really does not matter how you get it as most of the time they do not know. What matters is how you fix it and cope with it. Thank you for your help CL


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