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Old 07-10-2007, 05:01 AM   #1
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First of English is not my first languish so I apologize in advance for any grammar or spell. mistakes.
I have posted here in the past but the short version is: probably viral labyrinthitis in one ear with sensoneural hearing loss (minimal).
Now after 10 months, I am way way way better. Not 100% but I would say around 90% most days. Shopping, working, meetings and the likes are much better almost 100%. The only outstanding issue I have is with driving. While going by car now, if I am not driving, I am a 100% as appose to the nightmare in the beginning.
In the last few weeks I have started driving over the weekend. In and also out of town. The first time was odd but OK and since then I had better and worse times. However, last Friday I drove about 25km. I was fine for the most part but a few minutes from home I had a spell of, how can I explain it?, as if I was drunk, you know? Half dreaming. It went away immediately when I pulled over a few minutes later but I got so discharged.
Anyone went through the same thing? Is it normal?
Is it like with everything else? You have to keep doing it to get better?

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Old 08-09-2007, 12:43 PM   #2
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Re: Driving?

Well its definetly not normal but it does happen. My spell happened 9 months ago when i was driving home from school and i had a panic attack and started freaking out because of the "spell" or "feeling" i was having. I havent drove since then because i dont feel like i can. I was diagnosed with vertigo so i dont know what else i can do. I even feel bad when im the passenger in the car.

Old 08-09-2007, 03:49 PM   #3
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Re: Driving?

Since it stopped immediately when you pulled over, it sounds like a textbook "panic attack". I used to get those ALL THE TIME when driving. There is something about driving that definitely freaks people out who have tendencies towards anxiety and panic attacks. I got over my fear little by little. I still get panicked sometimes, but I just tell myself I can pull over at any time, don't worry, etc...

For years I would only drive on the right side of the road so I could pull over easily. Now I don't need to, but sometimes if I am feeling ill I tend to get that panic creeping back up during alot of traffic, etc.

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