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lynxgal 08-01-2007 07:36 PM

Bilateral vestibular dysfunction
Anyone else been diagnosed with bilateral vestibular dysfunction?

Lynda1234 08-01-2007 08:04 PM

Re: Bilateral vestibular dysfunction
I have bilateral vestibular dysfunction. My right side functions at 70%, my left at 50%. I was told that the brain can compensate for the difference if only one side is affected. However, if both sides are affected permmanently, you can never be 100%. (So they say. I don't want to accept that fact.) I have had physical therapy for my condition which helped tremendously!

I do not fall over, nor do I feel a spinning sensation. I have a sense that "something is not quite right" but I am functioning very well. I can even drive without difficulty. I'm presently on zoloft which I believe helps as this can be a very anxious and stressful situation. I feel that the zoloft has helped me to adjust.

Am I happy about my condition? Absolutely not. But compared to the way I felt three years ago, I feel very optimistic.

An antidepressant might help you along with physical therapy. You may not be at 100% but you can achieve a comfortable equilibrium. I don't know what you are experiencing, but you will eventually feel better!!


lynxgal 08-02-2007 04:07 PM

Re: Bilateral vestibular dysfunction
Hi Linda,

Thanks for the response. I do tip over easily......loose my balance....spinning dizzies and sometimes when I bend over I feel like I am falling. Some days I can't really walk properly....but that could be migraine related. I just started amtriptyline for silent migraines and my GP thinks the migraines have have made my balance issues worse. He thinks the BVD is due to my car accident that I had years ago. I have had balance issues for years and just thought it was due to nerve damage etc from my accident.....guess I had more going on then I thought.

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