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Did I give VRT enought time??

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Old 08-13-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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Did I give VRT enought time??

I'm a newbie here and would love some guidance around VRT.

I started with dizziness in October 2011. Never had vertigo/spinning sensations, but rather a constant, CONSTANT, lightheaded, unsteady disequilibrium feeling. The dizziness is accompanied by facial pressure, headaches, ear fullness/dull ear ache and pain behind the eye on the same side as my ear.

I did CT, MRI which cleared me completely of any sinus pathology (and I really thought it was sinus related!). Went to a PT who did vestibular testing and determined that I didn't have an inner ear disorder. But when I went to a different PT a few months ago, she said that according to her assessment I did show unilateral vestibular hypofunction. I decided to go with her assessment and started VRT. I did it religiously.

At first I thought I was feeling improvement, but after doing it for 6 weeks diligently I started to feel like I was back to the beginning. So I gave it up thinking that either it wasn't helping or that in fact the first PT was right and my issues are not inner ear related.

My question is.....did I give up on the VRT too early? I am finally scheduled for caloric testing next week to hopefully get a more definitive diagnosis. I've felt like crap for 10 months and it has completely destroyed me

Any insights and guidance?

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Old 08-14-2012, 04:53 AM   #2
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Re: Did I give VRT enought time??


Old 08-15-2012, 03:50 AM   #3
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Re: Did I give VRT enought time??

As of the early part, vrt will never do harm to you. Im no doctor but caloric testing is the best thing to do now. If its any vestibular weakness, then vrt is the only treatment. The hard part is believing that we will get better.

But I assure you everything gets better with time. Count your blessings, realise, witness and seize hope.

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