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Inner Ear Disorders board


My left ear has lost 43% in vestibular functioning. My right ear has lost 20%. The consensus is that it was do to a virus. In other words, they don't know. My vestibular rehab therapist thought I had symptoms of Mav. I was then sent to a neurologist who evaluated me and determined that I do, in fact, have Mav (in addition to my vestibular loss).

Presently, I'm taking Zoloft (antidepressant) and diltiazem. Dilitiazem is used for high blood pressure as well as for Mav. I don't have high blood pressure. Both the Zoloft and diltiazem are taken in small amounts. I am getting some relief, but not total relief.

However, as I expressed before, if my doctor wants to experiement with something else, I'm game. I was as fearful as you are when it comes to taking drugs. And I'm not saying that medicine is the answer. I certainly would prefer to take nothing. But keep this in mind: Psychology plays a tremendous role when it comes to taking medicine. If you take something and are fearful in doing so, you will probably have a negative reaction. I know from personal experience. Fear can make you exaggerate minor side effects. If you think you're going to have trouble swallowing pills, you will. If you think you're going to get a headache, you will. In other words, you have to have a positive attitude towards what you are taking. There is also such a thing as a placebo effect. We can make ourselves better in some cases, if we think the medicine will help.

I found that I eliminated a good deal of my fear by NOT reading the printout that comes with medicine. I never ask about side effects (if I do, I get them). I do, however, ask how to take the drug properly and what not to take with it. IF I feel I'm having a negative side effect, I call the doctor. In my case, ignorance is bliss. I can't take medicine any other way.

To sum up: If I can't get "cured," I intend to make myself as comfortable as possible. I'm taking a holistic approach by adding exercising, meditating and eating well. That's the best I can do for now.