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I understand your feelings and your pain. I, too have labyrinthitis and this is the sixth month of it. Find a good, understanding otologist or neurotologist and ask them about being put on lasix (also called a diuretic). If that doctor won't do it, go to the next doctor. You have to take charge of your health and find a doctor willing to help you and who is knowledgable of this. My otologist here in the U.S. (Oklahoma) put me on furosemide 20 milligrams (That is what they call lasix, or a diuretic) and pottassium 10% liquid. The furosemide basically drains the fluids out of all the tissues of your body...your heart, your kidneys, and finally your inner ear. Let me tell you... it works. It took about two months, (I had already had labyrinthitis for four months at that point and could barely function). My doctor told me to just be patient because it did take a while, but by that second month of the medication, I went from feeling like I was bobbing around all over the place, dizzy, full of anxiety, floor moving, light sensitivity, etc. to feeling much better. Last week I felt another improvement and my feet can feel the floor like almost normal, without that horrible feeling as if the floor is moving and tilting. I still have a little imbalance/eye flickering, but I can go out to eat at night again and can walk around the second floor of the mall like normal, without feeling all sweaty and dizzy and like I'm afraid of heights, which I never was before. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to cut salt out of your diet in every way you can. Eat an apple a day, something healthy and green like spinach, porridge and nuts for breakfast, plain old meat like chicken or beef without added salt or sauces, a potato (without salty butter)or brown rice and other natural foods. Salty, processed food will make your condition linger. You need to clean out your system. Salt makes you retain fluids and the excess fluids in your inner ear is what makes the problem hang around. It is VITAL that you drink about 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Believe me you will feel better. Vestibular excercises do work if you give them a chance. Don't give up on them. The Cawthorne Cooksey exercises help you regain your confidence and you need to keep your body moving. You need to fight this sickness with everything you have within you, Sarahlouise. Take a good multivitamin like Centrum every single day and be faithful about it. I will pray very hard for you and your recovery. Please don't feel discouraged. I know you will get better. I tell you, just a few months ago, I felt so sick that I was crying almost every day and praying God would give me an answer, and that's when I found a doctor who gave me the right medication and the emotional support I needed. That is also when I found the inner strength to get up and do the vestibular excercises. (A really good excercise is the one where you close your eyes and try to walk heel to toe, as if your are walking on a balance beam with your eyes closed). It will work all that nervousness out of you if you can do the exercises just a few minutes a day. I went from shaking like a leaf when doing the exercises to feeling ok within a few days. Believe also, that there is a loving God out there who does hear and answer prayers and He is there for you if you just call on his name and believe He will carry you through this. Take good care of yourself, ok? Ruby.
[QUOTE=Ruby08;3400073]I understand your feelings and your pain. I, too have labyrinthitis and this is the sixth month of it. Find a good, understanding otologist or neurotologist and ask them about being put on lasix (also called a diuretic). If that doctor won't do it, go to the next doctor. You have to take charge of your health and find a doctor willing to help you and who is knowledgable of this. My otologist here in the U.S. (Oklahoma) put me on furosemide 20 milligrams (That is what they call lasix, or a diuretic) and pottassium 10% liquid. The furosemide basically drains the fluids out of all the tissues of your body...your heart, your kidneys, and finally your inner ear. Let me tell you... it works. It took about two months, (I had already had labyrinthitis for four months at that point and could barely function). My doctor told me to just be patient because it did take a while, but by that second month of the medication, I went from feeling like I was bobbing around all over the place, dizzy, full of anxiety, floor moving, light sensitivity, etc. to feeling much better. .

I just wanted to give another point of view because everyone responds to different things and recovers differently from this, but I had no effect from a diuretic and low salt diet. I was put on it for a possible diagnosis of endolymphatic hydrops but it had no effect. My original diagnosis of VN was I believe correct, and my problem wasn't fluid, but damage to the vestibular nerve and visual-vestibular system. I don't have any symptoms anymore.
I just wanted to say to SarahLouise and all the Labyrinthitis and other inner ear disorder sufferers to not give up hope. Yes, not everyone responds to the same medication and the exact diagnosis is sometimes tricky since they can't always tell you the exact problem even with testing. The best case scenario is where your symptoms do resolve on their own, as in the case of Joni and her vestibular neuronitis. They say that many of these ear problems do resolve on there own spontaneously. I also read one article that really gave me the hope I needed to get up and get moving. I read that as long as your nervous system is not impaired, (i.e. as long as your spinal cord is functioning) that you can get better with vestibular exercises. Even if you can only lie down and do leg lifts and stretches, then do it and slowly build up to standing up and doing simple exercises. (That is if your doctor says it is ok for you to exercise.) I also wanted to say that my co-worker knows a lady who has had Meniere's disease for over twenty years and she is able to function and work and lead as normal a life as she can by taking nutritional supplements, vitamins and herbs. It's all homeopathic stuff like gingko biloba, manganese, etc. I personally have also tried a multivitamin called Optivite PMT for women which I heard helps people with Meniere's (although labyrinthitis isn't exactly the same as Meniere's). I stopped taking it though, when my doctor put me on the diuretic, furosemide, because I thought that would be overdoing it, because the diuretic makes you need to urinate more often than usual, and so does just one Optivite tablet. Again, I pray for everyone going through this to stay strong and really have a positive outlook and the expectation of getting better. I know the symptoms are very scary, nerve-racking, and sickening, but try not to focus on them all day and keep your mind occupied with things that you enjoy, because I also read a research article that said that those who have a positive outlook about getting better, usually recover faster. Even if it is hard to believe that now, keep repeating to yourself that you are going to get better and stronger, until you DO believe it. Again, you are all in my prayers.