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Inner Ear Disorders board


Quote from jonathanp:
yeah on fairly bad days or when i feel really tired i try to go for short walks. On good days i go for longer walks. Thats about it at the moment. I go driving too to get me out of the house when i feel up to it. Its so unpredictable though how your going to feel from morning to afternoon to evening. Can be fine in the morning, go for a walk and then be really worn out in the afternoon, and come alive at night again.

i cant remember if i told you guys but i went to see the ENT again the other day. he is going to send me for some balance tests, and then to consultant who specialises in post-viral illnesses, as the ENT and the neurologist both think its not a balance problem, but some kind of post-viral illness, i.e. fatigue or even possibly ME. In the meantime i am waiting for a letter from London to confirm an appointment too.

Ive had it rough again this week, with my ex girlfriend and her Dad throwing punches at me. Great i really need that.

Then i find out i have a bladder infection, and a cist down below. So i have gotta go for ultrasound etc just to be on the safe side. more worries.

what have i done to deserve all this? Everyone says they feel so sorry for me, because im one of the nicest lads they know, so why is all this coming my way. its so not fair. Like i dont have enough to worry about with this illness on its own. Im fed up.

Back to struggling with busy places again, after i had a good few days last week. Had a nightmare mother's day meal at a busy restaurant. Had to keep going outside for fresh air because of anxiety - embarassing.

Im seriously considering taking some anxiety controlling pills, so if anyone can give any further advice about these could you please post here i.e. which ones do what, side effects, what they can do for me, what they have done for you.

thanks
J :dizzy:



Hi Jonathan,

Hang in there bud. You're life seems like a mixed bag at this point, some good and some bad, which is certainly better than ALL bad. You will crawl out of this. Soon enough, especially since you're seeing docs and trying to narrow causes down, there will be more good days than bad and then you'll look back on this as one of those times in life (we all have 'em) that tested you and hopefully made you stronger, or at the very least, taught you something about yourself. That's what life is all about.

When I was at about the 5th month, my doctor prescribed Xanax (an anti-anxiety drug), which I took for about a month. She told me it worked to block/dull some of the brain's response to the inner ear, though to tell you the truth I think she also recommended it because I was completely wigging out because no one could tell me specifically what was wrong with me. She put me on a very small dose, .25 mg every 6 hours, and within a couple days of taking it, it did make me feel better, though after a month I felt it wasn't really doing that much (no appreciable further change in anything), so I went to an ENT for a specialist opinion. He took me off the drugs immediately because he said long-term use hinders the brain's ability to compensate. So right he was. But, I will say that for just those 4 weeks it did help me to calm down a bit and focus. You might want to talk with your doctor about a similar type of drug, and perhaps something that is non-addictive, which Xanax can be. I never had a problem with that though, because I took it for such a short time.

Hope that helps. Like I said, hang in there! You will get better. Life is so worth it.

Cheers,
Terri
:wave:

Oh, PS, I did not suffer any side effects from the Xanax.
Quote from jonathanp:
yeah on fairly bad days or when i feel really tired i try to go for short walks. On good days i go for longer walks. Thats about it at the moment. I go driving too to get me out of the house when i feel up to it. Its so unpredictable though how your going to feel from morning to afternoon to evening. Can be fine in the morning, go for a walk and then be really worn out in the afternoon, and come alive at night again.

i cant remember if i told you guys but i went to see the ENT again the other day. he is going to send me for some balance tests, and then to consultant who specialises in post-viral illnesses, as the ENT and the neurologist both think its not a balance problem, but some kind of post-viral illness, i.e. fatigue or even possibly ME. In the meantime i am waiting for a letter from London to confirm an appointment too.

Ive had it rough again this week, with my ex girlfriend and her Dad throwing punches at me. Great i really need that.

Then i find out i have a bladder infection, and a cist down below. So i have gotta go for ultrasound etc just to be on the safe side. more worries.

what have i done to deserve all this? Everyone says they feel so sorry for me, because im one of the nicest lads they know, so why is all this coming my way. its so not fair. Like i dont have enough to worry about with this illness on its own. Im fed up.

Back to struggling with busy places again, after i had a good few days last week. Had a nightmare mother's day meal at a busy restaurant. Had to keep going outside for fresh air because of anxiety - embarassing.

Im seriously considering taking some anxiety controlling pills, so if anyone can give any further advice about these could you please post here i.e. which ones do what, side effects, what they can do for me, what they have done for you.

thanks
J :dizzy:



I started with xanax -- very small doses. It works well (and fast!) for a short time, has been around a long time and is safe. But after a couple weeks of xanax I went on Paxil. I was calm within two days! With the anxiety under control I think it was much easier for me to deal with the ear and compensation process. There are some side effects -- sleepiness mostly -- but compared to the anxiety, I must say the side effects are very tolerable. Remember, these meds will not change your personality. If anything, they will chill you out and most likely improve the quality of your life right now. Good luck, whatever you decide to do!

Mandy
Quote from skywalker:
I started with xanax -- very small doses. It works well (and fast!) for a short time, has been around a long time and is safe. But after a couple weeks of xanax I went on Paxil. I was calm within two days! With the anxiety under control I think it was much easier for me to deal with the ear and compensation process. There are some side effects -- sleepiness mostly -- but compared to the anxiety, I must say the side effects are very tolerable. Remember, these meds will not change your personality. If anything, they will chill you out and most likely improve the quality of your life right now. Good luck, whatever you decide to do!

Mandy



so how long did you take Paxil for? Was it not just a coincidence that when you started you taking these pills that you could also have got better naturally?

Im trying to say that most success stories might be clouded by the fact that the people who take the pills actually may get better naturally whilst taking them. Therefore when they stop taking the pills, and they feel better they will instantly say it was the pills that cured them. So if someone starts taking these pills, and they dont get any better whilst taking them, they could get dependent on them as the increased anxiety when they stop taking them may knock them back again.

The only reason these drugs work is because they make the ear - nerve - brain process slow down / not work as effectively, is that correct - i.e. they will hinder compensation if taken over a long time?
Quote from jonathanp:
so how long did you take Paxil for? Was it not just a coincidence that when you started you taking these pills that you could also have got better naturally?

Im trying to say that most success stories might be clouded by the fact that the people who take the pills actually may get better naturally whilst taking them. Therefore when they stop taking the pills, and they feel better they will instantly say it was the pills that cured them. So if someone starts taking these pills, and they dont get any better whilst taking them, they could get dependent on them as the increased anxiety when they stop taking them may knock them back again.

The only reason these drugs work is because they make the ear - nerve - brain process slow down / not work as effectively, is that correct - i.e. they will hinder compensation if taken over a long time?



Jonathan,

Yes, in my experience with what my ENT told me and also several people on this board, those types of drugs can hinder compensation when taken long term. I think what Mandy, Scott, et al are trying to say is that if you take them for just a short time to get some clarity of mind it helps. That way, you don't freak out or think life is nothing but a roller coaster of good and terrible days -- the anti-anxiety drugs help even things out a bit so you can concentrate on getting better. Mandy's experience with the Xanax sounds a lot like mine. I only took it for one month and it gave me a calmness and some mental strength back so I could focus on getting better. I never had an increase in anxiety when I stopped taking them, because I was ready to take over for myself, with new perspective, and to heal.

I think you need to realize taking something is not an "all or nothing" proposition. By that I mean that you don't have to either take nothing or else take something and become horribly addicted. There is plenty of middle ground here, and it sounds to me like you are smart and cautious enough about your own health to not abuse these drugs. Good luck!

Terri
Hi Jonathan,

Just to add to what the others have said, the drugs that hinder compensation are what are called benzodiazepines (hope I've got the spelling right) anyway, it's benzos for short - the 2 most well known drugs that fall in to this category are valium and xanax, although there are others. If you are suffering anxiety, these drugs can be taken intermittently - at a low dose, i.e you have one if suffering a panic attack, but don't take them all the time. In fact taking them all the time is not recommended apart from in certain conditions, often conditions not anxiety related. In the past I occasionally used valium 2mg as a muscle relaxant - my neurotologist told me that sporadic, intermittent, occasional use was not going to hinder compensation for more than the day I took it. It was only daily use that would slow the compensation process long term.

As Scotsman and others have said - other drugs, such as paxil etc... drugs that belong to the SSRI group, do not hinder compensation, and as Scotsman has said, if you are suffering constant anxiety and or depression, this in itself can hinder compensation, so it is best to treat it one way or another. If you are nervous about it all, maybe you should wait till you seen in neurotology, you can talk it over with them. I know they have a cognitive behavioural therapist there that you can go to, that's another option.

best,

hbep.