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My diagnosis

Now that all the drugs have left the building, I have a final diagnosis. Labyrinthitis. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. Mostly because day to day you just don't know how you will feel. I'm not supposed to be driving but I can work for short periods of time. I'm a little better each day. Yesterday I didn't have periferal vision. Today I do. Though today I also have tinitus. I'm prone to just nodding off to sleep for an hour at a time as well. Taking a shower is a very strange experience. You don't want to shut your eyes when you wash your hair. The doc gave me these exercises to do that will re settle all the little crystals in my inner ear and then I'm supposed to be allright. Can't wait for that to happen. In the meantime, I'll just keep overcompensating when I go around corners and try not to walk into walls. And I'll keep on taking my motion sickness pills. Thanks for all the well wishes from everyone. Hopefully I'll be on the mend soon.



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Mar. 10th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
I've had that. It is NOT fun! *hugs*
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
How long did it last for you?

Mar. 10th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
It was an on and off thing for months back when I worked in the ER. My Dr co workers said ibuprofen was the best I could do for it. High does of ibuprofen helped a lot. It worked on the inflamation of the inner ear and helped lessen the vertigo.
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
Be glad it's a viral infection that will go away and not something serious and permanent.
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Come to find out, my cousin who is a doctor has the same thing right now. So a family history...yeah! Yeah, thankfully, I'm over all the bacteriological part of it.

Mar. 10th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
i hope you feel better soon!
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
I feel a little better each day. I'm just ready for it to be over with.

Mar. 10th, 2009 07:33 am (UTC)
Damn, that's scary.
WIshing you a quick and full recovery.
Keep breathing :)
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Breathing is a wonderful thing! Thanks!

Mar. 10th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
I was afraid it was Meniere's. From what I understand, this is treatable and fairly common. I hope this finds you well!!!!
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
It's just a matter of getting better little by little each day. It's to the point right now where it's just really annoying not to be able to do normal activities without getting dizzy and run down.

Mar. 10th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Hope it doesn't last.
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Supposedly it's a days to weeks prognosis. I'm pulling for the days rather than the weeks. I need to get on with life.

Mar. 10th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
That sounds godawful. I hope it is over soon.
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
Me too. It's no picnic. I sleep really deeply but then I pay for it first thing when I get up. Takes awhile for everything to resettle once you first get up.

Mar. 10th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Poor little labyrinth! It has such a big job to do... I'm glad you're feeling better a little at a time. Healing vibes out to you...
Mar. 11th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks love!

Mar. 11th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Odd. You're the second person I know who has been diagnosed with this in about the last week. ...Get well as soon as you can.
Mar. 11th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
A cousin of mine has it too. Seems to be a part of the whole flu epidemic this year. My doc said she had seen about a dozen cases in the hundreds of flu cases she's seen this year.

Mar. 11th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
You'll be in my prayers man.


Mar. 11th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks Ben.

Mar. 11th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
I missed your last LJ entry... I am glad you are somewhat functioning again! It sounds like we are both suffering from ailments all of a sudden. I wish you all the best to a speedy recovery! Be careful!
Mar. 12th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Good LORD!!!!

I thought that whole confusion about up/down was just a metaphor.
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Nope, no so much. I'm much better today than Monday. It was 3 pm before my head got fuzzy and started to swim. It really feels like when you get in a car and realize you had just a few too many drinks.

Mar. 14th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
your travels
Sooo glad you are better now. In your travels, have you been to all the awesome places in Washington State? Its ecosystems are so diverse. There are temperate rain forests, glaciers, volcanoes, rocky islands, rugged mountain ranges, swamps, deserts filled with sagebrush, soft rolling hills, grasslands and the Pacific Ocean all rolled up into one state!
Mar. 14th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Re: your travels
So I've heard but the only places I've been in WA are about 50 miles around Seattle and the Olympic Penninsula.

Mar. 14th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
Hope you're doing and feeling better. Spring is out in all her timid glory out here in CA, making for lots of fun inner-ear craziness - but nothing compared to what you've endured.
Mar. 15th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
It's getting some better. I realized yesterday the pills I'm taking really just make me tired and don't do much for the actual vertigo feeling. So I'm switching to a homeopathic remedy that is actually supposed to suppress the vertigo and balance the inner ear stuff. It's not as bad now as it was the first few days so maybe it will go away on its own. This is our first warm weekend. Time to get out and do something and not just lay around waiting to get better.

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