I have had labyrinthitis three times in my life. This last time occurred three weeks ago and lasted four days. It went away and then came back on Saturday. I sometimes get a true vertigo feeling of everything spinning and other times it is a shaking or sense of motion. Now I only feel a sensation of movement when I wake up in the morning for about 10 minutes and if I move my head too quickly without turning my body with my head. I was prescribed Meclizine to suppress the vestibule system by a regular doctor (family practice) initially a few weeks ago.
I just went to the ENT today to take the Videonstagmongraphy (VNG) test. They found that I had a slight vestibular imbalance or disorder.
My question is what does that mean? The ENT prescribed me antibiotics and oral cortisone (a steroid!!!). Is this the proper treatment for this? From what I understand, we have crystals or rocks in our ear that can become dislodged. The Audiologist who performed the test said there were exercises that the Dr. would teach me but he didn't mention those to me at all. Since he prescribed me these medications, what is he is trying to accomplish? Does he think it's a bacterial infection with inflammation? Why wouldn't he first assume that the exercises would help rather than the medications?
I should also tell you that they performed a hearing test on me and both ears are perfect. They also tested my inner and middle ear functions and they were also perfect.
I should correct myself. My last sentence reads that the audiologist checked my inner and middle ear function and tehy were both perfect. What I meant to say was they tested my inner and middle ear air pressure and they didn't detect any problems.
Hi the exercise cured my benign vertigo within 2 minutes. Just lie on your back with your head hanging almost straight down off the edge of the bed or in my case my daughters kitchen counter top. then turn your head to your right and then turn your head as far as you can to look down at the floor. then turn your whole body to the right so your laying on your right side and looking down at the floor. then get up slowly and take it easy for the rest of the day (no running or jumping up quickly. Your actually supposed to stay kind of laying down the rest of the day. But mine was the worst vertigo, I couldn't balance to walk straight even and it was gone permenently within 2 minutes.
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