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TITLE:   Vestibular problems

AUTHOR:  Karen Johnston


BORROWING PERIOD:  15 minutes, Tuesday 6th July

SUBJECT:  Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis causing vestibular problems.

Labyrinthitis is an inner ear infection which affects your balance. It's sometimes called vestibular neuritis. It usually gets better by itself within a few weeks, but as in my case it can become chronic and last for months or years.

The most common symptoms of are:

· dizziness or feeling that everything around you is spinning (vertigo)

· feeling unsteady and off balance – you might find it difficult to stay upright or walk in a straight line

· feeling or being sick

· hearing loss

· ringing in your ears (tinnitus)

Symptoms can start suddenly. They may be there when you wake up and get worse as the day goes on.

The symptoms often ease after a few days.

You'll usually get your balance back over 2 to 6 weeks, although it can take longer.