TITLE: Vestibular problems
AUTHOR: Karen Johnston
CLASSMARK: WV 250 JOH
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.