Labyrinthitis is an ailment of the inner ear and a form of unilateral vestibular dysfunction. It derives its name from the labyrinthsthat house the vestibular system, which senses changes in head position. Labyrinthitis can cause balance disorders, vertigo, hearing loss, and tinnitus.
Labyrinthitis is usually caused by a virus, but it can also arise from bacterial infection, head injury, extreme stress, an allergy, or as a reaction to medication. Both bacterial and viral labyrinthitis can cause permanent hearing loss in rare cases.
Labyrinthitis often follows an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI).
Ok, so i took all of that out from Wiki. Why am I posting about medical stuff, you wonder?
Well, a day after my birthday I was feeling extremely wobbly and dizzy. Like I was gonna fall down. Plus, I used to get a constant cold almost every other week. It was driving me nuts, so I decided to go to a doctor. Not just any doc. A good doc!!
I have a milder version of this so called ‘invisible’ disease. And it sucks.
1 You look normal. Healthy. But you feel sick. Like there’s an earthquake below your feet and you cannot control it. Don’t expect people to feel sympathetic. They won’t be. Cos…you look normal!
2. So because you feel giddy, you feel nauseous. You can’t eat much.
3. You start feeling anxious and lose out on self – confidence.
I got my ‘version’ of it, like I call it from a constant cold/cough which apparently caused an inner ear infection.
The doc says I’ll be fine. I just need to take care and build on my immunity and have cod liver oil and vitamin B-complex for the rest of my life, along with walks everyday.
Well, so far I’ve been taking the supplements and they seem to have helped. Now , from feeling dizzy a couple of times in a day, it happens 2-3 times in a week for a minute or so. Walks…I promised myself I’d be more regular.
And oh – if you are stressed or unhappy, it makes things worse. So don’t get stressed. About anything. It will NOT help your case.
All of you, who suffer from this – don’t worry. I understand your pain. Drop me a note if you want to talk about it.
Lots of love,