FAQ - Labyrinthitis
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It's not Labyrinthitis so what can it be?


Since about November I have been getting dizzy, feeling sick and getting headaches.
I went to the doctors and they told me I had something called Labyrinthitis so I went on that. The other day I went to the doctors and they told me they had got it wrong and that they need to do blood tests etc but I'm not sure what for?
Has anyone else been in this situation and what did you have?
I'm not looking for a deffinate answer but I would like to know other peoples experinces.

Thankyou :)
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I can't believe you just went to your doctor, and you're here looking for answers. When your doctor ordered the tests didn't you ask why? You have every right, and it's also your responsibility to ask anything and everything you need or want to know. That's how you get definitive answers. No one here is going to know exactly what your doctor is thinking. Get yourself a pen and paper and start writing down anything you need to ask. Bring it with you on your next visit, or better yet, call your doctor and discuss it with them.  (+ info)

Have you ever had labyrinthitis?


Does it cause confusion? When it happens to me i get a weird feeling like i am in space or something. please tell me what it is like for you.
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I have labrinthitus at the moment; this is my 2nd bout this year and im into my 3rd week this time. I have noticed that my brain gets 'foggy' and i find it difficult to think straight sometimes.

When i first had it i also felt like i was floating and my body and brain werent connected, although this has now subsided.

It isn't just a fancy name for an inner ear infection and i have found it quite debilitating. Its as if my reality has shifted....im hoping that i make a speedy full recovery :(
keep your chin up  (+ info)

I have labyrinthitis, how long long should I walk for?


You shout consider treating it instead of walking around.  (+ info)

what can i do for labyrinthitis?


I was diagnosed last year while I was 8 months pregnant with labyrinthitis, there is no cure for viral labyrinthitis, but it can be managed with a few prescriptions. Is there anything I can do to help myself?? My family doesn't understand how hard this is for me, so there's no sense in complaining about it to them...
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Labyrinthitis is an inflammation of the inner ear.It derives its name from the labyrinths that house the vestibular system (which sense changes in head position). Labyrinthitis can cause balance disorders.

In addition to balance control problems, a labyrinthitis patient may encounter 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 a particular medication. Both bacterial and viral labyrinthitis can cause permanent hearing loss, although this is rare.

Labyrinthitis often follows an upper respiratory tract infection (URI).

Recovery from acute labyrinthine inflammation generally takes from one to six weeks; however, it is not uncommon for residual symptoms (dysequilibrium and/or dizziness) to last for many months or even years if permanent damage occurs.
Prochlorperazine is commonly prescribed to help alleviate the symptoms of vertigo and nausea.

Because anxiety interferes with the balance compensation process, it is important to treat an anxiety disorder and/or depression as soon as possible to allow the brain to compensate for any vestibular damage. Acute anxiety can be treated in the short term with benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium); however, long-term use is not recommended because of the addictive nature of benzodiazepines and the interference they may cause with vestibular compensation and adaptive plasticity.

Evidence suggests that selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors may be more effective in treating labyrinthitis. They act by relieving anxiety symptoms and may stimulate new neural growth within the inner ear, allowing more rapid vestibular compensation to occur. Trials have shown that SSRIs do in fact affect the vestibular system in a direct manner and can decrease dizziness.

Some evidence suggests that viral labyrinthitis should be treated in its early stages with corticosteroids such as prednisone, and possibly antiviral medication such as valacyclovir and that this treatment should be undertaken as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage to the inner ear.

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a highly effective way to substantially reduce or eliminate residual dizziness from labyrinthitis. VRT works by causing the brain to use already existing neural mechanisms for adaptation, plasticity, and compensation. The direction, duration, frequency, and magnitude of the directed exercises are closely correlated with adaptation and recovery. Symmetry is more rapidly restored when VRT exercises are specifically tailored for the patient.

One study found that patients who believed their illness was out of their control showed the slowest progression to full recovery, long after the initial vestibular injury had healed. The study revealed that the patient who compensated well was one who, at the psychological level, was not afraid of the symptoms and had some positive control over them. Notably, a reduction in negative beliefs over time was greater in those patients treated with rehabilitation than in those untreated. "Of utmost importance, baseline beliefs were the only significant predictor of change in handicap at 6 months followup."

Recovery from a permanently damaged inner ear typically follows three phases:

1.An acute period, which may include severe vertigo and vomiting
2.approximately two weeks of subacute symptoms and rapid recovery
3.finally a period of chronic compensation which may last for months or years.  (+ info)

Labyrinthitis 6 weeks later?


I got sick on August 17th with what was later diagnosed as Labyrinthitis. Cut to today (6 weeks later) and I am -still- getting dizzy spells. I haven't been able to work and am often afraid to hold sharp objects because I feel so dizzy.

Is it possible that this could be something else? I know Labyrinthitis doesn't normally last this long, so am starting to doubt the diagnosis.

Main symptoms include: dizziness, lightheadedness, a "disconnected" feeling, shakiness, weakness, mild lethargy.

Any advice, suggestions, slaps in the face?
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It could be menier's disease, i'm not sure that is the exact spelling of it. I have had labyrinthitis for 6 weeks as well, I notice that dramamine helps out alot if taken with an antianxiety, like Xanax or Vallum. Mainly because I noticed that although dramamine helps, it seems to want to cause very slight " panic attacks" that is associated with this. I have a twin that has had this for 2 years now. If you look up Vestibular rehabilitation therapy online, you should be able to find some really good exercises to help with this. I would also take Ibuprofen. It helps with the pain in the neck and ears. But I have read that if you move around and do things as normal (excluding driving,etc..) just normal housework and things like such, this can really help the brain and ears find a balance, using exercises with the daily chores really helps. Still drink as much water as you can and if you smoke, now would be the perfect time to quit,lol. I have found that out for myself. But if you get used to whatever is triggering these symptoms, you can overcome this and whatever is causing them( noise, running water, t.v.,certain movements,etc...) will not cause them anymore. This is what I have been doing and it seems to really help. Though I am still getting over mine. Good luck and best of health to you.  (+ info)

Labyrinthitis is it that bad?


Okay last night I went to the hospital for just feeling a bit dizzines when I lay down and wake up and sometimes when I sit down + feeling like gonna throw up...So they told me I had Labyrinthitis (maybe due to a virus) and prescribed me Meclizine and Ondansetron.

I was wondering and kinda worried, is this dangerous if it occurs in the future and do I have to follow up with a doctor for it?
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The "labryrinth" (No it's not a David Bowie movie) is the part of your inner ear that senses balance. If you have an infection or fluid buildup it throws your balance out of wack.
"-itis" just means infection or irritation.
Chiropractors feel that when you propertly align the top first vertebra that you take pressure OFF the Eustacian tube - which is the EXIT point from the inner ear.
If the Eustacian tube has pressure on it - the inner can't drain and THAT'S why it gets infected!
Upper cervical Chiropractic care works GREAT for helping smaller kids with chronic ear infections - any parents with kids having that are CRAZY for not trying it, and is way better than giving them drugs and putting in tubes for nothing.
It can help you too. Get a good one off an HMO list, even if you aren't insured they will give you a discount usually.
Don't be afraid to call a few offices and compare prices, plans, etc. It should take 8-12 treatments to really help a lot, with maybe some follow up after that.  (+ info)

**Please Help** Do I have Labyrinthitis?


Well it started off a month or so ago and it just seems to of got worst, last night I got really bad dizziness and felt a bit sick. I'm mostly getting dizziness, my ears may be a infected because I have just had a cold??
What is Labyrinthitis and how long does it last?? Info from sufferes and previous suffers would really help :D thanks and is it something to be worried about?
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I've not had it, but my husband has and also a friend at work.

Stand up straight with your feet together and close your eyes. If you start falling forwards or backwards, then it could well be labyrinthitis. (Probably best to have someone around to stop you falling when you try this!)

You need to see your GP who will probably give you some antibiotics to clear the infection and something to stop you feeling sick and dizzy. It can last any thing from a few days to a few weeks, depending how bad it is, so don't wait until after Christmas if you think you've got it.  (+ info)

Recently had CAT scan and was diagnosed with Labyrinthitis and sinusitis. Should I be concerned...?


...that the CAT scan did not show everything? I know the doctor knows how to read the scan, and I don't, but I am concerned that there may be something wrong with my brain. I hope not, as he said the scan looked fine with no problems. Should I press for an MRI. I am taking Avelox for infection and antivert for dizziness. I am still pretty worried. Please, serious answers only. Thank you.
Thank you everyone for the informative answers. Education definitely makes me feel better about things.
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Yuck! You must feel pretty bad right now! I really don't think you have anything to worry about at this point. It seems like you had a bad case of bacterial sinusitis that unfortunately spread to your inner ear. The most serious complication with bacterial infection of the inner ear would be meningitis (infection of the brain meninges). However, if you had meningitis you would know it! Side effects of meningitis include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, confusion, sensitivity to light, and possibly seizures or a skin rash.

Are you thinking you might have a tumor? That would have been picked up on the CT scan. A tumor would be an incidental finding in the presence of your bacterial infection, which would be extremely rare.

You are taking antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection, so you are actively fighting the infection. You are doing everything right at this point. Symptoms should resolve within 48-72 hours of starting your antibiotics. Take care of yourself and don't discontinue the antibiotics on your own accord. Watch for the symptoms I mentioned; if you notice any, or a worsening of your present symptoms, definitely contact your doctor.

Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.  (+ info)

what are some symptoms of Labyrinthitis?


Labyrinthitis Symptoms

The most common symptoms


Vertigo


Nausea


Vomiting


Loss of balance


Other possible symptoms


A mild headache


Tinnitus (a ringing or rushing noise)


Hearing loss


These symptoms often are provoked or made worse by moving your head, sitting up, rolling over, or looking upward.


Symptoms may last for days or even weeks depending on the cause and severity.


Symptoms may come back, so be careful about driving, working at heights, or operating heavy machinery for at least 1 week from the time the symptoms end.


Rarely, the condition may last all your life, as with Meniere disease. This condition usually involves tinnitus and hearing loss with the vertigo. In rare cases it can be debilitating.  (+ info)

Know anything about Labyrinthitis?


Hi, I have this virus as i had a bad cold and i have been dizzy and light headed for the last 3 weeks. I am keen to get rid of this so does anyone have any experience or remedies for it? My Doctor said there is no medication and to sit it out, but i fond it disorientating and hard to work with... Thanks :-)
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Unfortunately you need to wait it out. It generally is a viral infection of the inner ear that controls your equilibrium. It may linger for weeks and even become intermittent. There are noo cures for viral infections. Drugs such as diphenhydramine and antivert may alleviate symptoms to some degree but are not curative.  (+ info)

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