Labyrinthitis

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  • Premier Icon Yak
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    I’ve been feeling sick and dizzy since Bonty just over a week ago. I finally went to the drs yesterday and it appears that I have labyrinthitus. I have some prochlorperazine to take to ease the sickness.

    But feeling like I want to just get on with things instead of letting it bother me, I’ve just been out for 5mins on the bike to see if I can stay upright as I’m helping at the kids mtb club session this ev. Felt fine again on the bike – hooray, but now dizzy again sat down typing this – boo.

    Seems encouraging for the riding though I think- 😕

    Dr’s have suggested 2-3 weeks duration for this typically. I’m hoping for 2 as I want to ride a lot next week.

    Any thoughts/ tips?

    Premier Icon peteimpreza
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    The other half lost had almost a year of work due to this so follow the medical advice carefully.

    Don’t delay in requesting referral to a specialist.

    Premier Icon Yak
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    Ok thanks. I was instructed to go back if it exceeded 3 weeks.
    Hope your other half is fully recovered now.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    The good news is you’ll look fabulous:

    Premier Icon Yak
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    😆

    feel like this though..

    My wife spent a month crawling round the house on all fours because of this, she was miss diagnosed by the GP who told her rest was what she needed and when she got a referral to a specialist (Work health scheme) they told her that was the worst thing she could have done.
    She needed to be constantly putting her balance out to retrain it (like a muscle). It took 3 years to get over the worst of it and now she tires easily and getting a cold can put her balance off a bit.
    She literally couldn’t stand without falling over, it’s like her balance was reset to zero.

    It was worse on the first day, so if you’re still able to ride a bike (occasionally) I would hope that’s as bad as it’ll get.

    Still sucks though, and make sure you are seeing someone who actually knows about Labyrinthitis.

    Premier Icon Yak
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    Thanks again. Yes the first day was bad. Nowhere near as bad as your wife’s though.

    I will persevere with a little cycling then including tonight’s kids session.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Yak – Member

    Any thoughts/ tips?

    I’ve consulted the standard texts and apparently you should throw bombs on it, throw bombs on it, then mosh.

    TurnerGuy
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    You can get this if you ride at Swinley too much…

    Premier Icon Yak
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    I’ve consulted the standard texts and apparently you should throw bombs on it, throw bombs on it, then mosh.

    just smash something?

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    How’s that supposed to help? You’re not taking this seriously

    Premier Icon Yak
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    I’ll make my own earthquake this ev when I inexplicably bin it in front of all the kids.

    ‘Look, watch this….’ 😐

    fieldini
    Member

    I had this last year, it wasn’t much fun. But what I remember was that doctor telling me to avoid taking anti sickness medication as it slows recovery. Your ear needs to re-adapt to get your balance straightened out again and the medication slows this process down.
    I was back on the bike after a couple of weeks but still got knocked off balance if I checked over my shoulder while riding for a couple of weeks after that.

    hammyuk
    Member

    I had this late last year – was out for a few weeks.
    Mattbee had it early last year and was bad for months.
    Daft as it sounds – getting a syringe and making sure you clean your ears an awful lot really helps as any wax build up can harbour bugs and affects the ear canal closing it with the blockage.
    The ones in the Epic bleed kit are just the right size 😉

    Premier Icon hatter
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    Cripes, had this for about a week last year, never realised it could be so serious, sounds like I had a bit of a lucky escape.

    ell_tell
    Member

    Yup. My wife has been suffering with this for the past year now. It doesn’t sound very nice.

    She had a lot of misdiagnosis by various doctors but found one that was familiar with the symptoms and was able to refer her to a specialist. Also various steroids used to treat the symptoms didn’t agree with her at all, but now she has a series of exercises to carry out that re-train the balance part of your brain.

    Extended DSE use and tiredness tends to make the symptoms worse, as does alcohol unsurprisingly!

    bimster29
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    This really isn’t a nice condition. I had a touch of this in 2013 when I lost my hearing in my left ear. It seems I had an inner ear infection which mainly impacted the hearing hairs in my cochlea but also touched on my balance. My mate would comment that I would stagger through the park like I’d had a skin full on the morning dog walk – not fun.

    Good news is, the brain does adapt to this although sometimes a sudden change in head angle will result in a little dizziness. I sympathise with anyone who suffers from this.

    From the title, I though you had been riding the Swinley red trail too much!

    On a serious note, get well soon

    Premier Icon Yak
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    Thanks all for the advice.

    Going by the above experiences, I think I’m lucky enough to have a ‘light’ dose of this condition as I’m not falling over. I went to the kids club night last night in an effort to get on with it. Initially riding a bike felt very ‘detached’, but it didn’t take long to feel right again. The slow stop-start nature of a kids ride probably helped too forcing me to work at it. Good job it came right too as it was steep descents last night and I didn’t fancy binning it into the trees.

    But got home and felt dizzy again once inside. Being inside seems worse and screens definitely don’t help either, although I do need to work today, so just have to put up with it. Dizzy now.

    edit- not taking the drugs either.

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    I have some prochlorperazine to take to ease the sickness.

    i found once the initial couple of days was over, it was the prochlorperazine that made me feel terrible. stopped and felt about 10x better within hours.

    Premier Icon Yak
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    I took the prochlorperazine on Monday, but it buggered up my sleep and didn’t make much difference. Stopped yesterday after the advice above.

    Dolcered
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    horrible condition. If it does come back, in my experience it’s never as bad as the first time.

    Oddly being in a car or on a bike were the only times i felt “normal”.
    I didn’t bother with the drugs either, I was being motion sick so it was anti-sickness tablets i was getting.

    Hope you feel better soon.

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