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?Posted 4 years agomonkeyfiendMember
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.Posted 4 years agofieldiniMember
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.Posted 4 years ago
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.hammyukMember
I had this late last year – was out for a few weeks.Posted 4 years ago
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 😉ell_tellMember
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!Posted 4 years agobimster29Member
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.Posted 4 years ago
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.Posted 4 years agoDolceredMember
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.Posted 4 years ago
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