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Labyrinthitis?

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CountessDracula Tue 26-Jul-05 11:34:57

I seem to remember someone had this a while ago...

I have just come back from work - yesterday started feeling v v sick and dizzy but it sort of came in waves so managed to get through the day, lay on sofa groaning last night and not feeling like eating. This morning much worse, had to sit with legs between knees on the train to work (!) virtually fell off my chair when trying to get up, everything is spinning and am having difficulty seeing the screen even. Got off at wrong station on way home, dropped keys about 4 times when trying to get into house!

Could this be labyrinthitis? A couple of weekends ago I had a similar thing but thought it was just a stomach bug, it cleared up in 24 hours that time though.

Am going to see GP this pm

CountessDracula Tue 26-Jul-05 11:39:40

sorry head between knees

Fio2 Tue 26-Jul-05 11:41:47

oh dear, i have no idea what it is

hope the GP is of more help, you poor thing

sweetheart Tue 26-Jul-05 11:44:17

It sounds like it could be - I have suffered from this in the past.

When your laying down do you get a motion feeling - sort of like sea sickness??

The Dr told me it's an infection of the inner ear cannal (also known as the Labyrinth). He gave me some tablets which cleared it up in a matter of days. He told me it's a reacurring problem that once you've had once you will get again and again but he also said that it never returns as severly as the last time so in effect - in time you should hardly even notice the symptoms.

It's very easy to treat - just feels awful having it.

jalopy Tue 26-Jul-05 11:45:49

I had this. It's hideous. Came out of the blue from nowhere. G.P. prescribed stemetil which helped. Can last for some weeks. Poor you.

CountessDracula Tue 26-Jul-05 11:48:26

WEEKS??????

sweetheart Tue 26-Jul-05 11:57:18

Yes those are the tablets - tiny white ones.

CD - I found that once you started taking the tablets the symptoms went quite quickly - I would say less than one week for it to clear up totally. I guess it depends how severe the infection is.

NotQuiteCockney Tue 26-Jul-05 11:58:53

CD, my attacks are generally only a few hours, and very mild. They normallly come about a day after the end of some form of headcold, at least for me.

Doctors tend to diagnose this (or at least they used to ...) by asking you to close your eyes. If it feels like you're spinning or flipping, then it's labyrinthitis.

There are definately drugs that help. I've not had them, as I've never had it very badly, but they do work.

Things that don't help (they don't make it worse, but they make the symptoms worse): caffeine, and turning your head quickly.

Hausfrau Tue 26-Jul-05 12:28:28

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suedonim Tue 26-Jul-05 13:07:23

Poor you! I had this once and couldn't even move my head without up-chucking - I ended up with a fit-looking Dr at my bedside. I was given Buccastem, which helped and I started recovering within a couple of days.

mandymac Tue 26-Jul-05 13:14:36

DH had this, his was viral labyrinthitis, not the result of an infection and was prescribed strong antihistamines, which helped with the syptoms, our GP said nothing 'cures' it, you just have to treat the symptoms whilst the virus clears up. Cleared up in a couple of weeks.

I've had it mildly too and just felt like I was drunk for a week or too but not as severe as you - hope it clears up soon.

Heathcliffscathy Tue 26-Jul-05 13:42:10

CD

hope doc helps.

CountessDracula Tue 26-Jul-05 16:56:31

yes it is labyrinthitis

She has given me drugs for it but they make you sleepy

Mosschops30 Tue 26-Jul-05 16:59:21

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jalopy Tue 26-Jul-05 18:01:53

Yes, CD, if you are lucky the worst part is over in a few days but some symptoms can last up to six weeks or so.

CountessDracula Tue 26-Jul-05 19:21:40

yes stematil

Oh bloody hell I think I have shingles too now

Had it a while ago, have the same sensation back in a different place

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