Labyrinthitus – A day in the life- Any cure?
It all started around 6 months ago.
A short walk to the park to meet a friend for lunch suddenly sent my head in a spin.
Putting it down to low blood sugar I went back to work only to have a near fainting dizzy spell 2 days later on the train.
I stumbled off and did everything I could to stop the nausea and the spinning but the cold sweats sent me home to bed.
The next 10 days was a mixture of nausea and unable to focus on anything at all without it moving. My legs felt like they would disappear into a marshmallow floor. I finally hauled myself over to the doctors to be diagnosed with viral Labyrinthitus. What??
6 of us had been struck down with this illness in the office, very odd, one has been off work for at least 3 months last year and STILL has the effects.
I powered through for months and was lucky enough to be able to work from home and only go in a few days a week AND only work 5 hours a day. But even that got too much. The words would jump out at the screen and flash. Even now Im having real difficulties in focusing and feeling a bit sick so this will be a short post.
I am now currently signed off for a month after a horrific episode where I was bed ridden for 5 days, barely able to move my arms. Now when I turn my head it feels like it takes a few minutes for my eyes to catch up. I have found that the anxiety worsens the condition greatly and as a born worrier its been a nightmare.
Massage to aid it
Massaging the back of my neck helps slightly as I believe it aids the restricted blood flow to my brain and makes me feel slightly more alert but currently I cannot walk for more than a few minutes and as for an 8 hour day on a laptop? No chance.
I found it greatly added to the dizziness, migraines and headaches.
Also I fnd it hard to remember things, even to string a sentence together. Its really frustrating.
Considering English was my best subject at school, my christmas cards were littered with spelling mistakes.Thank god for Spell checks!
I will be writing up a month in the life of a sufferer in the current months ahead in the hope that I can find how to get back to some sort of life. I havnt been able to properly socialize in months and as I write this Im home alone on Christmas day as at the last minute I didnt feel well enough to manage the 90 minute train ride back to my amazingly supportive BFs house.
Ok, the flashing has started so also check out Labyrinthitus support groups on Facebook.
A Happy Dizzy Christmas….