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New to forums here! I really need some words of encouragement/advice on this condition.
So, I have been diagnosed with labrynthitits
It all started about 4 weeks ago. I thought I might have caught a slight cold from my roommate, although I didn't really feel that sick. The next day though I was pretty dizzy all day but I rested and brushed it off. The next day I was feeling a lot better. Yet, over the course of that week I started noticing that I would get these dizzy spells with ringing in my ear that would last for a few minutes and dissapate. They were'nt bothering me that much as they would go away. But then, on April 3rd I thought I was having another spell but this time, after a few minutes, it did not go away. It is coming up on almost 3 weeks for me now with the constant 24/7 dizziness. The dizziness isn't a rotational vertigo, but more like I am swaying and i'm on a boat. Occasionally my ear will ring but it usually goes away within a few minutes. Serc didn't seem to do much for me so I've stopped taking it as i've read it can prolong recovery as it does not allow for compensation. I have good days where I feel like i'm getting better, normal and am happy again and then I'll have bad days that make me feel like i'm taking 5 steps back. I actually travelled yesterday - took 3 1hr flights home - I was tired and stressed for most of the day. I don't know if it has to do with the travelling but I'm feeling particularly bad today. Additionally, I've read that menstraution makes symptoms worse and I am supposed to start mine like tomorrow. I am only coming up on week 3 as far as the 24/7 dizziness, and I want to try and stay positive that I am going to get better but i'ts hard when I'm having bad days.
Is recovery from this illness usually linear? Will I ever get better? I'm only 21 years old and Im missing out on going out with my friends and enjoying life like I used to... I hate to think that I am getting depressed because I am such a happy person but this is really taking a toll on my mental health. This is so scary and I want to have my 'normal' life back...
Does anyone have any words of comfort or advice concerning this condition?
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