Labyrinthitis: speech, trembling and nerve pain

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Dear all. The last couple of weeks (three and a half months after start of labyrithintis) have had a few strange and alarming symptoms. One of them is the feeling that I can't speak quite as well as before: my tongue feels unable to get round the words, and it seems about 10% harder to form them. The other is trembling, both in my hands, arms and – the worst one by far – my head/brainat night, which feels like a buzzing. This keeps me awake. The last one is a sharp shooting pain in my wrists (it was in my knees before) when I pick things up or in a certain position with my fingers.

Has anyone else felt similar? They are not listed in any of the usual places for symptoms, and as usual I don't feel they are the result of anxiety, though perhaps they are. I have an MRI this week, which I hope will rule out most sinister things, but am I going to have to live with these unpleasant sensations? Any help appreciated from fellow sufferers.

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    Hi Charlie, you aren't alone. I have similar symptoms. I was recently diagnosed with labyrinthitis and besides the dizziness and lightheaded was, my symptoms are brain zaps, shaking in my sleep, eye strain, waking up in the middle of the night with my arms numb, hands, arms, legs and feet joint pain, my speech isn't terrible but I feel very sluggish and lazy with my words. I got a cat scan of my brain and everything was normal. This is most likely anxiety as well as the way I hold my neck because I'm so dizzy all the time, which I think is causing the numbness in my arms. hang in there, every day is one day closer to it being over. Try acupuncture!
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      Thanks cweez, really helpful. I have - at long last - a specialist visit tomorrow and perhaps that will lead to mri but its great to know I have fellow sufferer with the muscle and joint pain. My speech not terrible either but definitely feels a bit worse. Maybe anxiety as you say. 
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    Hello Charlie,

    I was reminded of what my husband used to experience while reading your post.  Not being able to speak at times - otherwise known as aphasia - can be caused by migraine headaches.  The other symptoms you described sound as they may be as a result of a problem with a disc in your neck being compressed.  I know these things are frightening, but as I have mentioned in the past, are often caused by a mechanical issue, and not something dire.  Read up on migraine caused aphasia  - you  may see yourself there.  Wishing you the best.

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