Swaying / rocking, extreme fatigue

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Hi all,

I've been experiencing issues with diziness and extreme fatigue over the last 7 weeks. For the last 3 weeks however, the diziness has subsided (haven't had an attack since) but now I have symptoms similar to Mal De Barquement whereby I have a slight sway / rocking feeling which puts my walking a little off balance and I notice it when i'm sitting still.

I'm wondering if it is a symptom of getting better whereby symptoms of Labyrinthitis moves into more Mal De Barquement symptoms?

Thanks,

Anthony.

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    Hi Anthony,

    I think that the fact that your dizziness is subsiding is a good sign.  I'm at about the same stage as you. Have been told that you have to be patient as your brain figures things out. Easier said than done. Can I ask how old you are?

    best,

    linda

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    Hi Linda,

    30 years old.

    Thanks.

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      Hi Linda,

      Thanks, thats good to hear. I'm not doing any vestibular exercises yet (as i'm not sure what to do). I am walking as much as I can, i've also started jogging but it is very hard with the fatigue.

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      Hi Anthony,

      pretty much any movement you do with repetition will help you. Walking is great.  Are you sleeping all right?  Your poor brain is working so hard to compensate that it also needs rest.  Have you been to physio?  You probably will heal no problem because of your age, but physio can give you some vestibular exercises to do. They're very simple and tailored for the individual. 

      Take care,

      linda

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      Hi Linda,

      I'm sleeping perfectly, around 9 or 10 hours a night, and waking up exhausted. I haven't been to a physio yet but I might consider it.

      I will keep up the exercising.

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      Hi Anthony,

      you need sleep right now and it sounds like you're doing all right on that front. Do you work?  Do you have difficulty going into large stores?  There is so much stimuli bombarding you at once when you're in a bi push place that it often makes people who've had a bout of labrynthitis feel quite dizzy. That's one thing I don- go into a big store pretty much every day - even to pick up a few items. It definitely gets better. I work at a busy medical clinic and have gone to half days for a bit - that way, I still get the movement my brain needs, but don't overtax it. 

      Anyway, you WILL be fine.

      linda

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      Hi Linda,

      I've been working every day, I can't take time off. I've been quite exhausted and it has been very difficult. So I haven't had time to have a proper rest / relaxation to get over this.

      I do find it difficult to be around a group of people / large stores, it heightens my anxiety and I can feel the swaying motion getting worse.

      Thanks.

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      I know exactly where you are coming from, Anthony. Once you have had all of your tests done and know exactly what you are dealing with, you will feel better. Anxiety can't mess with the territory and it really sucks. The anxiety can't hurt you, it just feels awful. As you slowly get over the dizziness, the anxiety will pass. Dizziness takes away your confidence, but you will get it back. As you progress, do some things that make you anxious in situations where you have control. Start easy and slow. Take a walk through a mall  - 10 or 15 minutes. Do that frequently, then add on another few minutes. Build up till it doesn't bother you. Start with smaller, lower lit places. Your brain will adjust and each time you have a little success, you will feel more confident until you won't even think about it anymore. 

      Best,

      linda

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    Have you seen a physician?

    Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

    Clinical Neurophysiologist

    Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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      Hi Eleftherios,

      I have seen an ENT specialist. He thinks I could have a problem with my right ear, as he did a number of tests including me closing my eyes, putting my hands out in front and marching on the spot, I ended up standing to the right of where I originally was.

      At this early stage he thinks I could have a weak right ear which needs some investigation, and also possibly some Mal De Barquement.

      He has ordered an MRI, Audio & Balance Test which I am going to do soon, and I see him in 1 month.

      Thanks.

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