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Pls see my prior entry for a full overview from 20+ days ago.
Also I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who reached out in my prior post with special nod to @eleftherio33095 for the private messaging follow ups here @ patient.info
So, I am now about 35 days in to Vestibular Neuritis. I've seen my ENT twice within the period, he doesn't see any fluid behind my ear(s) and from my first visit November 30th to December 19th, including a ER doctor a few days in followed by a GP I am about 55-60% better.
No caloric reflex test, or MRI as the ENT thinks it is uneeded. I did take two hearing tests, no change in the 20 day span of ENT appointments. No hearing loss sans a slight dip where most musicians lose hearing + I have always had low-level *minor* tinnitus.
No vertigo ever, or hard-core diziness. Just a slight unsteady feeling and eye tracking issues between the screen and keyboard as a I type this + eye floaters on a white screen or in bright daylight recently.
My memory is somewhat better, I could always drive, handle moderate physical activity. However I get tired faster, started getting headaches (left upper side of brain) recently, low lighting is hard to navigate, focusing my eyes and brain takes extra effort at times. Feels like my eyes went from 1080p HD to 720p with a minor 'staggering' frame rate as my eyes scan a room - also I have become sensitive to sharp/loud noises at times, other times it's no bother at all.
I've managed to get out projects, meet with clients and even interview for jobs - however each of those actvities took a lot more effort then I usually apply to anything - basically prior to this it took 75% of my effort to *appear* to be 100% - now it takes 100% of my effort to function at 75% - make any sense?
Depth perception, crowds and fluorescent lighting (or rapid flashing lights) have gotten better- however I have been taking 2mg of Valium daily with a few days peaking @ 6mg early on - I even had a few days off.
I always start by breaking a 2mg in two, test how I'm reacting then proceed with the other half within an hour. Admittedly, I have had a about 12-14 beers in this 35 day time span, with meals and spaced out from my Valium intake to try and feel normal/relax. Prior to this issue I drank fairly heavily, 3-4 evenings a week, usually hard liquor and beer. I'd say my drinking has reduced by about 95%.
Which gets to the core of this update, am I stablizing or is there just a steady amount of Valium (diazepam) in my system? Granted, I only take when needed and have kept a journal of my ingestion amounts/time. I just don't want it to impede my recovery, or create a dependancy as I am under a month of useage.
Also - how much longer? Ugh. The anxiety and headfog is a killer. I feel like there is a restraint clasped to my head, losing my feeling day/time/spacial awarness is the most worrisome - never needed a watch or to glance at my smartphone prior to this - I had a *feel* for everyting - now I'm muted.
Thanks all - and have a great holiday!
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