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I began demonstrating symptoms of a vestibular disorder about 3 years ago. After months of no answers and progressively worsening symptoms, I found an ENT who pointed me to a vestibular rehab therapist. After weeks of VRT, I finally began to feel normal again. From then until now, I have had bouts of symptoms (usually triggered by exhaustion/stress), but have been able to sleep off these symptoms within 2/3 days. About a week ago, I began to have a serious flare up of symptoms - and this time I can tell that I will not be able to sleep these off. Here's a general timeline and list of my symptoms:
- At first, I started to feel like I was on a magic carpet ride whenever I closed my eyes.
- Around this time, I began feeling like my upper body was being gently pushed forward by a wave.
- After 3 days of these symptoms, I saw my therapist. She gave me exercises. For the past couple mornings, I have woken up feeling a little better and then getting worse and worse as the week progresses
- Today, I had the terribly familiar feeling of being pulled down to the ground by my lower back. It's really a horrible feeling.
I know that for many of us, VRT makes symptoms worse before they get better. My therapist is away on vacation for the next week, and I'm wondering if I should continue with the exercises she gave me. I just really really don't want them to get worse. Have any of you experienced a similar progression of symptoms? Would you keep up your therapy if your symptoms continued to get so much worse? I don't want to OVER over compensate. Any advice would be MUCH appreciated. It's hard to stay positive with vestibular issues, to say the least.
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