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How do you get your ear balancing back from vestibular neuritis. Has been having dizziness for 1 full year?

I have been getting constant dizziness for 1 full year. Until recently, my ENT finally diagnossed me with Vestibular Neuritis and has damaged one of my ear's balancing function and he said there is no medication for this.

I would like to know if anyone knows anything about this that can gain my balancing back where I don't have to bear with this constant dizziness. And are there anything I need to watch out for? I would like to know more details.

I have a very good friend that suffered from vertigo for years--she went to an elks rehab center here and they cured it in one session--has to do with the neck.  (+ info)

How do you treat optic neuritis?

I have lost vision in my left eye and have been diagnosed with optic neuritis. I underwent an MRI to rule out MS, tumor, or cyst and I'm going to a specialist on Wednesday. I can't find much information on how to treat this condition, and when my eye sight will come back. Does anyone know about this condition? Any advice or reference material? Is there anything I can do to speed up vision recovery?

I don't think there's anything you can do to speed up recovery, other than just wait. Sorry. :( You should keep your appointments with specialists and if you're not already seeing a neuro-ophthalmologist, you may be referred to one. Good luck!

This article has some useful information. A lot of it applies to MS, which your doctor is looking into.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optic_neuritis  (+ info)

How is vestibular neuritis diagnosed?

I've been experiencing severe vertigo on and off for a month now and suspect vestibular neuritis because every test I've had has come back fine.
I have had a lot of ear infections and upper respiratory and sinus infections this year.
Could I have vestibular neuritis and how does a doctor test and diagnose this?

There are many causes of vertigo. Vestibular neuritis is nerve irritation that occurs with an upper respiratory infection. It is usually characterized by acute onset, severe vertigo, and lasts days to weeks. A viral upper respiratory infection may accompany or proceed the vertigo symptoms. Hearing loss and ringing in the ear (tinnitus) is not typical of vestibular neuritis and suggests an alternative condition such as Meinere's disease. Another characteristic is gait instability with preserved ability to ambulate. The person may sway or fall toward the affected side. A positive head thrust test is also suggestive of vestibular neuritis. It is performed by rapidly turning the head toward the affected side by the examiner and is considered positive if the patient is unable to maintain visual fixation. In one study, this was present in 82 percent of patients with vestibular neuritis. While a positive head thrust test supports the diagnosis of vestibular neuritis, it does not definitively rule out a central nervous system disorders. It is important to rule out all other causes. So it is diagnosed by history, positive head thrust test, and ruling out other possible causes. It can sometimes be difficult to determine the cause of vertigo. Most other causes produce recurrent symptoms. If you are concerned, then see your doctor to be fully evaluated. Good luck.  (+ info)

How can I recover faster from Brachial Neuritis?

I have extreme weakness in my left arm. It's getting better but i need to get better faster.

Unfortunately, nerves are among the slowest-healing tissues in the body and there is no way to significantly speed up recovery of damaged nerves. Repeated use of the nerves by performing relaxed range of motion exercises is more or less the best you can do on your own. There are machines that can electrically stimulate nerves, but you need to go to the docs office for this, and i have no idea if it would be appropriate for your particular situation.

The inflammation caused by a nerve injury can sometimes be relieved within days to weeks by taking Alleve or Ibuprofen at the max does on the labels. This can greatly reduce any uncomfortable nerve sensations, but it won;t do anything for the weakness.  (+ info)

Has anyone been treated for occipital neuritis?

My mother has occipital neuritis and has tried a nerve block procedure and acupuncture and nothing has helped. Medication was not the answer either. Has anyone had this and been cured and if so what did the doctors do?

Jamds - In many cases of occipital neuritis, no cause can be found. A positive response (relief from pain) after an anesthetic nerve block will confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment is generally symptomatic and includes massage and rest. In some cases, antidepressants may be used when the pain is particularly severe. Other treatments may include local nerve blocks and injections of steroids directly into the affected area.

Occipital neuralgia is not a life-threatening condition. Many individuals will improve with therapy involving heat, rest, anti-inflammatory mediations, and muscle relaxants. Recovery is usually complete after the bout of pain has ended and the nerve damage repaired or lessened.

Research is being done. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and other institutes at the National Institutes of Health conduct research related to pain and occipital neuralgia in their clinics and laboratories and support additional research through grants to major medical institutions across the country. Much of this research focuses on understanding the basic mechanisms of pain and testing treatments in order to find better ways to treat occipital neuralgia.  (+ info)

What should I expect during treatment for Optic Neuritis?

I was just diagnosed on Friday and I'm going to see a neuro opthamologist this week. I was told that they would start me on IV steroids and they would do an MRI and blood work. I'm wondering what other people have experienced during treatment. If you had IV steroids were you able to do it at home or at the hospital? They told me I had a 2-3 week window to start treatment which I don't really understand because with everything I've read I've found nothing about a certain time frame for treatment. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

I haven't had IV steroid treatment, but what I understand from those who have, the initial treatment must be done in the hospital where you can be supervised in case of reaction/problem. After that, many do opt for in-home treatment.

I have read that early treatment of ON improves chances of vision recovery. I can't find the articles I had before, but went looking and came up with these two sites. I hope they help.



Good *luck*.  (+ info)

How long does Optic Neuritis last for a MS patient?

I have had MS for 6 years last time I got the blurred vision was about 5 years ago but I cant remember how long did it last. I can't take the eye pain anymore.
p.s. I have had no medication or doctor visit since last year when I became unemployed and to result of that uninsured.

I have MS also. My optic neuritis lasted three months although the pain associated with it only lasted a week. I went blind in my left eye. My sight began returning, but within a few more days, I went totally blind in the left eye a second time. My sight never returned to normal. I have difficulty seeing at night, slightly blurry vision as well as color blindness.

However, any reliable internet site that I have gone to says that optic neuritis generally begins going away within two to three weeks. I am sorry that you are going through this. My experience with ON was the most miserable experience I ever had with MS. My heart goes out to you.  (+ info)

I was diagnosed with Optic neuritis 2 years ago, is there a cure for it?

(i was nine when i was diagnosed)
Also, i overheard my parents talking about surgery on the phone with my doctor from CHOP, im too scared to know any more about surgery. But I dont know if i should ask. I've had a rough 2 years, please help.

I don't know what kind of surgery they were talking about but ON is generally not treated with surgery but with steroids. There is also an association with multiple sclerosis and if that is suspected treatment with interferon could be considered as well. Be up front with your parents and ask them to explain the situation as they know it. Not knowing always causes the worst fear, and there is probably nothing to worry about here anyway.  (+ info)

What is Vestibular Neuritis and how long does it take to fully recover from the symptoms?

Vestibular neuritis causes dizziness due to an viral infection of the vestibular nerve (see Figure 1). The vestibular nerve carries information from the inner ear about head movement. When one of the two vestibular nerves is infected, there is an imbalance between the two sides, and vertigo appears. Vestibular neuronitis is another term that is used for the same clinical syndrome. The various terms for the same clinical syndrome probably reflect our lack of ability to localize the site of lesion.

While there are several different definitions for vestibular neuritis in the literature, with variable amounts of vertigo and hearing symptoms, we will use the definition of Silvoniemi (1988) who stated that the syndrome is confined to the vestibular system. Hearing is unaffected.

Labyrinthitis is a similar syndrome to vestibular neuritis, but with the addition of hearing symptoms (sensory type hearing loss or tinnitus).

The symptoms of both vestibular neuritis and labyrinthitis typically include dizziness or vertigo, disequilibrium or imbalance, and nausea. Acutely, the dizziness is constant. After a few days, symptoms are often only precipitated by sudden movements. A sudden turn of the head is the most common "problem" motion. While patients with these disorders can be sensitive to head position, it is generally not related to the side of the head which is down (as in BPPV), but rather just whether the patient is lying down or sitting up.

About 5% of all dizziness (and perhaps 15% of all vertigo) is due to vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis. It occurs in all age groups, but cases are rare in children.

Acutely, vestibular neuritis is treated symptomatically, meaning that medications are given for nausea (anti-emetics) and to reduce dizziness (vestibular suppressants). Typical medications used are Antivert (meclizine), Ativan (lorazepam) , Phenergan, Compazine, and Valium (diazepam) . When a herpes virus infection is strongly suspected, a medication called acyclovir or a relative may be used. Steroids (prednisone, methylprednisolone or decadron) are also used for some cases. Acute labyrinthitis is treated with the same medications as as vestibular neuritis, plus an antibiotic such as amoxicillin if there is evidence for a middle ear infection (otitis media), such as ear pain and an abnormal ear examination suggesting fluid, redness or pus behind the ear drum. Occasionally, especially for persons whose nausea and vomiting cannot be controlled, an admission to the hospital is made to treat dehydration with intravenous fluids. Generally, admission is brief, just long enough to rehydrate the patient and start them on an effective medication to prevent vomiting.

It usually takes three weeks to recover from vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis. Recovery happens due to a combination of the body fighting off the infection, and the brain getting used to the vestibular imbalance (compensation). Some persons experience persistent vertigo or discomfort on head motion even after three weeks have gone by. After two to three months, testing (that is,an ENG, audiogram and others) is indicated to be certain that this is indeed the correct diagnosis. A vestibular rehabilitation program, may help speed full recovery via compensation.  (+ info)

Does anyone know anything that might relieve the symptoms of neuritis?

I have been diagnosed with neuritis in both hands. My hands feel tingly,stiff and damp. The symptoms are not relieved by ordinary pain killers. I am constantly dropping things and writing is ghastly

he symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Neuritis. This signs and symptom information for Neuritis has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Neuritis signs or Neuritis symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Neuritis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Neuritis symptoms.  (+ info)

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