When I experienced my first frightening episode of vertigo I was 64 (now 91). It was extremely frightening. My first thought was, "How am I going to cope with the rest of my life now that I've just retired?" Fortunately, more serious episodes did not present themselves until I moved into a … [Read more...] about Give Physiotherapy a Try; It Can Make All the Difference
My first bad episode was about fifteen years ago. I got up in the morning and immediately fell back to bed. I was very dizzy and could not even sit up. Eventually I managed to crawl to the bathroom. My husband called my work to say I wouldn’t make it in, but my symptoms had cleared up enough by the … [Read more...] about No Diagnosis: All Too Common for Balance and Dizziness Sufferers
I just wanted to share my last few days with you. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Andrea Wilson, the Webmaster for BC Balance and Dizziness, and I have two rescue dogs. I walk my dogs daily, as long as I'm feeling well... I always hate it when dizziness strikes and we can't get out for our … [Read more...] about Going for a Medical Procedure? Ask for What You Need to Make You Comfortable
Our volunteers and professional advisers have created a series of printer-friendly handouts (PDFs) that cover topics from BPPV to the difficulties of litigating balance and dizziness disorders. We encourage you to download and print these info sheets and pass them on to family, friends, co-workers, … [Read more...] about Have You Seen Our Information Sheets?
In 1992, an operation that restored the loss of hearing in my right ear left me with vertigo. And this completely changed my life. For instance, I had participated in the Vancouver Sun Run three times, but now I clung to my husband on walks. And I could no longer dance, something I’d always … [Read more...] about Face your Fears… and Risk Getting Better!
My story starts when my world turned upside down after a significant head injury at work. I immediately had vision problems. A week later I got vertigo and was left with constant dizziness. I couldn't move my head and felt nauseated all the time. I couldn't walk in a straight line, noise and … [Read more...] about An Inaccurate Diagnosis of Your Vestibular Disorder Can Compromise Your Insurance Claim
I have had Ménière's disease with balance, auditory and visual challenges for the last 15 years. The affected ear has only 1% hearing and no word recognition.Noise is one of my biggest challenges. Large groups, restaurants, meetings, etc. cause nausea, dizziness and balance problems.I … [Read more...] about How Earplugs and Vestibular Exercises Gave Me Back My Life!
On our good days, people with vestibular disorders don't look sick. Most people don't see us at our worst: house-bound, curled into a ball, nauseated, crawling to the bathroom, trying not to move our heads, holding onto the wall for support, clammy-skinned, fuzzy-headed, scared, angry, depressed. … [Read more...] about But You Don’t Look Sick…
My journey with balance and dizziness issues began in November, 1996. I had just recovered from the common cold when out of the blue I began to have dizzy spells accompanied by severe nausea.My first attack happened at work and I had to lie down on the floor for two hours until it subsided. I … [Read more...] about When Dizziness Strikes, an Understanding Employer Can Make All the Difference
Oh, the stress of it all! On Friday evening, May 4, 2018, the BC Balance and Dizziness website started acting strangely. The first sign was an "Error 500: Internal Server Error" message that kept bringing down the website, making it inaccessible every few minutes. As the Webmaster for BC … [Read more...] about Why Did BC Balance and Dizziness Move Their Website to a New Hosting Company?