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
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 discussed … [Read more...] about How Earplugs and Vestibular Exercises Gave Me Back My Life!
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
It used to be that when I flew in an airplane I ended up being dizzy and vomiting. It first happened in England while visiting a favourite cousin and his wife, which caused me to be known thereafter as their guest from Hell! I had asked at several of the BC Balance and Dizziness meetings if any … [Read more...] about How a BC Balance and Dizziness Meeting Changed My Life
After a serious accident, I suffered from multiple, debilitating vestibular issues for several years, but I never sat back and gave up. I was always trying different therapies and looking for ways to help myself. One day my old boss told me about a clinical trial for people who had suffered a head … [Read more...] about Never Stop Looking for Improvement: a Possible New Treatment for Balance Issues and Other Chronic Neurological Symptoms
My name is Andrea Wilson, I’m the Webmaster for BC Balance and Dizziness and I have vestibular issues. Recently we asked our members and website visitors to send us their stories about their own experiences with imbalance and dizziness. So, to get the ball rolling, I thought I would share my story … [Read more...] about How I Cope with My Balance Issues while Walking Two Dogs!
Every vestibular disorder sufferer has a story! Medical practitioners have told us they've "heard them all," but we think your story is important, to you, to us, and to people who have no idea what it's like to suffer from a balance or dizziness disorder. We think your story could help educate the … [Read more...] about BC Balance and Dizziness Wants Your Story