Disorders and Treatments
Balance and dizziness disorders affect people of all ages. The causes of these disorders are numerous and varied but they all result in a world that continually moves, spins or wobbles.
While the fleeting pseudo-dizziness provoked by fairground rides, galloping a horse or skiing fast can be wonderful, an adrenaline rush is miserable when it’s there all the time. And that’s one of the things you get with dizziness – this awful, constant feeling of panic.
~ Dr. Neil Longridge
Fortunately, most types of dizziness, blurred vision and imbalance can be cured or at least improved. Some patients benefit from medications or surgical treatment. Many people benefit from rehabilitation, coping strategies, and changes in lifestyle (diet, exercise, sleep). The length of time varies based on the disorder, severity of symptoms, and goals.
In some cases no medical or surgical treatments are effective. When this occurs, the focus is on learning to adapt to your chronic dizziness, imbalance and blurred vision. Your vestibular physiotherapist will provide you with long-term home exercises, changes in your lifestyle and appropriate coping strategies. Maintaining a positive attitude is also important. Sometimes antidepressants are effective to help with anxiety or depression related to persistent dizziness, and these medications may help the inner ear and brain’s chemicals (neurotransmitters). Medications should be supervised by your physician.
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