Vision is an essential part of the balance system. If you are noticing that your vision is changing and you are finding it hard to read it seems reasonable to visit your optometrist and have your eyes checked. In addition to that, given your history of concussion, it would probably be a good idea … [Read more...] about I suffered a concussion in the past and my vision is deteriorating. Could that be causing my balance to get worse?
The relationship between changes in barometric pressure and dizziness have been described in medical literature, particularly in patients suffering from migraine related vertigo and Ménière's disease. Both of these vestibular disorders are characterized by an episodic nature. This means that the … [Read more...] about My vestibular neuritis symptoms of imbalance and nausea get worse with weather changes. Is this due to atmospheric pressure changes?
It is great that you notice that you are hyperventilating. From that awareness, you can try voluntarily changing your breathing pattern. Slowing down, holding your breath in for at least three seconds improves your oxygenation. Another conscious effort you can make is to breathe deep into your … [Read more...] about What should I do if I start to hyperventilate while walking or due to all the motion around me?
Unfortunately the wait lists for vestibular testing in the public system are indeed very long. Some of the hospital services in BC have an urgent or expedited testing policy; whether this is your case or not will be determined by your referring physician at the time of your consult. You may also … [Read more...] about The wait lists for vestibular assessment are very long. Are there any private testing facilities in BC?
Several types of medications list dizziness as a potential side effect. These episodes of dizziness are often better described as drowsiness and/or light-headedness. In a few instances, however, it can also refer to true vertigo (spinning sensation). Anti-nausea medications usually act on the … [Read more...] about Are there any anti-nausea medications that don’t cause or increase dizziness?
Yes, some vestibular disorders are by essence less responsive to vestibular rehabilitation than others. The principle of vestibular rehabilitation is to decrease symptoms by training the brain to optimize the use of the inner-ear input and to integrate that input effectively with the visual and … [Read more...] about Are there conditions for which vestibular rehabilitation simply won’t help?
We would recommend that you consult with your Family Doctor or GP (General Practitioner) since you have been feeling dizzy for a few days days and the symptoms have not subsided spontaneously. Should you have other symptoms or your current symptoms become acute, we recommend that you to go to … [Read more...] about I have had nausea, dizziness and balance problems for the last few days. What do I do?
The otoliths are a chandelier-like structure hanging from the ceiling of the inner ear. As we move, its canals bend from side to side and we sense these movements. Like a chandelier, this structure is weighted by crystals. These tiny rocks can come loose and fall into the canals causing BPPV (benign … [Read more...] about My physiotherapist talks about the crystals in my ear. What does this mean?
Vestibular rehabilitation usually doesn’t help in the early stages of Ménière's disease. Patients will have attacks that can neither be predicted nor be kept under control with exercises. Vestibular rehabilitation doesn’t work well when a patient’s condition fluctuates – that is, good hearing and … [Read more...] about Will Ménière’s disease patients benefit from vestibular rehabilitation?
No, that is usually not the case. Patients are advised to set goals for their rehabilitation program with their vestibular therapists. Once these goals are achieved a maintenance plan can be put in place. This should include finding a level of physical activity that is suitable to the individual and … [Read more...] about Do vestibular exercises need to be continued indefinitely?