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Labyrinthitis - we dizzy people!

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Kitschwitch, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. Seen the Consultant at hospital this afternoon. After lots of tests and checks, apparently, I do not have Labyrinthitis. Instead, I am hyperventilating (said this is very common in teachers) and have eczema in my inner ear?? No idea how I am going to stop hyperventilating! Been given some drops to put in my ears 3 times a day.
  2. hi, I had Ladyrinthitus in January and had about a month off work with it. In the last two i have had recurring symptoms such as the room spinning when i wake up or lie down, feeling dizzy when my head turns to the right and contant feeling of moving when im sat down or standing still. I've been to my doctor and they have given me stemetil which make me drowsy and had to take time off work to give the tablets a chance of working without me struggling at work! I am finding it really hard at work as i am in a very challenging year 1 class and feeling dizzy and drowsy just just not work! I am finding it hard to talk to the staff about it as they dont seem to understand and the head talks a lot about how this is going to affect my career and how it will affect getting over jobs is I take a lot of time off work which makes taking time off even harder. I have tried to continue with work but I think i am making it harder for myself by adding to the stress of it all! can anybody relate or have any tips? If so, What did you do?
  4. Hi All,
    So glad I found this thread. I got diagnosised with Labyrinthitis last November and I have been under a specialist consultant since this time. I have been through MRI and god knows how many tests to get a diagnosis and some help. I was off sick until the begining of this new term and have struggled to keep my spirits up. I still have problems with my ear as they now think that the infection I originally had caused nerve damage and I now have to have Amitriptyline to help with this. It's so good to find that there are others that are in similar situations.


  5. Hi Leisa
    I'm so pleased you found us. It really does help to know you're not struggling alone. Here is a link to an absolutely wonderful site which was a lifeline to me :
    loads of info and plenty of support!
  6. Hi lostmyway, I had a massive bout of Labyrinthitis which affected me when I was very stressed, I just woke up one morning feeling like I was going to be sick - and I was repeatedly 36 times! (I hadn't been drinking or anything, I was then a NQT going through a divorce and being put on at school.)
    I was unable to stand up because my balance had totally gone. I remember trying to crawl across the landing where the doctor found me and gave me an injection straight away.
    I spent over a month off school and looked very peculiar indeed, as though I'd had a stroke or something though fortunately, I hadn't).
    Once I'd recovered and things eased off, I very seldom had any problems but then as more stress built up, my ears started 'leaking' all the time and I was constantly cleaning them out. I became hard of hearing in one ear and they got really sore. I was hyperventilating too.
    Eventually, I was told I had eczema in my ears - caused by constantly trying to clean out the discharge and using cotton wool buds. I find the drops are pretty ineffectual but at least they give a little relief.
    What works best (for me so maybe for you?) was to make absolutely certain you keep your ears dry - I was getting them wet when showering daily and going swimming. I now have earplugs for the shower or if I'm away and have forgotten them, I hold my ears 'closed' (knew those big ears would come in useful for something) Also, the doctor can give you a cream to use which seems to do more for the eczema and every 6 - 12 months, depending on how they are, going to GP or hospital to have them cleaned (they don't syringe any more for this).
    Another thing, smoking makes it worse also any food intolerances you may have. I know how irritating it can be so I wish you well and hope it improves soon.
  7. miss may

    miss may New commenter

    I've found this thread really interesting to read. I was told by my GP last week that I have labyrinthitis after having a severe dizzy spell during which I was unable to walk. I have had occasional dizzy spells over the last few months and a few problems with an ear.
    I am now left feeling extremely tired (it is only 4 days since the bad dizzy attack) and am wondeing how long this is likely to last. There is no way I could work at the moment but feel like I should be able to shake it off and get back to work.
    Is labyrinthitis stress related? I have found work difficult lately with a new and demanding HT but hate to think that i 'can't cope'.
  8. Jess10199

    Jess10199 New commenter

    Hi everyone, I've just found this thread I have dizzyness and vertigo. Having to take lots of time off work How did it affect your teaching careers? Thanks
    lbowes81 likes this.
  9. lbowes81

    lbowes81 New commenter

    Hi Jess,

    I'm training at the moment and am having balance problems. I asked the same question but admin told me this thread was closed?

    Best regards,

  10. lbowes81

    lbowes81 New commenter

    Is that the anti sickness drug?

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