Are there alternative treatments for vestibular dysfunction?

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Vestibular dysfunction is often treated without drugs. Your doctor may recommend an exercise program that helps your body's senses compensate for the problems in your inner ear. This is known as vestibular rehabilitation. With some types of vestibular dysfunction, a simple physical maneuver or series of movements can be performed in the doctor's office or at home, and this usually resolves the symptoms. Your doctor might also recommend some dietary changes to address the symptoms, such as cutting down on salt and increasing your intake of fluids.

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Vestibular Dysfunction

The vestibular system, which includes parts of the inner ear and brain, helps you balance and move your eyes. When things go wrong with this system - because of injury, disease, or aging - vestibular dysfunction occurs.If you suff...

er from vestibular dysfunction, you may feel dizzy or off balance, have tinnitus (ringing in your ears), and even have trouble reading or doing arithmetic. People may mistake your symptoms and think you are lazy, nervous, or don't pay attention. For some, just describing symptoms is scary. For others, getting out of bed in the morning is difficult. Sometimes, going about your day is nearly impossible. Vestibular dysfunction can lead to other problems, such as short-term memory lapses, confusion, low self-esteem and self-confidence, anxiety or panic attacks, and depression. Motion sickness, nausea or vomiting, ear pain, and headaches are some other side effects. Vestibular dysfunction can be treated in a variety of ways.
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