How do I manage my vestibular dysfunction on a daily basis?

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Vestibular dysfunction may be short-term and last just a few days, such as when it is caused by inner-ear inflammation due to an infection. In other cases, the dizziness and nausea may last much longer due to more complex problems in the inner ear. With a little effort, people with vestibular dysfunction can often help their bodies adjust to the unusual signals they are receiving from their vestibular system. For example, a series of exercises overseen by a physical therapist can often help you cope with your vestibular dysfunction and get back to your normal daily routine.

Until the dizziness is resolved, adjusting your daily activities may also be necessary. You may need to take precautions, such as not driving a car or wearing only low-heeled shoes, and instead start relying on public transportation. Your doctor should be able to help you figure out what kinds of changes you need to make and for how long.

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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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