How do I prepare for an appointment to diagnose vestibular dysfunction?

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When preparing for an appointment with your doctor to discuss your vestibular dysfunction symptoms, try making a list of your symptoms. Dizziness and vertigo can be very disorienting and you may be distracted by your symptoms during the appointment, so it is best to come prepared. Sometimes the symptoms of inner-ear disorders can seem vague or confusing, so try to be as specific as possible. For example, how does your dizziness make you feel? Do you feel like you are moving when you are actually sitting still? Does it seem like the room is moving but you are sitting still? When did the symptoms start? It is also a good idea to bring a list of any medications you are taking if you doctor doesn't already have that information.

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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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