What lifestyle changes should I make if I have vestibular dysfunction?


If you have been diagnosed with a vestibular dysfunction, you might need to make some changes to your lifestyle. If your symptoms are short-lived, you might need to stop driving for a while, avoid operating heavy machinery, and perhaps use a cane when walking to accommodate your balance issues. If you are dizzy, you might need to alter your daily routine and take steps to reduce your risk of tripping or falling until the dizziness passes.

Sometimes, vestibular dysfunction is a long-term illness that requires more permanent changes. For example, if you are diagnosed with Meniere's disease, for which there is no definitive cure, your doctor might recommend that you switch to a low-salt diet and take a diuretic to reduce your fluid retention. This has been known to reduce the frequency of vertigo, nausea, and other symptoms in some people with Meniere's.

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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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