What activities should someone with vestibular dysfunction avoid?


If you have vestibular dysfunction, you are probably dizzy and might have problems with balance, so there are a few activities that you might need to avoid while these symptoms are present. You might need to stop driving, and you should avoid using heavy machinery. You are probably more susceptible to falls than usual, so you should avoid wearing high-heeled shoes or walking on uneven surfaces. You might also need to avoid smoking, eating certain kinds of foods, and drinking caffeinated drinks or alcohol. 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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