Can the dizziness and balance disorder I suffer from be physical/mental or both? Any cures?

Jose Asked: Can the dizziness and balance disorder I suffer from be physical/mental or both? Any cures?

I suffer from diziness. I have had it for about almost two years off and on. It has had a dramatic effect in my life. After doing some research I have reason to believe I suffer from anxiety and possibly other phobias. I avoid going out because everywhere I go I feel that I am going to pass out. I have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and chronic labrynthitis. I have been taking medication but nothing seems to work. I was told to add sugary foods to my diet but it doesn't seem to work. I believe the anxiety has been brought upon by the constant diziness I suffer from. Ultimately, I believe this all started due to poor sleep. Any solutions to the problem? This has ultimately affected my life tremendously!


Jody Answered:
Labyrinthitis is an inflammation of the inner ear and can cause balance disorders. It is usually caused by a virus, but can also arise from a bacterial infection head injury, extreme stress, an allergy or as a reaction to a particular medication.

If you have been self-medicating with over the counter medications for your sinuses, that could be the problem.

Dizziness can last many months or even years after recovery from labyrinthine inflammation, especially if the inner ear was permanently damaged. When the balance system is damaged, it has little ability to repair itself.

Chronic anxiety is a common side effect of labyrinthitis which can produce tremors, heart palpitations, panic attacks, derealization and depression. Often panic attack is one of the first symptoms to occur as labyrinthitis begins. Labyrinthitis itself can precipitate a panic disorder.

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is a highly effective way to substantially reduce or eliminate residual dizziness from labyrinthitis.

One study shows that patients who believe their illness was out of their control showed the slowest progression to full recovery. For more on labyrinthitis see wiki below.

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