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labyrinths of balance

Labyrinthitis, while sounding really cool, in fact pretty much sucks ass. I went in to the doctor a couple of weeks ago to figure out why the hell I was having some pretty severe bouts of vertigo, and she said it was most likely an infection of the inner ear which was tossing my equlilbrium around like a martini shaker.

Since it had only happened twice within a month, she said to keep an eye on it, but that it didn't seem serious enough to warrant any medical treatment at that time.

It's two weeks later, and it really hasn't gotten much better. Instead of big-ass vertigo attacks, I'm left with a constant uneasiness, like low-grade dizziness, accompanied by low-grade nausea. Like I said, it hasn't been a major case, and it mainly has come on in the latter half of the day, so I haven't gone back in to the doctor, hoping that it might go away on its own.

However, today, after feeling crappy yet again, and unable to do anything much other than just sit still, I called my doctor and she said she'd try to fit me in tomorrow.

Another thing I discovered is that labyrinthitis produces a general sense of malaise, which would explain why these bouts of depression would suddenly come upon me, and I'd feel like just curling into a ball, or crying, or pulling all the blinds closed and putting The Cure on the stereo. I'm normally a fairly happy-go-lucky fella, so these periods of depression were confusing to me. It's good to know where they're coming from. I just hope they go away soon. They interfere with my ability to finish working on my thesis (along with the dizziness, which makes it impossible to look at a computer screen), and it's coming on crunch time to get it all done.

I'm hoping I'll get some antibiotics tomorrow so I can knock this thing out. If it turns out to be viral instead of bacterial, I won't be able to do squat about it except ride it out. One thing I've noticed is that I feel better when I'm listening to music on the headphones. The vestibular labyrinth is very close to the tympanum (since your inner ear is only about the size of a dime), and I wonder if the vibrations of music so close to the ear actually help balance out my equilibrium. Or maybe the bacteria/virus which is screwing everything up in there really digs music. It seems to prefer Radiohead.


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Feb. 16th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you have a disease with a cool name. Good luck with the meds.
Feb. 16th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jon.
Feb. 17th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
At least you now know that there's a reason for your miserableness -- and maybe even a cure! Shawn's been completely whacked out since Hunter was born, and we just recently discovered that he's suffering from a combination of PTSD and a blood disorder. Since he's been getting treatment, life is noticeably better!
Feb. 17th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was starting to wonder if my brain chemistry was a little off or something. Hopefully I'll get all fixed up this afternoon. And wow, I'm glad to hear your hubby is doing better.
Feb. 17th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
It likes Radiohead, eh? I wonder if some industrial would scare it off or rile it up. Either way, it's good that you figured out what was up. Now to evict it from your system. It's not paying rent or anything, the freeloader.
Feb. 17th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
Actually, I was listening to a bit of Nine Inch Nails yesterday, but because they like to have different channels (vocals, guitars, bass, etc.) going on in either ear (in other words, the headphones aren't balanced), it was screwing me up even more. Normally I like the fact that maybe rhythm guitar is in one ear and lead guitar is in the other, but this time it just served to whack out my balance even more.

Another reason to get better soon, so I can listen to NIN again. Especially with a new album coming up in May.
Feb. 17th, 2005 12:26 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Feel better.
Feb. 17th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, dood.
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Feb. 17th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not quite to that point, where I'm so nauseated that I can't keep anything down, so there's that. The worst part right now is the malaise, the feeling that I just don't want to do anything except curl up in bed. It hasn't been bad this morning, but it usually hits in the afternoon.

And thanks for the good thoughts, Sharon.
Feb. 17th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
If it's viral (or even if it's not), ask about taking decongestants, if they'd likely help any. I know I recommend them for everything ear related, but i get inner ear problems from lack of proper drainage in my ears, and decongestants can make a big difference for me. I take the sudafed non-drying sinus, the OTC version of Entex, which I took in college to stop getting sinus/ear infections, and I start popping them as soon as my ears feel funny, since my hearing loss was apparently related to an infection I never noticed I had.
Feb. 17th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
That's not a bad idea, Celia. Though I do use nasal spray every morning, so that might be helping already.
Feb. 18th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)

Labyrinthitis? Labyrinthitis? I'm supoosed to believe you have something called "labyrinthitis"?

Uh huh. Paid a visit to Dr. Lambshead, I see.

I smell VanderMeer all over this one.

Feb. 18th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC)

No, I'm afraid JeffV and Dr. Lambshead are not to blame for this one. Though I've been thinking it would make a fun Mythologism entry.
Feb. 18th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
You're too coy, mister. I see right through you.
Feb. 18th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
Ah, Barth! You're just too smart for me. Can't fool you!
Feb. 19th, 2005 09:51 am (UTC)

Your wit and intelligence are no match for my irrational paranoia, JEL. Let this be a lesson to you.
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