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I've had Labyrinthitis for a while and was wondering if you had any suggestions on what I should do.

By Anonymous July 21, 2009 - 12:28am
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I have labyrinthitis and a while ago took pills for it (Don't remember off hand what they were called). Since then they've almost stopped everything from moving around and the dizziness part of it all, but everything still seems very sureal and not normal. At night I can easily tell my vision gets way worse and everythings blurrier when I'm in darkness.

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Hi, Anon, and welcome to EmpowHer. Thank you so much for your question.

Labrynthitis is no fun. I have had vertigo before and I know what you're feeling. It is indeed surreal to feel that you're not in balance with things around you, and that you can't tell when you're moving or standing still. I'm sorry you're having to deal with this.

I'm a little unsure as to what you'd like help with. Are you still under a doctor's care for this? Has your doctor decided you no longer need any medicine?

One thing that helped me a great deal whenever I had vertigo attacks was meclizine, which is a motion-sickness medicine that's also sold under the name Bonine. Have you ever tried occasionally using motion-sickness medicine for your labrynthitis?

Here's a very good page on causes, symptoms and treatment:


In terms of the night problem, honestly, I'd leave a small light on somewhere that doesn't bother you when you're sleeping but helps when you are, say, awake and needing to go to the bathroom. Perhaps a small hall nightlight or a small bulb in the bathroom. Just enough so that you are never having a dizzy spell in total darkness. You can feel very disoriented in total darkness and you don't want to risk falling.

Does your doctor think this is something that will eventually go away entirely?

July 22, 2009 - 8:12am
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