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Old 01-17-2013, 07:15 PM #11
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So I finished all of my hearing & balance testing (wow - it was very intense going through all of it as it ramped up all PCS symptoms). I have "vestibular hypofunction", which very basically means experiencing dizziness or disorientation due to issues in the vestibular nuclei in the ear. Causes can range from viruses, infections, trauma, etc, but I was told that I've likely had it for years and have triggered it with the concussions. I will be starting vestibular therapy in a few weeks.

I'm not sure if I'm relieved....on the one hand it's amazing to think about the role the inner ear plays in our balance and sense of where we are in the world. On the other hand, it's a reality check that there is clear evidence that something is not right, and that is a hard pill to swallow

Thanks to all who shared their experiences and thoughts and this. I've been told this, much like PCS, isn't something to be cured, but managed. I've been told the therapy is very effective, but I will have to wait and see.
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PCS "survivor" - first concussion 10/2010 with PCS for nearly a year. Hit back of head on a shelf. Symptoms were head and neck pain, vertigo, nausea, lethargy, anxiety & depression. Experienced greatest amount of recovery between 9-12 months, with the following year being much, much better
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2nd concussion 12/2012 - hit front left forehead on wooden edge of couch. Currently dealing with a return of PCS symptoms including headache, nausea, vertigo, brain fog, and lethargy.
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I have been doing vestibular therapy for a few weeks now and just started to doing @ home as well. I was wondering if the ringing in ears that went away for awhile but is now back...Is this normal with vestibular therapy? And one of my ears is hurting again and making a noise every time I slightly move mouth.

My ears feel like I am under water or something constantly and vertigo/woozy are getting worse..... Any feedback would be appreciated
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What Happened: In 2011 I was in a MVA
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Symptoms: Physical: I am always cold in any season!!I cannot tolerate anything pressure on my head(sun glasses,hats)longer then a hour,Lock jaw/Displaced TMJ, Dropsey, Hands go numb, Arms go numb, back of head numb (when asleep),Muscle spasms in face & upper body,migraines, concentration headaches, dizziness, nausea, neck and back trauma (from accident), tinnitus, extreme light sensitivity, noise sensitivity, EXTREME fatigue, impaired vestibular system, balance off, Pupils NEVER equal, disrupted sleep cycles,speech problems.

Cognitive: Cognitive Behavior, Brain fog, impulsivity, speech problems, word finding problems, slowed processing speeds, impaired visual memory, impaired complex attention

Emotional: Unable to handle stress or overstimulation without getting extremely irritable or angry, easily overstimulated, MAJOR depression, major anxiety, Panic attacks

Treatment so far: Treatment for PCS,PTSD,Depression & panic,Vestibular therapy, Physical therapy, Vitamin Schedule,Walking,No Dairy, No eggs, No caffeine, No artificial coloring, Sleep with 2 pillows, Very little sugars consumed, Eat healthy,No alcohol, Medications, limit stress and overstimulation.

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