You may have seen your doctor because you've had labyrinthitis. This inner ear problem can cause you to feel like you are spinning (vertigo).
Most of the worst symptoms of vertigo will go away within a week. However, you may feel dizzy at times for another 2 to 3 months.
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Being dizzy can cause you to lose your balance, fall, and hurt yourself. These tips can help keep symptoms from getting worse and keep you safe:
If symptoms continue, ask your doctor about balance therapy. Balance therapy is head, eye, and body exercises you can do at home to help train your brain to overcome dizziness.
Symptoms of labyrinthitis can cause stress. Make healthy lifestyle choices to help you cope.
Help ease stress by using relaxation techniques, such as:
For some people, diet alone will not be enough. If needed, your doctor may also give you:
Most of these medicines may make you sleepy. So you should first take them when you don't have to drive or be alert for important tasks.
You should have regular follow-up visits and lab work as suggested by your doctor.
You should call your doctor if:
Call 911 or your local emergency number if you have any of the following severe symptoms:
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Updated by: Joseph V. Campellone, MD, Department of Neurology, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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