The Labyrinthitis Disorder.
What is labyrinthitis?
This disorder develops in the inner ear, where two vestibular nerves are situated which send information to your brain, regarding your balance control. Should one of these nerves become inflamed, it creates a condition called labyrinthitis.
Various factors can cause this disorder, among them being infections and viruses, which should receive immediate medical attention.
The main symptoms of labyrinthitis.
The symptoms may develop rapidly, and could pose a problem if you are driving or working, as a sudden momentary blackout is known to occur.
Here are some of the symptoms which can include any of the following:
· A major symptom is that of vertigo, which leads to extreme dizziness and loss of balance.
· Also associated with vertigo is nausea and vomiting, especially if the condition is severe.
· Tinnitus, which is a constant buzzing or ringing in the ears.
· A partial, usually temporary loss of hearing in one ear.
· Possible difficulty focusing your eyes.
Note that labyrinthitis does not usually cause any pain in the ears. If not treated, some complications may develop which could lead to permanent hearing loss.
What are the main causes of labyrinthitis?
This condition can occur at any age, and favours no gender. Here are some of the potential causes:
· Chest infections like flu and bronchitis which cause inflammation in the ears as well.
· A viral or bacterial infection of the inner and middle ear.
· Stomach viruses like gastro-enteritis which cause nausea and vomiting, may result in ringing in the ears, and dizziness or vertigo.
· A history of allergies is also a high risk factor.
· Poor lifestyle habits such as smoking, and excessive use of alcohol, can cause nerve damage in the ears as well as other areas of the body.
If you have any of the symptoms, especially unexplained vertigo or inner and middle ear, visit the doctor for a proper neurological diagnosis.
How is the condition treated?
Symptoms can be relieved by antihistamines, meds which reduce nausea and dizziness, as well as certain sedatives, such as Valium. However, many folk do not want to be continually dosed up with medications.
There are also techniques you can try to get relief from symptoms.
· Avoid a rapid movement or sudden change in position.
· Sit still if you have dizzy or vertigo attack.
· Always get up slowly from a lying down or sitting position.
· Don’t watch TV or use the computer when you are feeling giddy.
· Bend at the knees if you want to pick up something, and don’t drop your head below your shoulders.
The good news is that if handled properly, labyrinthitis very seldom becomes a chronic condition.
How hypnotherapy can help you deal with vertigo.
Research has shown that hypnotherapy can help you deal with vertigo, a major symptom of labyrinthitis, as well as give great relief from giddiness.
Studies have also shown that people being treated for vertigo were, without exception, anxious about being dizzy, and fearful that the dizziness may suddenly surface without warning, at an inopportune time. This can lead to a constant state of stress and anxiety.
Experts have determined that dizziness can sometimes be a physiological symptom of anxiety and panic, combined with a racing heart, trembling, and a feeling of tightness in the chest.
Hypnosis works by accessing the subconscious mind, and by means of positive suggestions, teaches you to cope with the fears and anxiety which would normally lead to a vertigo attack.
Because everything life seems so much more difficult when you are suffering from giddiness, you will begin to understand and accept how much better you feel when you are calm and collected. You will embrace a new positive mindset which will allow you to move forward without any fears of a vertigo attack lingering in your mind.
No more disruptions!
Vertigo does not have to continue disrupting your life. A trained and professional hypnotherapist can help you break the cycle of dizziness and give you a wonderful sense of stability.
Remember that vertigo is not a condition in itself – but a symptom of something else which needs to be treated.