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When I was younger I use to get ear infections all the time. Ear infections for me means dizziness/vertigo. I had an ear infection in mid june and when I get ear infections my balance is effected greatly. Around july my balance start returning to normal but then in september my ear infection came back those affecting my balance once more. It's october and my balance seems to be returning but it's not quit where I would like it to be. I was just wondering how long does it take for ones balance to return to normal after an ear infection?
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replied October 25th, 2005
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Could you explain the form of dizziness/vertigo you suffer from? Is it rotational vertigo (spinning), and does it involve vomiting? Or is it loss of balance and non-rotational perception of movement?
I think the question you are asking is one of those 'how long is a piece of string' questions. A lot depends on the nature of the infection you have been suffering from. But it is perfectly normal for residual dizziness/loss of balance to last even up to several months after the worst of the vertigo has subsided. That's not to say that it will be several months in your case. Everyone's scenario is different.
I trust you will have already seen ent specialists and probably have a good idea about the nature of your infections. If so then all you can do is to be patient, and know that it will pass in it's own time. There is little you can do to speed up the process other than to follow the usual inner ear dizzy advice, such as avoiding caffeine and sticking to a low-sodium diet.
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replied October 25th, 2005
It's not rotational, I haven't had that since I was 11 but when it feels like it's getting to that point I just stay still and focus on something to avoid it.
Right now it feels like the ground beneath me is moving which sucks, but I figure if I keep moving it will get better eventually. I didn't see and ent but I did see my gp, whom which I have an appoint 11-8. If the problem persist i'm going to tell her about it and will go from there. It just sucks feeling like this; I wouldn't wish this feeling on my worst enemy.
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replied October 25th, 2005
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I would definitely suggest that you ask your doctor to refer you to an ear, nose & throat specialist. They deal with inner ear problems every day of the week and are far better equipped to give you advice. Wouldn't it suck even more to know that you could have taken something to relieve the problem, but didn't because nobody gave you the proper advice?
Definitely avoid caffeine completely though for the time being, and stick to a low-salt diet.
Hope some of this helps, and I genuinely have a lot of sympathy for you. I can fully appreciate how terrible this can make you feel, believe me.
Take care my friend...
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