Last Tuesday I practically collapsed at work, I was just sitting reading a briefing out and thought I was going to fall off my seat, I was dizzy and had no balance, I think if I hadn’t put my head between my knees I probably would have passed out. I got taken to the first aid room and was told to get to the doctors ASAP. It takes me about 50mins to get to work via our light rail network plus walking which I clearly couldn’t manage so I was given a lift home. My mum rang to get me a doctors appointment which she had to really push to get, so I went to bed for a couple of hours then went to the doctors. It was so busy and full of kids running around (I don’t get this- aren’t you ill?) and I thought I was going to keel over again so a nurse got me a wheelchair and sat me in a spare room.
My blood pressure was ok yet when I stood I thought I’d fall over, I’d eaten so knew it wasn’t that but my symptoms were pretty similar to last year when I had Labrynthitis, which is basically either a virus or infection of the inner ear- therefore impairing balance. The doctor gave me 60 tablets which are basically mild tranquillisers to numb all the symptoms, but this isn’t a cure. Lucky for me I have viral Labrynthitis meaning antibiotics won’t help and it’s a case of waiting it out. Still no better but with ears that we’re painful to touch I went back to the doctors, he told me that it was definitely viral, that my eardrums were swollen and that my eyes were basically jumping meaning it was definitely Labrynthitis.
My mum did a little research and we found out that cranial osteopathy is meant to help, we must have rang abou 10 places as the nearest was fully booked. Thankfully for me there was a cancellation and I managed to get my first session. He basically placed his hands on different parts of my head and applied slight pressure with his fingers. He told me he could feel a lot of pressure and congestion and ha he’d like to see me again. I was surprised that the spinning sensation had dulled for the first time. I felt a lot better than I had done but was still struggling to put one foot infront of the other and walk straight.
My lovely boyfriend came up from Leeds on Friday and brought me flowers an Percy Pigs, we have literally done nothing, I feel so sorry for him- his bank holiday must have been so boring. I’ve been exhausted from just getting dressed and after washing and drying my hair I felt like I’d ran a marathon or something. Today I managed to have my first unsupervised shower (everyone ans been scared I will fall over).
The doctor has given me a 2 week sick note, but I really don’t want to be off work. It’s so boring being ill. Last time I had Labrynthitis I felt a bit better and returned to work, only to be sent home in a taxi. Sadly my effort to return quickly to work resulted in my sickness level being triggered as it went down as two periods of sickness. I’m determined to get back to work sooner than 2 weeks and have another cranial osteopathy session on Friday. I’ve also been steaming to try and get rid of the congestion I apparently have in my head and I think it is helping.
Labrynthitis is awful, losing your balance is really terrible and the fact small tasks are leaving me exhausted is very frustration. What’s harder is the fact is an ‘invisible’ illness so essentially I may look ok to some people, but my head is actually spinning and standing up is difficult. I do however have rather fetching panda black circles around my eyes and pale complexion, but at least I’m not grey an more, I really dont suit it.
Have any of you ever had Labrynthitis? Do you have any tips? If not I’d appreciate some blog links to give me something to do whilst I’m recuperating.