I was diagnosed with viral labrynthitis on the 23rd Dec 2016, I am on week 8 now !!!!!
When I first got this awful illness it came on so suddenly it frightened the life out of me, the room was spinning, my head was spinning, I did not have a clue what was going on. The next day I could not get out of bed, felt awful, I started feeling nausea and then started vomiting.....the sickness lasted a few days but could not get out of bed for about a week, the spinning & dizziness has continued to this day.
I am living an awful life at the minute, not been able to work for 8 weeks, not driven my car, not able to go shops on my own, it's been an absolute nightmare. I think I am going crazy. I have had to rely on all my family & friends for help.
People think you are fine as you look ok on the outside but your head says other things, I wake everyday depressed as I know it's still there & getting that feeling that it is never going to go!!!! I feel depressed, I cry, I try & be positive but it's extremely hard when you feel so awful & you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
You have this feeling in your head like you are drunk all the time or when you have had a really hot bath & get out of it too quick & also your head can sometimes feel heavy & your eyes are not completely right ... it is just a feeling that you can not always describe!!!!!
I was given betahistine which I feel did not work for me, I had the eply manoever done which didn't work as I didn't have the vertigo .. seen 2 ENT consultants, had hearing test & also had an MRI , & all I get told is that's it's viral, you have to see it through, there is nothing we can do for you.....I am taking stemetil which I feel has helped me a bit, even though I am dizzy everyday.
As I said I'm on week 8 now & I can actually say I think it's starting to feel a little better, defiantly going the right way now, but still no where near right, so I am now praying that there is light at the end of that tunnel. All I want to do is be me again, laugh again & live a normal life again & go back to work !!!! ....as it is so disabaling.
If there are any other suffers out there with this most horrible thing, I would like to know if this is normal & no one actually knows what you have got & no one knows how to actually treat it.