Went to Neurologist today about the dizziness I’ve been experiencing with a loss of my balance. The upshot of the whole exam (which did not involve needles but lots of strength tests) is that the Neurologist, Dr. Wurst, believes that what is going on is an exacerbation of an underlying old problem. From my history, and talking to me and observing me, and several tests in the exam room, he concluded that I have always had an inner ear imbalance problem. I have been able to compensate for it for years due to being young, active, and I weighed less. He also said, despite my age, weight, and being sedentary, that my Lazy Eye and Lack of Depth Perception and Curved Eustation Tubes (which he confirmed just by looking in my ears) have always made it difficult for me to maintain my balance. Like other doctors before him he commented that it was a wonder (and testament to my stubborn nature) that I wasn’t an absolute klutz.
The solution: The inner ear imbalance is not anything that can be cured. However the doc suggested Beginner Yoga, and looking for Beginner Balance Exercises on Google. I am not to take long walks, and (get this) direct sunlight can make my dizziness worse. This I did not realise! For walks he suggested daily walking up and down my driveway a few times. He also commented on my sandals (thick comfy Mushroom soles) and told me not to wear them again. He had me repeat a bunch of the tests barefoot and I did a TON better. He told me to get shoes that are most like being barefoot, some cushion to the sole, but not so much that it looks like I have Franken-Foot.
There is a surgery to straighten the Ear Tubes but he says it is “contra-indicated for me” because my hearing is GOOD. There is a 75% chance of total hearing loss in adults. So, he suggested that this only be revisited IF my dizziness has got to the point that OTC Travel Sickness medicine (meclazine - given to adults that suffer from Vertigo) no longer works and I cannot eat due to nausea.
So, it’s not MS or Transverse Myelitis, thank goodness. However, I HAVE to start moving or I will be stuck sitting all the time WAY too soon.