Tuesday, September 21, 2010



This week is Balance Awareness Week.  Do you know someone who suffers with dizziness?  If so, www.vestibular.org is a wonderful resource.  They offer free publications, have a directory of practitioners, and offer a wealth of information on dizziness.  The following was copied from their website:

Possible Symptoms of Vestibular Disorders

The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements. If the system is damaged by disease, aging, or injury, vestibular disorders can result. Symptoms may include vertigo, dizziness, and imbalance, among others listed here.  Not all symptoms will be experienced by every person with an inner ear disorder, and other symptoms are possible. An inner ear disorder may be present even in the absence of obvious or severe symptoms. It is important to note that most of these individual symptoms can also be caused by other conditions unrelated to the ear.

The type and severity of symptoms can vary considerably, and be frightening and difficult to describe. People affected by certain symptoms of vestibular disorders may be perceived as inattentive, lazy, overly anxious, or seeking attention. They may have trouble reading or doing simple arithmetic. Functioning in the workplace, going to school, performing routine daily tasks, or just getting out of bed in the morning may be difficult for some people.

Vertigo and dizziness

  • Spinning or whirling sensation; an illusion of movement of self or the world (vertigo)
  • Lightheaded, floating, or rocking sensation (dizziness)
  • Sensation of being heavily weighted or pulled in one direction

Balance and spatial orientation

  • Imbalance, stumbling, difficulty walking straight or turning a corner
  • Clumsiness or difficulty with coordination
  • Difficulty maintaining straight posture; tendency to look downward to confirm the location of the ground
  • Head may be held in a tilted position
  • Tendency to touch or hold onto something when standing, or to touch or hold the head while seated
  • Sensitivity to changes in walking surfaces or footwear
  • Muscle and joint pain (due to difficulty balancing)

Vision (free publication)

  • Trouble focusing or tracking objects with the eyes; objects or words on a page seem to jump, bounce, float, or blur or may appear doubled
  • Discomfort from busy visual environments such as traffic, crowds, stores, and patterns.
  • Sensitivity to light, glare, and moving or flickering lights; fluorescent lights may be especially troublesome
  • Tendency to focus on nearby objects; increased discomfort when focusing at a distance
  • Increased night blindness; difficulty walking in the dark
  • Poor depth perception


  • Hearing loss; distorted or fluctuating hearing
  • Tinnitus (free publication
  • Sensitivity to loud noises or environments
  • Sudden loud sounds may increase symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, or imbalance

Cognitive and psychological

  • Difficulty concentrating and paying attention; easily distracted
  • Forgetfulness and short-term memory lapses 
  • Confusion, disorientation, difficulty comprehending directions or instructions 
  • Difficulty following speakers in conversations, meetings, etc., especially when there is background noise or movement
  • Mental and/or physical fatigue out of proportion to activity
  • Loss of self-reliance, self-confidence, self-esteem 
  • Anxiety, panic 
  • Depression


  • Nausea or vomiting
  • "Hangover" or "seasick" feeling in the head
  • Motion sickness (free publication)
  • Ear pain
  • Sensation of fullness in the ears
  • Headaches
  • Slurred speech 
  • Sensitivity to pressure or temperature changes and wind currents

If you need more information about dizziness, go to the VEDA website or email me. 




  1. Praying that you are able to get some answers!

    From your GMG sister!

  2. Hi Theresa! I like the new look! Autumn colors are my favorite. Very festive!

    I wanted to thank you for sending me your schedule. I was also inspired by MOTH...I read it at least once a year to get new ideas for my schedule. Yours is very detailed! I got some great inspiration from it. And I love how you made each person a different color...makes it so much easier to see who is doing what.

    Hope you are having a lovely day!

  3. Great info...blessings to you and your blog looks great. Did you ever hear anything about your vitamin D?

  4. Theresa-it was so nice to meet you on Penny Franklin's blog today. And, I have to say, I love your blog look!

  5. Great info! I have a few people who I can pass this along to, actually! Your new blog format looks great! I love the fall-feel it has :)

  6. Praying about this, Theresa. Let me know if any new answers are provided for you. I have dealt with dizziness/vertigo for 20 years now. It was extremely bad about 2 years ago. After a thorough workup (oh, that cold air in the ears test was BRUTAL, for one) no conclusive diagnosis was made (yet again). It comes and goes. Most of the time, I manage well. But I know how incapacitating it can be (and how suddenly so).

  7. My husband and I at various times deal with dizzy spells and bad headaches. I will have to look into this, as I can agree with several symptoms on the list... especially the anxiety. eek.

    {I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't even know that a condition like this existed}
    Thanks for the info. :)


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