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chronic balance problems

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 28, 2007
  • 08:10 PM

For the 30 years I have been bothered with balance problems. These began in the mid-1970's when I moved to a new (new for me, not a new construction) house during the month of June. As soon as the furnace came on that fall, I became ill with sinus problems and my balance was affected. Antibiotics and Antivert were prescribed, but once I finished the treatment, symptoms returned after a few days to a week. Periodically over the years I would have sinus problems, usually accompanited by balance problems. After moving again in 1979, I still had these conditions - noting that changes in the weather (incoming storms) - would provoke sinus headaches, pressure and balance problems. In recent years, our family doctor put me on Flonase, which seemed to help somewhat.

In the fall of 2006, I was treated by an allergist who determined that I was allergic to indoor mold and dust mites. (Should note also that my symptoms became much worse while remodeling the house I had moved into originally, which led me to the allergist after an ear-nose-throat specialist couldn't find any causes.) Adding Allergra-D (still taking the Flonase) has helped immensely. For the first time in years, I was well all last fall - not even a cold. I still get sinus headaches and some balance problems when the weather changes, but not bad enough to slow me down much.

Last week I noticed feeling very tired and then realized my balance was off and getting worse. Started with a sinus headache that lasted two days and now have some pressure in my ears and cheekbones that seems to come and go, but never gone completely. When I went to the doctor, labrynthitis was mentioned for the first time. They are running other tests to clear out any other possible causes.

Does anyone know anything about labrynthitis? I have never heard it mentioned before, but it seems to be a likely culprit (possibly triggered by unknown allergies all those years ago) from what I've read.

Thanks!

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