Archive for August, 2009

Myths About Vertigo Dispelled

Myth #1: Relaxation will resolve anxiety-caused dizziness.

In fact, if a person with vertigo becomes anxious, it is actually easy to link anxiety to the presence of the vertigo.


Myth #2: Vertigo is all in your head because you have an overactive imagination.

In fact, vertigo is all in your head; however, probably not because of your imagination. The symptoms of dizziness and unsteady movement are quite real. Whether it is BPPV (brain) or Meniere’s (inner ear), the vertigo is spiraling from the area above the neck.

Myth #3: Vertigo is just part of the aging process.

In fact, age has very little, if nothing, to do with vertigo. There are a number of causes, but age is not one of them. Some causes include injury, degenerative issues and a litany of other medical problems. Dizziness is not normal at any age. It is a sign that something is wrong.

Myth #4: Vertigo comes from a hormone imbalance.

In fact, you could have a hormone imbalance due to any number of medical issues, but this imbalance rarely produces vertigo.


**Borrowed from eHow:

Improving Balance

Because we are a balance disorder blog, we receive inquiries from non-vestibular patients who would like to improve their balance.

– Start off by standing with both feet firmly on the ground and close your eyes. Do this for 30 seconds. Make sure there is a study means of support nearby. You will teach your body how to listen to your vestibular system and keep balance. 

– To make the exercise more difficult, move your feet closer and then close your eyes. Do this for 30 seconds.pilates06

– Next balance on one leg for 30 seconds (eyes open then eyes closed).

– Strong abs and core will improve posture and thus improve balance. Pilates is great for core strengthening.


– Yoga is great for balance. Have you seen some advanced yoga moves?










– Indo board: they look silly but they are great for balance!

20 Things to Say to a Chronically Ill Friend

Since I posted the “20 Things to NOT Say to a Chronically Ill Friend”, Michele asked that I post what TO say to an ill friend.  

Another great post from the Invisible Illness Week.


#1 I don’t know what to say, but I care about you

#2 I’m going to the grocery, what can I get you?

#3 Do you just need to vent? I’m all ears!

#4 If you need a good cry, I’ve got plenty of tissues and a shoulder

#5 I really admire how you are handling this. I know its difficult.

#6 I’m bringing dinner Thursday. Do you want lasagna or chicken?

#7 Can I get your kids 4 a playdate? My kids R bored.

#8 I cant sit still. Got any laundry I can fold?

#9 What can I pray 4 you about that no one else is praying 4?

#10 Can I bring a few friends over 2 clean your house fast?

#11 I don’t have any idea what U R feeling, but I will always listen

#12 I saw these flowers & thought they’d cheer you 2day

#13 How can our church encourage those with chronic illness?

#14 Tell me what it is really like to be you for a day

#15 I made too much dinner for our family. Can I bring U some?

#16 U R amazing. How has your illness given you appreciation 4 life?

#17 Do U want me 2 come over while U wait 4 test results?

#18 U listen 2 me better than any other friend. Thanks

#19 I have Monday free if you need me 2 run some errands or take you

#20 Tell me about this God who gets U thru 1 more day?

Finding the Right Physical Therapist

Finding the right physical therapist to treat your vestibular symptoms is crucial to your rehabilitation. Here are a few questions to ask:

  • Is the therapist a licensed physical therapist?
  • Is the therapist credentialed in treating vestibular patients? What credentials does he have? Has he treated this type of problem before?
  • Who owns the physical therapy facility: the physical therapist herself, an outside company, doctors or a hospital? (It’s best to have independent treatment, and you need to know if a doctor will profit by referring you to a facility in which she has a financial interest.)
  • Do I need to pay when I visit? Am I billed or does my insurance company pay?
  • What does the initial consultation involve?
  • What are office hours? Where would I park? Are there individual treatment rooms?
  • What type of therapy equipment is available? (Your treatment might require a specific piece of equipment.)
  • Will you provide me with balance exercises that I can do at home?
  • Will I be seen by a physical therapist or a physical therapist aide?
  • Will you report on my progress and your evaluation regularly to my other health care providers?
  • Will I get to discuss my treatment goals with a therapist? Will that person be responsible for my treatment?
  • What will my evaluation include?

**Modified for vestibular patients from Johns Hopkins web site:

20 Things to NOT Say to an Ill Person

20 Things to NOT 120px-SlashCircle_svgSay to an Ill Person  

#1 – You look so good today! 

#2 – You just need to get out of the house more

#3 – If you stop thinking about it, the pain will go away

#4 – You should just pray harder

#5 – You must not want to get better if you won’t try this

#6 – When I was your age I didn’t have the luxury of being sick

#7 – You’re sick again??

#8 – I wish I could just sit around all day

#9 – No pain, no gain!

#10 – I’d be sick too if I saw doctors as much as you do

#11 – I have this juice that is working wonders…

#12 – You must still have sin in your life

#13 – If you got a job you’d have something else to think about

#14 – Your illness is caused by stress

#15 – You can’t be in that much pain. Maybe you just want attention

#16 – What have you done to make God so mad at you?

#17 – There are easier ways to get attention

#18 – It’s not good for your kids to always hear you whining

#19 – When are you going to get rid of that cane? 

#20 – I’m so glad to see you out and about feeling all better

Chronic Invisible Illness

Want a place to go where others understand?

For young women:

For individuals with chronic headaches/migraines:

A blog from a woman diagnosed with an invisible chronic illness (the most recent post was “54 Ways You Respond to ‘You Look So Good!'”):

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