Archive for August 10th, 2009

Maximizing the Office Visit

Keeping a diary before going on your office visit for a balance problem is a great way to be prepared for the questions your doctor may ask. These are some routine questions that your general practitioner and/or neurologist may ask. By writing down the following information before the office visit, you may save yourself a follow up visit to that same doctor!

Frequency of dizziness:

  • How often do you have dizziness or other symptoms of a balance problem?
  • Do you feel dizzy or have a vertigo attack after eating certain foods that contain high levels of salt, alcohol or caffeine?
  • How do weather systems affect your symptoms?
  • Have you ever fallen? If so, when, where and how often?

Medications:

  • What medications are you taking? Remember to include all over-the-counter medications, including antihistamines and sleep aids.
  • Do you take any supplements beyond a multi-vitamin, such as St. John’s Wort, Ginko Biloba, etc.?

Other Medical Conditions:

  • Do you have another medical condition(s)? If so, do you take any medication for this condition?
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You Don’t Have to be Dizzy

We recently received this e-mail from one of our former patients.

“I wanted to let you know that I am doing very well with my balance & stability. I’ve had no dizziness episodes – I am hiking, cycling, playing tennis……I am feeling great and stable while being active. The physical therapy was awesome! I continue to do the exercises at home…”

T.P. 6/24/09