Posts Tagged ‘balance disorder’

Holiday Shopping and Dizziness

Most people with dizziness and balance disorders have a difficult time going into large stores like WalMart, Target, Ikea because of the overload on your senses. Marketers in these stores place items by color and in specific areas to catch people’s eyes.

If you have trouble getting through a supermarket or a busy store, take resting breaks. Go to the bathroom and rest for a few minutes until your symptoms subside – it will make your trip a whole lot longer but will be beneficial for you in the end.

Why are There no Dizzy Chickens?

Because chickens can regenerate their inner ear sensory hair cells!chicken

(Remember: Balance is based on the inner ear sensory hair cells.)

Humans, though, cannot regenerate inner ear sensory hair cells. Once humans lose their hair cells (whether due to aging), they are gone!

 

Vestibular Disorders on Facebook

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for other individuals who are dealing with problems similar with yours. This is one reason why we at LifeStyle started a Vestibular Support Group and why I post topics that send you away from my blog and to forums!

While perusing facebook today, I found the group page for the Vestibular Disorders Association, which is a very reliable site for information about vestibular disorders. On this facebook page, there are over 500 members, most with a balance disorder similar to yours.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Vestibular-Disorders-Association-VEDA/101876141561?ref=ts

Also, consider joining us on LifeStyle’s Facebook fan page as well. Learn health and wellness tips, find out about events at LifeStyle and learn more about vestibular disorders!

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Chicago-IL/LifeStyle-Physical-Therapy-Balance-Center/159337746404?ref=ts

Do you get Dizzy When you Stand Up?

It may be orthostatic hypotension. This is caused by a quick drop in blood pressure when one stands up and all the blood rushes towards the lower parts of the body. When this happens, a person can become dizzy, lightheaded, have blurred or dimmed vision, and may even faint.

Here are some great ways to minimize the symptoms/effects of orthostatic hypotension:

  • Standing slowly rather than quickly, as the delay can give the blood vessels more time to constrict properly. This can help avoid incidents of syncope (fainting).
  • Take a deep breath and flex your abdominal muscles while rising to maintain blood and oxygen in the brain.
  • Maintaining an elevated salt intake, through sodium supplements or electrolyte-enriched drinks. Maintaining a proper fluid intake to prevent the effects of dehydration.
  • As eating lowers blood pressure, take your food in a larger number of smaller meals. Take extra care when standing after eating.
  • When orthostatic hypotension is caused by hypovolemia due to medications, the disorder may be reversed by adjusting the dosage or by discontinuing the medication.
  • When the condition is caused by prolonged bed rest, improvement may occur by sitting up with increasing frequency each day. In some cases, physical counterpressure such as elastic hose (stockings) or whole-body inflatable suits may be required.
  • Many people who experience orthostatic hypotension are able to recognise the symptoms and quickly adopt a “squat position” to avoid falling during an episode. This is because they are usually unable to co-ordinate a return to sitting in a chair, once the episode has commenced.
  • Avoiding bodily positions that impede blood flow, such as sitting with knees up to chest or crossing legs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthostatic_hypotension

Vestibular Support Group

Join us for our next Vestibular Support Group meeting at our office in Lakeview in Chicago on Saturday, November 14th. Dr. Julia Rahn, Ph.D., will be discussing the psychological challenges of living with vestibular disorders/chronic illness.

11:30 – 12:00pm: Light refreshments

12:00 – 1:00pm: Meeting

For more information, location and to RSVP:

info@balancechicago.com or 773.525.5200

Vestibular Disorders – Even Oprah is Talking About Them!

Oprah is not only one of the most powerful women in the world, she is also one of our favorite Chicagoans!

So it makes me extremely happy when Oprah’s magazine, O, features a story on dizziness and balance disorders. Thanks, Oprah!

Here’s a pretty great article:

http://www.oprah.com/article/omagazine/200907-omag-dizzy-spells

Tinnitus = Ear Ringing

From the American Tinnitus Association, tips to diagnose & understand your tinnitus:

  1. DO NOT panic. Tinnitus is usually not a sign of a serious, ongoing medical condition.
  2. CHECK things out. The sounds you hear may actually be normal sounds created by the human body at work.
  3. SEE an audiologist or ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT) interested and experienced in tinnitus treatment.
  4. REVIEW your current medications (prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins and other supplements) with your medical professional to find possible causes of your tinnitus.
  5. BE WARY of a hopeless diagnosis or physician advice like, “There’s nothing you can do about your tinnitus. Go home and live with it.”
  6. BE a detective. Keep track of what triggers your tinnitus.
  7. KEEP UP TO DATE about tinnitus. More and more research by the best and the brightest is bringing us closer to successful treatments and cures for tinnitus.

http://www.ata.org/tinnitus-tips