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Positional vertigo, Labyrinthitis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I got a terrible dizzy spell last tuesday. Couldn't sit up, move my head, or walk. The symptoms are slowly subsiding, but my walk is still unbalanced.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
User :   it's a bit scaryl
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   42/f
Doctor :   Are your symptoms persisting?
User :   no, but still unbalanced when trying to walk around the neighborhood this morning.
Doctor :   ok
User :   (I did go the the hospital and had a cat scan)
Doctor :   Do you have dizziness while in sitting position or lying position too?
User :   not any more.
User :   when sitting up, turning head right to left
User :   walking
User :   changing positions
User :   but much better
User :   just worried about the walking not b yeteing 100%
User :   *being
Doctor :   Do you have any difficulty in speaking or swallowing?
User :   no
User :   it was like the room was spinning
Doctor :   Do you have fever, sorethroat, headache, nasal congestion?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have ear ache/hearing impairment/discharge from the ear?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have history of diabetes/hypertension/heart disease?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you notice disturbances in your vision such as double vision?
Doctor :   When was the cat scan performed?
User :   Tuesday
User :   no double vision, just spinning
Doctor :   May I know the reports of the scan?
User :   the scans were perfectly normal
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Let me explain it to you.
User :   k
Doctor :   Your symptoms are probably due to positional vertigo, a condition affecting the balancing system located in the innner ear.
Doctor :   There can be a second possibility of a cerebellar vascular insufficiency, which is a much more serious conditions,
Doctor :   but your symptoms and the scan are against it and hence may not be due to the later cause.
Doctor :   Positional vertigo is a benign condition, meaning a self limiting condition similar to any viral infection.
User :   the hosp. wrote Labyrinthitis - is that the same thing?
Doctor :   Labyrinthitis is the inflammation of the inner ear, its the diagnosis and your symptoms is described as the positional vertigo.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
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