(Closed) My father is suffering from labyrinthitis – have you heard of this?

posted 7 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve never heard of it, and I’m so sorry for what your family is going through! The upside is that he’ll recover though and I’m sure he’ll get back to work in his normal capacity! Does he have a really severe case? Is that why they’re saying the recovery time is so long?

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

my mom has it.  doesn’t sound nearly as serious as your dad’s case though.

lots of balance issues.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

My Mom suffered from this disease. She had it in addition to many other ailments and had to take time off from school, she was getting her undergrad. It did eventually go away after lots of rest and rehab – I don’t think she had to take any medicine.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m so sorry to hear that, I wish your father a speedy recovery.

My dad has Meniere’s disease (similar to Labrynthitis but incurable). He has it well under control with medication, but the hearing loss is starting and he occasionally has issues after flying.

From the little I’ve read on labrynthitis it looks to be curable and that it goes away fairly rapidly.

I wish your father a full recovery and hope he’s back to doing what he loves in no time.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@coconutmellie: “He’s afraid of a partial recovery – some people do experience symptoms for long after the initial illness – he’s afraid they’ll consider him “compromised.””

I’m sorry you and your family are going through this.  But you can’t get yourselves even more upset and stressed worrying about  “partial recoveries” until something happens that indicates he’s heading that direction.  Until then, be glad that his doctors think he’ll recover and that nothing at this point indicates he’ll have lingering effects (from what you’ve indicated).

I know what it feel slike to hurt for a family member who is ill.  My dad had some severe back problems this summer that kept him bed-ridden for almost a month and required surgery.  It’s never fun to see your loved ones suffer but it only makes it worse to focus on the worst-case when nothing indicates that is the direction your dad is going.

Hope he’s feeling better soon!

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Unfortunately, I have had it on and off for 20 years.  My initial illness compromised my ability to work as a flight attendant so I was on medical leave for 4 months (I’m now a lawyer).  During that time, I saw several specialists and did a lot of reading.  Obviously, with the internet, information is much more readily available on this illness.  However, I do remember a therapy treatment wherein the patient is repeatedly subjected to those actions that trigger the symptoms to reset the brain or something.  The therapy also had the patient sleeping upright for several nights.  I cannot remember all the details but it sounded a bit extreme but apparently it was successful for some people. 

I managed to get back to full working capacity after 4 the months on medical leave and medication (which made me want to sleep all day).  Although I do get “flare-ups” every now and again, it has never been as severe as my initial illness.

Best of luck to your father.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have minears disease which sounds very similar, i get mine episodicly. and when i have it its scary, due to the severe vertigo.  Mine is handled with diet of NO SALT and lots of water to flush out the ear.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Just wanted to add my dad has had Meniere’s for about 10-15 years now. He had one major vertigo event when it was first detected, but aside from that he has been able to function fully.

He has some hearing loss and tinnitus, but the vertigo/dizziness has not reappeared.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I also have some hearing loss, but unfortunatley mine keep reappearing from time to time, i’m soo afraid when i get them out in public.  But i’m getting better with detecting a flare and start drinking lots of water, resting/relaxing.  That helps a lot.

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