Louise Cassidy, Solihull, talks about her experience with being diagnosed with vestibular hypofunction and her physiotherapy treatment at Spire Parkway Hospital, Solihull:
In February 2011 I started to feel sick and off balance; then the dizziness started. I quickly became constantly dizzy, nauseous and light headed. I was wiped off my feet and couldn’t do anything. Every time I tried to move, the symptoms got worse.
My GP put me on medication to help with the sickness, but I still felt awful.
I saw an ENT (ear, nose and throat), consultant, who organised a brain scan for me. The results of this were clear, and the consultant explained that a virus of the inner ear was the cause, and could take months to resolve.
I was still feeling very ill and unable to function, when a friend of mine recommended that I should see a physiotherapist who specialised in dizziness.
I went to see Jane Wood, Chartered Physiotherapist, at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull. Jane took a full and detailed history of my condition. She then proceeded to do a series of tests to asses the level of my dizziness and balance.
At the end of the assessment Jane explained how the inner ear worked and why the virus had caused the problems. She then gave me a couple of exercises to do at home, and also gave me much needed advice and reassurance.
After doing the exercises for less than a week I started to feel a bit better. At last I was getting somewhere. I was seen in physiotherapy weekly for about five weeks. At each session I was reassessed and given progressive exercises. Steadily I improved, and soon felt well enough to return to work. I still occasionally get a bad day, but I know what causes it and how to deal with it myself.
Thanks to the physiotherapy department at Spire Parkway Hospital.
Louise Cassidy, Solihull