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Labrynthitis AKA vertigo & Diving

Post Number:#1  Postby Rol_an_dive » Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:32 pm

Hi folks, I am looking for information and maybe encouragement; about 4 months ago I contracted a "small" viral infection in the right inner ear, it quickly disappeared but has left me with an inbalance of the neurological signals from the Right & Left balance systems (Labrynths) that tell the brain what is level etc. For those who partake it is like being moderately drunk, you have to hold the wall in the bathroom or shower, walk with an unsteady gait. I have signed on for Vestibular Rehabilitatio Therapy that seems to rely on stimulating the balance system until I am nauseous, not a lot of fun. The BIG question, has anyone  had this and successfully recovered to dive again? I have cancelled my trips to the Red Sea and also MY for this year as I do not feel 100% comfortable thinking about being underwater without a fixed horizon, and then reduced viz would be slightly dramatic! Any thoughts, remedies would be appreciated..........my local guys suggested that I carry on regardless as though I had had a bad (Good) night at the pub, but that would entail to much worry!  :rolleyes:
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Re: Labrynthitis AKA vertigo & Diving

Post Number:#2  Postby run » Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:06 pm

i encountered this a few time but that only happened when i stayed on choppy waters during LOB trip. Nothing that would damage me for months. It will go away after a few days on land.
How was the treatment? Has it improved your condition or do you still feel dizzy?
What did the doc say when diagnosed u got a small viral infection in your ear? Did he say you ear drum look red /swollen or something?
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Re: Labrynthitis AKA vertigo & Diving

Post Number:#3  Postby Rol_an_dive » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:24 pm

Run, I wish it was that easy; there were no outward signs for the Dr to see, I told him the symptons and he carried out the dix hallpike maneuver in which the doctor will lie you down on the bed and will move your head at a angle to the sitting position (both left and right sides) while monitoring your eyes for abnormal movement (Nystagmytus). This is the diagnostic tool they use!! From there he said stay calm, it will go in 6-8 weeks, here are some suppressants to help. I waited, but eventually chucked the medication, partially because I had also Googled Labrynthitis and got a lot more information that way, eventually found my way to VRT. Its not like the vertigo I have encountered when spinning in a turbulence underwater, far more subtle, insidious and disconcerting. I can walk down the hallway, someone calls my name, I turn my head and lose balance!
But we will persist; I am maybe going to Lima Peru in December for work, and you can dive with Sea Lions there with a research group-----how could I not get well for that!
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Re: Labrynthitis AKA vertigo & Diving

Post Number:#4  Postby nanda666 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:07 am

I had posted on the topic just before this on my student experiencing barotrauma. I suggest you contact an ENT specialist who is also familiar with diving related injuries. Remember, it's RECREATIONAL SCUBA DIVING...not worth dying for.  :tongue:

Insisting on diving with unsuitable diving medical conditions can in danger you as well as everyone you dive with.

Pls pls think carefully about your actions....if you can't dive.....there's always Discovery Channel!! ;)
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Re: Labrynthitis AKA vertigo & Diving

Post Number:#5  Postby run » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:13 am

nanda666 wrote:I had posted on the topic just before this on my student experiencing barotrauma. I suggest you contact an ENT specialist who is also familiar with diving related injuries. Remember, it's RECREATIONAL SCUBA DIVING...not worth dying for.  :tongue:

Insisting on diving with unsuitable diving medical conditions can in danger you as well as everyone you dive with.

Pls pls think carefully about your actions....if you can't dive.....there's always Discovery Channel!! ;)


same advice here . Go to ENT with diving related docs. Do read this link. I have been saving this e-med with diving related injuries for awhile and i think i has some similar syndrome as you.
http://www.e-med.co.uk/diving/dive_questions.php?cat=6&sub_cat=43

all of us are not built with the same spec. I mean our ear our nose even our ear wax can affect the way we dives. If i am not mistaken those with dry ear wax finds it more difficult to equalize compared to those who has wet ear wax. I met this senior diver and he told me he had sinus since the day he dived and he has been diving and teaching since the 80's.
He advice me i can go to ENT and check my condition. Know what is the main problem and from there adjust my diving style to the way my human body allows me. When you go to a specialist do not refer just one speacilist. Go at least 2 or 3. If all of them give you the same result, you can then plan what you going to do about it.

Also for the rest of the MUWians can read this articles too
http://www.scuba-doc.com/entprobs.html#ENT_Guidelines

Dive with the way your body fits you. Some diver can equalize fast, some may not. Some can last air up more than 60min, some may not.
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