The first Meniere attack was so surprising that I didn’t even know what it was. I’d been on a long flight to Maui and landed in a bad thunderstorm. We stopped at a restaurant in the pouring rain to wait out the storm, and I ordered a pina colada to celebrate our arrival. After theContinue reading “Meniere’s disease from the inside”
Meniere’s disease, often called endolymphatic hydrops, is one of the more feared vertigo disorders because it lasts for many years, results in repeated vertigo spells that can be very severe and disabling, and results in permanent hearing loss. It is also frequently overdiagnosed, so many of the people who may have been told that theyContinue reading “Meniere’s Disease”
In this video, we show you how to treat H-BPPV at home. The Gufoni maneuver has been used for many years to treat this condition, and it is the maneuver I used on most patients for this form of BPPV. H-BPPV is harder to treat because it is very nauseating, so you may need helpContinue reading “Treating H-BPPV: Gufoni maneuver”
Newsflash: Dr. Foster to appear live on Sirius XM’s Dave Nemo show on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:30am CT / 6:30am MT. Listen LIVE on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Channel 146 We’ve talked about BPPV in the videos and prior postings. The semicircular canals are the ring-shaped sensors for spinning, and there are three inContinue reading “Horizontal canal BPPV”
At the very end of yoga class you lie in this posture |shavasana – aka “corpse’s pose” – for 5 to 10 minutes. I got extreme vertigo that didn’t fully resolve until 2 trips to a vestibular physical therapist… The other day I spoke with a colleague and she told me she had BBPV andContinue reading “Ask the Doctor”
In a normal inner ear, sound waves travel from a membrane, the oval window, through the cochlea to another membrane at the far end of the cochlea, the round window. Sound waves need this second window in order to flow through the ear. In superior canal dehiscence, the hole in the canal acts as anotherContinue reading “SSCD: Fixing the problem “
Superior semicircular canal dehiscence causes many symptoms depending on how large the hole in the canal becomes. The best-known type is vertigo caused by loud sounds. Normally the sound wave passes harmlessly by the semicircular canals and enters the cochlea, the hearing part of the ear. However, when there is a hole in the canal,Continue reading “SSCD: Vertigo from sound and pulsing vertigo “
The balance parts of the inner ear—the labyrinths–are filled with fluid and surrounded by the bone of the skull. They are designed to sense only tiny movements of fluid caused by moving the head, so they need to be protected from other things that could cause fluid movement. Right next door to the labyrinth is Continue reading “When the inner ear leaks, sound causes vertigo”
Severe damage to both inner ears can cause mild dizziness, moderate imbalance and severe difficulty with vision. Bilateral vestibulopathy is the technical name for this problem; bilateral indicates that the process affects both ears, and vestibulopathy is a general term referring to disease of the vestibular system. The process can also be acute, meaning thatContinue reading “Damage to both ears”
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