Balance is one of the first things that "disappeared" for me. I spent a lot of time "walking like a drunk", weaving to one side, slamming in to door frames, and flat falling over my own feet, before finally seeing a doctor.
"Getting on an even keel" will be a challenge, if you do have MS. You'll need to learn to re-define "even keel", or "normal". I think I said this somewhere in another thread, either to you or someone else...if you have MS, a chronic disease, many of the symptoms you experience will not go away, will be with you always, sometimes with lesser intensity, sometimes greater, but always there. Over time, you'll learn (hopefully!) to deal with them.
This was my presenting symptom. I started getting vertigo and it just got worse over a course of about 3 weeks until I ended up in the hospital because I just couldn't walk due to being so dizzy. I would ease off the bed, go real slow but still there was not a way to manage being up-right. I could barely sit up with the room spinning so much. I had one friend who visited me in the hospital ask if my neck hurt. She noticed I was not moving my head. That is the only way I could manage things for several weeks. I still deal with chronic vertigo everday. Every step I take takes a concentrated effort. There is absolutely no looking one way and walking another. I use a cane often for this reason. I LOVE grocery carts!!! I can actually walk and look.
After all this, I have found nothing that helps with the spins. When I was in the hospital, the treated me with meclizine and valium injections. The room didn't spin quite so much but I was pretty much zonked out! I only treat my spins if I am nauseous. Otherwise I just pretty much ignore it. If I am nauseous, I start with a bit of crystallized ginger, then I move to the meclizine, if I am still bad then I add the valium but I know at that point I am going to bed.
Like Cat said, this is permanent for me. It has not gone away in two years, I don't expect it to go away ever. It is my new normal. I swear those door frames jump out just to get me!
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