posted on Sep, 14 2007 @ 09:36 AM
I suffered quite badly with the symptoms the OP outlined, last year.
I went to the doctors and they were a bit baffled, as I was otherwise in very good health, and symptoms were transient. So I put it to the back of my
mind and carried on with things.
A week later I suffered a terrible episode of symptoms which I learned later was extreme vertigo. I completely lost all balance, my heart rate went
through the roof - and it was absolutely pounding, and I generally felt awful and scared. I was at work at the time and my colleauges said "Mate
you're having a heart attack or something" so they phoned my girlfriend who took me to hospital immediately.
At the hospital they did tests and stuff, and diagnosed me with Viral Labyrinthistis, gave me some anti-nausea tablets, "You'll need these, and a
couple of days bed rest" they said, and sent me home to recover.
Labyrinthistis, or Neurolabyrinthitis is an infection of the inner ear, or vestibule, and occurs in Viral or Bacterial form.
Viral is untreatable, but will clear after 6-8 weeks with little or no permanent damage. In its bacterial form, it is treatable with antibiotics, but
if left untreated, can cause permanent damage to your vestibule, which in turn means permanent dizziness and related symptoms.
I wouldn't offer this as any kind of diagnosis, but would strongly advise you see a good doctor, becasue if you do have Labyrinthitis, you really do
need to get it seen to right away.