Post-viral labyrinthitis or Vestibular neuronitis
is a transient disorder occurring spontaneously and will resolve with supportive care.
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is caused by a sudden unilateral loss of vestibular function.
There were 35 cases of Meniere's disease, 26 cases of heart diseases, 26 cases caused by abnormal blood pressure, 25 cases of psychological disorders, 21 cases of infectious diseases, 20 cases of syncope, 17 cases of sudden deafness, 11 cases of vestibular neuronitis
, 7 cases of other ear diseases, 6 cases of migrainous vertigo and 5 cases of vertebrobasilar infarction.
(2) Symptoms may last for seconds (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo [BPPV]), hours (Meniere's disease), minutes to days (vestibular migraine), or weeks (vestibular neuronitis
An infection of the inner ear (labyrinthitis) or an inflammation of the balance nerve (vestibular neuronitis
) can give rise to severe rotatory dizziness for up to two to three weeks, with a slow return to normal balance which can take a further few weeks.
What I have is Acute Neuronitis
, which is related to vertigo.
In vestibular neuronitis
(involving the vestibular system only) or labyrinthitis (involving the entire labyrinth: vestibular system and cochlea with associated hearing loss) one inner ear does not function and the relative 'overstimulation' of stimuli from the normal ear to the brain produces excessive vertigo.
The Australian has every cause for perspective, given that this was her first match for two months after being sidelined with vestibular neuronitis
, a viral infection of the ear, which affects balance and vision.