It's Sunday morning, almost noon now. I am moving slowly. I've had to learn a little lately about vestibular disorders. If you ever need proof that we are, as Psalm 139 proclaims, fearfully and wonderfully made, make a cursory study of the inner ear and the astounding mechanisms of balance. To have a disruption of one's orientation on this spinning planet is demanding.
As with many troubles, the cause is often hard to pin down with any certainty. One of the disturbing things I have learned this week, when I mentioned in as unwhiny a manner as possible to several folks that I was experiencing and being treated for Benign Positional Vertigo, is that many people experience BPV and are not offered the brief and non- intrusive treatment that is available for this merry-go-round.
LINKS FOR YOUSo, in case you ever are in need...here is a website that has tremendous information: Vestibular Disorders Association and in addition to learning about the trouble and the treatment, there are links, pick your country, pick your state, to trained practitioners in a variety of medical services. There is also information for practitioners of healing who want to become competent in more modalities as well as some self- help guidance for patients. The other helpful site I found is Dizziness and Balance written by Timothy C. Hain, M.D. of Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of many of the circulars used by the VDA and is clearly a leader in this field.
In my geographical area both the local hospital and a physical therapy office have people trained in the various movement vertigo treatments such as the Epley and Semont that have roughly an 80% cure rate. Both maneuvers are named after their inventors and are intended to move "ear rocks" out of the sensitive part of the ear to a less sensitive location. Both maneuvers take about 15 minutes to accomplish.
Yesterday I was talking to one of my relatives who is in her eighties who says she has suffered light headedness and vertigo for years and while her doctors have ruled out serious causes she has never heard of or been offered the simple maneuver treatments. I jumped onto the Vestibular Disorders website in her behalf and found out that in her California town there is a practitioner who is associated with a geriatric health service that does home visits to help people with vertigo and dizziness. If you need and do not find someone near you through this network, you could still learn enough of the terms to better quiz your local health services about possibly unadvertised treatment options in your area.
I feel as if I have turned my blog for today into a public service announcement, but that is sometimes the purpose of writing; nothing fancy, just a sharing of information that might be the word in need for another person. I hope my readers never need any of these specifics... but if any of you do, now you've got them.
And about being fearfully and wonderfully made, it's one of the reasons that I am trusting I will get better, healing is one of the wonders of inherent possibilities.