Saturday, February 21, 2009

Our life in February

So, a couple of months ago Brian had a few days where he was dizzy and a little uncoordinated with a plugged ear. The episode passed and things went back to normal. The ear stayed plugged so we rinsed it out with warm water and peroxide and that seemed to help. At the end of January beginning of February Brian got a cold followed by what we were told was an ear infection, with the symptoms of dizziness/ nausea, ear blockage and the ringing. Brian went on an antibiotic and ear drops hoping they would help the symptoms. After a week they hadn't helped and his dizzy episodes were getting worse so we took him back into the Doctor and were told there were a few explanations for his symptoms. The first and least invasive is positional vertigo, the next is meniere's disease, and after seeing an ENT (ear, nose & throat) specialist were told it could also be a tumor. So after several visits and an MRI, balance and hearing test...the doctor will tell us on Monday. But until then if you could keep Brian in your prayers and ask that he might be able to return to work soon we would appreciate it very much.

5 comments:

Becky said...

Positional vertigo can be diagnosed and treated by a physical therapist in usually one visit if that is what he has. I've had that before and it's very scary.

Sariah said...

My positional vertigo was quickly diagnosed by the ENT. I'm hoping that is what it turns out that Brian has, because it is easily treatable. Keep us informed when you find out what it is.

David Stillwagon said...

I have had Meniere's disease for about 4 years and it's no picnic. Unlike vertigo therapy doesn't work because movement isn't always the thing that triggers an attack. I hope that's not the case with Brian. If it is make sure to get a doctor who specializes in inner ear problems
good luck
David Stillwagon

AZ Allreds said...

did you see that story about the lady in the Phoenix area...she was having majot problems and they kept getting worse...symptoms likes a tumor or stroke at times...turned out that she had a worm in her brain...pretty freaky. Have you eaten any undercooked pork lately Brian? You probably touch a lot of dirty people in your line of work...hope it's something simple.

AZ Allreds said...

(BTW -- hey Mary, my mom's last name is Harper -- Mom Allred would be Josh's mama)