Living with a vestibular disorder can sometimes make you feel like your life is upside-down, literally and figuratively. It can be overwhelming to know where to start on the road to recovery. VeDA makes it easy for you.
Vestibular disorders come with a host of concurrent symptoms, including physical and emotional fatigue, brain fog, and nausea. A holistic healthcare plan addresses these issues to support your wellness.
VeDA can help you develop coping strategies to adapt to every day activities, such as:
A few simple changes to your diet can help some vestibular patient manage their symptoms.
Many vestibular patients struggle with disorientation, confusion and memory loss, as well as anxiety, depression, and social isolation on a daily basis. This can increase your sense of vulnerability, which affects your identity and self-worth. Talk therapy is a valuable resource when you are struggling with the challenges of coping with a vestibular disorder so you can develop self-compassion and acceptance.
Many people with chronic vestibular dysfunction have found that by making changes to their lifestyle and managing their overall wellness they are less likely to experience symptoms and are better able to cope when symptoms do arise. Some examples of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatment approaches include:
Have you ever felt like people doubted your vestibular symptoms? Support groups provide space for you to ask questions and learn in a non-judgmental and safe environment. Participants know that everyone attending the meeting understands and has compassion for the functional difficulties of getting through each day. As a result, less frustration and energy are spent on proving or defining limitations. More energy is available for appreciating the character and companionship offered by others, and recognizing personal self-worth.
Many people who suffer from chronic vestibular disorders find it difficult to continue working due to the physical and cognitive impacts of their illness. If you are experiencing problems functioning in your job at your former level, you may want to research disability options that could be available to you.
The friends and family members who care for vestibular patients provide essential support. Without firsthand experience, these individuals are challenged to learn about vestibular disorders in order to lessen the impacts of their loved one's illness. VeDA seeks to focus attention on the friends and family members of our vestibular community and to support their efforts.
While vestibular disorders can affect individuals of any age, background, or profession, military personnel are exposed to unique circumstances that can put them at risk for certain types of inner ear damage. Did you know that a traumatic brain injury can cause vestibular impairment? Soldiers diagnosed with PTSD may also have an underlying vestibular disorder. VeDA can help you find a military healthcare provider who specializes in vestibular disorders.
By sharing our stories, we validate the vestibular patient experience and raise awareness about the challenges people with chronic dizziness and imbalance face every day.
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