Participant Page: Defeat Dizziness

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Defeat Dizziness
My Story
Welcome to the personal Balance Awareness Week campaign page of Kristie Lance, a VEDA volunteer ambassador and sufferer of vestibular dysfunction brought on by vestibular neuronitis in November 2013.

In November 2013, I began having severe vertigo, balance issues, 2-3 panic attacks per day, and my life fell apart. I was essentially bedridden for 11 weeks. I needed help just walking to the bathroom some days. In those 11 weeks, I visited three doctors, had lots of blood drawn, and spent a heavily medicated week in a hospital for observation of my panic attacks and depression. I virtually stopped eating, and did nothing but watch TV and sleep. I was told it was all in my head, that I was a hypochondriac, that 'if I was not in pain, and I was just dizzy, then I was being absolutely ridiculous.' I was told to 'just get over it.' Clearly, those people have never been dizzy, because it is not possible to 'just get over it.' I could not function. No one could tell me what was wrong with me, and I was terrified. I was miserable.

Finally, after I posted about my symptoms on Facebook, a friend suggested that I go see a vestibular specialist in my area and see if they could give me any answers. In one visit to my VEDA-certified physical therapist, and at 1/5 of the price of one of the other doctor's visits, I had my diagnosis of vestibular neuronitis and a resulting permanently damaged vestibular nerve on the right side, and we began vestibular rehabilitation therapy immediately.

It has been a long road to get my life back, and I am still not really "myself" anymore. I have no hope that I ever will be. However, I support VEDA and its efforts because I know how horrible vestibular dysfunction is, and I hope that one day, there will be help for people like me, and those who are in much worse situations than I am.

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