Participant Page: Mrs. Jennifer Husak
Welcome to Mrs. Jennifer Husak's Personal Campaign Page - Flamingos Do It IN BALANCE
By participating in Balance Awareness Week, we can increase awareness about vestibular disorders and funds to support patients in their journey back to balance.
What is a Vestibular Disorder?
"The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. If disease or injury damages these processing areas, vestibular disorders can result.
I have been dealing with vestibular imbalances for 3 years now and was recently diagnosed with Vestibular Migraines. In addition, my right vestibular nerve is barely functioning causing my left nerve to compensate for the right. The injury is most likely due to the multitude of migraines.
Vestibular Migraines is one of the most debilitating chronic disorders in the U.S. They can occur with or without headache pain (occular migraine). Some more severe episodes turn into a full blown painful migraine accompanied with full dizzy spin vertigo attacks. In most cases, though my episodes are moderate where the feeling keeps me from being able to drive, walk straight, I feel uneasy, anxious, and once the spell is over I'm exhausted.
"It is almost as prevalent as hypertension (high blood pressure) and is more common than asthma and diabetes mellitus. More importantly, migraine strikes people during what are expected to be their most productive years: between ages 20 and 40 for most women, with a slightly higher age range for men.
Approximately 40% of migraine patients have some accompanying vestibular syndrome involving disruption in their balance and/or dizziness at one time or another. This may be prior to, during, after, or totally independent of their migraine event. The clinical presentation of vestibular symptoms that often correlate with migraine includes—but is not limited to—dizziness; motion intolerance with respect to head, eyes, and/or body; spontaneous vertigo attacks (often accompanied by nausea and vomiting); diminished eye focus with photosensitivity; sound sensitivity and tinnitus; balance loss and ataxia; cervicalgia (neck pain) with associated muscle spasms in the upper cervical spine musculature; confusion with altered cognition; spatial disorientation; and anxiety/panic."
Please join me in supporting all those affected by Vestibular Disorders and Disesases. One person can make a small difference, many people can make a HUGE difference.
Thank you for your support!