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Dizziness when playing the piano


KathleenMarin
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I’ve noticed that I get dizzy and even have some mild vertigo when I play the piano.  This happens during my practice and continues for a few hours afterward, plus causes an increase in balance problems.  I already have piano glasses so I don’t have to move my head to search for the right lens, stay fairly still when playing, and try to keep my eyes on my music as much as possible.  I have to move my head to see the keys when I’m making big jumps or playing challenging sections of the music.  Any ideas on how to minimize the dizziness?  Thanks 


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Karen R. Mizrach
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Hi Kathleen

I don't have any great suggestions, but I'm betting just the combination of moving your head, using your eyes, listening to music, reading the music is overloading your system. Probably if you keep at it the symptoms will lessen, as your brain adjusts. I wonder also if your neck is getting tense and causing problems. What is your diagnosis? 

 


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KathleenMarin
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@krmizrachgmail-com Thanks for responding.  My diagnosis is BVH due to labyrinthitis in response to my cochlear implant on one side and radiation of an acoustic neuroma on the other.  There’s probably some endolymphatic hydrops thrown into the mix.  I’m currently in a relapse and period of instability with noticeable increases of dizziness and imbalance plus some brief episodes of vertigo since March 30. I also had another sudden loss of hearing on the AN side that was addressed with steroids.  I’m back in VRT, so a lot going on.  I’ll be addressing the piano issues with my therapist, but I also wanted to get the input of people who live with vestibular issues every day.  Like you, I think the dizziness will diminish with time and practice (no pun intended), but I was hoping for a faster solution that wouldn’t let this affect me for so many hours after playing the piano.


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Karen R. Mizrach
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@kathleenmarin 

How is the VRT going? Any signs of improvement? I know it's a frustrating process. I sure hope you can find success with the piano. Music can be so therapeutic, usually! 


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