Can overwork and stress cause you to feel giddy, disoriented, and out of control of your mobility? This is precisely what happened to noted Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan when he revealed at an event that he suffers from vestibular hypofunction. He also mentioned how the stress of returning to the big screen after the Covid-19 pandemic took its toll on him and could have been the catalyst. It turns out that this is a fairly common issue among Indians.
The actor assured his fans that he is on the way to recovery, and he added in another tweet: "To everyone who has been concerned, I'd like to let you know that I'm doing much better thanks to yoga, swimming, physio, and a lifestyle change. The most important thing is to get some sun. Above all, Bhagwan's blessings."
The inner ear, a complex system of bone, cartilage and a network of semicircular canals filled with liquid, is to blame for this imbalance. With movement, the fluid flow pattern changes. A sensor in the ear alerts the brain to these changes, which causes it to react and provide you with a sense of balance. However, when this sensor fails to function correctly due to infection, clots, plaques, or traumatic injury, it sends error messages to the brain. As a result, you'll feel dizzy, off-balance, and like you're going to fall.
Any underlying or previous ear condition can cause vestibular hypofunction. This disease can also be caused by ageing, blood clots in the brain, and head injury. It is most commonly seen in people between 30 and 50 age.
The precise cause is not always known, but stress, trauma, and salt disturbances are 'possibly' to blame. Although not a dangerous disorder, it is very incapacitating and affects your daily activities.
Initial symptoms may include giddiness, blurred vision, and an inability to maintain body balance.
Furthermore, you can feel as if you are floating, falling, the world is spinning around you, and disorientation. These symptoms may also vary according to the condition and severity of the disease.
You should consult with an ENT specialist. A variety of conditions can cause lightheadedness and Dizziness. Other causes may be ruled out as part of the diagnosis. Your healthcare provider may do the following examination after reviewing your medical history:
Imaging tests of the head and brain
Clinical tests of balance
Examination of posture and movement with a structured exam known as posturography.
Regarding treatment, patients can manage the condition with prescribed medications and a particular set of suggested exercises. Also, mental health counselling is indicated as part of the treatment plan. Timely treatment ensures a better outcome
Changes in diet and activity may help alleviate some symptoms. This includes quitting smoking or staying away from nicotine.
(Canalith repositioning manoeuvres): This is a specialized series of head and chest movements. The goal is to reposition particles in your semicircular canals, so they do not cause symptoms.
If you suffer from vestibular balance disorders, you may require vestibular rehabilitation or balance retraining therapy. This allows you to go about your day safely. Furthermore, a rehabilitation specialist will assist you in learning how to deal with dizziness in your daily life.
Surgery may be required when medication and other treatments fail to control your symptoms. The underlying cause of the disorder determines the treatment method. The goal is to restore and stabilize inner ear function.