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The I'm 'Just' Dizzy Podcast
The I'm 'Just' Dizzy Podcast
Bridgett Wallace, PT, DPT

How can we feel balanced in a world that never stands still? The I’m 'Just' Dizzy Podcast is your ultimate resource for conquering dizziness and living a balanced life – physically, spiritually, and emotionally. The title is a reminder that no one is “just dizzy.” You, your loved ones, a co-worker, a neighbor – someone in your life has most likely experienced disabling dizziness or who limits their daily activities due to fear of falling. This podcast gives you access to experts in the field and real-life tools to bring tangible changes in a safe community. Let’s work together to raise awareness and understanding for overcoming and conquering the challenges while living with dizziness and balance problems.

In this enlightening episode, we explore the pivotal role of communication between healthcare providers and patients experiencing dizziness. We unravel the complexities of articulating symptoms and preparing for discussions with medical professionals. Our focus is on enhancing understanding and ensuring clarity in these essential conversations.

To facilitate a deeper comprehension, we’ve created a downloadable handout—a valuable tool designed to guide you through the intricacies of describing your experiences of dizziness. This resource serves as a roadmap, assisting both you and your healthcare provider in navigating through the diagnostic process with greater precision.

We’ll dissect a widely accepted methodology, fine-tuning it specifically for those dealing with either episodic or persistent dizziness. The handout meticulously details various potential causes and distinct characteristics of acute vestibular symptoms (AVS), such as prolonged dizziness, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, unsteadiness, nystagmus, and a heightened sensitivity to head movements. Symptoms range in duration—from several hours to days—with the most severe phase typically manifesting within the initial week. However, it’s not uncommon for some individuals to experience residual effects lasting weeks or even months.

Our discussion categorizes the origins of AVS into two main groups: post-exposure (attributable to incidents like head trauma, drug intoxication, or barotrauma) and spontaneous (often linked to inner ear infections such as vestibular neuritis, labyrinthitis, or Ramsay Hunt syndrome, frequently triggered by the varicella-zoster virus). We also address the critical issue of misdiagnosis, highlighting conditions that are commonly confused with AVS, including ischemic strokes and other serious ailments like thiamine deficiency encephalitis or neoplastic syndromes.

A particular focus is given to the HINTS test—a reliable, yet underused, bedside examination aimed at distinguishing between central causes, such as stroke, and peripheral vestibular issues. Additionally, we emphasize the significance of lifestyle choices (e.g., smoking cessation, moderating alcohol consumption, engaging in regular physical activity) and effective stress management strategies in alleviating vestibular symptoms.

Join us as we offer insights and practical advice to empower you on your health journey, providing the tools to communicate effectively with your healthcare provider about dizziness. This episode promises to be an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to understand more about their vestibular health and how best to manage their symptoms.

Don’t forget to download the additional handout included in this podcast!

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