I have been off work for 2+ weeks and I am going insane. About 2 weeks ago, I started having periods of severe dizziness, and felt like I was going to pass out (I never actually did). I went to my family Dr., who diagnosed me with labyrinthitis. He gave me Antivert and sent me on my way. Well, the Antivert didn't seem to do anything for me, and my dizziness got worse. It was so bad that I was having trouble focusing on my husband's face when he was talking to me, couldn't read, watch tv, anything...so I went back to my family Dr., who still said I have labyrinthitis and gave me valium. The valium did seem to help some, but I'm not sure if it was with the dizziness itself or just calming my nerves, which were getting pretty frayed at that time. I also had a CBC w/ diff and BMP drawn, which were normal. My family Dr. also had me go for a MRI of the brain, which came back normal. I have definitly improved since this all began, I can now focus well, read, watch tv (although it does bother me after awhile), walk for about a minute before I have to grab onto the wall/furniture/my husband for support, but I have stayed dizzy. So...last week my family Dr. finally referred me to a neurologist, and I saw him. After about an hour of different positional changes in his office (and me almost falling twice because I was so dizzy), he said I have positional vertigo. I am having an ENG with video 5/1, and my follow-up with the neurologist 5/7. While in the neurologists' office, I made a comment about being hopeful that the appointment 5/7 would just be a follow-up, and I would be better by then. He said, "I doubt it" but didn't elaborate. He just told me that hopefully the dizziness would go away with time.
So...here I am, at home. I am taking valium round-the-clock (per the neurologist) and I'm supposed to be on bedrest, which I would say I am doing about 80% of the time. I have to get up sometimes, I just feel like I am going crazy.
My co-workers/friends have been calling me daily to see how I'm doing, offering to do anything they can for me, etc. which is very sweet. But I am suprised that here I have been out of work for over 2 weeks, and have not heard a word from my bosses. I mean, no one has bothered to call. I have been calling them frequently with updates, and last week was told by HR that I would need to have my Dr. fill out FMLA paperwork, which I've done. I guess I am just surprised that my boss has not contacted me, it seems weird to me. BTW, I'm an RN on a med/surg unit of a large hospital.
Well, not sure what my point of my post is...it just feels really good to vent. For anyone else that has had to be off of work for health related reasons, please let me know about your experience and how you kept yourself from going crazy. I am really starting to get down and depressed about not being able to do anything.
Also...if anyone has had labyrinthitis/positional vertigo, please give me some idea how long it will be until the dizziness goes away. Even the neurologist has been very vague about when I can expect to recover. VERY frustrating! Any advice/experiences/knowledge would be appreciated.
Thanks for allowing me to vent everyone,