The balance exercises provided as part of the treatment I required have proved very helpful, especially reinforcing these exercises at the weekly gymnasium class where the one hour of additional exercises to increase one's balance, core strengths and general flexibility has been invaluable. ( We need all the help we can get at our age! )
I was referred to the balance clinic by my GP, after suffering debilitating attacks of vertigo. The attacks came on suddenly and caused severe vomiting. I needed to go to bed but keep eyes open for several hours. Since attending the balance class, the attacks have dwindled to very rarely and then only mild and transient. I enjoy the classes very much and Simon, who takes the classes is brilliant at getting everyone motivated and doing their very best. It is also very reassuring to know that Dr Vanniasegaram is always available for help and advice.
When I first started Dr.V's exercise/rehab programme I was slightly sceptical but as they say" the proof of the pudding is in the eating" it works. I suffer from positional vertigo which is distinctly wearing but now the symptoms occur so very infrequently and with reduced severity that it is almost forgotten. There was a period when another injury prevented me from attending, and during that time my symptoms reemerged but on restarting the programme, they subsided once more. The programme is well organised and flows around a series of exercises that are well balanced and complimentary to each other. My overall assessment very beneficial and an asset that should be nurtured
I suddenly starting having bouts of giddiness and sickness in January 2014 and for the next5/6 months was back and forth to hospital for MRI scan and consultations. The scan was fine and Vertigo was diagnosed and tablets prescribed which I was taking three times a day, even when I wasn't feeling giddy just in case! I was afraid to go out on my own in case the giddiness came on and certainly wasn't driving. The hospital had discharged me and more or less said I would have to live with the condition. They gave me a sheet with a couple of exercises to try that might help, but nobody showed me how to do the exercises or explained any further. I felt very dispondent and went back to my G.P. Thank goodness I did, because he then referred me to Dr. Vanniasegaram and his Clinic. Practically the first thing Dr. V. said was that he treated this condition with exercise rather than medication. I saw him on Thursday 12th June 2014 and started the exercise class the following Monday and haven't needed the tablets since. Dr. V gave me his mobile no. and e-mail to contact him if I had any problems and that was very comforting to know I could contact him if needed. I'll be honest, I was a little sceptical before starting the class - I'd been feeling so bad and I couldn't see an end to it and the thought of exercise as a cure I couldn't believe it, but now a year on it's all so much better and Monday evenings was something to look forward to - not only was it doing me good but it was fun as well and that was due to Simon who runs the class and made it so enjoyable. If that class does not continue there will be a lot of people (of all ages) very disappointed apart from those poor people who are suffering from Vertigo now and who will not have the opportunity to ttry this pioneering technique for such a debilitating condition. If it's working why change it! It works!!
Doctor Iyngaran Vanniasegram is an absolute god send! I have been suffering with vertigo and dizziness for 2 years and have recently been referred to Iyngaran. He has been so helpful andhe is the first doctor I have met that I feel like he actually cares. I have been referred to consultant after consultant, having tests after tests with no results. I have had MRI scans, hearing tests, balance tests, blood tests, eye tests, physio; I even tried alternative therapies due to desperation. I have been attending his balance exercise class for the past few weeks and these have helped me hugely - I have been feeling much better these exercises have improved my balance considerably after just a few weeks. It seems a shame that I have only just been referred to Iyngaran and taking part in his classes, and he has had to stop them and his clinic because of regsitration. As a patient that suffers with vertigo constantly, it really upsets me that these are not continuing - it seems to be the only class and clinic like it anywhere. It's so difficult for people without balance disorders to understand how we feel as sufferers - it is the most awful feeling and actually very depressing and frustrating, along with making you feel very ill. Iyngaran also understands the psycological side too - offering his assistance outside of his working hours; he has passed on his phone number to myself and said to call him anytime I need to chat, whether it be for advice if I want to take more tablets or if I just need to talk to someone who understands how I'm feeling on a 'bad' day. Again, it is such a shame that his clinic and classes are having to stop just as I have found him but I really do hope that these continue in the near future - they are a life line for people like me - I am a healthy, 26 year old female who used to love life and socialisin; now I spend most of my days indoors with a bucket and feeling depressed - Iyngaran has bought back the hope that I may feel normal again and live life to the full again.
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