After Samantha Prabhu shares her health issues, Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan opened up about his health condition, vestibular hypofunction. Varun Dhawan’s first tweet read, “Hey guys I know I had recently given an interview where I spoke about my health not being 100 percent. The amount of concern and love that has followed has left me humbled and actually very energized to get back to 100 percent." While talking about his health updates, he tweeted "To everyone who has been concerned I would like to share that I am doing much better with the help of yoga, swimming, physio, and a change in lifestyle. Getting sun is the most important. Above all the blessings of Bhagwan." Let’s know more about the health condition.
This condition causes balance issues in people. It occurs when the balance in your inner ear goes for a toss. The ear consists of bones and cartilage. It has semicircular canals that are filled with fluid. The position of the fluid changes with movement. A sensor in the ear then sends the information to your brain to contribute to your sense of balance. These and other delicate pieces make up the vestibular system.
Causes of vestibular hypofunction
- Inner ear problems, such as poor circulation in the ear
- Calcium debris in your semicircular canals
- Problems rooted in your brain, such as traumatic brain injury
Symptoms of vestibular hypofunction
- Feeling off-balance
- Feeling as if you are floating or as if the world is spinning
- Blurred vision
- Falling or stumbling
Less common symptoms include:
- Changes in your heart's rhythm
Treatment of vestibular hypofunction
Treatment of the condition depends upon the diagnosis which can be done through vestibular testing. Vestibular functions are being tested through Vestibular Nystagmography (VNG). Some lifestyle changes like doing regular exercises (swimming, practicing yoga), eating a healthy and well-balanced diet, and refraining from alcohol and smoking can help reduce the severity of symptoms.
Epley maneuver - These are a specialized series of movements of your head and chest. The goal is to reposition particles in your semicircular canals into a position where they don’t trigger symptoms.