I haven't been online for quite some time.
Back in January, I started having trouble with dizziness. I started falling and being lightheaded. In February, I fainted while getting up and woke up laying on the floor. I went to the ER and spend some time in the hospital and was diagnosed with diabetic autonomic neuropathy. Apparently, middle ear, which is a nerve has been damaged by diabetes and my ears can no longer communicate with each other and with my brain. My brain does not know if I am in balance or not, and that is why I am dizzy and lightheaded. I have trouble even watching tv or reading because most of the time, it looks like the room is spinning around me.
I am not suppose to drive, or be left alone, but neither are options for me.
I applied for social security disability in early March and was told it would be 5 months before I hear anything and that is usually a denial. Getting final approval generally takes about 18 months. I got my approval letter last week, in only 4 months.
This is something I had never heard of or imagined that diabetes would affect my balance. I am now learning to get along with my new normal. Keep your numbers in check people. It's not fun!
Has anyone else experienced this or know someone that has had it?
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