Doctors were puzzled by her dizziness and amplified body sounds
Rachel Miller vividly remembers the unusually hot spring day in 2007 when her problems began. While working in the garden, she bent over and a sudden wave of nauseating vertigo knocked her to her knees. Too dizzy to walk, she crawled into the house and spent the rest of the day in the air conditioning lying still. By 2009 just getting through a workday had become a major effort. Miller had trouble concentrating, and she worried that she was so wobbly her co-workers might think she was drinking on the job. She was terrified to walk in the dark and had fallen several times because she didn’t know where her feet were. Her eyes felt “weird,” although her vision was 20/20. Normal sounds seemed hugely amplified: at night when she lay in bed, her breathing and heartbeats were deafening. Water pounding on her back in the shower sounded like a roar. She was plagued by dizziness. Her vision was especially bothersome.As she lay in bed, her heartbeat and breathing sounded overly loud but oddly muffled, as though she was listening to both underwater. At the same time, her ability to hear out of her right ear had diminished. In 2010, Miller felt her symptoms were getting worse. What was causing the condition?
Option 1: paranoid schizophrenia
Option 2: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Option 3: A brain tumour
Option 4: Superior canal dehiscence syndrome