Off-kilter in the Vestibular

A friend of mine recently blogged about sensory incompatibility and one section really hit home with me:

Inner ear section responsible for balance (Vestibular Sense).
Inner ear section responsible for balance (Vestibular Sense).

“Though some don’t need.  They don’t need movement, they rather avoid movement, their sensory incompatibility is movement.  Their brain is processing vestibular information too much, giving it too high a priority.  They avoid running and spinning and sliding and hate riding in the car.  They will not be standing in line for the rollercoaster or be excited about climbing a tower.  These children like to stay on solid ground, even a small amount of height might be unsettling.  Their visual perception and vestibular information is too much, their proprioception is unstable and leads to fear of falling.

This is very real to them, they have an unrealistic perception of where they are, but it is real to them.  A simple walk on a low beam might be too much, even following a line on the ground is nearly an impossible task because all the necessary information from the sensory teams are being processed incorrectly, incompatibility.  They can be easily frustrated to try these types of activities, even anxious for physical education or extra circular activities.  They are just getting the wrong information and a heightened sense of movement is uncomfortable to function with.”

I read that and was like *wow*. That’s ME! Now I don’t know if my issue is an SPD (sensory perception disorder) that I was born with, or was caused by head trauma I suffered as a child (I had some pretty nasty bangs to my head when I was 3-4 years old). However, for as long as I can remember I’ve always preferred to be sedentary. I was not a child who liked to run or jump a lot (much less spin). I hated cars because I always got car sick (although over the years I learned how to control that). Heights do make me anxious and I’ve never been able to walk a straight line (I’d fail a standard sobriety test stone cold sober).

I’ve always thought I probably had Meniere’s disease like my grandmother – which basically is an imbalance to the fluid in your inner-ear which could be caused by head trauma (she also had some nasty bangs to her head as a child). However what if it’s hereditary instead? Either way this just explains *so much* about why I am the way I am.

Thank you Cat so much for posting that article!!!

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