Miscellaneous Rumbles

I Experienced Vertigo This Morning

1

I don’t mean a Hitchcock film or a U2 song but the condition Vertigo.

It was random because I never experienced this before ever. It’s the strangest sensation that I have ever experienced.

I’ve been dizzy before but not often and not in a long time but this vertigo is in a league of its own. It’s stranger than being dizzy.

Hasn’t come back since this morning.

Any of you ever experienced this?

2

My mother had what seems to have been a one-time attack of vertigo about four years back. She simply could not stand up and felt her world swimming even lying in bed.

It was scary, she wound up in the ER. Fortunately in her case, the docs figured it out and a couple of Gravol banished it. It hasn't returned.

Take care... hopefully, it was a one-time thing.

3

Get checked out for labrynthitis, an inner ear condition that can make you feel dizzy and sometimes a bit nauseous.

4

I've had one episode of vertigo in my 68 years. It was with me for 4 to 6 days, (varying degrees of intensity). My introduction to it was in sitting up in bed, upon waking up, and the world wouldn't hold still. Felt like the room, and maybe the whole world was spinning out of control.

I forced myself to go about daily routines but was mighty uncomfortable for several days. Fell off my bicycle riding to work, several times, had to be careful making big moves with my head, (especially looking up, skyward), experienced extreme discomfort climbing a ladder. All in all a very disruptive experience.

I did not seek specialist help and it ran it's coarse and left after 5 days or so.

I have heard that it can be caused by the tiny hairs in your inner ear becoming mis-aligned and that there are head rotation exercises that will re-align them. Didn't work for me.

It's been 7 or 8 years and I still have my fingers crossed. I don't care to go through it again.

5

Get checked out for labrynthitis, an inner ear condition that can make you feel dizzy and sometimes a bit nauseous.

– Dave_K

Plus 1. Something like this happened to a friend of mine. It was a tumor. She lost hearing in one ear. Could be any of a number of things. Best to get it checked out.

6

My mother had issues with vertigo for a while. She finally got help from a therapist. They lie you down on the floor on a pad and put you through certain exercises and it took a couple of weeks but it cured hers. The way she described it, it sounds pretty scary. I hope you get past yours soon.

7

I know of at least four people in the Boston area who have experienced vertigo this spring.

Weird. Maybe due to some kind of bug that causes an ear infection, resulting in vertigo symptoms?

The head-movement therapy seemed to work for my wife, when she had it.

I'll add another vote for getting checked out by a doc.

8

Thank you everyone for the input and suggestions.

I think I will pass on seeing a doctor because it seems to not happen again. If it does happen again then I’ll seek out my primary physician and go from there. I did move my Head around in different positions because I thought it would help. This is before I found out that there are crystals in your ear that could be misplaced and doing head move could place them back in the correct location. Maybe by moving my head possibly helped.

Once again thank you all for your experiences with this and for your suggestions.

9

Dave's right. I had that condition in London years ago. The doc asked what the effects were so I told him, "like having waaaay too much to drink." His response? "I'm a Muslim. I've never had that experience."

Duh.

10

I had a health incident about three years ago where I ended up falling and most likely hitting my head in the process. While hospitalized after that, I began to experience severe vertigo. It has returned on a couple of occasions and it has been so severe that it has made me nauseous.

You are correct that inner ear crystals become dislodged and cause you to experience vertigo. I would very, very strongly urge you to go to YouTube and check out any of the numerous videos there about a do-it-yourself procedure called the Epley Manuever. (I have embedded one of those videos, but I am not necessarily recommending this video over any of the others.) There are number of them there that instruct you on how to move your head in several steps that will (hopefully) cause the crystals to move back into their proper location. I used it once where I did not pay close enough attention to what I was doing to perform it precisely so I did not get the intended result, but it made me want to heave my guts out from having done all of the positioning movements.

So, check out the Epley Manuever and do it just like they say in the video and you will get good results. I have used it now every time since I started experiencing it and it has worked like a charm.

One last recommendation: After you do the Epley Manuever, try resting for a half hour afterwards. You will feel much better having done it and you will likely get a more permanent result.

11

I've had bouts of vertigo. I've found Bonine, an over the counter seasickness medication, can help.

I seem to be affected in my left ear. I've found that, for me, tugging downward on my left earlobe, sort of in a circular motion, until I hear a small "click" in that ear usually fixes it for me. I guess the "click" is whatever little offending crystal there is getting joggled out of the spot that was causing the problem.

Now if we could only come up with a fix for tinnitus...

12

I had a health incident about three years ago where I ended up falling and most likely hitting my head in the process. While hospitalized after that, I began to experience severe vertigo. It has returned on a couple of occasions and it has been so severe that it has made me nauseous.

You are correct that inner ear crystals become dislodged and cause you to experience vertigo. I would very, very strongly urge you to go to YouTube and check out any of the numerous videos there about a do-it-yourself procedure called the Epley Manuever. (I have embedded one of those videos, but I am not necessarily recommending this video over any of the others.) There are number of them there that instruct you on how to move your head in several steps that will (hopefully) cause the crystals to move back into their proper location. I used it once where I did not pay close enough attention to what I was doing to perform it precisely so I did not get the intended result, but it made me want to heave my guts out from having done all of the positioning movements.

So, check out the Epley Manuever and do it just like they say in the video and you will get good results. I have used it now every time since I started experiencing it and it has worked like a charm.

One last recommendation: After you do the Epley Manuever, try resting for a half hour afterwards. You will feel much better having done it and you will likely get a more permanent result.

– Ric12string

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common form of vertigo. People who have bppv feel their vertigo with changes in head movements, body position, or standing from a sitting position.

for me, physical therapy is not enough, and watching this video makes me nauseous because moving through this would wreck me for at least a day at a time, speaking from much experience. I started dealing with bouts of vertigo in my 40s and more recently intensified this last yr until I started seeing an upper cervical chiropractor using the blair method. Chiropractic medicine has allowed me quality of life where industrial medicine has failed over and over in regards to my physiologic health.

I think single episodes of vertigo can be brought on by inner ear infections, or even extreme dehydration (heavy coffee drinker turns heavy alcohol drinker while hydrating w sodas..no joke) but repeat episodes are the body telling you that you need to seek help for a condition that is not going to vanish without lifestyle health changes.

13

I had this issue with the crystals getting out of their right place a couple of years ago. Just happened one morning while I was on the road in a hotel room. Woke up and had trouble standing up. Went to the ENT, I did the movement exercises to get them back into their little pocket and it worked.... but took a little while, especially in one ear.

14

Crystals. Magic crystals. G'wan with y'uns!

15

The crystals are chunks of calcium carbonate. Usually stuck to an inner ear membrane, their position can be the cause of vertigo. They’re also responsible for the sensation of lateral acceleration as explained in this video.

Long live Slomo!

16

I'm with Slomo. I'm working toward being permanently regressed myself. Adulthood and responsibility are WAY overrated.

17

Once a man, twice a child.

18

Had it once situationally. Just a touch of vertigo ... passenger in a small plane which was vectored right into a thunderstorm. Down 500 feet, back up 800, really fast. I didn't throw up, but if affected me for a week. The other time was reaction to an antibiotic. That was bad. Everything spinning out of control. I finally realized it had to be the medication. Even a week later after stopping it, I leaned back in a chair at the haircutters to get shampooed, spun right out of the chair onto the floor. Not good stuff.

19

Thank you very much all that gave input into this and videos.

It pretty much was gone but occasionally when I am laying down and get up fairly fast I would feel a bit dizzy. When I had the episodes of vertigo the room was spinning of course but I consider that different than dizzy. But the dizzy spells were few and far between but now it seems completely gone.

I did try some of the suggestions and the exercises in the videos. Thank you all very much.


Register Sign in to join the conversation