Vertigo (to the MD's in the house)

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by XavierG, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. I've been suffering from these attacks for 3 days now. Spent the day at the emergency ward yesterday where they could find nothing wrong with me. I do have a cough and the doc thinks the vertigo may be related to that. Bonamine was prescribed and it seems to help, but I feel as if I am constantly on the verge of another full blown "attack". My wife tells me that there is some sort of "maneuver" involving the neck that docs sometimes perform which is supposed to "cure" the vertigo. Anyone knows anything about this?
  2. I had this just over a year ago...

    Mine was benign positional vertigo, possibly brought on by a viral infection...turned my equilibrium in one ear into syrup, which triggered the "attacks".

    I was told to take dramamine, and I went thru a couple equilibrium "resets" that helped greatly. I had to lie on a table and the doctor rotated my head in certain ways to try and settle my inner ear "stones".

    See, within your equilbrium fluid there are tiny "stones" that in some way help you feel "righted" . these settle in the bottom of your ear area in small passages. and in my case, frequent / sudden head movements upset thier position but they couldn't react fast enough to compensate, hence the dizziness and nausea.

    I went thru hell for about a week, and then I was ok. The dramamine helped, but put me in a daze.

    I hope this is all you have. I'd hate to live with it constantly.
  3. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    A coworker of mine had vertigo issues a couple months ago. Turned out to be something with the inner ear as well.
  4. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    My wife just had a bad scare with it. She woke up with it and we ended up in the emergency room. She is 7 months pregnant and we were freaked out. They found nothing wrong. Wierd condition. They gave her pills to stabilize things if it comes again.
  5. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    So that's probably what I had a couple of years ago!! I went through a period of 6-7 months dealing with that crap. Of course, it was way more intense the first 2-3 months and tapered off after that. I went to the doctor several times and they could not find anything wrong with me. :mad:
  6. Thanks for the input, guys. And a special thanks to Mon R. for the info and the link.
  7. Hey XavierG,

    Have you had any sudden changes in dietary habits (Strick low-cal, mucho exercise??) or have you started-stopped taking any prescription(or non prescription :D )drugs, alcohol???

    The reason I ask is that I have battled with vertigo in the past.....Dehydration has been a factor for me. also I,m very sensetive to some classes of antibiotics( the docs say its in my head) but I have found medical abstracts published documenting such intolerence to some drugs.

    My system is very sensitive to change and reacts...... Mabey you also???? Take alook at any changes you may have had. Its your body be persistant with your doctor and trust your guts.

    Anyway in most cases Vertigo is anoying but it does clear up.
  8. Ericman197


    Feb 23, 2004
    You should see a specialist for this if it doesn't get better soon. There are many different types of vertigo and each has its own treatment. What your wife mentioned is a labyrinth exercise. It helps speed up the recovery of vertigo caused by inner ear problems.
  9. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Holy hell and bumping old threads. I did a search - where else to seek medical advice?

    I had something today, which sounds like vertigo....but was very bad. I am not sure how intense "vertigo" is as I've -never- had any trouble with it before. Calling what I had "dizzy" is comparative to calling your arm on fire an itch.

    I was sitting in my computer chair about 3:30pm this afternoon. I leaned back, leaned my head back, and gave a big yawn and stretch. Instantly, things were spinning. We're not talking "I'm drunk and the room is spinning", the closest thing I can describe it to is flipping my balls off in my sprint car, minus the impacts. I sat up thinking it would go away, it didn't. So, I panicked and got up to head to the living room where the wife was. I made about one step before falling down crashing into the desk. I got up, made about 2 steps before falling into the closet. Both times I crashed to the right....coincidence? I was plenty conscious, just no ability to control myself.

    I made it to the couch and chilled out, and felt slightly better. I was up for a while, and laid down and got some sleep. I felt better after about 3 hours sleep, until I got up. I feel better, but just not "right". Dizzy, kind of drunkish feeling.

    So yeah...does this sound like vertigo, or something more extreme? It's been several hours, and I still feel dazed and stupid. I am planning on going to the doc tomorrow.
  10. johndough247

    johndough247 Supporting Member

    This has been bugging me for awhile too...I got it last July, woke up with the room spinning like crazy...other than lying in bed slightly elevated or sitting/standing up straight, everything else brought on a full blown attack...that lasted at full intensity for about a week or so (i feel nervous now just thinking about it)...I was about to go on a well needed vacation the next day so that ruined my entire summer basically.

    Doc said it was benign positional vertigo, and would slowly go away...It's February now and although tilting doesn't bring on the full attack, my head hasn't felt quite the same since, like i'm slightly off...sometimes i'd see a slow moving fan (or its shadow!) and it throws me off a bit. Did a gig a few weeks ago with patterns swirling off a disco ball onto the stage, made me slightly nauseous. how long does this take to go away (if ever :()?
  11. Since this original post I have had one extremely bad bout of "dizzyness".... my doc couldn't figure it it out, sent me to a neurologist ( I have good insurance ) who ruled out everything....

    Then I went to an ENT, who simply said that I have a very sensitive inner ear and it was probably triggered by allergies/ head cold..... It was bothersome but slowly went away as I stopped obsessing about it...

    Hope you get it cleared up
  12. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Guys, what kind of specialist do you see for this who will know the proper way to correct it? I'm not interested in bouncing doctor to doctor getting "I don't know", "it will go away eventually", and punt to someone else.
  13. Skitch it!

    Skitch it!

    Sep 6, 2010
    The only time I've experienced this was with an inner/viral ear infection, it actually knocked my whole balance function out, I found it difficult to have sense of balance at all, I didn't see a doctor at the time, but I definitely should have, strange old cup of tea that one was.
  14. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Tim Cole, get an ENT referral, ask them to do an "epley maneuver" to try and reset your equilibrium.

    That said, you can also watch one of many online videos demonstrating the technique and have a loved one assist you in trying yourself.
  15. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    I thought yesterday I was pretty much over it, woke up today feeling quite otherwise. I called my doc...out till monday. Tired of him anyway, I called to get a new doc...can get me in march 15th :/

    So I ended up going to the emergency room. They thought I may have blown an ear drum. They gave me a IV with drugs, did bloodwork, and gave me a catscan....found nothing abnormal.

    Sent me home with some kind of prescription, and more or less told me to get over it....awesome.
  16. FooHead


    Jan 27, 2005
    Western Canada
    I just recently recovered from a 6 month bout with BPPV. I did the same thing, emergency room, doctors and some kind of med that did nothing and got the "get over it" treatment as they pushed me out in a wheel chair cuz I couldn't walk. Nice.

    Singer of our band was a physio therapist and he hooked me up with a college that specialized in helping people with balance and dizziness issues. She gave me a buncha really basic exercises to do but I feel they really helped speed my recovery. Maybe try someone like that in your area.

    I got turfed out of the band, but heck can't blame em...who needs a bass player that can't play for 6 months. Hope you feel better soon
  17. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    They probably co-payed you to death as well.
  18. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    I had it twice, it was brought on by a plane flight the first time.
    Lower elevation, cabin not fully pressurized was the specialist's conclusion.
    It has to run it's course. I was given valium, told to stay off ladders and that was it.
    Don't take the valium, worse thing I've ever been on.
  19. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Alright, my turn to deal with vertigo. I've had it since Sunday afternoon. Probably one of the most terrible experiences of my life so far. I got a couple meds from my doctor, valium and meclizine, then sent home to rest.

    I'm tempted to try some of the remedies talked about here. It really sucks having to lie flat on my back and only able to open my eyes for short periods at a time.