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Old 01-13-2017, 07:53 AM
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Anybody ever had vertigo? Apparently it's pretty common. I got hit on Thanksgiving morning, never thought it was possible to be so sick. I literally crawled in the house and that was it for 14 days, didn't get out of bed for the first three (my wife had to watch me piss in a bottle), couldn't open my eyes or eat.

Luckily, my mom who is a doctor was in town and told me what it was or I don't know what would have happened, I thought I was dying. Had to get an enema of phenergan to stop the yacking.

Lucky me, I have the viral form (Viral labyrinthitis) which takes months to overcome. Had some pretty bad hearing loss and tinnitus but I have regained most of my hearing after the steroid treatment. I haven't thrown up in a month but I can't drive far, get dizzy when I turn my head, and can't even walk for long distances or focus afar very well. Nervous about getting sick on the boat, which I've never done. Of course most of my boating is on the lake but actively looking for a walkaround to go offshore a few times a year. Anybody have any permanent issues from it?
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Been through it, maybe not quite as bad. Started 18 months ago, in Las Vegas. Lasted about 4-5 days, would come back each 4-6 weeks. Doctors, tests, specialist, couldn't nail it down. Has gotten easier each time but still happening every 4 to 6 weeks. Carry a cane in the truck, the car, folding one in luggage, just in case. Apparently very common.
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Pretty scary stuff. I had if for a few weeks last year. It was like the world was tilted. I couldn't see straight, or walk straight (when I could walk). I wouldn't wish that shit on anyone (except for maybe Lee Cwalina)

I hope it passed soon for you.
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I started getting it when I was in my early 20's and will be 50 later this year. In the beginning, I would get it every 18 months - 2 years. I would go to bed fine, wake up so dizzy that if I even kept my head straight, but tried to look to the side with my eyes that the world would spin and I would throw up. Spend 3 days in bed in the fetal position and then for the next 2-3 weeks I felt like I had a hangover and would get dizzy if I just looked or moved my head the wrong way. Been to so many specialist and none can figure it out, they just keep saying that crystals are getting out of place in my ear. I can skydive, scuba dive, go on roller coasters, etc and it won't effect me.....always happens when i go to bed fine and then wake up dizzy. Sometimes I will wake up with a slight dizziness for days on end, but not enough to keep me down and the dizziness wears off throughout the day. Fine at bedtime and wake up the same way all over again.

Have it narrowed down to my left ear and figured out that if I sleep on my right side only, it's not nearly as bad. Last doctor told me to take vitamin D as it helps absorb calcium and that's what the crystals are made of. So his theory is that if we can absorb as much free calcium in the bloodstream, then there be less chance of the crystals forming. It sucks to live with it on an everyday basis and I know I cannot do anything that makes me look up at extreme angles. In the gym, I can't lay flat to do any exercises, I have to make sure that the bench has a slight angle and that I tuck my chin a bit. I have found two things that help when the dizziness is not so severe that I can still get up and move around to function.....non drowsy Bonine and marijuana. Depending upon where you live, one is easy to get, the other may not be so much.
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:41 AM
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I've had it half a dozen times in the past 20 years.
Each of those times I have been imobilized to the floor (or ground) from spatial disorientation.
I was taken by ambulance for it three times due to the anxiety of well meaning spectators.
I carry antivert in my pocket.

No diagnoses ever provided...just shit happens. Viral invasion of the inner ear for me...just like you apparently, only less.
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by skagit101 View Post
Been through it, maybe not quite as bad. Started 18 months ago, in Las Vegas. Lasted about 4-5 days, would come back each 4-6 weeks. Doctors, tests, specialist, couldn't nail it down. Has gotten easier each time but still happening every 4 to 6 weeks. Carry a cane in the truck, the car, folding one in luggage, just in case. Apparently very common.
I had an MRI and therapy and everything else you can imagine. The ear, nose and throat ruled it viral based on hearing loss. Did you go to therapy over it? Everyone that has the non viral form swears by it, the ENT doctor told me if it wasn't viral he could fix it that day by doing some exercises that realign the calcium crystals in the inner ear that will be absorbed the body. Anyway, good luck, hope you get over it.
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fix it that day by doing some exercises that realign the calcium crystals in the inner ear
That is what worked for me, almost instantly.
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Sorry to say, welcome to the club. Same deal, one minute just fine and literally on my knees the next. Didn't have a doctor in the family so it took quite awhile to get a proper diagnosis. It hit in October 2013 and still have lingering effects to this day. Balance, hearing and peripheral vision is shot to hell, gave up ALL alcohol, motorcycles, any kind of crowd is uncomfortable and don't go in the grocery store, it's a nightmare. Too much moving visual stimulation. Therapy does help retrain the brain, and the Dr. indicated about 5 years for nerve damage repair. Mines slowly, very slowly getting more manageable but still quite a ways from 100%.
Best of luck, I wouldn't wish this on anyone.
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:52 AM
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Dam diver, that is terrible. Not a good way to live at all, you may have the recurring version of neuritis, ever heard of this....

http://american-hearing.org/disorder...labyrinthitis/
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hmmm, thinking this thread is a bad idea now. I was hoping to hear that it will be over in a few weeks.
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:56 AM
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I had what my doc called BPPV a month or so ago. He sent me to PT, but I looked it up online and the "Canalith Repositioning Procedure" seemed simple enough, so I did it myself at home and didn't bother with the PT. That resolved it in one shot. Before that, any time I lay down, got up, or made a sudden move of my head, everything went in circles rapidly.

I suspect there are multiple conditions being talked about here, but mine happened to be simple to fix, as a few other's was.
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Old 01-13-2017, 09:13 AM
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I got hit with it one morning about 10 years ago. It was very mild for me, no spinning or puking, just very lightheaded and trouble walking. ENT said my right side vestibular system was damaged by a virus. Did about 6 weeks of physical rehab which helped. I still have days where I feel lightheaded but I figured out stress triggers this. My only relief comes from laying on the couch watching TV with alcohol. It does suck, and it seems dizziness is very difficult for even the best ENT specialists to figure out. I feel for all you who struggle with this crap.
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Old 01-13-2017, 09:42 AM
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My wife has it really bad at times. Her neurologist has a specialist on staff that can usually fix her up really quick. Sometimes she literally falls out of bed or off the couch when it hits. I really try not to laugh out loud but usually fail. She already falls down and wobbles enough because of MS and they vertigo is not helping her. I got to watch the test where they put the camera over your eyes and force trigger it. It was very interesting but I thought she was going to barf. It caused her eyes to wander in all different directions. The remedy was actually quite simple but has to be done just right from what I can tell. We've started doing it at home with some success but she typically has to visit the doc.
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Old 01-13-2017, 09:51 AM
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Had it REALLY bad 7 years ago......Shaving in the mirror is STILL a nightmare, and I often have to do it in stages. Lights in the mall are also killers. Hearing came back 100%, but that was just last year.
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Old 01-13-2017, 10:17 AM
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Had a couple episodes about 10 years ago - the second one was so bad that I ended up in the hospital for several days. For that one, they put me on a very high dose of prednisone for about a month - got to where taking the prednisone was worse than the vertigo itself.


They could never figure out what caused it and those crystal reorientation exercises never did work. Was under a lot of job stress at the time, had some other stress-related health issues, and could possibly have been dehydrated.


Knock on wood, it has not recurred since then (lower stress environment). I do get a twinge every now and then like there may be another episode. However, as crazy as it sounds, when that happens I have a couple of Gatorades and that seems to make the symptoms go away . . .


No continuing health issues from the previous episodes . . . though my wife says I've never been quite right anyway . . .
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I had once about two years ago. Started to get up from bed and it was like someone of the side of me pushing me back down. Total confusion, almost unreal. My new exactly what is was and had me do the "Exercises" for it. Within a few hours I was a little better. Day two was better, finally went away on day three. Can't imagine having it for weeks
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After reading a number of the responses here I'm reminded what one of the doctors told me was that no one goes through exactly the same thing and they don't always know what causes it or how to fix it. In my case he said he could determine my cause but would require an autopsy. I chose to pass.
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You had a bout that was mush worse than mine.

I suddenly got it 7 or 8 years ago. I think it was caused by scuba diving which led to an inner ear infection.

It was weird to say the least. I'd be driving to work and the whole world started spinning. This happened two times. Luckily I was able to apply the brakes and move to the side of the road. It subsided within 5 minutes. I get the spins a few other times when I got out of bed. I only had a few bouts during a 3 or 4 week period. My boss didn't understand or cut me any slack at work when I told him about it. He didn't understand why I might need to take some time off work.

Good luck with this.
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May be Ménière's disease?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A...re%27s_disease
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Dam diver, that is terrible. Not a good way to live at all, you may have the recurring version of neuritis, ever heard of this....

http://american-hearing.org/disorder...labyrinthitis/
I have heard of that, among many other types of diagnosis. Odd thing is with mine, hearing is not impaired (never has been) and I don't have ringing in my ears (never have). They diagnosed mine as Benign Positional Vertigo. The nausea only comes when I have the dizziness......if I lay on my right side and don't move, the dizziness and nausea go away. However, if I just move my head and inch or two, the dizziness immediately reappears and then dissipates again with a period no movement. Sucks laying on your right side for days on end sometimes, but it is what it is.
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