Vertigo, how many of you have had it?

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  1. James L White

    James L White Supporting Actor

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    it sucks, I can't even go to work. I've been off for 3 1/2 weeks now.
     
  2. Patrick Sun

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    Fixed the typo.

    David Duval has it now, and that's why he doesn't play much golf at the present.
     
  3. Leila Dougan

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    Have you found out exactly why you have it? My mom suffured with it for a long time until the doctor finally told her it was because of calcium deposits in her inner ear. The doctor offered no advise or remedy except anti-vertigo drugs. My mom then went to a homeopathic healer and after a week of taking some nutrients designed to disolve the desposit, he was vertigo free. She took some "maintenance" nutrients for a few months and has yet to have another attack. This was nearly 10 years ago.
     
  4. Stephen_Opipari

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    Yep, I've had it. It was really bad for about a week. I was off work for about a week and a half due to not being able to drive. My doctor thinks that it was a common inner ear virus that causes vertigo. I was on huge dramamine pills for a few weeks.

    I feel for you man, I hope it get's better soon. When I had it, I couldn't even watch TV or use a computer. I had to lie with my eyes closed and just listen to TV shows and movies.
     
  5. Philip_G

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    wow, I never even knew such a condition existed. That has to be terrible.
     
  6. Steve Christou

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    I've still got it, there on the shelf [points], sorry couldn't resist. [​IMG]

    My dad had vertigo something bad, when he sat down, the room was still spinning, it's the inner-ear thing plus his age, really felt sorry for him.

    The only time I suffer from a dose of vertigo is when I'm standing near a ledge high up looking down, I start feeling dizzy and weak at the knees. Its a phobia, acrophobia.
     
  7. Dan Lindley

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    Try Bonine, if Dramamine doesn't work. I had the spins for a couple of days, really scary. But Bonine worked for me, and I carry it ever since, even though its been years, almost a decade...

    Good luck
     
  8. Ricardo C

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    I get mild vertigo when standing atop a narrow spot. Even standing on a stool can do it. I'm not afraidof heights in the least, but if I stand in a spot I feel is precarious (even if it really isn't), I'm done. I lose my balance and I have to get down if I don't wanna land head first.
     
  9. Brian W.

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    I'm sorry to hear that, James. That must be awful. Dizziness is almost a phobia of of mine , so I don't even know what I'd friggin' do if I had an extended case of vertigo like that.

    An old friend of mine got it after she went on a sea cruise. She was fine on the ship, no seasickness at all, but when she got on land everything was rocking... and kept rocking for about 2 weeks.

    I've never had a severe case of it, just for a couple minutes last summer when I went home to Seattle. I went up to the top of the Space Needle, something I hadn't done since I was a kid, walked out on the observation deck and WHOA... I felt like the deck was tipping over. I grabbed onto the wall and turned away from the view, but I couldn't get rid of the sensation that the deck was tilting and I was going to slide right off. I tried to talk myself through it -- "You know the deck is not tilting, you're being completely irrational," but it didn't do a damn bit of good. I literally groped my way back inside -- I couldn't even let go of the wall -- and sat down for a few minutes till I got a grip, then I eased myself back out slowly and I was okay.

    But I do find myself hyper-sensitive to dizziness now that I'm an adult. Didn't bother me a bit as a kid. I read it has something to do with the hairs in your inner ear getting harder and less flexible as you age.
     
  10. Brian Harnish

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    I've had vertigo most of my life, actually. I'd get it so bad I'd be in bed for as much as 2 weeks and have to miss that much school because of it. Probably has something to do with the fact that I'm hearing impaired.

    Funny that this thread just started now! I just recently had a vertigo attack that started on Thursday last week and persisted until early this Wednesday morning (when I could finally go back to work). Thursday and Friday I could barely get out of bed and Thursday was a day of mostly vomitting (which is a common occurrence when I have vertigo).

    Fortunately, though, I seem to be growing out of it. Through the years, it's been getting longer and longer between attacks and their severity has been shrinking significantly.
     
  11. Jason_H

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    I've had it off and on for about a year now, though it is not bad enough to affect my daily life. I get mine primarily when I lie down and suddenly turn over, or sometimes when I tilt my head way back or way forward when I am upright.

    It really just comes and goes, sometimes I will go a couple of months with no sign of it. I've gotten used to it, and really don't notice it much anymore. It really isn't as bad now as it was for the first month or so, I was having to sleep kind of upright back then. Ugh.

    EDIT: Just a side note, my type is called Benign Positional Vertigo. It's harmless, but no drugs or treatments will really help, the doctor basically just told me to deal with it. [​IMG]
     
  12. Daniel T.

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    Friend sent me a CBS Longbox version of Wish You Were Here. I waited till late at night to play the disc, popped it in and third or fouth song got me BAD. With my eyes closed I could hardly discern up from down. The music swirled all over the place...very strong, I had to turn the lights on. That mix has some serious phase effects.

    Now when I play that disc I enjoy the effect, just that first time really zonked me pretty hard.
     
  13. Mark Shannon

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    What exactly is vertigo?

    from reading all the posts, I can grasp the basics...but what is it, and what does it actually do to you?
     
  14. Leila Dougan

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    Vertigo: True vertigo is the sensation of spinning or whirling motion (subjective vertigo) or of having objects move about the person (objective vertigo) and is a result of a disturbance of equilibratory apparatus. Sometimes used as a synonym for dizziness, lightheadedness, and giddiness.

    It can range from mild to severe and often results in vomiting and the inability to get out of bed.
     
  15. JohnRice

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    About 2 1/2 years ago I suddenly came down with a vicious case of positional vertigo. One morning I woke up and raised my head off the pillow and felt like I was being flung across the room. I spent the entire day mostly lying completely still in bed with my head flat on the pillow, because any time I moved, I puked.

    I was still there when my wife got home from work that evening. Of course, since I was the root of all evil in the world, she wasn't exactly concerned. I say that because vertigo is often a physical symptom of something psychological. The vertigo pretty much left with my wife. Oh yeah, ex-wife. Now I joke that is wasn't surprising my head was spinning, because it was spinning. Probably no need to delve into that further, you probably get the picture.

    I was told there isn't really much to do about it other than try to relax and let it reduce with time. I still have it very slightly, but not enough to disturb my activities. At the time, though, I did have someone look at my eyes when I moved my head and discovered that my eyes would twitch wildly for a few seconds.
     
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    I've had two really bad attacks that have left me throwing up if I as much as moved my head (imagine the fun it is getting to the bathroom [​IMG] ). I've had it in milder forms on loads of occasions. I also get motion sickness very easily - I can't be a passenger in a car, even a brief boat trip can be Hell, and most 3-D video games are completely out (5 minutes of Tomb Raider and I threw up). In my case, it's a combo of inherited middle and inner ear problems which make me prone to this sort of thing, plus an obscure brain disorder called Arnold-Chiari syndrome (part of my cerebellum grew in the wrong place - my symptoms are very mild, non-life threatening and only manifest themselves as vertigo, more headaches than the norm and a resistance to most pain killers, but I thank God I didn't get the more extreme form).

    What gets my goat is folks who think that it's just 'a little dizziness' and can't understand why it's incapacitating.
     
  17. Michael Silla

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    Brian and Andrew,

    I understand totally. I have several issue(s) with my right side vision and hearing that present me with unique balance problems sometimes. I do fine most days but occaisionally, like when riding a bike reeaaly slowly, I cannot seem to maintain proper balance which infuriates me (I can't ride most of the challanging mountain bike trails anymore). I have been this way for about 3 years now.

    Michael.
     
  18. Darren Crouse

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    I've had vertigo on and off for over ten years. Fortunately it's lasted only about a day but the side effects on my central nervous system were just as problematic, i.e., gait, balance, jittery eyes. I had a bad case this past December and am currently seeing and ENT/neurologist with a battery of tests in July and an M.R.I. hopefully in the near future. The good thing is that all of this is free, being Canadian and all, the bad thing, is the wait of course, because it is free. The wait for the specialist was about two months and I'm stilling waiting for the M.R.I. appointment. Doctor threw out words like, vestibular infection, inner-ear problems, Meniere's Disease because of my tinnitus. All the fun stuff, scary and disconcerting to say the least. I hope fellow sufferers are getting proper treatment,

    Take Care,
    Darren.
     
  19. James L White

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    Well I thought I was getting over it but it hit me last night while I was sitting in church, it was the worst case too it was kinda scary. I felt as though everything was spinning at 100 RPMs[​IMG]
     
  20. shanaqua99

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    I have it. not to bad. I have to remind folks that I am not drinking. Some times it is worse then other times but I excercise and also relax as well. I am a retired telephone person, so I don't go to work. Howe, ,.ver, I am very active.Do volunteer work for World Vision
     

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