Positional vertigo....who else deals with it?

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  1. DUSTER44T

    DUSTER44T Strat-Talker

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    I haven't had an episode in nearly three years but woke up Saturday morning to a spinning room......give me the bucket, I feel it coming. They/I have always been able to deal with it for the most part with the Eply maneuver (a roll that puts the crystals in the ear back in place). This time I can't because I also have a pinched nerve in my neck and the rolling gives me BIG pain. I spent 5 hours in the ER yesterday dealing with it. Since they couldn't do the rolling maneuver they had to try different meds. Who else has it? What do you do and how do you deal with it?
     
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    I dealt with extreme and frequent vertigo for about a dozen years but it was not positional. Nothing helped, nothing worked, it sucked and I just had to deal.
     
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    I got diagnosed with BPPV a couple months ago. Thought I was having some sort of heart problem. Woke up in a sweat, heart palpitations, rooming spinning, loss of balance. It was crazy. I was restricted from driving, swimming, diving, exercise in general, and other activities for a few weeks. I've had the Epley man done three times. Symptoms have gotten lighter. Now it's just dizziness and loss of balance, but I still have at least one light episode per day.

    My doc says BPPV is the most common type of vertigo, but I've never met anyone else that's had it... until now I suppose.
     
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    Boubou Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Dealt with it all winter. Nothing spins but I feel really weird. More like if I was hypoglycaemic, not that I know how that feels.
    Went to physio, had me work in balance exercise, it worked, stress definitely exacerbates it
     
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    My gal experiences vertigo but I don't know enough about it to now if it's this particular type, which sounds more severe than what she experiences. Although it's hard to know since she never complains about anything.

    I'll have to study up on it and this Eply maneuver. Maybe it'll provide her with some relief.
     
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    Yup! for about the last 4 years, comes and goes, I do the eply maneuver as well.
    First time it happened it scared the crap out of me. I was at work and thought I was having a heart attack.
     
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    I think the Mayo clinic has instructions on their website. It's pretty straight forward, but you need to try to determine which ear is affected in order to know which way to turn in the Eply man. Essentially, there are calcium build ups in the middle ear semi-circular canals that need to be shifted out.
     
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    YES
    Damn

    Mine comes and goes.
    Wait it out....
    You can do it...
    Most disturbing
    Most disturbing
    You probably don't think you can
    But
    You can...
     
  10. DUSTER44T

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    Many many videos on youtube on how to do the Eply. You need to figure out what ear is the problem so you know what way/direction to roll. I also had the fear of God in me the first time it happened years ago. Thought the worst.
     
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    I had a major occurrence a few years ago and occasional occurrences (fortunately fairly rare) since. I do the Eply maneuver when I feel it starting with mediocre results…sometimes it works and sometimes not. During that first one, as I was completely debilitated and did not understand what was happening, I got very insistent with my dr.’s staff to basically demand that they prescribe something. They prescribed Meclizine Hydrochloride - 25mg. It helped as it at least took the nausea away and seemed to minimize the spinning. It is available OTC as Dramamine less drowsy:

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    My last vertigo event was as a side effect after my second COVID vaccination.

    I keep vials of this all over (backpack, car, guitar case, desk, nightstand) in case I feel the vertigo coming on.

    I sure hope your episode subsides quickly and does not repeat - it’s such an awful feeling!
     
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    Just had an episode. Nasty. ms Boubou was off so I didn’t do my exercises for 4 days, started again this morning.
    I looked at the Epley maneuver, done that before it does nothing for me,.
    Anyways, it’s mostly passed now
     
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    I had to deal with it for like three months and it really really sucked. It did not make me throw up but simple things like tying shoe laces were a challenge. That was extremely annoying, Eply maneuver help to some degree but not completely. I just went away after some time and I was really happy. It's one of these things that don't let you live a full life.
     
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    I had a real bad concussion about 2 years ago and vertigo is no fun. Throw in a little tunnel vision and it's like being drunk.
     
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    I described it as being seasick on dry land.
     
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    Around ten years ago I was sitting at my computer. I stood up and hit the floor. I crawled to my bed and lay there with the room spinning. I was pretty sure it wasn't a stroke as I had no other symptoms. My wife drove me to the hospital. They confirmed no stroke and referred me to a ears, nose, and throat specialist. He referred me a clinic at St. Pauls hospital that specializes in vestibular issues. After many months of tests they told me I had some nerve damage in my right ear. There is no cure. I have to learn to live with it. I couldn't drive for months. The clinic referred me to a local physiotherapist with a vestibular speciality. She gave me several exercises. She said I needed to retrain my brain so it could compensate. Ten years later it is still there all the time but I have learned to live with it. I don't climb ladders. I hold onto the railing on stairs. I can't drive when I am tired. I am aware of it all the time but it doesn't really affect my day to day living. It could be a lot worse. It is a livable condition. I hadn't had a bad episode in a few years but the first Pfizer dose knocked me out for a day with severe vertigo where I didn't feel comfortable driving and couldn't walk for more than a minute or two. It got better over the day and the next morning was back to normal background vertigo. If vertigo is new to you don't be discouraged. Even if it can't be treated your brain will learn to compensate in time.
     
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    Throughout my vestibular therapy I told my therapist it was like being on a boat. I was always afraid to get pulled over because I knew I would not pass a sobriety test.
     
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    Only happened to me once. Wife and kids were going out of town later that day. Had my amps and guitars out and a bottle of whiskey hidden to jam for three straight days. I got out of bed, at my normal 4 a.m. and fell to the ground. Got up and fell down again. Managed to get dressed and put my hands on the wall to go downstairs. Drove drunkenly to an ER because I thought I had a stroke in my sleep. They told me (true) it would be four hours until they could see me and I should go to a 24-hours Walgreens and get my BP checked. I managed to do that and BP was fine. Called a friend who was a doctor and he told me to come in. He asked my recent history and found out I'd taken about 14-20 aspirin the day before because of my back pain and inability to get in to see my PCP.
    He stopped me there and said the aspirin was my problem. It can create a Meniere's Disease symptoms and told me it should resolve in about three days if I lay off the aspirin. So for the three days they were gone, I sat still fighting nausea. Couldn't even really watch TV comfortably. Didn't pick up a guitar, nor the bottle of Whiskey. Dramamine didn't faze it. I barely even ate.

    If someone would have described it for me, I wouldn't have believed them. Sucked hard. Woke up the day they were coming back and felt like nothing happened except I was starving.
     
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    Glad I ran across this thread.
    Ive been dealing with this for a few months now.
    Took specific meds for inner ear infection and it seemed to be better. Then a month or so ago I got up off the bed from playing with my grandbaby and nearly hit the floor. Room spinning and very sick for several hours. Wife got home and got the baby. I was sick till the next day.
    Its been up an down since then and Ive been coping ,but its tough. No driving for a few weeks now. No riding either. It comes an goes and Ive learned to not move my head or eyes real quick.

    This stuff suxx :(
     
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