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NvaGvUp 02-Aug-18
JTV 02-Aug-18
NvaGvUp 02-Aug-18
Coyote 65 02-Aug-18
NvaGvUp 02-Aug-18
Coyote 65 02-Aug-18
one-eye 02-Aug-18
NvaGvUp 02-Aug-18
tonyo6302 02-Aug-18
RK 02-Aug-18
Shuteye 02-Aug-18
NvaGvUp 02-Aug-18
Joey Ward 02-Aug-18
slade 02-Aug-18
Hunting5555 02-Aug-18
NvaGvUp 02-Aug-18
elkmtngear 02-Aug-18
NvaGvUp 02-Aug-18
Chuckster 02-Aug-18
Mike B 02-Aug-18
Mike B 02-Aug-18
NvaGvUp 02-Aug-18
Lucas 02-Aug-18
NvaGvUp 02-Aug-18
Mike B 02-Aug-18
Norseman 02-Aug-18
Jimbo 03-Aug-18
From: NvaGvUp
02-Aug-18
Have any of you guys ever had vertigo and if so, how did you get over it?

I had my first episode ever three months ago and have been experiencing it again since Tuesday night.

The first time it went away on it's own within 12-15 hours This time it's been about 20 hours and I still have it.

Any suggestions?

From: JTV
02-Aug-18
Ive seen the movie with Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak many times, does that count ;0)

02-Aug-18
I would for sure go see the doc after that long of a duration and increasing frequency of it. It can be a very miserable thing I have heard.

From: NvaGvUp
02-Aug-18
I can handle pain, soreness and discomfort, but I do not handle nausea well. When I get nauseous, I just want to lie down in the fetal position on the grass in the shade with a cool breeze blowing over me until I feel better.

Vertigo makes you dizzy, hence the nausea. Just a slight turn of the head can create instant nausea and discomfort.

From: Coyote 65
02-Aug-18
Check your BP, when mine gets low I get it.

Terry

From: NvaGvUp
02-Aug-18
Terry,

That's interesting.

My BP has run about 118/76 or so for years and years.

What do you do to get rid of it?

If it's a low BP issue, then all I'd need to do is read some liberal crap on the internet and it would go away!

From: Coyote 65
02-Aug-18
I am taking BP meds, and at times for unknow reasons it drops into the 107/70 region and that is when I get the vertigo.

Terry

From: one-eye
02-Aug-18
If it were me, with recurring vertigo, I would go see the ENT, who will diagnose what kind of vertigo it is and determine treatment. It could be anything from "crystals" in the semicircular canals that can easily be manipulated away, to mini-strokes going on. Or, maybe it was some bad wine or something. Either way, go see the ENT.

From: NvaGvUp
02-Aug-18
From what research I've done, what I have is 'positional vertigo,' as it bothers me the most if I move my head in certain ways, esp. if I do so quickly.

From: tonyo6302
02-Aug-18
I will guess a middle ear infection. Well wishes.

From: RK
02-Aug-18
Kyle I second the visit to ENT

I used to get it all the time usually caused my motion Like boats or helicopters

Mine turned out to be an inner ear problem. They put me on antivert and it has all but gone away.

Occasionally I still get a spell when shooting coyotes from the helicopter but it's rare

Yours could be as simple as an inner ear infection

Good luck

From: Shuteye
02-Aug-18
I worked with a guy for 37 years that had severe vertigo. One time he was down on his living room floor and couldn't get up. He pulled on the phone cord to get the phone in the floor with him. He called 911 and the EMPS couldn't get in his door that was locked. He had a hard time but got the door unlocked for them to come in. His problem was always an inner ear infection and he would have to go on steroids to fix it. I haven't seen him in years so I don't know if he still gets it or not.

From: NvaGvUp
02-Aug-18
Thanks, guys.

I have it on my calendar to call today to schedule my annual physical, so will bring the vertigo thing up as well.

From: Joey Ward
02-Aug-18
You may want to bring up the vertigo thing BEFORE your anal physical.

Just a suggestion.

From: slade
02-Aug-18
As mentioned , probably paroxysmal positional vertigo, an easy fix at the Dr.

From: Hunting5555
02-Aug-18
About 5 years ago I had it. So bad I couldn't get up off the bathroom floor. The 20 mile drive to the Dr. and then back home was the most miserable I have ever been in my life!!! It was an inner ear infection. 10 days of antibiotics and steroids. I need to go see an ear specialist even now. My hearing has never been right since then. I now have ringing in my ears, which I never had before, and I definitely have less hearing in my right ear. I should have went to a specialist back then. The effect on my hearing seems to have gotten worse over time. It took several weeks for my balance to return to normal, or my body to compensate for it....... It happened the first of October and I really thought I was going to have to hunt from the ground that November. Luckily my balance returned to the point I was OK climbing into a deer stand. Hind sight being 20/20, I would highly recommend seeing an ear specialist!!!!

From: NvaGvUp
02-Aug-18
I'm better today, but it's still not back to normal.

I did put a call in to my physician's medical asst. and am awaiting her call.

From: elkmtngear
02-Aug-18
Positional vertigo is not uncommon in the "later years", and can definitely be aggravated by taking certain blood pressure medications.

A simple fix: Get up slowly when lying down or sitting, and NEVER close your eyes if you feel dizzy or lightheaded. Keep your head up and focus on something.

Closing your eyes is a natural reaction but it increases dizzyness. I find myself explaining this to patients during exams more than any other single thing (I give aggressive, fast acting vasodilators by IV when performing some stress tests, and I've never had a patient "go down" on the treadmill when their blood pressure drops out, because I make them keep their head up, and eyes open).

From: NvaGvUp
02-Aug-18
Thanks, Jeffery,

I don't take any BP meds. In fact, I don't take any meds at all unless you count Vitamin D and Glucosamine.

From: Chuckster
02-Aug-18
LOL at Joey Ward. I had it for a few years, inner ear infection. About once a year it flares up. I just lay down for about 3 hours in a very dark room and it s usually gone when I wake up. Good luck. It can be a scary feeling.

From: Mike B
02-Aug-18
Kyle: Vertigo is right in my wheelhouse...just caught this thread or would have commented sooner.

True vertigo can actually be caused by a number of things. By "true" vertigo is actual rotational vertigo..the world is spinning and you can't tell up from down. Having Bi-lateral Meniere's Disease, I've had a couple hundred episodes of it, so believe me when I say "I can feel your pain".

Vertigo can be caused by several things, so let's start with the easiest:

BPPV - or, Benign Positional Paradoxical Vertigo. Rather than attempt to explain it, here's a link to a .pdf with excellent info: http://www.neuropt.org/docs/vsig-english-pt-fact-sheets/what-is-bppv.pdf?sfvrsn=bc469c90_2

In some cases, an inner ear infection could cause it, but then it could (rare) be a acoustic neuroma, which is a non-cancerous tumor attached to the vestibular nerve. Worst case is you wind up with what I have, but that diagnosis is YTBD.

Best suggestion, go see a capable ENT asap. There are tests that can be done to determine where the issue is.

Gotta ask..have you had ringing in an ear recently? I don't mean some barely perceptible high-pitched sound, but loud enough to become annoying. Ever have a feeling that suddenly the floor just dropped out from under you?

Couple things that can help while you're waiting to see the doc: get salt out of your diet, as in less than 1000 mg. a day. This will help keep excess fluid off of your inner ear. Would also cut waaaay back on caffeine and alcohol, both of which are fairly common triggers for vertigo. Ask your pharmacist about Meclizine, an OTC med that can help with the dizziness. Are you already taking a diuretic?

If the ENT can't help you, look up a Neurotologist, which is a Neurologist that specializes in the inner ear.

I wish ya the best with this, as uncontrolled vertigo can be a life changer. Drop me a PM if I can be of any help.

From: Mike B
02-Aug-18
elkmtngear: When I'm having a vertigo attack, closing my eyes helps reduce the nausea. Imagine everything that you see is bouncing right to left at about 30mph, and a simple flinch of your head will bring yet another torturous wave of vomiting. This can go on for hours.

My best relief comes from sitting on the floor with my back against a solid surface, elbows propped on my knees and hands holding my head perfectly still. Everybody seems to be different in this respect, as some get their best relief laying on their backs, others will lay on one side..common to all seems to be staying in a fixed position until it passes.

From: NvaGvUp
02-Aug-18
Mike B.

Yikes! I can't imagine what you've been going through!

I do not have any noises in my ears other than what comes from normal living and doing things.

I'm pretty sure I have the benign positional version, but it certainly can't hurt to get a professional opinion.

From: Lucas
02-Aug-18
But they have note Google epley's maneuver

From: NvaGvUp
02-Aug-18
Lucas,

Actually, my wife gave me a print out of that, as she'd had some vertigo in the past as well.

I tried it late yesterday, then immediately had to do a face plant in the toilet.

I'm not fully recovered from the vertigo quite yet, but I'm getting close.

From: Mike B
02-Aug-18
Kyle, A primary feature of Meniere's is roaring tinnitus, usually loudest in the affected ear; fortunately that's not likely to be the issue in your case.

Along with reducing salt, caffeine and alcohol, try and reduce your stress level. Stress is a huge trigger when coupled with the excess salt, etc.

Understand about the vomitorium..I keep a pillow, blanket, face cloth and a bottle of water stored in the cabinet right next to the throne. I sweat like a leaky faucet during an attack, and just having a wet cloth to wipe your face with can be a lifesaver.

From: Norseman
02-Aug-18
It could also be a migraine variant. If an ENT can’t help you, see a neurologist. Meclazine as others have mentioned was the only drug that helped my daughters migraine variant Vertigo.

From: Jimbo
03-Aug-18
Kyle, I had a pretty severe episode a few years ago. I read about the Epley Maneuver and watched a couple of videos on it (can find them easily online). I did it exactly as shown in the video and it cleared it up.

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