Mmpphh. 3yro son was up 3 times last night. I consoled him at 11pm; hubby at 2am. 4am, hubby nudges me and asks me to go in since it was my turn. I mmpphh my agreement, sit up, "Ooooh no," and fall back over into bed. Hello hello! I'm at a place called vertigo! And it blows.
I get it about once a year or so. It's usually connected to a cold or allergies--sinus inflammation irritates the Eustachian tube (can you tell I've had it a few times that I can be that technical describing it?), which causes temporary vertigo. If I keep up on antihistamines and in particular decongestants, I keep it at bay. If not, WHEE.
Thankfully taking a decongestant calms it down even after the spinning starts. Hubby brought me something after consoling Boy 2, so I was semi-functional this morning. Woozy all day, but functional.
One year it hit me at an odd time--right before lunch. The bell rang (I teach middle school), I bent over to get something, room started spinning slowly...then faster...then I felt like someone was pulling me over backwards. I (as nonchalantly as I could) asked one of the stragglers to go to the office and let them know I needed help. I then lay down on the (ew, gross, filthy) floor, closed my eyes, and tried to find myself in space. I told my AP and the secretary who came to my rescue to fish the medication out of my purse and avoid moving me for about an hour--give it time to work. Otherwise, if they start moving me, I start throwing up, and then the vertigo takes days to recover from. Ask me how I know this. Hubby had to pick me up, then have a friend drive him back to get my truck.
But, I'm okay now. Ish. Just tired.
Who are my fellow vertiginous COTH buddies?
Wouldn't you much rather be in a club and have a girl with crimson nails and Jesus 'round her neck swinging to the music?
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Oh, my! I've been there before and never, ever want to go back again. There just doesn't seem to be a way to be comfortable, is there? Good luck--have you consulted with an Ear-Nose-Throat specialist? I had to have a tube placed in my left ear about 5 years ago due to a terrible, never ending ear infection that left me unable to hear and dizzy all the time.
As a fellow MS teacher, I laughed out loud at your description--I lived through a year of horrible sciatic/blown disc pain lying down on the floor in my classroom during silent reading time. The kids were always so surprised at how well I could see them from down there!
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Member for the Vertigo club right here and suffering from a bout of it right now and yup, it sucks!!! Been hitting the decongestants and it's starting to improve but man I hate when the world starts spinning!!
Hubby loves it becuase it gives him a chance to pull out all his dizzy blonde jokes....
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Been there before and it is not fun. I hope you recover quickly.
If you get it often it sounds like:
Your sinuses never completely clear, mine didn't because of deviated septum corrected with surgery. I take a 24hr antihistamine, try to shower/wash or rinse my hair every night to avoid sleeping in dust/allergens. Also I use a Neti-pot, which washes the sinuses with a saline solution. This helps to thin the congestion so it can be expelled.
Check with your DR. about a condition called Menuirs(sp). I know several folks with this and a sudden onset of vertigo is one of the symptoms. Taking OTC pills for motion sickness can be helpful
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Oh my gosh--vertigo is the worst. I'm a TA in kindergarten and have major dizzy spells regularly. Finally one day, I went to the nurse when I thought I was going to pass out. I laid there quite a while (while he turned away sick students!) because I was so scared and uncomfortable. I also have epilepsy and it felt just like before a seizure!
My parents were right down the road, so they were able to pick me up quickly and take me to the ER. Dr said it was vertigo and gave me meclizine. Made the dizziness go away but made me tired. Plus made my heart rate go over 100 every time I laid down. Good fun. My vice principal said it was the first time they'd had a teachers parents pick them up from the nurse!
I still get it daily but not as bad, thank goodness. It is awful.
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I'm about to knock myself out with Dramamine, but I wanted to add--I had sinus surgery in 1995. Effed up sinuses are part and parcel with my genetics; I had a deviated septum, sure, but I also had a large bone spur all but blocking the right sinus, cysts and polyps in the maxillary and ethnoid sinuses, and a membrane that was supposed to be there that wasn't. I thought I had an infection every 6 weeks; after surgery, they theorized I had the same infection for 4 year and it could never drain properly because of the cysts. YUMMY. Surgery seemed to take, though; I can count on my fingers the number of times I've needed medication for a sinus infection in the many years since.
I inherited all this fun from my mom's side of the family. Her father, my grandfather, was prevented from joining the air force because of it (broke his heart--he was a lifelong airplane nut). I have many memories of my mother, meanwhile, having to come home from *her* teaching job early because she'd been nailed with a wicked vertigo spell as well.
Calvincrowe, I've BTDT with back surgery--two microdiscectomies/foraminotomies/laminotomies here. I never taught from the floor though, heh. A stool or directors chair--heck yeah.
I'm not sure what is worst--the horrible crippling pain of the shattered disc, or the complete helplessness of vertigo. Oof, I lean toward the latter. With the worst of them, you close your eyes and the room still spins.
I had a horse we were clipping paw at me and glance off my head and break my collar bone with it's shod hoof.
A few days after that, I had vertigo spells for a few weeks.
Every time I leaned down to pick feet of any other, I pitched over flat on the floor, the world spinning.
I was so glad when that resolved itself, it is very scary.
I can't imagine trying to live with that all the time.
I have the occasional dizzy spell now after the last surgery, but it is not from any ear problem, very different, more like passing out than vertigo.
There is no comparing that with the real "the world is spinning and I don't know what is up or down or how to right myself up" of true vertigo.
I felt so bad the other day, I bent down to undo the surcingles on a blanket so I could switch it to a lighter sheet and things started spinning. The horse is a 4 year old and doesn't tie so I had to leave him in the heavier blanket. I jsut didn't feel safe trying to change the blanket in that condition. I texted the owner and told her I just couldn't do it that day. Thankfully she was able to come out to the barn that morning and switch it herself.
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ignorance!" Officer Beck
My vertigo was caused by stress. Believe it or not there was so much perfume being used at my work, it made me really sick. No issues with the sinus, but it DID cause me to get very stressed (stressful job also) and I got it. Took forever for it to go away, at least a year or two, even after I moved to a different job in the company.
Oh, yes. I've had the trip to the ER vomiting in the ambulance. Had to crawl to the phone when my first son was a baby to get my mother to come and take care of him. As you say, what fun! I now have meclazine on hand, also an under the tongue pill. Fortunately, this has only happened a few times, but it was enough! If it happens again I'll get myself training in the Epley Manuever. It is supposed to be at least partly effective.
I suffered from vertigo for a few months after a bad concussion. Worst feeling ever, felt like being car sick, dizzy, and out of control all at once. Finally cleared up after about 6 months or so.
I feel your pain.
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I had to sort of laugh (sort of because it's really NOT funny) about how many of you are k-12 teachers and suffer from this!
I had my first bout when DD was an infant. It was so bad I couldn't hold her - I was afraid I'd drop her. That was when I learned mine were allergy/sinus related. I've since had a few bouts that were pretty bad. Usually I can head them off now with allergy meds (if I don't though I have a few days of real misery).
count me in the club In the end of October, I got sinus infection induced labrinthitis (aka inner ear disturbance) which landed me puking in an ambulance, puking as I was wheeled into the hospital, and continued to vomit though intake. I have to say, continuous vomiting gets you seen quickly at the ER! Good times!
I was laid up, couldn't move, for about 10 days with vertigo. Worst thing ever. Thank god my dogs have passed on, I wouldn't have been able to care for them.
Now I am sooo paranoid when I get sinus issues. I run straight to the dr. Have to say, the nedi-med nose/sinus flush works well.
Since my long term sinus infection that ended in vertigo I have pulsitive tinitus. Does any one else have that? How did you make it stop?
I had concussion induced vertigo when I was a kid, maybe 17 ish, and I get mild vertigo frequently since then, like riding a fast elevator or being in a some tall buildings.And I get motion sickness all the time. But OMG the Labrinthitis was so much worse. I felt crooked and just terrible.