waking up with vertigo
May 1, 2007 1:59pm CST
this has happened to me twice in 2 weeks, and i don't know what the cause is. looking around the net to see what research i can do. basically, i'm sleeping peacefully, then around 7am i wake up because i feel the room is spinning. (weird that both times it occurred around the same hour, regardless of when i went to bed the night before). i open my eyes and try to focus, and notice i can't keep my head straight because i'm THAT dizzy. feeling this may cause nausea, i try to get to the bathroom as quick as possible without falling over (very difficult, worse than trying to walk a straight line while drunk!). i can't vomit and then i get stomach cramps at the same time, with cold sweating. the first time it happened, it passed after about an hour. today, i couldn't get rid of the nausea at all. after 2 hours, i literally tried to gag myself to force myself to vomit (sorry, i know it's gross), hoping if i had food poisoning, that i would get rid of the toxins faster. problem is, both times, i didn't eat anything strange that could cause food posioning. and this didn't feel the same as i feel when i DO have food poisoning (like limbs getting pins and needles, salivating, etc). in fact, both times, i hadn't eaten very much of one food to cause such a strong reaction. someone suggested low blood sugar, but that would only account for dizziness, not the nagging urge to throw up. someone else suggested liver failure, but i wasn't jaundiced, and have never had problems with my liver. any ideas would greatly help!
• United States
25 May 07
It could be an inner ear problem. You should see your Dr. I've had problems with dizziness before. The Dr told me that dizziness is one of the hardest things to diagnose because so many things can cause it. Do your ears feel full or have any pressure? My ears would bother me when I felt dizzy. I hope you feel better! I know that is a miserable feeling!
29 May 07
no, my ears felt fine. i thought about that too, the whole inner ear thing. i actually used to offer myself up as a guinea pig for motion sickness testing, so i learnt quite a bit about inner ear problems and the whole vestibular system. they basically made me motion sick by repeating certain movements until i couldn't stand it any longer. i usually made it up to 20 minutes max, but most other test subjects toughed it for over half an hour. i am VERY motion sick, but i don't think it is because of a malfunctioning vestibular system. and not fr this weird dizziness i felt recently. this is so unlike any other dizziness i've ever felt, what with the not being able to hold up my own head.
16 May 07
I have low blood sugar, and in fact nausea is a symptom. It could also be that the dizzyness was just making you feel sick. It doesn't sound like food poisoning or something you ate either. Why dont' you try keeping a food diary and if it happens again you can see if there is a particular food involved or whether it is because you ate a lot of sweet things the night before. If you are interested in finding out more about low blood sugar I have a website about it: http://www.bowbridgepublishing.com/lowbloodsugar
17 May 07
thanks for your input. i am 100% sure it wasn't food-related. i know what i usually feel like when i have food poisoning. and it didn't feel like low blood sugar at all. definitely the nausea came from the dizziness though. the dizziness is the one symptom i can't figure out. i had a thought later, that one of the days i felt sick, i noticed a chemical smell seeping through the walls. if those were fumes of something really toxic, even if it was from next door or through the pipes, i may have gotten sick while sleeping, waking up totally dizzy. after buying a box of gravol and using it twice, the dizzy spells have stopped. so although i'm thankful to wake up feeling good, i'm no closer to finding out what was wrong with me. i've been researching the fact that i may have MS, and this might have just been a random spell. it's the only thing that makes sense unless it was really the fumes i smelled one evening. i just don't know why i got sick on three different mornings, spaced over 2 weeks. the smell was not there all the days i was dizzy when waking up.
• United States
2 May 07
I had something similar happen to me a few years ago when I was in college. It was the most freaky experience. I didn't have the stomach cramps and cold sweats though. It was always either right after I went to bed or got up in the morning. It was really so bad that I would fall over. I went to the doctor, but he couldn't figure out what was wrong. The only thing I can figure is that I was in my senior year of design studio, and I was pulling all these consecutive allnighters where I wouldn't sleep for 3 or 4 days. Once I survived that horrible semester, it's only happened twice since then. Good luck figuring it out. It's the weirdest thing. I hope you're okay!
2 May 07
wow, that must have added to your stress during school! the funny thing about what i have is that i'm SO not stressed for once...life is swell...not amazing but better than it has been, so not really anything to complain about...nothing to stress me out. the thing i find the weirdest about it is that it happens while i'm sound asleep! if it was happening while i was awake or like you said, just after waking up or something like that, i would understand a bit better. my ailment is certainly mysterious! my boyfriend had to go out at midnight yesterday to get me some gravol pills since the nausea was still present in the evening, though the dizziness was long gone. this morning i was hoping to wake up alright, and i did (yay, the gravol made me sleep hard!), though i still have a slight queasy stomach, but nothing to stop me from having a sushi lunch-date that i'd planned for today ;)
• United States
7 Mar 09
This same thing just started happening to me yesterday. I have no idea why I'd wake up with the room spinning. I can only lay in bed in one position but turning my head right or left or sleeping on my side causes the room to start to "tilt". So then I get up because I can no longer go back to sleep. I don't seem to have any issues standing, walking or sitting but laying down is the problem. I managed to vomit both days which does help me feel better and then by evening I can lay down in any position and go to sleep. But then I wake up with the room spinning and the cycle starts all over. Does anyone know what could be causing this? I'm actually scared.
• United States
12 Jun 09
I am right there with you! This morning I opened my eyes to the room spinning. As I stood up I felt this horrible pulling sensation and I could not walk. The room felt as if It was moving, side to side and then around and around. I had to crawl to the restroom. When I tilt my head from side to side, touching my ear to my shoulder, I get some relief. If I look down it all starts again. If I tilt my head back I get the same horrible feeling, like I am on a ride. It is very weird and very scarey, as it lasts for hours! I believe the naseau is a result of the vertigo and has nothing to do with it. The disorder is the vertigo....but what can be done?? I have gone to the ER and they gave me antivert which makes you sleepy, but still dizzy! The whole thing stinks!! HELP!
25 Jun 09
so many months later i have concluded that what i'd suffered was not related to vertigo or inner ear problems, or food poisoning. though i can't confirm this, it seems i had what's called 'labyrynthitis', which is a stress-induced virus. though i mentioned in previous posts that i wasn't particularly stressed, *something* must have inadvertently done it! lol. the only way i realized, was when it was over. the dizziness stayed with me long after the ACUTE dizzy SPELLS in the mornings subsided. most days i wouldn't notice it, but this happened, while i was at a bookstore - i tilted my head to one side to read a book's spine, and the room went into a total spin. this was weeks after the onset of the original problem. so apparently it takes about a month and a half to be rid of the symptoms, unless you have a very acute case. because the doc explained the 'cure' time, i noticed i fit into that time window precisely. the other reason i noticed it was (more than likely) labyrinthitis is that a friend had had it a few months before me. it was the first time i'd heard of it, but i then, in retrospect remembered how she described her symptoms. they totally fit with what i had gone through. (and by the way, as far as i've heard, no, it is not contagious, so it wasn't my friend who gave it to me)
11 Oct 09
This has happened to me several times in the past. It always happens when I wake up. How long does the vertigo last? It has happened to me a few times over the last 10 years. Give my past family history, my doctor said it is a migraine without headache. They last from a 2-8 hours normally. The longest last week 30 hours. Had to go to hospital for treatment.
7 Jul 10
My sister is a dentist. She is treating a patient who claims that he is suffering from Vertigo, because he got treated for his teeth from other doctor. Does really removing teeth can cause Vertigo? I would suggest you go and get it checked from your doctor, before facing some major problem. Also you can refer the below site to know more on Vertigo: http://www.thebrainhealth.com/what-is-vertigo.html
8 Dec 10
i had the same symptoms. i suggest for anyone who gets vertigo to get a blood panel test, one with HDL and LDL profile. it might be a triglyceride problem. if you don't feel like going to the doctor, you will need to get over-the-counter medication to lower cholesterolevels. a 130/90 BP is borderline. start going out for mild exercise with a long walk. don't strain yourself with brisk exercise.
2 Jun 10
I have been going threw the same thing for many years.I always have the urge to throw up when i have it. Normally to settle the dizziness and nausea i take 2 gravol. It might sound weird though because gravol is supposed to make u nausous but it always takes it away in the long run. Give it a shot and see if it helps
17 Dec 09
here i am researching my symptoms as i have had this morning around 7am. i woke up from a normal nights sleep, extreamly dizzy as soon as i opened my eyes. i was terrably confused and got out of bed and tried to go outside to get some fresh air as i was soo nausiated. i couldnt help but to fall over and have recieved a nasty knock on the head. i am only 18y/o and healthy/fit so i dont know what it could be, i am a nursing student and the only thing i can think of is it could be POSTERAL HYPOTENTION HYPOGLYCEMIC - sugar level low as can happen when you sleep especially if you are a diabetic, and you may need to get tested as i have. otherwise i have no idea, were you still spaced out for the day? as i am too afraid to be on the road driving?