A Dizzy Blonde

Canada
December 8, 2015 1:31pm CST
I've been a blond my whole life and often called dizzy. But two days ago I was hit for the second time in my life with Vertigo. The first time was a couple years ago. The first time I had no idea what was going on as I bounced off the walls. Walking was difficult because the house was spinning. I phoned my doctor and told him what was happening and he saw me on the spot. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is what I had, I was told to look on YouTube for a demonstration of the Epley Maneuver and was told it would be easy to do myself at home on my bed. It was easy and I was better in 24 hours. I was decorating a tree I put out in the sun room two days ago. Every few minutes I felt dizzy. When done and I was back in the warm part of the house my life was spinning around like an ice skater. It made me feel sick to my stomach. I don't know why it happens but I've been out of commission for two days. I did the maneuver a couple of times and spent most of yesterday sleeping. Today I felt good enough to go to the Y for exercise and I do feel better now. It is caused by a crystal floating in my ear. Such a tiny thing with such a huge impact on my body for a couple of days is very strange. I will be playing catch up here on myLot for a while and hope to “catch up” today. I really don't like to be under the weather. Have you had Vertigo? It is certainly a strange feeling to be that dizzy! It reminds me of the house spinning in the movie The Wizard of OZ. The photo I just took now. At night there are lights around the window and lights on the tree. Its pretty day and night.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Dec 15
I was shown the Epley by my doctor last time was in. I have several Vertigo experiences that were horrible. Very scary. I felt like I was on a carnival ride. I was lying on the bed but felt like I was going to fall off it for sure. Sometimes the maneuver helps and sometimes it slows things down and then I would have one again soon after. I hope you get off the ride soon. I know it isn't fun. Maybe, like with migraines, a darkened room might help.
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• Canada
8 Dec 15
The dizzy stuff is almost gone. It is one of the worst experiences I've ever had. Can't stand being under the weather but not being able to walk straight is something else.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate ...It really is scary isn't it? Tunnels and spinning. Ugh!
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@nanette64 (18081)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Dec 15
Is there anything that they can do about the crystal in the ear @PainsOnSlate ? Such as suctioning; like they do for ear wax? Or maybe using Mineral Oil in the ear? I have a fractured right cochlea in the ear (thanks to my husband) and I get dizzy occasionally. Outside of surgery though, I can't do anything about it.
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• Canada
9 Dec 15
The kind of vertigo I have, the crystals are in the fluid in the ear drum, three loop-shaped structures (semicircular canals), it can't be cleaned or fixed without surgery, its about the crystals getting lose and causing the disruption, the fix is to get the crystals to go back where they are supposed to be. The Epley maneuver does that.
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• Midland, Michigan
10 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate I'll have to check that out just in case I or someone else I know has this happen again sometime. I have a problem with seeing lights when it's dark out and it's from the vitreous being unattached to the optic nerve. It can settle back down and reattach too, but for me it doesn't stay that way long enough. It doesn't seem as bad as it was, though, or else maybe I've gotten used to it more-but I hope not. Otherwise, I might miss a worse symptom.
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• Canada
10 Dec 15
@MarshaMusselman If it goes away quickly its just an annoyance. When It sticks around, then its a problem. Good look with your eyes.
@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Dec 15
I have had a bout of that as well. Was dizzy for almost 2 days. It was fairly mild but annoying and unbalanced to say the least. Glad you are feeling better.
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• Canada
8 Dec 15
If i look to the floor for any reason i sill get dizzy, I am trying to keep my chin up so the dizzy doesn't come back.
@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Dec 15
@PaintsOnSlate yea that is an awful feeling. Hope that mess goes away soon for you..
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@MALUSE (44673)
• Uzbekistan
9 Dec 15
My husband had this several times but that was long ago and it hasn't come back. I can't see the association between being blond and dizzy. I guess it's supposed to be funny but I don't get it. In Germany jokes about blondes combine blond and dumb, but not dizzy.
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• Canada
9 Dec 15
Often in the states dizzy equals dumb...I'm smarter than the average blonde so it never bothered me. TV and movies make blonds look dumb ( Marilyn Monroe. Doris Day)
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@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 15
Sorry to hear about this Marilyn, but glad that you are able to control it. I had an ear infection once and couldn't walk in a straight line for the life of me, so I've an idea what it's like.
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• Canada
8 Dec 15
it was miserable and so happy it' s gone!!!
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@fawkes62 (1291)
• United States
11 Dec 15
I've had vertigo a few times, but tend to have more issues with lightheadedness. I had thought I was past those issues, but they've been coming back again. I'm fairly certain I know the cause, the problem is getting them to stop.
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• Canada
11 Dec 15
I hope you find a way to make them go....
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@fawkes62 (1291)
• United States
11 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate Assuming they are caused by what I think they are caused by, I just need to find new ways of handling my anxiety. Unfortunately that is easier said than done.
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@SIMPLYD (84823)
• Philippines
10 Dec 15
So, yours is caused by that floating thing in your ear . Yes, i do experience vertigo once in a while . My ear was ruled out as the cause . It's when i don't get enough sleep for about 2 consecutive days that i would feel it sometimes .
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• Canada
10 Dec 15
Mine doesn't happen often but it is cause by a crystal in my ear. You need to get more sleep!!!
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@SIMPLYD (84823)
• Philippines
11 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate Oh i see . Yes, sleep is what i lack most of the time on weekdays , because i still love to do things yet i am forced to go to sleep already at 10:00 because i will still have to wake up early the next day .
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@shellyjaneo (1091)
• United Kingdom
9 Dec 15
I suffer with something similar but I was never told what it is or if I was I don't remember the name. I get dizzy spells where I feel like I am drunk. I have been given medication for it and luckily I only need to take one tablet when it hits and I don't get it for a month or two. It is horrible though x
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• Canada
9 Dec 15
If one tablet works then take that pill. I went to the doctor because here in Canada its free so there is no excuse not to see your doctor and he knew right away what it was and told me how to get rid of it. If those spells continue look back at this and look for the YouTube videos. If it is the benign paroxysmal positional vertigo YouTube will show you have to make it go away.
• United Kingdom
11 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate Thanks for the info, if I can find a natural way to treat it that would be great x
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
9 Dec 15
I have had the same thing several times and I still get positional vertigo when lying in bed. If I move too quickly, things will spin. The doctors can't figure out why I only have it now when I am lying down. I'm going to look up the video on youtube and see if it helps.
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• Canada
9 Dec 15
I had it, it came in waves when I was walking. Occasionally in bed but usually starts while walking. Youtube has a ton of sites showing and talking about the fix, give it a try, it works for me.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
13 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate I will definitely give it a try. It's really awful for it to just happen out of nowhere and it catches you off guard.
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@paigea (22620)
• Canada
9 Dec 15
That sounds uncomfortable. I have had a very sudden very brief moment of dizziness a couple of times for no reason.
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• Canada
10 Dec 15
It sounds like what I had - out of the blue you can't stand up with dizziness. If it happens again check out the Epley Maneuver if you need it. I feel great now.
@paigea (22620)
• Canada
10 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate both times I was at work, walking down the hall. It was a very momentary thing luckily. But weird.
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@JudyEv (137073)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Dec 15
What a shame that this should happen again now. I burst both ear-drums once which affected my balance for a while but it was nothing like you're describing. I hope it goes again soon. And your tree looks lovely.
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• Canada
10 Dec 15
It lasted two days but it gone now. I feel great. Ouch. both ear drums, that must have been a horrible time, did they heal? They must have is you are still traveling and enjoying life.
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@JudyEv (137073)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate I'm a bit wobbly sometimes and tend to watch where I'm walking, use handholds on stairs and things. It happened one Christmas Eve so it was a very quiet Christmas.
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@sueznewz2 (10161)
• Alicante, Spain
8 Dec 15
no i've not been troubled with that.... but I do know it'snot very nice..my friend suffers with it quite badly and quite often....but i'm glad you are feeling better today... your tree does look nice ... , we will put ours up sunday of monday....
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• Canada
10 Dec 15
Our big tree in the front room will be put up this weekend too. I'm feeling much better and if your friend still has it, suggest the Epley Maneuver to here - she can find it on you tube.
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@sueznewz2 (10161)
• Alicante, Spain
10 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate yes thanks .... i'm going to look it up....
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@PatZAnthony (13117)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
11 Dec 15
It sounds like a terrible thing to experience.
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• Canada
11 Dec 15
Wasn't fun...
@sofssu (14914)
10 Dec 15
Sorry to hear about your condition. Isn't there away to get rid of that crystal in your ears? I am glad the exercise helps.
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• Canada
10 Dec 15
I think the crystals are there forever but I'm not sure. I will ask my doctor the next time i see him. It took two days this tie to make it go away but its gone...
@DaddyEvil (26042)
• Aurora, Missouri
10 Dec 15
Wow, pains! That doesn't sound fun at all! (At least when my blood pressure is playing games with me I get to feel the fun part of the dizzy spell as well as the falling down part! LOL!) I am sorry to hear you have not been feeling well, hon! I do hope you are feeling much better now! Are some of your ornaments hand made? (I could be mistaken, but some of them do look like they might be.) Any good stories go with any of your ornaments?
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• Canada
10 Dec 15
I'm 100% better now and feeling great. Thank You! Some of the ornaments are hand made and thanks for the idea. I will do some posts on my treasures.
• Midland, Michigan
10 Dec 15
Glad you're feeling better. I've been dizzy a few times and it's not fun at all. I didn't realize there was something you could do to rectify the situation. Did it not help as quickly this last time like it did before? How does a crystal get in your ear in the first place, and did your doctor see it or just figure that was it from your symptoms? I've gotten dizzy before when going to the library. That's happened several times, but mainly when I was younger. Since then, I've only been that dizzy with the flu or a really bad migraine. I find that if I'm laying down and I put my one foot on the floor that helps level out the brain or something. I heard that somewhere and it really works.
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• Canada
10 Dec 15
The first time I had it a couple of years ago I had no idea what was going on and the doctor knew the minute he saw me. I think the crystals are in the inner ear all the time and one just got lose, (but I'm not sure - I'm not a doctor) by the number of youtube demonstrations I think it must be something that happens to a lot of people. This time I had to do the maneuver a couple of times to make it go away but its gone now.
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@GreatMartin (6190)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
10 Dec 15
In 2008 I had an aorta valve replacement operation and at the age of 72 waking up in the recovery room I found myself with claustrophobia that is still with me--very strange--and it was caused by the chemical when I was put under!!
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• Canada
10 Dec 15
That is pretty scary. I've never had claustrophobia and hope I never do. What do you do to make it go away?
@rishisim (40)
• New Delhi, India
9 Dec 15
i never had a vertigo, but the way you describe it, oh god i cant even imagine how you manage for the entire period of time
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• Canada
9 Dec 15
It was just a short time because I know how to get rid of it. After I do the maneuver I get a bit dizzy every once in a while but in two days its all gone. I'm feeling great now.
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@marlina (79655)
• Canada
9 Dec 15
So sorry to read that. I don't have vertigo, but a lot of dizziness and quite often, very annoying.
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• Canada
9 Dec 15
At least it went away. I am much more comfortable now. Sorry you have to deal with it often. Its hard to do anything while dizzy.
@ridingbet (60735)
• Philippines
9 Dec 15
BPPV is hard to manage to some who have this one. I hope you have your ears checked for equilibrium and balance.
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• Canada
10 Dec 15
The Epley Maneuver works on me and I feel find now. I'm grateful to know how to make it go away.