Thursday, September 25, 2008

Let Me Off This Ride!





"Let Me Off This Ride!"

A familiar cry to anyone who has ever operated a ride at an amusement park that spins, like teacups or tilt-a-whirl, usually followed immediately by...well, yakking.


I woke up on Tuesday morning and got out of bed and got that you got up too fast feeling, but it lasted for about 10 seconds. I clung to the bed wondering what the heck was going on. It passed, and I dismissed it. Later I was talking to a friend on the phone, I sat on the couch and decided to recline back into the corner, when that sickening dizzy spinning feeling hit me again! It felt like it feels when you've had too much to drink and the room is spinning. Then again when I sat up. Wow, that got old fast! I became very aware of the ways I moved that brought it on, and began to move very very slowly. No help. Still happened.


When I went to bed that night, I was laying on my side and rolled over onto my back. A few seconds later, I felt like I was inside a barrel rolling down a hill. It lasted for about six seconds and that seemed like an eternity. I grabbed the bed, actually frightened. The ceiling seemed to be moving. When it was over, I slowly rolled back to my side and stayed in that position all night. I woke up sore and crippled from not moving all night.


I learned with the help of a friend, and the Internet, that I have vertigo. It has many causes. I am currently on antibiotics to eliminate infection as a cause, and I really hope that's it, and it clears up and goes away. The other causes are not so easily fixed, and would require money and time.


I can do most things, but I have problems when going from lying to sitting or vice versa, feeding the dogs, picking up anything, rolling over, and walking in a straight line is pretty much out too. I seem to lose my balance pretty easily and list a little when I walk. I guess you could say I stagger now. It gives me a queasy feeling in my stomach, probably because I am prone to motion sickness. I have always hated rides that spin, and having one inside my head is not my idea of a good time.


I'm not just telling you all of this just to complain. I merely want to inform you of the symptoms of vertigo, and urge you to go with lactose intolerance, or premature gray, or even halitosis if you have a choice.

17 comments:

Ben said...

I thought Vertigo was just a Hitchcock flick.

Smartassbian: Educating since 2008

RED MOJO said...

ben, So did I! I wish I still did! lol

Alex said...

Welcome to the barrel-rolling contest. I've had this on and off all year, and my smart-arsed doc told me he could give me pills or offered surgery as an alternative.

Naturally, I took the pills. Sorry to hear you're suffering this way too. It really is a bummer. :(

Baino said...

I'd still get it properly diagnosed, could be something else such as a middle ear problem or low blood sugar/pressure. Not a nice feeling at all, I feel for you!

TheWeyrd1 said...

I once had a middle ear infection called labrynthitis(common occurrence to catch these things on long airline flights) and it caused the same kind of symptoms. Course I was much younger (early 30's) so it didn't cause as frequent and intense symptoms as yours. As we age our inner ear canals become less flexible and more prone to these kind of difficulties. Anyway I ended up taking antibiotics for it and it went away...

RED MOJO said...

alex, It's nice to have a little support group. I'm glad I'm not alone, but sorry you have it too.

baino, I will go to the doctor if it keeps happening or re-occurrs, after the antibiotics are gone. I know there are many causes.

theweyrd1, I do hope mine is an infection too! By the way, I wouldn't say early 30's is MUCH younger! I'm not a relic! lol

citizen of the world said...

I seem to have several patients with vertigo lately - wonder why?

I hope you are better, and steadier, soon!

comfortandjoy said...

Poor you!

Wishing You Steady Ground And Young Women,
CJ

yenbar said...

I'm gonna guess it's the inner ear problem.If your sinuses have been draining alot lately you may be getting water build up in the inner ear.Allergies at this time of the year can make you even more miserable than normal.

RED MOJO said...

Cit, Hmmm, that is a puzzler. You should definitely feel sorry for them though.

cj, I'll settle for steady ground right now!

yenbar, It's been a week today, the antibiotics are almost gone, there is no drainage or sign of allergies. It's not looking good. :(

heartinsanfrancisco said...

So sorry you're having these symptoms. I googled it and it seems that there are so many possible causes that you should see another doctor.

Of course if all else fails, you'll have no choice but to visit a hairdresser and become a dizzy blond. It's nice to have options.

Lezlie Mac said...

I get those symptoms periodically too, but I always attributed them to drug abuse...Maybe I should get checked out...

Hope you get better !

RED MOJO said...

heartinsanfrancisco, It's been nine days now, and it seems less severe, but I could just be getting used to it. I'm in the maybe it'll just go away on it's own phase. Who knows how long that will last.

lezlie mac, I don't have a history of drug abuse, so I can't add any credence to your theory. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Come again.

Slip said...

Stay off ladders! Go to the doctor and find out what is going on!

Slip said...

I got to thinking. I know,I know, not my strong suit., but now you are truly half a bubble off.

RED MOJO said...

slip, first comment: You're soooo bosy!
second comment: Ha! You're right!

tsduff said...

This is horrible! Tracy - I'm so sorry. Vertigo sucks... I have had several close friends suffering from the same. It passed after a time... but completely wrecked their lives in the meantime. I've been away for a bit so missed your troubles... I'm sending the best thoughts your way xo