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Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful that my vertigo is gone.

Although it's a Hitchcockian ailment, it's a drag.

Why does it happen?

I don't know.

If I knew, I would stop doing it.

Having the room spin when you're sober is wrong.

And sitting around the house trying to keep your head still is boring.

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jodyfeldman
Apr. 24th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
I've had it once for a day and I know people who get it on a recurring basis. I truly understand why you're thankful. Glad you're feeling better.
lkmadigan
Apr. 25th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jody!
aprilhenry
Apr. 24th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Can you do that inner ear maneuver where they manipulate your head?

Have you gotten it before?

Could it be Meneiere's?

lkmadigan
Apr. 25th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Who in the what now?

Yes.

I don't know.


aprilhenry
Apr. 25th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
It's called particle repositioning manuever

http://www.jacksonearclinic.com/pages/piPositionalVertigo.htm
lkmadigan
Apr. 25th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
Fascinating!!!
goadingthepen
Apr. 24th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
I'm thankful for wonderful people on LJ!
I am glad you are seeing straight today.
Happy Spring!
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Edited at 2008-04-24 01:45 pm (UTC)
lkmadigan
Apr. 25th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
Thank you for the flowers.

:-)
cyn2write
Apr. 24th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, yikes, I know what you mean! I had a bad cold and my ear canal was damaged, so I get vertigo all the time. I'm glad that you're feeling better.
lkmadigan
Apr. 25th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
I had mono when I was in college ... I think that was the first time it happened.

I know it's got to be inner-ear-related.

You get it all the time?

Oy.
jennifer_j_s
Apr. 24th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
I get this about once every two years, usually after I've had some sort of cold.

My personal doctor gives me Benadryl, and I try not to move for about 20-25 minutes, to give it a chance to kick in. Then I lie on my back with my head hanging off the bed, and depending which way my eyeballs are spinning, he does some quick turns and manipulations -- turn the head fast and sit up type stuff, lay back and do it again. And the best things is, it works! Once, he did it even without the Benadryl, because I had to drive somewhere, and I was able to, after resting for about half an hour.

You can't do it yourself, but I think someone could learn how to do it for you.

I think the Benadryl helps with not throwing up.

Best wishes,
Jennifer J.
lkmadigan
Apr. 25th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jennifer.

Yes, after about an hour, I called to my husband (who's off work) and said, "Bring me the magic Benadryl."

I remembered that it helps with ... well, lots of things!

I need someone to train hubby to twist my head around.

:-)
susanwrites
Apr. 24th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
Oh boy, I am glad you're feeling better too.

I haven't had that problem but it sounds really frustrating.
alison23
Apr. 24th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've had vertigo for a month or more at a time, and it was horrible! It happened twice, two different years in a row, and I began to worry it would happen every spring. I think it must have been the aftermath of an illness with inner ear stuff going on. I never found anything on the Internet that really described what I was having (was most like "benign positional vertigo," I think, but seems like I read somewhere that isn't likely to recur, and mine did). Yet I think it's more common than drs must think, because I know someone else who had it for months on end, and now you. I hope it does not come back! I had a horrible time even going to sleep, since I always felt I was spinning, even in bed (I think it was even worse with my eyes closed, since I had no visual data to let me know which end was up).
lkmadigan
Apr. 25th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
Oh man!

Mine was worse with my eyes open, since the room was spinning. I only felt better with my eyes closed.

I can't believe you've had it for a month or more!

I'm sure it's inner-ear-related. I wish I knew how to avoid it, though!
de_scribes
Apr. 24th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds awful. I'm thankful you're feeling better too!
lkmadigan
Apr. 25th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Thank you!
jamarattigan
Apr. 24th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
I've had this and it's the worst feeling ever. You simply can't move your head an inch.

Glad you're better, and hope it never comes back!
lkmadigan
Apr. 25th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Thanks ... I hope it never comes back, too.
christinenorris
Apr. 24th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
It happens because the nerve connecting your ears and brain gets inflammed and messes up your balance. There's not much you can do about it except see the doc for the stuff they give for vertigo (what the heck is it called - my dog had vertigo and he was on it, terrible, scary thing!) and wait it out.

It totally sucks though. I don't know if an OTC anti-inflammatory like Aleve would work.
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lkmadigan
Apr. 25th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
OMG, a month?!

Yes, mine came on when I rolled over in bed Tuesday morning.

I've had vertigo probably ten times over the past 20 years ... the first time was in college. If I knew what caused it, I would do everything to avoid it! The first time it happened, I had mono. But I think it's more inner-ear-related.
boreal_owl
Apr. 24th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Ugh, that sounds awful! Glad you're feeling better now.
lkmadigan
Apr. 25th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Thank you!
onegrapeshy
Apr. 24th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
I was on a medication once that gave me vertigo every morning. What an awful feeling! Glad you're feeling better.
robinellen
Apr. 24th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your vertigo is gone, as well -- I've gotten it too (as you know), and it's tough! :)
idaho_laurie
Apr. 24th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
It's epidemic. I have it, too, but it comes and goes. I've had people swear by that head maneuver, but I've been too chicken to try it because I hear it can make you throw up....
lkmadigan
Apr. 25th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
I'm to the point where I'm willing to have someone do the head trick to me.

!!
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lkmadigan
Apr. 25th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
Yes!

There was an article in the paper a year or so ago, about a doctor who had invented a contraption that turned people upside down and whatnot, and it cured their vertigo. The theory was exactly what you said - some little something gets caught in your inner ear.

Other doctors wouldn't take him seriously for decades, but now he's getting some respect.
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