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We were in a motel in Atlanta on the way back from a great trip to Destin, FL.
Made a pit stop at 3am,got back in bed and the second I lay down,my world turned into a spinning nightmare. Hard to describe but this was WAY beyond dizzy.
Not sure what a panic reaction does,but I was immediately soaked with a cold sweat,had the shakes,extremely dry mouth and my chest felt strange.
After an hour,I could still barely talk or move, so my wife called 911. They came very quickly and checked my vitals, incl. an ECG. The EMT said he wished his BP and pulse were that good.This to me who still could barely move or talk. His diagnosis was dehydration and maybe a touch of the flu which made sense.We had traveled most of the day and I had had some coffee at breakfast and dinner and tea at lunch. The motel water was not good so I didn't drink any of it.He also reminded me that 65 isn't very young which I found irritatingly unnecessary.
Two days later I am still a bit shaky. Yesterday I couldn't bend over without almost getting light headed and losing my balance.
All that said,I have been drinking a lot of water and resting. The Doc said the symptoms may last a week and they aren't sure what causes it but they think it has to do with lack of lubrication in the middle ear.
P.S. It was 70 deg in Destin and I took a couple of relatives out who had never paddled and they really enjoyed it.
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Are We Being Bombarded...|
Posted by: Kudzu on Nov-20-13 4:18 PM (EST)
by vertigo rays from space? I've been dealing with it. My father's been dealing with it. I saw Roy Williams drop to the floor during a basketball game because of it. You ain't alone, String.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Nov-20-13 4:47 PM (EST)
Sure sounds like anxiety.
Posted by: pblanc on Nov-20-13 4:51 PM (EST)
Benign vertigo is really quite prevalent and can be absolutely debilitating. Hopefully, it will be a temporary phenomenon.
I'm hearing from a lot of people|
Posted by: string on Nov-20-13 5:38 PM (EST)
that they have experienced it. My neighbor was leaning back in a chair when it hit him. He reacted just like I did.
Posted by: teimac on Nov-20-13 5:37 PM (EST)
I was diagnosed with otosclerosis last year it's not something they can fix until I go totally deaf. Meanwhile vertigo is my constant companion, along with all the symptoms you describe.
A Hitchcock Hernia!|
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on Nov-20-13 5:56 PM (EST)
or Bad Direction Into Cinematic Melange' Malaise (What happens when you mix-up the film festival reels!)
Maybe not the vertigo but all the other|
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Nov-21-13 12:04 AM (EST)
symptoms, Atlanta does it to me too every time.
Posted by: sing on Nov-21-13 6:30 AM (EST)
Friend of mine just woke up one morning with vertigo and couldn't get out of bed. Any movement produced nausea and vomiting. Now six weeks later she is still home from work and experiencing vertigo when she turns her head or body in certain ways. Her OT has seen cases where recovery stretches into months.
Posted by: magooch on Nov-21-13 9:15 AM (EST)
My brother-in-law and I both had something like that at the same time. Mine only lasted about a day and a half, but his went on for a few more days. A friend has recurring dizziness symptoms and takes medication for it, but sometimes even the medication doesn't help. His doc says it's something to do with the inner ear.
sweating and shakes|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Nov-21-13 9:39 AM (EST)
I'm still leaning toward anxiety.
if it persists|
Posted by: castoff on Nov-21-13 10:25 AM (EST)
Posted by: RockyRaab on Nov-21-13 11:10 AM (EST)
There are many causes for vertigo (which should not be confused with common dizziness) as well as many treatments. I had a bout of it a year ago and learned from a specialist that I had a pinched nerve in my neck - nothing to do with my inner ears. He performed a simple massage and movement procedure and I immediately felt better.
Posted by: fatelmo on Nov-21-13 11:17 AM (EST)
here is a bit more info|
Posted by: castoff on Nov-21-13 12:03 PM (EST)
Posted by: pblanc on Nov-21-13 1:05 PM (EST)
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is one of the more common causes of benign vertigo. Fortunately, it is usually self-limited, meaning it usually goes away on its own, although it can be incapacitating during the episodes. The antihistamine drug meclizine sometimes help blunt the symptoms but I don't believe it has any effect on the course.
I have BPPV and get vertigo |
Posted by: shirlann on Nov-22-13 7:45 PM (EST)
sometimes only every 2 weeks and other times I've had two a day.
Posted by: barracuda on Nov-21-13 2:06 PM (EST)
Fort Benning owns a recreation facility back on the bay. We went there lots when I was a kid, and later I was a lifeguard there. Ate a lot of Blue crabs
The answer to "65 isn't very young"|
Posted by: spiritboat on Nov-21-13 2:12 PM (EST)
should've been: "Don't worry, you won't be making it even that far with your shitty attitude."
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Nov-21-13 7:50 PM (EST)
If I sit at a table , I get little|
Posted by: string on Nov-21-13 9:06 PM (EST)
indicators that it is still there, but if I am standing or driving ,I am fine.
The good news is...|
Posted by: spiritboat on Nov-22-13 7:12 PM (EST)
Your vitals were fine.
Thanks SB. Seeing the ENT Tuesday.|
Posted by: string on Nov-23-13 7:25 PM (EST)
Vertigo is awful, but fortunately most|
Posted by: cindyb on Nov-24-13 2:33 AM (EST)
I am fortunate then. I have a bit |
Posted by: string on Nov-24-13 4:33 PM (EST)
lingering, but it isn't bad.
Benign positional vertigo|
Posted by: willowleaf on Nov-26-13 10:27 AM (EST)
I've had benign positional vertigo (BPV) since fracturing my skull in a bicycle crash in my mid-20s. All it takes is turning my head too quickly or changing position in just the right plane and the whole world starts spinning, triggering waves of nausea that can persist for days. Almost fell off an 8' ladder back when I was still a construction electrician when I jerked my head to indicate a box a material a co-worker was asking about and set off the vertigo.
Saw the ENT today. He says the |
Posted by: string on Nov-26-13 11:24 PM (EST)
incidence of vertigo goes up this time of year and is probably linked to rhino viruses;made worse by dehydration.
Scariest thing ever!|
Posted by: RedCrossRandy on Nov-27-13 2:18 PM (EST)
I once got an onset of it while driving. Had to pull off the road before I killed something. Took a good while for it to pass...
BPPV is a likely candidate|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Nov-27-13 4:14 PM (EST)
Like others, I have had (self-diagnosed) Benign Paroxsmal Postural Vertigo. It manifested itself when getting out of bed or even shifting position in bed. It was quickly cured using the head positioning exercises you can find on the internet, which settle the floating crystals in your inner ear. My wife had the same symptoms once and same favorable result with the exercises.