Vertigo is unpleasant, well, it down right sucks.
Vertigo is a sensation of spinning dizziness, as though the room or surrounding environment is spinning in circles around the person, and you have experienced it, you know it can knock you right off your feet.
The most common causes of vertigo are inner ear infections or diseases of the ear such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, and Meniere’s disease.
- Feeling like you’re moving or spinning.
- Problems focusing the eyes.
- Hearing loss in one ear.
- Balance problems.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Nausea or vomiting.
Now, let me tell you about my own experience with Vertigo.
The first time I experienced Vertigo symptoms was right after I had a nasty bout with bronchitis. I had already missed one week of work because of it. On the day I planned on returning to work; I got up when my alarm went off and promptly hit the floor.
I didn’t fall to the floor because my legs were weak. I didn’t even feel “bad”. But I was as dizzy as you could get. Scared out of my wits – I’d never experienced any thing like this before in my life – I crawled my way to the living room and climbed into a chair. The dizziness remained. I made coffee, thinking the Vertigo symptoms would go away. They didn’t and I decided to go to the emergency room.
At the emergency room, (as visions of brain tumors and the like presented themselves in my mind) the doctor seemed quite confident as to what my problem was. He asked me a series of questions, ran some tests, did some blood work and gave me some medication.. He concluded that because of the Bronchitis, I had gotten the Vertigo, and that this was common. Vertigo is also common in the elderly – and it’s usually chronic.
He sent me home with my prescription. I was out of work for another week, basically chained to my couch or bed. I couldn’t do anything else. I could not sit in front of my computer, or watch TV – everything had a tendency to bounce around. I was miserable. The meds that were prescribed to me made me incredibly drowsy and I slept a lot. After 3 days, I felt better and not quite so dizzy, but I still was unable to drive at this point, and it took another few days to feel normal.
The best way for me to describe my Vertigo symptoms is this. Don’t laugh. It’s exactly how I felt:Have you ever gotten so drunk to the point to where you got the spins? The room starts spinning and twirling taking you for the ride. It only goes away when you lay down and lay completely still. Only with Vertigo symptoms, it doesn’t go away.
My understanding of one of the causes of Vertigo is an imbalance of the crystals in the ear, which make sense, at least for me since I only get Vertigo after I’ve been sick with Bronchitis.
If you are experiencing vertigo symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. It can be dangerous especially if you operate machinery, drive a lot or other tasks that could potentially out you at risk.