Let me say this first of all. I am a fighter I don’t give up so easily. I’ve worked hard to raise my family and work for a living. Being a woman, I had to sacrifice my career while for the greater good to others. I did without regret at the age of 34. Be it Husband, Caregiver of Alzheimer Mother-in-law, Motherhood, and Rancher my plate was running over with sacrificing myself and being a productive person. When my children were going to elementary school I choose places of work to accommodate my responsibility of motherhood entitlement. I was able to be a certified Drivers Education Instructor with the company I was aiding. This job I was able to leave on a dime if anything was wrong with my children. It worked out great until my daughters grew to be in High School. At this time I was having light bouts of vertigo coming out of no where. I dealt with the spins by taking a high dosage of ginger root. Every day I would consume lots of ginger root pills until I realized it wasn’t working anymore. Daily I changed my habits of life to accommodate my health as long as I could talk and walk. Because in my mind there are others who are worse off than I. I did go see my doctor and he gave me a med that knocked me out for a week. My head felt like it was FULL of water. Though I was told not to stop med and take all I stopped and found that my vertigo had worsen. In time I was able to control it with help from ginger root. In the end with my primary Doc he didn’t have any knowledge on vertigo and sent me to an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist…that is where I got my diagnose BPPV.
For many years I worked as a Driver’s Education Instructor and ended up owning my own school. With regret I had to close down seven years ago my business because my Vertigo was very dangerous and showed signs that I was going to have this for the rest of my life.
Long story short: For over many years (18 years) I’ve suffered from this garbage that makes you spin out of control. There is NO CURE only learning how to manage it is important. Because no matter how many products, doctors, therapist give you to take or use their methods to help, nothing works!
Let me say that there is NO primary DOCTOR that understands Vertigo unless they have it and must deal with it. Nor does the medical insurances understand it. If its not called Meniere’s disease than your screwed.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo — the sudden sensation that you’re spinning or that the inside of your head is spinning. When a cause can be determined, BPPV is often associated with a minor to severe blow to your head. Less common causes of BPPV include disorders that damage your inner ear or, rarely, damage that occurs during ear surgery or during prolonged positioning on your back, such as in a dentist chair. BPPV also has been associated with migraines. I’ve never took a blow to the head so I know this is not how I got it. As for Migraines I do have them but not a lot and at times it leaves me in the dark to recuperate without light intensifying the splitting headache. There are other possibilities further down this post that could inform others.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo causes brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is usually triggered by specific changes in the position of your head. This might occur when you tip your head up or down, when you lie down, bend down, or when you turn over or sit up in bed. Although benign paroxysmal positional vertigo can be a bothersome problem, it’s rarely serious except when it increases the chance of falls. To me it is SERIOUS no matter how a professional looks at it. An Unbalanced body needs to be taken seriously because this illness leaves the person very disable to function in society, work place, daily tasks of independence, and be included in simple gatherings. I have had my fair share of people thinking I am drunk so we verti’s get kicked out of establishments and or be denied an alcohol beverage.
Here are my 10 signs and symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- A sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving (vertigo)
- A loss of balance or unsteadiness
- Speech slurs or can’t complete a sentence because your in a daze of confusion
- Constant roaring/ringing in your ears or pounding like a drum, an eventually loss of hearing
- Abnormal rhythmic eye movements (nystagmus) vision becomes blurry or poor eventually
- Loss of Confidence, In dependency, Depression, Anxiety, loss of career, driving, and the most important is loss of relationship/marriage/friendship.
Changing your diet never aided me: salt, caffeine, smoking, living a stress free life. I didn’t have issues with smoking, but salt intake I totally gave it up. It was hard for me to give up my coffee, but I did for a period of time. As for living a stress free life…. YAH RIGHT~! I won’t go into that one…haha So giving up three products was easier to work with and then I found out it had NO EFFECT on my vertigo. Even when I tried to balance my body and mind living a stress free life doing Acupuncture and massage therapy for many years my vertigo stayed strong and sure of itself it was not going away. And when the wind ripped up a storm of windy days, I was good for nothing because it left me spacey the whole day or week trying to manage the evasive intrusion of earth’s elements. As for exercise ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? How can you walk, bend down or look up or maneuver your body to be strong without spinning out of control? Just the slightest movement sends my vertigo off. Yeah I can lift weights but don’t you know even that triggers vertigo? So another health issues occurs called Osteoporosis especially in aging women. Not only that…depression and anxiety sets in deeply from all the disappointments and let downs that has occurred and changing your life to being non existence in society has its price to ones who suffer from Vertigo.
As for the Medical world… That too is a JOKE~ It is hard to find a primary doctor who understands vertigo. Nor do they want a patient who suffers the illness. The narcotics that are issued out are acceptable to medical insurances yet homeopathic remedies are frown upon. Not all of us humans react the same to medications. Yet I’ve been on Valum for many years and only take it when I can no longer control the spin outs. For me….my body reacts better to homeopathic medicines than narcotics that can kill you or become addictive to with side effects. There was a long period in time I lived off or OD on Ginger Root. It helped me out but with long term use it really didn’t faze Vertigo anymore. I’ve done Ear Cone burning, Hydro-peroxide, all other stuff that friends passed on to me to rid my illness from my soul until I am sick to death to try anything any more. I am better than most I like to say to myself because I am healthy in body and take no other medications; however, my soul suffers the spin outs no matter WHAT I DO~
As for going to a Ear, Nose, Throat doctor they only diagnose you with the illness and then they too have nothing that will aid Vertigo to stop, except for Drugs and Epley procedure which they don’t do in their offices. Oh yes you will go through a series of procedures at their office and medications. And in the end your still left with the lingering aftermath of your vertigo. Especially when they gave me medication that made me worse. Let me also say the medication they gave me helped many patients rid the illness but not for me. Vertigo is described as the room is spinning out of control. A description like this has a direct correlation to the inner ear, whereas light headedness, for example, can be caused by dehydration or low blood pressure. Medications may also cause vague sensations of dizziness; I recommend all patients with dizziness review their medications with their physician to out weigh the what if’s.
The inner ear
The role of our inner ear, or vestibular system, is basically to detect the movement of our body relative to gravity and the ground we’re walking on. It sends this information to the brain, which then generates the appropriate motor responses to keep our eyes in line with our head and keep us upright. It is a really important part of our physiology.
One way our inner ear does this is through the vestibulo-ocular reflex. It’s a reflexive eye movement that the inner ear triggers during head movement to keep an image centered on our retina. So, when we move our head, our eyes move in certain ways to keep our visual field stable. Frequently, when there is an inner ear problem, this reflex is impaired. In addition to the inner ear, our eyes contribute important information to the brain with respect to our sense of balance. If our sight is impaired, a problem with balance may result. Finally, the sensory nerves in our legs and feet provide more information to the brain. Patients who suffer from neuropathy frequently have problems with balance.
So, when we think about our balance system, it’s really our brain getting information from these different sources. The brain gets that information, assimilates all the data and keeps us walking in a straight line. If there are any problems with any of these sources of inputs, we have problems with balance.
About 4 years ago I looked into the Epley procedure with my primary doctor. I was then referred to a Physical Therapist. After many visits leaving me exhausted I was happy for a little bit when the spinning stopped. Sadly, it didn’t take to long for Vertigo to came back and haunt me with vengeance. I had no choice but to return to see my therapist for a few months. After many visits my therapist showed me how to do myself, but I feared to do cause I would be so wiped out. However, I did many times which did help, but failed in the end to come back the next day or two. Now my neck and head get extremely sore after doing the maneuver. Each year I have to go to my primary doctor to get a referral in order for my medical insurance to pay of my visit. Last year my doctor told me he was retiring and I had to find another primary doctor which to this day I can not find one. So in the end I go without and kiss the epley goodbye cause it really didn’t help. At least for me and all the years I’ve done the procedure to rid Vertigo or manage it was time to kiss that method goodbye.
The Epley repositioning maneuver is a way to get the crystals in the inner ear back in the right place. Through a series of head maneuvers — by turning the head in certain ways — they can get these crystals to go back to the right place just by using gravity. The patient stays in each position for about 30 to 60 seconds and then sit back up. Patients will have a hangover effect after this, but they won’t have the spins anymore at least for some.
I just recently had issues with my dentist. I went to my dentist to get my teeth cleaned in Los Alamos, NM. I fear this more than I can say y’all. For a Vertigo person to lay completely down in a dental chair while the hygienist cleans your teeth for almost an hour is MURDER. Getting up after that long period leaves my body completely exhausted and nauseas. It can take most of the day or not for me to feel okay. In the end I refused this time to lay back all the way since my vertigo has been nasty. I was so grateful that my hygienist aided me and cleaned my teeth standing up. However, when my dentist came in to check on my teeth after he went through back surgery was the deal breaker. He did not like it that I refused to lay straight down for him to do a oral checkup. After that he did accommodate me this ONE TIME yet made sure to tell me his dislike. After his checkup he then told me his practice is NOT THE RIGHT fit for my illness. And I should go and find a younger group of a dental office who will bend for me. He also told me that he didn’t want his employee’s to suffer a change in their work station because a patient couldn’t lay down. I was dumbfounded….WOW really!!!! I come into your dental office twice a year not every day and he had the nerve to tell me he is dropping me because I have severe Vertigo. Perhaps he was NOT the right Dentist for me since he failed me too in dental care in previous years that cost a pretty penny because of his “We’ll keep a Watch on it” syndrome. More depression sets in and withdrawal consumes me daily from all health providers and society.
As for all the VERTIGO products out there on the market, some may work and some might not. It is important for the Suffer to know its only a temporary fix. I think I’ve done and tried all the methods almost. Between Medical Doctors and Products what I spent for just to be told I have vertigo was a crazy high price to pay. And to let you all know there are two other drastic surgery measures to the ear that can cure Vertigo. I am familiar with the procedures but not knowledgeable enough to talk about it.
To close my Bellow up…..Now I know In the end I WILL ALWAYS have Vertigo no matter what I do. And if you were a sufferer from Vertigo and was blessed to rid the illness from your body I say OUTSTANDING and send you big hugs you beat it.
Maybe in the future someone will be find a cure for those who can’t get rid of the SPIN OUTS. Let me say the government cares NOT about you and will not accept you to be called a Handicap person with Vertigo. If you have Meniere’s disease you might be able to receive benefits. For several years I’ve been fighting SSI to aid me. Sadly, I too have been denied the past 3 years and told its not as debilitating as Meniere’s Disease. So as of today I am 58 and barely able to feel safe walking around in public or do all the things I love to do as I view my aging years.
I guess the only way I can scream out my frustrations is through words of disappointment. I hope if anyone reads this post please feel free to engage your voice. I would love to hear others experience as we share together “You Got Me going in Circles”
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