Living with Vertigo

 

Vertigo is a condition not a disease. Vertigo is a result of a problem with the inner ear system that deals with our balance. Vertigo can also be a signs of other serious conditions like Multiple sclerosis, and Meniere’s disease. Migraines can also be a trigger for vertigo, as well and even stress.

It has been reported that Vertigo can be triggered by constant stress which continues over a long period of time. Constant high levels of stress can change the brain chemicals of Serotonin, Norepinephrine, and possibly Dopamine, causing vertigo symptoms such as: feeling like the room is spinning even when you're lying down, nystagmus, where your eyes have a rapid movement, difficulty focusing your eyes, difficulty concentrating, possible nausea, and anxiety. SSRI's that affect these brain chemicals, have been shown to relieve the vertigo symptoms of this particular type of vertigo.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertigo_(medical)

This finding really stunned me. I have always wanted to know the cause of Vertigo and the reason it still lingers in me. Stress very well could be my cause for Vertigo. I got diagnosed with Vertigo near the end of July (2009) When I heard I though isn’t that an old Alfred Hitchcock movie? Something old people get? Vertigo? Not me! It was frightening experience as well as it triggered a panic attack which lead me to think oh my god a heart attack. The hospital thought so too and I never been rushed in to quickly and hooked up to stuff so fast. It was only a vertigo episode and a felt a little foolish but I did indeed have to be hooked up to and IV and also given meditation to stop the nausea and dizziness. So Alfred you had Vertigo all wrong. I was to follow up with my doctor afterward in which I did. I got antibiotics in thinking that maybe I had some ear or viral infection that may of caused it. I completed the treatment but my Vertigo still lingered. Was this normal? To the Doctors once again and I asked can Vertigo linger and I was told yes it can and I got more pills to help with the dizziness. I am off the medication now but I still get bouts of dizziness. To lay down on flat surface is still difficult. The dizziness happens randomly or due to I moved too quickly. Stairs are really bad too for I get dizzy on them for some reason. My balance is definitely not what it used to be. I have given in that this is something I have to deal with and live with every day. It’s still in the back of my mind what if I get another horrible attack? I try not to let it hinder or rule me, but it never lets me forget it’s there and I have to be more careful. I often find it amusing at times because I will just go to bend over and pick something up and I nearly fall on my head. I should seek my doctor more on this, or maybe it is just something…a condition you have to live with.

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"Quill" 6 years ago

Hi Janny...looks like I made it first...hugs...trust you had a good Christmas...thanks for the article on Vertigo...have known several over the years with it...its livable but can wear you down...will be praying that God heals.

Hugs and Blessings


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thanks Quill. I did have a good Christmas hope yours was as well. And yep I have good days and bad days with vertigo. I wrote this while having bad day and realizing the dare devil Janny is gone if she wants to live a long life. Hahaha.


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Madison22 6 years ago from NYC

Hi Janny, Informative article,I used to suffer from vertigo on a regular basis and once I got so scared I had to go to the er....definitely not a good experience. I still get it from time to time but not as severe....I tell you one thing, you explain vertigo and its symptoms much better than any doc explained it to me...thanks for sharing and for the link!


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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas

JannyC, do you possibly have menieres disease? I know someone currently struggling with vertigo and stress and yes you described his life. He has this disease and recently had surgery and it is helping. Thanks for sharing. Praying for you!


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

My Doctor did not really seems concerned about it. When I asked can it linger he said yes and that I could get more pills if I wanted to help with my dizziness and that was the end of it. I just might go back and bug him again. Thank Paula


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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas

Go back and bug him or get a second opinion?? Hugs!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I have had vertigo a few times and it is scary. Thanks goodness it was usually from an ear inflammation. I remember the nausea and dizziness though. Hope you get better soon.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank elayne.Yeah its scary and something you dont forget.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

I see from your comment on my hub that this still bothers you at times. I'm sorry to hear that. Have you gotten a second opinion yet?

It certainly is NOT pleasant.

Good information in this hub, I'll be checking out what you have posted. Thanks for the tip to come and read it.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you for coming and reading Duchess. I have plans to see a specialist hopefully this summer that deal with vertigo and others things too that cause dizziness and inbalances it has some medical name that I do not dare try and respell. Lol


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Good for you, and Good Luck!


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Catherina Severin 6 years ago from Arizona, U.S.A.

There is an acupuncture point under the nose which you can tap with your fingertips 10-15 times and this may relieve the vertigo. This particular point on the body is very powerful when the polarity in the electrical body reverses. A condition that may inhibit healing. Anyway, just my "2 cents"... xx C


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you Catherina wow I will indeed look into that.


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epigramman 6 years ago

...I need the hub faith of Janny C in my life and then all vertigo goes away .....


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Always a pleasure Eppi.


KatWin 5 years ago

Hello,

I am new to HubPages. I have struggled with vertigo for a long time. However, in the last two years, it has become a more significant part of my life. Approximately 30 years ago and within the last year, test fail to identify a physical reason. It is suggested they may be a type of migranes. I would not exclude that probability as I have been under long term stress. I sense a connection with allergies even if my allergy test did not come back with significant welts and only one reaction to hardwood trees. The allergist seemed dismissive to me. Really, I could not believe the allergist as we live in oak tree heaven. Actually there seem to be multiple triggers including low pressure systems and body movement...Many triggers, few resolutions. I will be searching for more of your articles. Thanks for writing about this topic.


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JannyC 5 years ago Author

Thank you KatWin, and welcome to HubPages by the way! I totally understand your struggle. Maybe I will write more on this topic just for you. I am still living with Vertigo in fact has a bad episode back in September. While its a hindrance we still can go on. There are also tricks I have learned too.


Rochelle 4 years ago

Recently going thru undiagnosed vertigo. Just found your page. It helps to not be alone. Questions: Do you drive with it? Have you tried chiropractic? Or other physical therapy? Alot of stuff out there, just wondered if you found anything that helped.


Kathy 4 years ago

I have gone through so many test. They are now recommending a sleep test as stress and fatigue can be an issue. I know I don't sleep well. They are also recommending i work with a physical therapy to see if they can shake lose.crystals in middle ear which can become stuck in one position. A friend of mine had good results from working with a physical therapist.


Patty 4 years ago

I just got diagnosed today, I have horrible migraines and have for years. I am an outside sales rep and the dizziness makes me afraid to drive. Am I ever going to be normal again?


Pat 4 years ago

I had a bad experience last week and ended up in a&e. I've been feeling dizzy ever since even on medication. It's a horrible experience. Wonder how long am going to feel like this!


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JannyC 4 years ago Author

Wow I am so amazed, and so glad my article has reached so many. Thank you for your comments Rochelle Kathy, Patty and Pat. Kathy had mentioned physical therapist and I went to see one, but it was not for my vertigo it was for my spine disc disease. Sometimes we forgot but everything in our body is connected. If something is out of whack the rest of the body can start to not operate properly too. The physical therapy indeed help lessen my dizzy spells. I still get them but they are not severe as they use to be. So you go Kathy!

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