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Why am I dizzy? The vertigo gets worse.

Updated on May 20, 2013

The morning after my first doctor’s visit, I woke up in a really good mood. I was happy to be doing something about my problem and glad that the doctor seemed to think there was a reason for my dizziness. You must understand; my youngest son has had various health issues that have taken many tests and doctor’s visits to figure out. Nothing is more frustrating than having a child in pain and see every test, scan, blood draw and even endoscopies come back normal. It is such a helpless feeling when you can’t figure out what is wrong. We finally discovered that he was reacting to antihistamines and probably antibiotics. It took about five years and thousands of dollars to figure out that simple solution.

Anyway, my day’s Bible verses were James 1:2 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,” and 2 Corinthians 12:9 –“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” I was very amused and comforted by how fitting these verses were. I texted them to my husband (who I don’t think was as amused) and called a friend to share. I should have noticed the warning they implied.

Although I was dizzy that morning, I was feeling pretty strong. I knew I could get through anything with God’s help and was pretty confident that everything would be ok. I was even thinking of all the good things that could come from this. Things like a closer relationship with God or a stronger marriage. Maybe I’m going to meet someone that I can be an encouragement too. Who knows, maybe someone will read my medical hubs, find my bible hubs and meet Jesus. My imagination was running free.

I was dizzy again while I was getting the kids ready for school. This doesn’t happen as often, but I still wasn’t worried. I was sure I would be fine and proceeded with my day as normal.

And then it hit.

I was at the chiropractors, lying on the massage table when I started getting dizzy. I asked the girl to lower the pressure and I felt better. I still had no idea what I was in store for, otherwise I would have gotten off the table right away. After twenty minutes, I sat up and the world went crazy. I was spinning so much I couldn’t stand. Fortunately no one was waiting for the table at that time because it was a couple of minutes before the room settled down enough for me to make it to the bathroom. I was praying that I wouldn’t be sick. Thankfully my stomach also calmed down after a while and I felt like I could move again.

I was still dizzy but it seemed manageable, so like the stubborn idiot I can be, I decided to go ahead with my back cracking. My back hurt and I didn’t want to deal with that on top of everything else. How bad could it be? Since I was still spinning and my stomach wasn’t totally settled, I turned down the doctor’s offer to do the Epley maneuver on me…another mistake. Everything was going well until he had me roll over. Let’s just say that it was good he had a trashcan nearby. That’s right, I tossed my cookies right there sitting on the table. Fortunately I had enough warning to call for the trashcan and my doctor had fast reflexes. Otherwise it could have been really bad.

I took a couple of minutes to compose myself, and naturally finished the adjustment. I am glad that my doctor has good bedside manner and I’m not easily embarrassed because I should have been mortified.

I probably shouldn’t have driven home that day. But my husband was out of town and I lived close by. I took the less busy surface streets and made it home, spinning but safe. I wasn’t doing too badly, but its not something I want to try again. I have cut back considerably on my driving since then. As soon as I got home, I crawled into bed and everything got a lot worse. I couldn’t move an inch without wanting to throw up. I was the dizziest I’ve been yet and it wasn’t fun. I could not function and had to call a friend to get the kids from school.

During that time, I became frustrated and angry. I was even a little scared. Nothing I did could stop the dizziness. I couldn’t sleep and I couldn’t move. I just kept spinning. All I could do is lay as still as possible and pray for it to pass. It just didn’t end. This wasn’t fun anymore and I resented the inconvenience. I realized that I could have a very real problem and no matter how much I knew I would be fine in the end, getting through this might not be very pleasant.

As it got close to supper time and I still couldn’t get out of bed, I realized I had another problem. I couldn’t make the kids dinner. Now at 8 and 11, they should be able to fend for themselves a little bit, but I hadn’t taught them how to cook anything. I also knew if left to themselves, dinner would consist of candy and granola bars. And the granola bars would be optional. Don’t get me wrong, they are good kids and probably would have tried to find something a little healthy and maybe could have even figured out how to make mac and cheese on their own if they had too, but I also needed a hug. With Kevin gone, I hadn’t had anyone to tell my troubles to and I was feeling very sorry for myself and overwhelmed.

So I called my friend Darlene. By the time she got there, I was able to slowly and carefully make my way out to the living room so my kids wouldn’t worry too much. She made them their mac & cheese and gave me my hug and left with me feeling much better emotionally. I can’t express how thankful I am for her willingness to come and help for a minute. It made all the difference in the world.

Unfortunately, she couldn’t stop the spinning. At 6:00 I gave in and decided to give Dr. Musial a call. I knew it was after hours, but I was hoping I could leave a message for someone to call me in the morning and tell me what to do. Boy was I surprised when she answered the phone in person. Apparently she takes all her own calls and has the phones forwarded to her cell after hours. Wow, I was impressed. And grateful. She was able to call in a prescription for me and told me to look on YouTube and do the Epley maneuver on myself.

By now, I could walk around a little bit so I made it to the computer ok. I watched a couple of videos and gave it a try. It worked a little bit. So after about an hour I thought I should try again in hopes that it would clear it up the rest of the way. Not so. I should have just left well enough alone. Instead of better, it got worse. I guess I dislodged the crystals in my ears again. I sent the boys to bed and waited for my husband to pick up my prescription on the way home from the airport. When he got home, I took my medicine and was able to go to sleep.

The next morning, I was still dizzy but not nauseous anymore. The spinning had stopped so I could walk around and continue to function even as the waves rolled over me. I had a decision to make. I was worried that the medicine hadn’t taken away the dizziness and that it was now day two of this spell. I also worried about how long this would last and how soon it would happen again. Next week was the PTSA staff and teacher appreciation week and I was in charge of it. It wouldn't go very well if I couldn't function. Since I am unorganized and a procrastinator, there was still a lot to do. Many of the things that I do that can be done the week of the event so I wait until then. Now I felt strongly that I would need to ask someone else to take over. I am very thankful that I had recently met the perfect person for this job. She is organized, efficient, energetic, capable and willing. I texted her to meet me at school and humbly handed the whole thing over to her. I thought this would be hard to do because I am very proud of the job I do at organizing this event and I get a lot of compliments on it. But I was so dizzy while I sat there talking to her, I knew I just couldn’t do it and was relieved to have someone who was willing and able.

After that I went home and went back to bed. The doctor called to see how I was doing and to have me set up a follow-up appointment after the weekend. A little later, my neck was really hurting and I was still dizzy but not nauseous. I decided to go back to the chiropractor and have him fix my neck and do the Epley maneuver on me. Oh yes I did. What can I say, I have thick skin. He took me back graciously, fixed my neck and did the maneuver. My neck felt better, but I was still dizzy. (my husband took me so I wasn't driving) It wasn’t until later that evening that I began to feel better. I started noticing the difference about suppertime and by bedtime I was finally back to normal. I was really glad I had already seen the doctor and that I had an appointment with a neurologist. I just want to figure out what’s wrong and get it fixed as soon as possible.


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    • April Reynolds profile image

      April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona

      Yes, I do have back problems and have been seeing a chiropractor for them since last summer. He is leaning towards an inner ear problem.

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago

      Hi, it's me again.

      Man, you are having a bad time of it.

      I was once told that most of the problems we have with arms, legs, hips, neck, eyes including head aches come from a back problem. Meaning that you might have a back problem. i.e. slipped disk or something along these lines.

      I'm no doctor or medical person, but you never know and after having this problem for for years it might be worth looking into, as they say nothing lost.

      Now lets see, what else can I find, before I get back to my mail.

      Have a nice day.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona

      Sorry you had to go through that Jackie. It is not fun. I am glad you are doing better now.

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      April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks newengland. I wanted to post a video from a song by bloodgood that goes "the world is spinning faster, heading for disaster..." but when I couldn't find it, I realized that was before video's were common. :(

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow this sounds a lot like something I went through. X-rays on my neck showed the problem but a prescription to relax the large muscle at the back of my neck fixed it all. Hard to believe but so far so good. Good luck to you.

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      newenglandsun 5 years ago

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      April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona

      Hi Laurie, No I do not mind you asking. I have been going to the chiropractor here for about 4 years. I also saw one when I lived in Atlanta for about 2 years and another there for about one year before I moved here. I wondered also and told my doctor I was seeing one, but she felt that since the dizzy spells happen before I'm adjusted and (other than this one time) usually go away for a while afterwards, that it is not causing the problem. Although she does think something in my neck may be involved. Got some more blood work back today. Other than being too low in vitamin B12 and D and elevated cholesterol, it was all good.

      I am also hoping it is simple, and still have faith that I will be fine in the end!

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      Rayne123 5 years ago

      HI April, I know you probably do not want to hear this, however I still say it is something simple. I have to have faith with what I say and that one picture God led me too. I will ask again later.

      I feel bad for you as it is no fun being dizzy at all. It hurts inside and it is scary.

      Can I ask how long you have been going to the chiropractor?

      I am thinking that there may be something there.


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