| | Vitamin B and Magnesium (if you are taking these for your head symptoms)
Happy belated July 4th, and I hope all is well despite the woozies.
Update on me: I continue to be out on Disability for my head symptoms. I have been having physical therapy on my neck.
As I have stated in previous posts, since I cannot lie flat (or I spin most times), I have taken to sleeping with my head elevated (prior to head symptoms, I always slept completely flat). Changing my sleeping position was a huge adjustment for my body, and as a result, that, PLUS STRESS (I carry my stress in my neck and shoulder area), I have developed some very tight shoulder and neck muscles. Think baseballs-under-my-skin-tight.
In addition, I have developed a neck tilt, that makes me want to tilt my head and neck to the left whenever I sit or stand.
I always thought my neck tilt was my way of compensating for my woozies/dizziness/feeling off-balance all the time.
However, when I went to a new neurologist, he felt it may have been part of that as well as a condition called Cervical Dystonia.
So, I have begun Physical therapy treatments for my neck, which consists of wet heat, ultrasound, a form of TENS, and stretching exercises. The physical therapist stated that my trapezius muscle on my left was extremely swollen and warm (a sign of poor blood circulation in that area from the muscles being so constricted).
I have also started trigger point therapy, which is a form of massage. I located a holistic masseuse in my area.
This has been interesting and informative:
The masseuse stated that I have approximately 50 trigger points in my neck and shoulder area alone that needed to be worked on.
She touched spots on me that I didn't even realize hurt.
She also suggested that Fibromyalgia is a possibility for me (Fibromyalgia also causes forms of vertigo/off-balance, headaches, and muscle soreness), and went on to explain how a trigger point could be causing my vertigo. She defined a trigger point as a muscle contraction, and described how a trigger point could have been aggrivated by the cold (on the day that my symptoms started), which started my vertigo.
She also stated that as a result, a chain reaction (my word) started between how I began to hold myself to prevent more dizziness, other muscle tightness resulting from how I began to hold myself and the initial trigger, and add to that the fact that my skeletal system is shorter on one side than on the other from a hip problem that I was born with (NOT caused by triggers) - all this could set off in motion a chain of uneven muscle contractions throughout my body that could be causing my imbalance/vertigo. Basically, one trigger point starts, and others soon follow - leading to all these sore spots and uneven muscle contracting.
She stated too that what can help in loosening these contractions is Magnesium and Vitamin B. Which I find interesting, because these two vitamins have also been recommended as aiding in relief of vertigo.
When I explained to her that I tried Vitamin B for my dizziness but all it did was cause my urine to turn an orange color, she asked to look at my foot.
She stated that everyone has a foot-type, and my foot type (I forgot the name of my foot-type even though she told me) suggested that I do not absorb Vitamin B, which is why I was excreting it through my urine instead of storing it. She provided me the name of the type of Vitamin B that I should buy that will be maintained in my body better.
She also suggested that I drink Nettle or Loose Leaf tea, as that provides some of the minerals that have been known to help in alleviating trigger point looseness.
The ratio of Calcium and Magnesium that should be taken is usually Calcium: Magnesium, 2:1.
Also, some people are Calcium deficient. A standard CBC blood test to test for Magensium deficiency is not always accurate (called Serum Magnesium blood test) - you should ask to have an Ionic Magnesium blood test instead.
In addition, most people take Vitamin B12 in this form: Pyroxidal Hydrochloride. What we should be taking is Pyroxidine-5-Phosphate.
I thought what I learned might be beneficial to someone else.
Take care! xo
Last edited by Wowwwweeee; 07-06-2008 at 08:19 AM.