Diagnoses with BPPV 15 months ago and I forget how long it lasted but a physical therapist had me practice the Modified Epley Maneuver and I was fine after a while.
I had another "attack" 3 weeks ago. I call it "attack" because, although I felt some lightheadedness for a few weeks while exercising, I really thought it was simply low blood pressure because I also take Cozaar and had not exercised as much ever before. I verified my BP was lower than before but not low enough for concern according to my doctor.
Walking home from the gym, I had severe lightheadedness, accompanied by heart palpitations, headache and even auditory hallucinations (negative thoughts). My doctor thought it was redux BPPV but sent me to get a stress test because it happened after exercising. I aced the stress test as well as the echocardiogram. Cardiologist now wants me to have a calcium score but I had a panic attack and my heart rate was too high. He gave me some beta blockers to take 2 hours before going back to slow down my heart rate but I am just to freaked out to go back.
I did not have panic attacks last year but I was not under such stress to get re-employed either. I thought exercise was suppose to alleviate stress! I think I overdid it and I have now stopped for over 2 weeks because I have managed to get my BPPV dizziness under some control.
I still get random lightheadedness and it is like the left side of my head goes into a kind of fog and tends toward panic. I can usually talk myself out of it. If not, I have this plastic orange bat that I use on an old pillow and I literally scream that I won't let the panic take over.
Otherwise, I am productive. I take care of things around the house, I went on 2 job interviews and actually received an offer, I walk around and talk to people. Doing the Epley does not seem to produce much, if any, dizziness but I still do it 3-5 times each day. I also have nystagmus from time to time. But damned if this random lightheadedness, brain fog and occasional fear of panic simply does not go away.
The generic dramamine the doctor gave me seems to make me worse so I started taking what I took years ago for allergies, an antihistimine with chlorpheniramine maleate. I take like 1/4 or about 1 mg because any more and it produces urinary retention. It seems to be helping somewhat even though my doctor said I do not have an ear infection.
I have always been somewhat "high strung" but lately it seems my thoughts won't stop. I am finally getting 4-5 hours of sleep (was 2-3) that in itself was driving me nuts so now I just stay in bed and manage to get up to 7 hours although it is toss and turn type sleep.
I now drink a cup of Chamomile tea when I first get up and again about an hour and a half before bedtime. Seems to calm me down a bit.
Are these typical BPPV symptoms and how long do they hang on?