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Old 09-25-2005, 02:15 PM   #1
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Extreme Dizziness? Help!

As I was in the process of waking up this morning, I kept tossing and turning in the sheets and kept feeling extremely dizzy. I sat up and my whole room was spinning...I could not keep focus on anything. I sat there a minuete and it went away. I got out of bed and made it to my couch where I then called my mother for advice. She asked if I had eaten the day before and I told her yes. I had not been drinking the night before...nothing unusual. We got off the phone and I showered still feeling sick and uneasy. When I got out of the shower and bent my head down to wrap the towel around my head everything started spinning again and I collapsed. Now, I do take prozac for depression and I had forgotten to take it the past few days, and I HAVE done this before and have NEVER had such a problem. I sat down trying to keep my cool and not panic. I took deep breaths and tried to focus on something until I felt somewhat normal again. Just to make sure it was not in my head, I forced myself to bend over again and see if I had the awful dizzy feeling again. I did...I noticed if I did NOT keep my head upright...I would feel this almost undescribable feeling again. If I tilted my head down or was awful. Has anyone else ever had this problem? Does anyone know what might have caused these dizzy spells? I sat in one spot for an hour and finally it went away...and I am finally feeling a little better, I just wish I knew what on earth would cause this extreme dizziness. Also.....I have suffered from panic attacks in the past and I don't think this is panic related , but I could be wrong....I just never had quite a dizziness caused from bending over or backward. Anyways..anyones help will be greatly appriciated. Thank you for your time- Linziloo

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Old 10-05-2005, 09:48 AM   #2
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Sounds like you could have fluid in your ears, or Menier's disease, which includes vertigo and such. I would get it checked since it hasn't happened before.

I have been living with dizziness and lightheadedness for 15 years now and it bites.

Old 10-07-2005, 12:42 PM   #3
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I had similar symptoms...when I laid down the room started spinning like crazy. Anything I did that would change the position of my head brought on the absolute worst dizziness. It turned out to be benign paroxismal positional vertigo (bppv). Go to an ear, nose & throat doc for evaluation. The good news is that it's easily treatable without drugs or surgery! Good luck.

Old 12-06-2005, 11:07 AM   #4
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how is it treated if it is that? i have been on and off lightheaded/dizzy for months now too! thought it was sinus issue......had a catscan...nothing......thankfully. now what?

if it is that benign vertigo, how is it diagnosed? is it with me forever? will i have times where i don't have this?

Old 12-06-2005, 04:13 PM   #5
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Are you on any other medications? It could be some kind of weird drug reaction, I know some muscle relaxers can do stuff like that.

Old 12-31-2005, 08:22 PM   #6
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I would get it looked at either way any one of us answers. I had an experience where I woke up and I was dizzy and barely could stand. I decided to go to the walk in clinic. He leaned me back and up and I felt really woozy and still dizzy. He was no help to me so I decided that I would go home and take 1,000 mg of C. Within a half an hour it was gone. I figure I musta had some infection in my ear and well either way it disapearred.

Old 12-31-2005, 09:16 PM   #7
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I have had that really bad!!! First time was about 3 months ago,, then again over the last few weeks,, I went to er tonight ,, they said it was benign vertigo,, although I don't know treatments or cures.. so if any one knows PLEASE help me out!! Oh HAPPY NEW YEAR

Old 01-01-2006, 01:14 PM   #8
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Linz: This sounds like a clear case of (Labarynthitis). It gets mis-dx &
confused w/ being the same thing as vertigo. Lab, always is explained by
a person that says 'they just woke up & the room was spinning fast). It is
not 'I felt light headed, slt dizzy, or weard'. It's like a carperters-level in the
brain. U R flat & the bubble is centered. Sit up quick & it spins the room. It
can happen from neck compression on the spine cord. It can happen only once in your life. Vertigo most of the time is w/ the ears & has other type
assoc. symptoms. U feel like U R going to fall right over. It lasts flat or up.
Happened to me & I was taken to Dr. in 1 hr. of attack. Held on to things
& felt like I was staggering. I was fine after sitting awhile feeling shakey.
Had MRI of brain & spine to make sure of things. All they found was severe
inflammation at neck & skull base. I used ice & never got it again. Vertigo
should difinetly be ck'd out though. Start w/ ENT & have a typanogram
2 min. test for ear fluid. It takes a day to relax w/ Lab. because it was it's
severe it can be frightening & then just gone. Dizzy & vertigo feel very
different than spontaneous Labarynthitis.

Old 01-06-2006, 09:35 AM   #9
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This is called "BPPV" do a search on google for it. It is a condition where the ear crystals get displaced in the inner ear and certain head positions cause dizziness. There are excerises you can do to get the crystals back into the right place.

Old 09-07-2006, 07:10 AM   #10
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Vitamin B Complex helped me a lot !!!

Old 03-15-2007, 12:15 PM   #11
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I had a somewhat similar experience too. I was just sitting in a chair watching television one afternoon and suddenly I began to feel a bit nauseous. I decided that I should run upstairs to the nearest bathroom because it felt like I was going to throw up. I stood up from the chair, and suddenly the room was spinning violently. It was HORRIBLE!!! It was like what I would imagine being inside of a tornado would feel like. The room was spinning at least 100 mph. I tried to walk toward the stairs and I could barely walk. I was staggering. When I got to the stairs, I crawled up the steps on my hands and knees. It took a long time. I stood in front of the toilet waiting to hurl for a while, and nothing happened, but the room was still violently spinning. I decided that I needed to lie down, so I staggered into my bedroom and layed down on the bed. A minute or 2 later, I KNEW I was ready to throw up, and I couldn't move, so I grabbed the empty wastepaper basket and used it. Afterwards, I layed back down on the bed again. The room had to be dark, or it would make me more dizzy. I had to keep my head completely still with not even the slightest movement in order to keep from getting nauseaus again. It was quite a few hours before I finally felt the spinning subside. And it was several days until I finally felt myself again. I was physically drained after the experience for days. This happened about 5 years ago, and has not happened since. I have NO idea what brought it on, why it happened and why it stopped. I'm just grateful that it never happened again. It was worse than anything else I have ever had happen to me.

No I was not on any drugs of any kind. No I actually don't drink alcohol at all, so that wasn't it either. I just have no idea what this was.

Anyone have any ideas???

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I used to have chronic vertigo but no one would take me seriously untill i woke up one morning an couldn't stand. i had to crawl to my closet, get dressed and get someone to help me to the doctor's. I tried ENTs, GPs, internal doctors, a nuerologist, and (because of other now explained, unnosociated symptoms) was tested foreverything under the sun. everything came up negative. finnaly a doc. had the bright ide of sending me to a balance disorder specialist. there are not many ou there but if all else fails try one. although my balance is nowhere near perfect, i can stand every morning.

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Re: Extreme Dizziness? Help!

Agree with others... Vertigo, Meniere's .. Been there, done that.
Your ENT can diagnose this. I know, sweetie, how scary this is especially when your room is spinning and you can't get up. I was scared first day to the point that my husband called emergency car. My vital signs were so bad that they thought I am having a stroke or brain tumor. Even heart rate was very slow (40) They kept me 3 days in a hospital and the only thing it was - Vertigo and Meniere;s
Good luck to you I hope you will feel better soon.

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