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I have chronic vertigo. Benign positional vertigo, they call it. I've had it for more than 20 years, and while it's not dangerous, it's very, very unpleasant. My least favorite thing in life is nausea -- I didn't throw up until I was 3, and it scared me so much that to this day, I will avoid vomiting even when I know it's what I need. Anyway, the vertigo itself is unpleasant and sometimes makes me wobbly enough to be a fall risk, but the nausea is what I hate the most.

They tried me on anti-seasickness pills (dramamine, and something called I think meclazine?) but they both made me feel like shit, so I have just managed it and when it's really super bad, I don't drive. That doesn't happen that often, but one time on the Bay Bridge, I was seriously scared, so I'm careful when it's bad.

I'd always, the second the vertigo started, quickly changed position to make it go away, because I hate hate hate how it feels. About five or six years ago, a neurologist told me if I just let it pass, and don't change positions, it will go away. That was really great, because it started teaching me to sit with the dizziness and not be so afraid of the sensation.

The latest neurologist gave me a referral to the head-and-neck people, and they gave me some exercises to do. For these exercises, I'm to lie down on the side on which the vertigo is worst (the left), wait until the vertigo passes, stay there thirty seconds more, sit up, and go to the other side to do it again. The doc said to try this once on the first day and work my way up to 10 times every morning and evening.

This was six months ago.

It took me until last week to get the nerve up to actually do the exercises. I hate the sensation SO FUCKING MUCH that I just could not talk myself into doing it. According to the doc, though, more than 90% of people get rid of their vertigo this way, so I really wanted to give it a try.

I've been working my way up in the mornings. Today, I did three reps, which took about five minutes, and I'm finding that despite the really unpleasant feeling, it's desensitizing me, and it's also giving me a brief time in the morning when all I need or want or have to do is lie on my bed, pay attention to my body, and count. Oh, and breathe. Breathing is very important.

I actually liked it this morning. So maybe eventually, I'll get rid of the vertigo and in the doing, give myself some meditation time. I can live with that.

Date: 2017-02-13 09:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jae
I have this too (or a similar kind of vertigo that has similar results), and I also sought treatment that involves exercises that I've been too nervous to try because I'm afraid it will make it worse before it gets better. :( Maybe I'll try again if this works for you!

-J

Date: 2017-02-14 01:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
You are doing something awesome! Good for you!

Date: 2017-02-14 03:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] snippy
I'm so glad the positional procedure works for you! Yes, the second med is meclizine; it didn't help much for me either. My neurologist uses Valium, which I found more effective (of course it has its own side effects and problems--I'm still trying to get off of it). But the PT gave me the exercises to use when it recurs in the mild form I get now.

Anyway, I wish you a rapid adjustment!

Date: 2017-02-14 05:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] loracs
Excellent! I hope you can meditate your vertigo away.

Date: 2017-05-23 03:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] onyxlynx
How did I miss this???!

Hi, Serene. (Somewhat milder in that meclizine does help and I've only thrown up thrice [if the first time wasn't food poisoning from that fish taco], and apparently avoiding salmon and tuna and too much salt seems to cut down on incidence, but still: scary stuff. Also, I'm going to have my lox-and-bagel once a month regardless.) Another member of the club here. (No meetings, please.)

(I've had to dim screen brightness, too. That was an interesting morning...)

I think someone had mentioned that exercise to me, but they also recommended having someone else change the head's position. Hahahahahahahha.

Anyway, thanks and hope The Spins have lessened.

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