Unfortunately, a new ailment has hit me– vertigo! And man, does it ever pack a wallop! It began early yesterday morning, and I’m still under the weather, but I’m much better today. At least, I’m able to sit here and type this blog entry. I’ll give you the “particulars.”
I woke up about 1:30 yesterday morning, sat up, and stood to go to the bathroom. Whoops! Suddenly, I felt myself lurching to one side, and the room was swirling! I grabbed the dresser, turned around and grabbed the bed. After a moment, my head seemed to clear, and I walked slowly to the bathroom and then back to bed. I thought my dizziness was from standing too quickly.
When I awoke again at 6:00, I could barely get out of bed. Every time my head moved even a little, I felt like someone was slinging me around and around. Somehow, I managed to hang onto furniture and make my way back into the bathroom. Then I called Robin, who was already out in the kitchen– he had an early tee time and he was fixing breakfast so he could get away by 7:00. He helped me to a chair at the bar in the kitchen and took my pulse and blood pressure.
My pulse was a steady 63, and my blood pressure was 123 over 80. All fine. But my head was swirling like crazy. Robin called his golf partners and told them he wouldn’t be coming. He also had to call a friend to tell her I wouldn’t be coming to the church Shepherd Group breakfast. She and I are co-leaders of the group.
Robin and I debated about whether or not to call 911. Finally, we decided he’d take me to Mercy Express Care, a clinic right outside Hot Springs Village.
He helped me get dressed– that was a hoot! Then, I was overcome with nausea, and I tried to vomit, but of course, my stomach was empty, so it was only dry heaves. At last, he was able to help me to the car, and I took a towel with me, in case I had more nausea.
The ride to the clinic was murder! All those twists and turns. Whew! When we arrived, I couldn’t even move to get out of the car. So he went inside to get a wheelchair, and he was able to help me into the chair and push me into the clinic.
We waited for about 20 minutes– we were the third patient to be seen– and when I saw the doctor, he was so nice and very thorough. He checked my pulse and blood pressure again, listened to my heart, checked my ears, felt my neck, checked my eye pupils, had me grasp both of his hands and squeeze, push my feet against his hands, etc.– checking for any symptoms of stroke, I guess. Finally, he diagnosed my dizziness as “benign vertigo.”
This is caused by an imbalance of the fluid in the inner ears. I had heard of it before, but never experienced it. No one knows what causes it, although the doctor said it does sometimes occur when people have allergies or upper respiratory infections. I had neither, so I have no idea what brought mine on. All I know is that vertigo is a powerful ailment! It’s much worse than the wooziness I had with my heart atrial fibrillation several years ago.
The doctor prescribed meclizine tablets to counteract the dizziness and nausea. After we returned home and I fell into bed, Robin went back to Health Mart to pick up the medicine. Now I’m taking a tablet every six hours.
I was able to eat a little after the medicine settled me down a bit yesterday afternoon, and this morning I’ve eaten a regular breakfast. I can walk slowly now without assistance. It just feels like I’ve had a little too much to drink.
I’ll take it easy again today, and maybe tomorrow I’ll be almost back to normal.
Have any of you ever experienced vertigo?