I felt it coming all weekend.
It started slowly when I was cracking my back on my foam roller and Bam! It hit me with mild ferocity when I laid down for bed Sunday night.
I’m talking about Vertigo. It has all the symptoms of an all night bender, the aftermath of which is dizziness and nausea. So much so that you swear you will never touch another drink..for at least two weeks.
Before I talk about my current state of dizziness, I want to briefly relay my experiences with this seemingly gravity defying malady. My first brush with it was years ago as a junior in college, I was walking in my hallways of a beat up house I shared with 4 other housemates and the next thing I know my feet lead me directly into the wall! Vertigo. I vaguely remember having a few more issues with it and then being laid up in bed for a few days before recovering. The school doctor told me what it was and that I just needed it to go away on its own and that’s just what happened. No worries, that’s exactly what happened and I went about drinking and gambling my college life away.
Fast forward to 6 or 7 years later and I wake up one early morning to my mind very confused and slowly but quickly builds up a very sick feeling starting from the back of my head, the kind that makes you break out in a sweat and sends a brain signal that you have to evacuate your bowels just under a year ago when I had it most severely. I think it was triggered from tossing my body from one side to the other. I was in excruciating pain, I couldn’t move for fear of making the nausea worse, when I did move I had to throw up and felt my bowels trying to move at the same time. When I finally had a break where I could try to figure out how to fix myself, I saw a great youtube video that showed me how to do the Epley maneuver. Edit: I now use Dr Carol Fosters maneuver as I find it easier to execute and it has been very effective.
I found out that my symptoms resembled those of people who have crystals in their inner ear displaced for whatever reason and this maneuver tried to get them back into their rightful place. I followed the video a few times and lo and behold it worked!!!!! I could have cried. I was able to go back to work the next day after two missed days of work. I slowly forgot about the pain as humans do.
That brings us to the present time. I left work early since I couldn’t concentrate, slight moves of my head in a certain way triggered a mild dizziness and nausea. I was afraid to drive home because I remembered how bad it could be from almost a year ago but made it without any problems. I did the Epley maneuver a few times but the dizziness persists. I was not watching the same video that I had used a year ago, everything was the same except one key point. You had to remain vertical for 48 hours after completing the maneuver, you can watch the correct video here. I’ve just done this and watched a terrible plot, but great action ninja movie since my girlfriend wasn’t around to complain :).
Here’s to remaining vertical, not vertigo for the rest of the night and getting rid of this pesky problem!