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   Posted 7/22/2010 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
This morning when I was gettting my dog some water and standing by the sink, all of a sudden I saw the sink getting closer to my face.  I grabbed ahold of it, I didn't fall down.  And I wasn't dizzy. 
 
If anybody has any information on this, I would so appreciate it.  I have never had this happen before.  I had just gotten up from bed, so I was just beginning my day. 
 
Thanks in advance for any information.  I read that it could be meniers, doesn't this kind of go with fibro?
 
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   Posted 7/22/2010 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi karen!
 
I have Meniere's disease and the feeling I get is a spinning/whirling sensation that can last for hours, and even days.  Ringing of the ears comes with it, ear pressure or a fullness in the ear.  It also causes deafness if the attacks are frequent.  Because your episode was so short and the room was't spinning around, i doubt you have Meniere's.  I have had moments when I felt off balance for just a second or two..almost a lopsided feeling...it happens when I'm stressed.  There is also a condition called Benign Positional Vertigo which are episodes of vertigo that just last a few seconds.  I get that sometimes when I move my head up or down, and sometimes when I am sleeping and roll over.
 
Hope you feel better!
 
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   Posted 7/22/2010 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen. I'm going through a bout of labyrinthitis, an inflammation of the inner ear caused by what I and the doctors aren't sure. Could be an infection, sinus issues or the phase of the moon for all anyone's knows. For me it started with the severe spinning sensation when I sat up from laying down or laid down from sitting. Very uncomfortable but at least I didn't get the nausea also. It then changed to more of a light-headed sensation. I am currently on a course of antivert and some exercises for the dizziness which will hopefully take care of it. There are a million reasons that could cause that feeling ranging from low blood sugar, low blood pressure, heart rhythm problems, stress, labyrinthitis or ? If it continues to bother you or gets worse definitely get it checked out just to be sure. Don't just assume that it is just a fibro thing because something important could be missed causing a bad outcome. Lisa
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   Posted 7/23/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks you guys for the replies, it was scarey. Only lasted a few seconds though. Siobhan, thank you for the link. Id did mention fainting, that might of been what happened, though I didn't lose consciousness or anything.

My blood pressure was pretty low compared to what it usually is. I had a new nurse and she didn't squeeze the thing so hard as the other one use to. But it was something like 109/69. I am use to the bottom number being in the 80's.

I took the flexeril (the new pill he put me on) instead of my ambien last night and boy am I ever tired this morning. I always believe if it aint broke, don't fix it. So I am going back to my am;bien. He wants me off of that and soma. But they are working well for me, so I don't see any reason to change things. He said Soma makes you sleepy, but flexeril makes me more sleepy than soma. I can handle the soma. So I have to talk with him about that.

One day at a time. I feel well today other than I don't think I got good sleep and I am cranky this morning. And tired. Live and learn I guess. And I hope my mood gets better.

Thanks again for your replies.

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Witchesblew
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   Posted 7/23/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
When my blood pressure is low, i have those symptoms, I have also been suffering from vertigo over the last few weeks. They told me it was benign proximal ...blah blah stuff.... dr moved my head around to get the crystals back into place and said it should help! Dont know if it worked or not cause i still have the issues on occasion, which leads me to believe it is my BP. Good luck, and do bug the dr to look into it cause it could be a list of things!
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   Posted 7/23/2010 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen. I too, have Meniere's, and I have lots of weird "dizzy" symptoms in addition to the typical spinning vertigo.

Sometimes I will get this weird sensation like I'm falling, or it looks like something is moving toward or away from me. I also see movement (that isn't there) out of the corner of my eye sometimes. I've talked to my ENT, and he said that all of those weird dizzy, balance, visual issues are typical of inner ear problems.

It could just be fluid in your ear (from allergies or something similar) that caused it.

I probably wouldn't worry if it just happened once, but if it continues guess I would probably get it checked out. I know the first time it happened to me I freaked out. confused

Hope you feel better.

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   Posted 7/23/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks you guys,
 
I am feeling better now.  It hasn't happened again.  I think that thing that scared me the most, was that there was no warning signs or anything.  It just happened all of a sudden.  I just don't want this to happen when I am driving or anything like that.  But being it never happened before and hasn't happened again probably means that it was a freak thing.  And hopefully it wont happen again. 
 
Thanks again for the input.
 
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   Posted 7/23/2010 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen -
Sounds more like low BP than vertigo. Vertigo is spinning.

Lots of young women faint when getting up because their BP is so low. I'd try sitting up for a couple of minutes next time you get out of bed. Do you have a home BP machine? They come in lots of styles and are pretty reasonably priced now.

Flexeril will cause dizziness. I have a bad time with that one and only take it at night. It helps as much as a narcotic with my spine pain, but I may have to stop it because of the side effects.
Alcie
 
 


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   Posted 7/23/2010 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Alcie,
 
I do have a blood pressure machine.  I haven't checked it at home in a long time.  It was always better on the machine than at the doctor's but I think I have white coat syndrome anyway. 
 
I don't like the flexeril.  I will tell him that when I see him.  But he wants me to take one at bedtime, so I am trying and hoping it will help.  But I didn't take the ambien last night and didn't get a good sleep.  That is the one thing that I like about it is that I get a restful sleep from it.
 
I think you might be right about the low blood pressure, I am going to check it.  If it is too low, I am going to call him on Monday and see if I should stop one of my blood pressure pills.  I take atenalol and diazide.  When I took the diazide before (years ago) I had good blood pressure, then my doc took me off because my potassium was low and it started going up.  I didn't make the connection on that though until now. 
 
Thanks for the input.
 
Hugs, Karen
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