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Jul 14, 2012 · Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Hello, Deb,
Yes, I have been treated with the Epley maneuver during 4 weeks of physical therapy. I also learned a couple of other procedures which might help some; however, since I have two fused vertebrae in my neck (cervical spondylosis which most older people have in some degree) I have limited range of motion in my neck.

I do the other exercises I learned in therapy, but I am afraid to do the Epley maneuver on my own because I fear falling on my head off the bed.

The therapist told me that I have an extreme level of “compensatory” behavior and eye movements which I naturally use to compensate for what is going on…such as holding my line of vision straight in front of me as my head turns to prevent dizziness.(my eyes/vision does not flow with the turn.) One exercise I do is to stand about four feet in from of a piece of tape on the wall, eye level. Then for one and two minutes, I quickly turn my head left and right while holding my gaze on the piece of tape. The movement makes my neck hurt for some time afterwards, but I have to weigh one against the other.

I understand how other people do not understand how overwhelming the situation is. I try not to share the episodes with friends and family. It is just that sometimes, when I am out with friends, all I can do is quietly stop and grab hold of the nearest stable thing, a car, a shelf, a lamp post, whatever I can use to steady myself for the few minutes the episode takes to pass.

On the brighter side, what kind of business do you and your husband have?

Take care,
Andrea

Jul 13, 2012 · Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Hello, Deb. Thank you for replying.

Some of the worst times occur when I am shopping in a busy store (Walmart, Food City, etc.). The excessive sensory stimuli make me very dizzy. If I bend down to reach for something, dizzy; if I make a turn to the left, dizzy. Getting out of the car makes me dizzy. Standing up makes me dizzy. All of that is why I take Meclizine before I go most anywhere. It helps considerably, although not completely.

I am an adjunct instructor at the local community college; when I am walking around giving a lecture and turn to write on the board, I’ll get dizzy. It is embarrassing. I frequently remind students that I am not drunk. The bad part is that taking Meclizine on days that I have classes interferes with my thinking process.

All for now. I hope you have a good day, today.

Andrea.

Jul 13, 2012 · Abusive Parents in Just Want to Talk

Talk to your school counselor. Talk to someone in the family that you trust..a grandparent, aunt, or uncle. Talk to a teacher or minister. You need to talk to someone to help you sort through what is happening and what your options are. You appear to be a strong person who just needs some caring guidance.

Jul 10, 2012 · Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

I have had BPPV for a couple of years. I have tried the physical therapy and a chiropractor…nothing has helped much. Now, i take Meclizine (generic for Antivert) on a regular basis, especially if I need to function professionally. I, too, have been searching for someone to chat with. Let’s chat.
Andrea

Jun 30, 2012 · leg and foot cramping while sleeping in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I was told to drink plenty of water. It helped end my foot cramps. Now when I have a foot cramp at night, I just start drinking more water.