Don’t get dizzy.
“You spin me right ’round, baby right ’round. Like a record player, baby right ’round…”
Dizziness is a word that is often used to describe two different feelings.
- Lightheadedness is a feeling that you are about to faint or “pass out.” Although you may feel dizzy, you do not feel as though you or your surroundings are moving. Lightheadedness often goes away or improves when you lie down. If lightheadedness gets worse, it can lead to a feeling of almost fainting or a fainting spell (syncope). You may sometimes feel nauseated or vomit when you are lightheaded.
- Vertigo is a feeling that you or your surroundings are moving when there is no actual movement. You may feel as though you are spinning, whirling, falling, or tilting. When you have severe vertigo, you may feel very nauseated or vomit. You may have trouble walking or standing, and you may lose your balance and fall.
Did you get dizzy looking at the picture? Lucky you. You probably only got slightly lightheaded.
As for me…I have Vertigo.
Not fun at all. And living in fear of making any movement that might trigger it is even less fun.
Plus? I can’t fully function as a mother or wife either.
I can’t pick up toys, do laundry, cook, do the dishes, sweep the floor, reach for things underneath or above me, twist/turn suddenly, get up or lie down quickly, or look down for longer than a minute.
You might say, “Yay, no chores!” Nah-uh. They pile up everywhere. As much as my husband would like to help, he can’t really do much cuz he works all day. Sometimes putting in overtime. That means I have to do those things little by little – at the same time that I take care of the kids. That makes one uber-tired momma.
Speaking of the kids, I’m no fun in this condition either. Can’t play any games with the kiddos. Can’t hardly bend down to pick them up. Can’t twirl with the girls. Can’t hold the baby up high just to hear him laugh.
What can cause Vertigo?
Common causes of vertigo include:
- Inner ear disorders, such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Ménière’s (say “men-YEERS”) disease, vestibular neuritis, or labyrinthitis.
- Injury to the ear or head.
- Migraine headaches, which are painful, debilitating headaches that often occur with vertigo, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, noise, and smell.
- Decreased blood flow through the arteries that supply blood to the base of the brain (vertebrobasilar insufficiency).
Less common causes of vertigo include:
- A noncancerous growth in the space behind the eardrum (cholesteatoma).
- Brain tumors and cancer that has traveled from another part of the body (metastatic).
I really hope I don’t have a brain tumor or cancer! (Knock on wood and every surface known to man.)
I’m hoping all this is because of my allergies that cause inflammation on my sinuses and inner ear.
But after reading all of this info…….I’m not so sure anymore.
I think it’s time I see my doctor again. This time, I’ll be visiting him as a more informed patient so he can treat my problem more accurately. Because seriously? I don’t think my allergies are the culprit.
I’m gonna print out some information and take it with me to show my doctor. And I’ll tell him I’ll be blogging about his treatment of me. Maybe that’ll give him better motivation to dig deeper and do more work to solve my problem.
I can’t keep living this way. It sucks.
BUT….I offer up my sufferings, my vertigo, to the Lord. May I obtain Graces, not just for me, but for the souls in purgatory who is in most need of His mercy.
Of course, I wouldn’t mind it if, miraculously, I’m cured of Vertigo. You know, like right now?
Otherwise, I’ll have to just keep singing this song in my head: