A couple of years ago I was in the practice of swimming laps. Fairly fun, and an easy exercise for older people. On this particular morning, I started to feel sick and I noticed that with each lap I was getting a bit more nauseated. The sensation got so bad that I had to stop swimming and get out of the pool.
Over the next couple of weeks I noticed the dizziness was worsening. Getting in and out of bed or standing up too quickly became an issue. I asked my doctor why this was happening and what I should do about it. She described the condition to me in layman’s terms: Our inner ear has small particles (calcium crystals) which shift in the fluid to help us retain our balance. With age, these particles can become dislodged and move to other areas of the inner ear, causing vertigo.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV causes intense, brief episodes of vertigo immediately following a change in the position of your head, often when you turn over in bed or sit up in the morning. BPPV is the most common cause of vertigo.”
The doctor referred me to my local Dizziness Clinic. Frankly, I didn’t know such a thing existed, but there are many more causes of vertigo than the benign kind. A representative from the clinic called me to make an appointment, and we had an extended conversation.
By now you must have realized that I don’t enjoy going to doctors and blindly accepting what doctors tell me or prescribe for me. So you must also have realized that my next step was to do my own research.
Searching the internet can be daunting, but there is a phrase I call “the magic query.” If you happen upon just the right search words, (“the magic query”) you will be rewarded with exactly the information you need. As a result of my conversation with the person from the dizziness clinic, I had those words: Canalith Repositioning.
My search results led me to YouTube where I was rewarded with dozens of videos in which the physical therapist demonstrated to me exactly how to reposition those particles myself at home any time I needed to do so. It’s a simple, quick and painless process, and it works.
Needless to say, I never visited the Dizziness Clinic. There was no need. I did it myself and haven’t had a dizzy spell since.
* Caution: There are many more serious causes of vertigo. This is my own personal experience and may not apply to your case. Please talk to your personal physician.