Have you ever felt like the room is spinning around you?
I’m not just talking about feeling a little lightheaded because you stand up too quickly.
I’m talking about no matter whether you are sitting or standing, eyes opened or closed, lying on your back or lying on your side - none of that matters because the room is spinning and it won’t stop.
You feel like you are on a never ending merry-go-round and can’t get off.
If it is really bad, you feel like you are in a house of mirrors and you can’t tell where the floor and the wall start and stop.
If you have ever experienced the room spinning like this, then you have suffered from vertigo or dizziness.
Why do you experience vertigo?
Here’s a few reasons why people with vertigo might see me in my physical therapy office or via online video chat:
Let me share my story of vertigo. I suffer with periodic BPPV. This is when small crystals within my inner ear move into the small canals of the inner ear called the semicircular canals. These small crystals are called otoliths and, let me tell you, they wreak havoc when they are not nice and settled down where they are supposed to be. When these otoliths start wandering around in the semicircular canals of my inner ear, I feel horrible!
I can’t walk straight because I can’t see straight from the room spinning around me.
I can’t stand for more than a few seconds without feeling like I am going to fall.
The toilet bowl becomes my best friend because I either have diarrhea or vomiting or both - sorry if this is getting too personal but I just want to share how rough this can be so if you suffer with this, then you don’t feel so alone.
Vertigo related to BPPV is debilitating!
You can’t stand.
You can’t walk.
You can’t drive.
You can’t do anything.
Or, so you think.
You must have hope!
Just this past week, I awoke on Monday morning at 3:30 PM. At first, I thought I was dreaming that I was riding a merry-go-round except when I opened my eyes, everything was still spinning. Having experienced vertigo before - typically after a sinus infection or ear infection - I knew exactly what to do.
I performed the Secosky Maneuver on my right inner ear to get the crystals to settle down. My right ear is always the one that needs to be treated so I took myself through the various positions I needed to move through and I felt worse!
Now, I am trying to run to the bathroom before I mess myself except I’m running into the wall because I can’t tell where the wall and the floor start and stop. I’m tired because it’s 3:30 in the morning and I feel like I’m about ready to pass out!
After I make it to the bathroom on time, I stand up and use the wall to lean on so I know where my body is in space. I manage to get back on the bed and start going through the positions of the Secosky Maneuver for the left ear. After I finish, I sit on the edge of the bed for a couple of minutes.
The room is slowing down.
I go through the Secosky Maneuver for my left ear 2 more times - each about 30 minutes apart.
Ahhh, I feel so much better!
Within a few short hours I went from a full spinning room and unable to walk straight to driving my car to my office to treat afternoon patients.
I share this story because the human body never ceases to amaze me. We were created so intricately that when a few little crystals move to where they are NOT supposed to be, our whole world can be turned upside down. Literally.
I am so thankful for Angelo Dimaggio and Michael Secosky who taught a head, neck, and balance course several years ago that showed me how to treat vertigo. I have treated numerous patients for vertigo and I’ve treated myself!
How cool is it to be able to learn a technique that helps you fix yourself?
It has been life-changing for me AND it has been life-changing for many of my patients because they don’t feel so helpless or hopeless.
Do you suffer with vertigo? Do you need a little help and hope to fix it?
I want to help you so if you would like to learn how to take control and fix your vertigo when it happens, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at https://www.dewittptwellness.com/contact-us-page
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