Saturday, February 16, 2008

You spin me right round

I have stuff I could blog (awards to pass on, challenges and memes to name but some) but unfortunately this week I've been having attacks of vertigo and it's made it very hard to think straight because my head keeps spinning around. It feels like my brain does a rotation inside my skull. Slightly nauseating but mostly freaky.

Certainly put a dampener on the romantic St Valentine's Day breakfast planned for Thursday. The doctor calls it benign positional vertigo which means there is nothing sinister behind it, and that the attacks are brought on by positional changes. He thinks most likely a 'blockage' in my balance centre. My ears are fine, so it could be the back of my neck or the bit in between the shoulder blades. This is what I do with any tension apparently. I store it in my back. A couple of years ago this storing-my-tension-in-my-back behaviour caused my whole back to go into a full agonising spasm, virtually paralysed myself with the pain. Now that my lovely chiropractor has got me breathing and self-adjusting so I don't do that any more, the tension has found a new way of making me acknowledge it. Hello, I'm your tension, and I'm going to make you fall over. I can tell you that teaching the kiddies tap class this morning was pretty hard work, lots of positional changes going on there, not to mention actual spins which were no help to the imaginary spins.

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Some very ace bloggers gave me this award. Which made my day three times over and they make my day anyway just by blogging. I have to pass it on to ten other bloggers, which feels like a lot and a little. So I picked these ten blogs: Peppermint Patcher, Two Lime Leaves, House&Baby, Only Books All The Time, My Float, Six Impossible Things, Badger Meets World, Aunty Cookie, Melinda, Aunty Evil, and everyone else on my sidebar is a really really close runner-up and I hated leaving you off, but the rules said I had to. I'm too dizzy to link them properly, sorry. But there you go. I did achieve something.

26 comments:

  1. ugh, I've had that. Every now & then have a minor attack, but never as bad as the first (touch wood). I do since then get dizzy as hell if I don't sleep enough, though. Google the Epley manoeuvre and/or Semont; can help move the stupid particle thingies to where they won't make you fall over.

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  2. You're falling over and I can't breathe.

    Go figure.

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  3. Hey, isn't' that why the yellow wiggle had to resign? ICK! You poor thing.

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  4. I've had that on and off for the last couple of years.

    I found this most beautiful actupuncturist, and once you're over the needle-thing, it is truly ace. Really. And it has helped me in all sorts of other ways to do with the tension and the stress which cause it in the first place. You have to find the right person, but once you do...

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  5. I cannot imagine that at all. Poor luv.
    Thanks for the award. I'm crap at doing them, but if I did, you'd get one too, as when I have NO time to read blogs, yours is one of the half dozen I always have to have a peek at anyway.
    Take care,
    L
    xxxx

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  6. Hope you feel better real soon! I cannot imagine trying to teach tap, while feeling like that!

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  7. Hope the world, your world, anyway, stops spinning soon.....

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  8. Oh dear, oh dear. It sounds dreadful. I hope it goes away soon.

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  9. oh dear, I have the best vomit reflex this side of the border- I would be a mess. I hope you feel better real soon stomper.

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  10. I know exactly what you're talking about - have had a few attacks of this myself. Hideous. CANNOT imagine trying to teach a tap class while you have it.

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  11. This has bothered me for many years. I've never fallen over, but often feel wobbly. I make regular visits to the osteopath who keeps my back unkotted and well cracked. I can't imagine how you manage to take a tap lesson while the world moves around you.

    Thanks for offering me this award. That is just what I needed.

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  12. I knew a girl who developed vertigo so severely that she couldn't work. Turns out she was very low in Vitamin b12 and it affected some kind of crystals in her inner ear that help maintain equilibrium. Took them months to figure it out. Hope you stop spinning dear! And thanks for the award. I could use a compliment today!

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  13. I had that once, but mine was a middle ear thing. It also made me vomit.

    Soooo, spinning around, walking wobbly and vomiting.

    Lucky I was in my 20's at the time. I fit right in with my peers :p

    Hope it goes soon. It was a pretty crappy, from memory ( you need to lay on the couch, moan sadly and get people to bring you things and cook for you ... )

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  14. Oh yuck. Spinning is the worst. Hope it stops soon.

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  15. My sister is suffering from something like this too - but in her case it is inner ear related.

    Look how common it is .

    I'm sorry but the thought of you suffering and tapping is making me feel blech!

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  16. I can't imagine trying to teach tap, feeling like that.
    Hope it goes away.

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  17. Sounds tiring and scary.

    I hope you're feeling better soon.

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  18. Awww, thanks for the award! I am not worthy.

    And I am so sorry to hear of your ills. I carry my tension in my shoulders, and sometimes they ache like all hell, shooting pain into my head and causing the most crappy headaches. So I can relate a bit.

    But at least I don't fall down. You may as well go and get totally stonkered drunk. If you are going to fall down, you may as well do it in style. That will release the tension as well.

    It will also be the cause of the invention of some pretty nifty dance steps too, I bet.

    Ha! Just as an aside, my word verification is fnfee. Put a T on the end of it, and I have got what you will say when drunk and falling. :)

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  19. Would consuming a near suicidal amount of alcohol give you the spins in the other direction?

    - Mr. Helpful

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  20. Oooh, dizzy heads for no reason sound scary. I constantly have a spinny/foggy head feeling these days but it thanks to broken sleep and too much work. I hope you feel better soon.

    I am pleased to be a close runner-up on your sidebar :D

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  21. I have had the same symptoms for just on a week now. My Doc thinks it's a viral infection in my inner ear (equilibrium) which can last a day or a few.... Cannot believe you can do a tap class with this...my head feels like I'm doing cart wheels just moving normally...7 days is quite enough already!hope yours goes soon

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  22. Vertigo is awful. I hope it passes quickly.

    Heidi

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  23. Oh dear, poor you. Hope you feel better soon.

    Have been catching up (as ever) so also: well done Fixit - hope the new life goes well; growing up babies - agh - my baby will hear tomorrow where he's going to get his first job as a doctor - how scary is that? and it's probably not going to be in our town.

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  24. UGG. that spinning falling vomiting thing is the worst. Glad to hear it is something you can work to fix. I had a similar thing but it was a diease called Mineres and I ended up having to have surgery to remove the inner workings of my left ear. So while I have no more spinning vertigo bouts I am prone to being wobbly when I am tired or sick. And totally deaf in my left ear...but I still hear better then my husband..LOL!!

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  25. Aw, thanks for the award! Also I hope the vertigo stops soon. I got a massive attack the first time I was DRIVING over the Westgate Bridge and have never forgotten it.

    My only other vertiginous feelings have mysteriously happened while I was also quite drunk. What a massive coincidence...

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