Main Article on Vertigo Question: What were the causes of the vertigo you experienced? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Jess, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 28 I experience vertigo every year around the same time, which my general physician (GP) thinks is triggered by my allergies. Each year, it seems to last longer and my current episode has been going on for almost 2 months now. Meclizine, Valium and anti-nausea medicines help, but my symptoms get worse as the day goes on and by early evening it's so bad I can't drive. Comment from: Jo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 09 I had an attack of vertigo two years ago, sitting on the couch. It lasted five hours. I crawled to the bathroom with head to the floor, and back to the couch. I saw the doctor next day, he said it was vertigo, looked in my ears, and told me to put olive oil in and come back in a week. He flushed my ears and a tremendous amount of wax came out. I felt better until two years later and got woken up by a vertigo attack that lasted two hours; sweating and nauseous, room spinning 110 miles hour. I had another attack two months later. Comment from: OngoingVert, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 07 Since age 15, I’ve gotten vertigo spells that last two days, then won’t come back for years. I’m now 34. Every 2 to 3 years I would have a dizzy spell, need to lie down for 1 or 2 days and it would just go away. I can’t figure out the trigger, and ENT, neurologist, no one can find cause. After it happens I feel tired for days. The doctor told me it was stress, but I’ve been stressed for years, so that can’t be the trigger. Comment from: Fayeto, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 09 After numerous tests with an ENT specialist, my diagnosis was that have I have scar tissue in my ears. Said it was caused from ear infections I had during my childhood that were not treated. Beginning at age 28, I began to get vertigo and each recurrence, the episodes would last longer and longer. Comment from: Pryncessan , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 31 When I get really hot, I start to feel dizzy. My whole world goes upside down and all I want to do is close my eyes and lie down until it goes away. After my vertigo subsides, I always start feeling hungry. Comment from: Kristen , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 03 I have been going through vertigo about three times now over periods of time but this is the longest, about 7 weeks. I have had the Epley maneuver for the first time. The physiotherapist said I now have residual issues which is common. When it first came on I got hot and sweaty and really frightened. I still wake up every morning in fear that it will be back, and no idea how to overcome my fear. Comment from: Ianatrix, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 16 My vertigo hits me with such force. I am relaxed and then it's like someone has got hold of my head and thrust it forwards and backwards and I start to retch. And I have bad tinnitus. Comment from: lisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 07 My vertigo started 7 weeks ago and it is really bad when I lean to the left. I also have ringing in my ears and these symptoms have been constant. I'm going crazy! It scares me too. Comment from: Scared lady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 12 I had my first vertigo attack more than 3 weeks ago. I was sleeping and stretched and instantly woke up. I couldn’t pick my head up, and threw up from the spinning. I waited a few days and realized I needed to go to a doctor. I was told it was head and ear infection which wasn’t true. I took antibiotics for 10 days and it only continued to get worse. Then I went to an ear doctor and he said I had BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) and also migraines. I never suffered from migraines in my life. I am not able to work since this happened. Comment from: Jim, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 21 A cold caused my vertigo and my ears were so clogged they felt like cement was poured in. I had sinus infection, so says the doctor. Now I am on antibiotic. I was extremely dizzy and nauseous. Comment from: Franky, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 11 I went to the emergency room today because every time I hold my head up I thought I was going to be sick. I don’t have a cold, I don’t have a headache, no pressure; nothing like that. I can feel what I described as a swish-swish behind my eyes every minute or so. Doctor says I have vertigo, didn’t say why or how. I feel better when I lie down and close my eyes but as soon as I open my eyes the swish-swish comes back and when I sit up I feel completely nauseated. There has to be an underlying cause. QUESTION What is vertigo? See Answer Comment from: Texan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 07 I had vertigo the first time ever with a lingering sinus infection not responding to antibiotics. It moved into my ears. I went from fine in a morning workout to unable to balance myself to get to my car. Ended up in the emergency room. I am fine sitting down but walking is a challenge. Sleeping in an upright position is helping. Off to a new ENT tomorrow for more support. I cannot leave the house at this point due to balance issues. Comment from: Dj, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 31 I woke up with vertigo yesterday morning. I had a stroke this past July. I suffer with anxiety, panic and depression. My forehead feels like a brick this morning and I am a little concerned. Comment from: LinLu, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 09 My vertigo came out of the blue. I looked up from my iPad, and the spinning started. It was immediately followed by nausea and vomiting. The room spinning didn’t last too long, but the nausea went on for two days. Finally I was able to be upright, and was able to hold food down, but now I just have this terrible drunk feeling. I had this 13 years ago, and none of the maneuvers were effective. It took many weeks for that drunk feeling to wind down. Comment from: Charlie20019, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 26 I’ve had vertigo almost constantly for over 5 months. The general physician thought labyrinthitis at first, and then we thought BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) and had no luck with Epley maneuvers. Always ruled out inner ear infection because there was no discharge in my ears, so no antibiotics taken at all. I got swelling of my saliva gland, found some in-date antibiotics and decided to self-medicate. Three days later and I think it’s gone! The whole lot. I can’t believe it. I had vertigo right through the summer and all sorts. I’m over the moon! Comment from: Karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19 I fell down a flight of stairs last September. I've been dealing with vertigo ever since. For a year it was bad. I had to be hospitalized for 2 weeks, and 3 weeks in a rehabilitation. I would not wish this on anybody. It's a very debilitating disease. Sometimes I still have a problem. Today I was ok, and about 3 hours ago I started feeling bad, bent over and almost fell on my backside. So for the rest of the day I will not turn my head to the right side and make sure I have my cane with me. Comment from: Joanne, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 30 I had an infection in my foot which caused my vertigo which I have never had before. It is 2 months on and the spinning subsided 3 weeks ago, but my head is terrible with pressure pulsating and throbbing and dizziness. I am at the depths of despair with it. Comment from: Chloe O, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 03 I never fainted, but have severe dizziness and vertigo almost daily. I used to think it was anxiety that was causing these dizzy spells but now I think it’s the other way around and the dizzy spells are causing the anxiety. I can go from being totally fine to having trouble walking, feeling lightheaded and like I’m spinning and/or the room is spinning, and dealing with nausea and headaches. I am going to an ENT soon to talk about it possibly being Meniere’s disease. Comment from: Vishwambhar, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 12 I first experienced vertigo in July 1998 when a lot of humidity was there in the environment. Since then I started observing the symptom and the trigger as well. So far as I have been able to find it, the sudden shift in temperature causes my trouble and persists sometimes for few days, sometimes goes in a few minutes only. Comment from: NotPsychotic, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 30 I think it's really rude, wrong and harmful for people claiming stress causes vertigo. All that does is make it harder for people to get diagnosed when you perpetuate these myths about real medical problems. I've been stressed and never got this before. Anyway I was told I had it and I am not aware of any cause but I had shooting pains through my ears, then some wetness in my ears but ignored it. I had constant colds, tonsil stones, extreme tiredness, and was unable to sleep. I didn't link them to vertigo. I had fever on diagnosis. Comment from: angelpluvial, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 16 I'm 27. My first vertigo experience was back around February. I woke up and felt so nauseous I couldn't move without wanting to throw up. I had to call out of work. That time I was able to sleep it off though. Right now, I've had this terrible vertigo for a week and a day now! Everything keeps moving and when it's worse I feel so nauseous. I've been out of work because I can't drive or even really read emails like this. The emergency room gave me meclizine but it's not helping really. Gingko biloba has sort of helped. SLIDESHOW Tinnitus: Why Are My Ears Ringing? See Slideshow Comment from: Miller, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 09 I’m 45 and I take lisinopril 30 mg that keeps my blood pressure (BP) consistent at 125/85. Out of the blue I get sweaty, feel sick, lightheaded, and dizzy but don’t get the spins, or nothing seems spinning. I get confused, almost feels like a stroke and when I check BP when it’s happening, it’s like 170/110. After 3 hours my BP comes down. I went to the emergency room, but all blood work and CT scan are normal. After it happens I’m usually bed ridden for a few days super fatigued. I wonder if this sounds like vertigo. At first I thought blood sugar but all that was good. Comment from: stuart, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 19 I fell back and hit the back of my head really hard which resulted in a large lump and balance loss even if I sat down. I would go all over the place and fall on the floor with vertigo, and this was about 7 or 8 years ago. Now when I lie down and put my head back in a certain angle a dizziness comes over my head as though I am spinning and going to pass out. This only happens when I lie down. Comment from: Jessica, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 19 As a very innocent child who faced an uncontrollable stress anxiety and fear I experienced vertigo at age 15. Dizziness continued for a few hours. I felt things were spinning while lying on bed. Again at age 36 just before the separation from my husband as a result of uncontrollable stress and humiliation created by his behavior while I was working as a professional I happened to face another vertigo attack. I almost lost my job and felt extremely uncomfortable. No usual balance for almost 1 1/2 years now. Comment from: Tutu, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 18 I don’t know if I can get help here with similar cases of vertigo. I had sinus infection and was on 3 different antibiotics because it was chronic. It came with vertigo, clogged right ear, and also palpitations. The doctor said my sinus has cleared but I still feel dizzy every minute, and always feeling sick. It’s been like this for 2 months, I mean everyday 24 hours steady. It is not spinning, it is tilting, and my ears are still clogged. The doctor said my tubes are not blocked. Comment from: Rock62242, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 18 I am a 45 year old male, just diagnosed with vertigo. I have no sinus or ear infections, but have been flying a lot. My first episode was when I was getting scheduled for a 2 hour drive and near the end of the ride I was on my phone emailing and everything went blurry for 2 minutes. The next episode was the next morning when I woke up, I had no balance and felt very exhausted. The next day I went to the doctor, he diagnosed me with vertigo and prescribed me betahistine 3 pills a day and Avamys nasal spray. Comment from: An, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 22 Two years ago, I turned in bed one morning and the room began to spin. I had severe nausea, vomiting, nystagmus, hyperacusis, and tinnitus so severe I thought I’d lose my mind. I couldn’t look at lights, tiles, stripes, patterns, and computer. Doctors said the vertigo would subside and resolve itself over the next few weeks (wasn’t BPPV - benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). I did slowly improve but never 100 percent. After contrast brain MRI, vertigo tests, and caloric tests with the ENT, I was treated for Meniere’s disease, and put on anti-seizure medicines, but no improvement. I still have elevator sensation in my head 24/7 every day. Comment from: Kate , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 17 I wouldn’t wish vertigo on anyone, it is brutal. So debilitating. My first vertigo attack was in 2012 right after a sinus infection and since then I usually get it every year now. Now I get it right around March/April when the seasons are changing. Starts off with brain fog and then it’s a constant feeling of the inside of my head going round and round. Usually lasts about a month or two. Doctors have given me nose spray and medication. I have gone to physiotherapist, chiropractor, and acupuncturist; nothing. Brutal! Comment from: Sinus infection, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 07 I have had a sinus infection for four weeks now. Four days ago I got up from the couch, went into the kitchen, got really dizzy with vertigo, and fell on the kitchen floor. I took antibiotics for 10 days. My head does not feel better, it still feels plugged up. Wonder if I should go back to my doctor for more antibiotics. Comment from: Roaddawg, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 18 No cause for my vertigo has been determined after 5 months. Possibility is hyperglycemia. I am type 2 diabetic on oral medicines only. It was poorly controlled until the last 2 or 3 weeks. It is vestibular labyrinthitis. My own diagnosis of cause is ear/sinus infection. Prior to the attack I was suffering with sneezing and ongoing runny nose. I tried irrigating with saline water in hopes it would help. I believe that forced the infection into my inner ear. After the vertigo attack my sinus issues went away. Comment from: Northern , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 12 I believe I get vertigo when there is humidity and cold air. Mine subsided when I was I in a heated space. Comment from: Justrelax, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 17 I've been suffering from vertigo since 2011. Attacks come on with change of weather and also stress. I've had attacks that last from a day up to weeks. Currently I'm in the middle of a long lasting attack. I get stressed when these types of attacks happen which in turn does nothing to help you. I was told to try and relax and let it happen. Vertigo is like a freight train, when it is too close to stop it is going to run you down. Don't worry about something you can do nothing about. Comment from: Valerie ladouceur, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 02 I think I have vertigo too. I am 35 years old. I got an attack that lasted hours yesterday and this morning. It’s been going on for 3 weeks now, but yesterday was so intense, this morning again. I can’t work like this. It feels like a rollercoaster ride upside down and moving fast, with headache behind my eyes, and nausea. The room can spin for an hour, it is scary. Feel like I am drunk out of my mind. I think it is because by my body is telling me to change my life, I work too much, always stress, no time for myself. I am depressed too and looking to change my life. And this happens. I eat well, I don’t take medication, and I have a good physical health all the time. There is no sickness or disease in my family, I don’t know where this comes from. My health is good. I am going to the hospital to see a doctor today, I can’t look up at all without my head spinning. This is horrible. Comment from: bumblebee20, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 24 I was rear ended by an SUV six months ago and have experienced vertigo since then. It lasts anywhere from 5 seconds to a few minutes, and feels like I am spinning clockwise even when I am not moving. It also gives me that jerking sensation you get when you’re falling asleep because I feel my center of gravity drop. The vertigo is accompanied with headaches in the front of my head, behind my eyes, nausea, and jerky eye movements. When I have episodes of it I find it incredibly disorienting. Comment from: Myluckycharm, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 26 Overworking my ear and using too much cellular phone caused my vertigo. And I damaged my ear by putting Q-Tip too deep inside for years. Stress, overuse of my brain, too much TV (could not sleep and I thought TV is my best friend), all of the above gave me today lack of balance, and numbness (feet, shoulders, and low back). Comment from: personwhocares, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 13 I had first vertigo episode rolling over in bed five years ago. Terrible vertigo for several days with residual effects lasting six weeks. I went to the ENT and diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and given exercises to do. I thought it worked but it came back and then I was taught the Epley maneuver. First, to figure out what ear was the problem doctor performed Dix-Hallpike procedure. He laid me back with head extended over bed and whatever side brought on the vertigo was the ear infected with loose crystals. Secondly I learned Epley maneuver for the ear with the problem (mine was left ear). Over the next few years I had three more episodes all running their course in about six weeks. Since then I have had one and a half years of no vertigo but do notice residual effects, i.e., feeling a little off at times. Today had a vertigo episode, performed a Dix-Hallpike on myself, again it was my left ear and I did an Epley. I feel okay and hopefully this episode will not last as long as others. Here is what I have learned doing research on this and why it happens. I believe BPPV is caused by two situations. One is long term uncontrollable stress and then a major life stress causing a heightened nervous system and the other is allergy, infections, colds, sinusitis, sleep apnea or anything that narrows the upper airway (especially sleeping or bad sleep) which also causes stress on the inner ear. Result of these two factors is vertigo. I got the stress information from a study and a doctor, as well as everyone who I've known who had BPPV. They all say they has serious uncontrollable life situations/stress prior to their first episode. Comment from: Clint, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 01 I have experienced vertigo 3 to 4 times some months back, but now, I am experiencing fullness in my ears and pain on my backside. I am also feeling headedness. I don’t know what is the cause of these symptoms. Comment from: The Hobbit, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 28 When I was 18 I had a really bad episode of vertigo while driving. It took 2 days to stop but after this spell I felt like my eyesight was off. I went to many specialists about this and was told I was fine. It's now 25 years later and I still feel like my eyesight is different. It's hard to explain, the best way to describe it would be like, it is cloudy and nothing seems vibrant like before. Florescent lights really bring it out, vision’s been checked and is fine. Really wish I could find a cure. Comment from: James , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 07 I have had vertigo for over 8 months straight. I have been to the doctor, therapy, specialist, had MRI, and still no diagnosis as to why it never goes away unless I'm lying down or sleeping. Comment from: Micah, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 24 For nearly 2 weeks I have been getting very dizzy and nauseous from vertigo. I went to see the doctor on 3 occasions and they have said it is just a virus. I had blood test and it all came back clear. I have not had an MRI but I am very concerned and don’t know what to do. I have been dizzy for 2 weeks from vertigo. The first week was constant. I have had a neck ache and feel lightheaded. I feel like it's gotten a bit better but not 100 percent. Comment from: Shaz, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 19 I've had vertigo and dizziness for almost 11 years. My symptoms (every day) are: my hearing reduces slightly, I feel like I'm leaning to one side when walking, my head feels congested, it is hard to focus well on reading texts, feeling of confusion, and fatigue. NHS specialist tests were done (nothing found), consulted ENT, cardiology, neurology, and had a CT scan, and 24-hour ECG. Solutions (none permanent, but some relief) are good sleep and bloodletting and blood cupping. The cause of my vertigo is unknown. Comment from: Syed M, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 19 Just the day before yesterday, I woke up with spinning of head, like I was falling down in my dreams eyes opened, and with spinning for a few seconds. I don't know what's happening, turning my head towards left side starts the spinning of eyes and head. So I have to stay looking on the right side. I am taking medicines for vertigo like Vertin 16 mg a day. Still the second day it was triggered two times lasting about 4 to 5 seconds. Comment from: Mez, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 19 Fluid movement causes vertigo for me. Comment from: VinnyG, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 14 I'm a 43 year old male. I am experiencing vertigo for the last two years. My symptoms start with a feeling of motion in the abdomen, followed by a ringing in the ears and then a feeling as though I am walking on a moving ship. Sometimes, it brings nausea and tightness of the chest. Once or twice has brought on an anxiety attack. The vertigo attack usually last about 30 minutes. Have been to doctor numerous times but not getting any help. I am now awaiting an appointment with an ear nose and throat specialist. Comment from: Gingerlea, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 22 I am suffering from a bout of vertigo right now. I seem to get it at the same time every year. I feel it has to do with exposure to mold and fungi spores. It is late September and everything is going to seed. After the humidity of summer, I figure as the air becomes drier and the wind picks up, the more the spores circulate. My vertigo seems to start out not so bad then progresses to the kind where I dare not move my head. Nausea, lightheadedness, mild pain and noise in the ears come along with it. It goes away the same way it comes on, gradually becoming milder and milder until one day I forget I ever had it. Less salt helps too, so does avoiding caffeine in all forms. I hate putting a name to the disorder, because then I tend to see myself as sick with something, which causes stress and stress makes it last longer since my attention is on every movement I make and how I am feeling with every movement. Even though vertigo is a rotten thing, I do appreciate the balance mechanisms of my body when they are working right. People who've never had this can't appreciate how precise these little systems are that keep us walking upright. Comment from: MMTT, Female (Patient) Published: August 10 I have suffered with vertigo for seven (7) years after falling into a wall and hitting my head. Hard. I was recently diagnosed with BPPV. Finally, somebody was able to tell me I wasn't going mad. My episodes vary and comes whenever it so chooses. My shortest episode was 1 hour and my longest was 2 weeks. As a result of my injury, I was off of work for many years and so sleeping away my dizziness and nausea was my cure. In 2011, I got my longest bout while I was at work and continued working. I found out that once my vertigo is acting up, one of the triggers that makes me spin, is light. YES LIGHT!!!! I had to wear shades and could not watch white paper, TV and Computer screens directly. Going out into the sunlight is a no. I have noticed that some of my triggers for the onset of vertigo however, are bending over or down and sometimes the quick movement of tilting my head backward or forward. I can usually tell when it's about to pay me a visit...everything seems to move a bit slower around me and then within a couple minutes or hours...BOOM hello vertigo (you miserable debilitating disease)! I am now working on some exercises...check out BPPV. Hope this helps. Comment from: Mary, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 03 I had my first vertigo attack yesterday. I woke up everything was spinning. I had to call out for my 4 year old son to get my cell phone. My husband arrived shortly. I started vomiting and my body was so weak. It felt like I had a bottle of vodka. I asked him to put my cloth on because I couldn't move, because I would spin more. I kept my eyes closed because I would get more nauseous. I did not get the ringing in my ear. After vomiting a few times we called the ambulance. They thought it was migraine, but the doctor said it was vertigo, something to do with my ear. I was terrified because she did not explain what caused, or how to prevent. I went home still dizzy, and got better but, not 100%. This morning I was happy because I felt better, but around noon I started to feel like dizzy, or motion sickness again! I going to follow up with another Doctor, and see what he says. I'm praying this will be temporary, because I need to go back to work. Comment from: Okie4Ever, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 25 I fell at Christmas and hit the back of my head. Hard. I had my first attack of Vertigo in March. Don't know if that is related or not, but I was also very stressed in March. The doctors say it is because of crystals in the ear pushing the little hairs in the inner ear out of alignment. I don't know if that is true or not, but I know the meclazine I was prescribed only lessens, but does not get rid of, the symptoms. I also agree "dizziness" is not an adequate description. I literally had to crawl to get to the phone to call for help. I could not stand up. This disease is a nightmare! My attacks typically last for several weeks. Comment from: Vetiges, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 28 After a bad episode of vertigo that lasts hours with spinning and constant vomiting, I get super fatigued and the feeling like being on a small boat in the ocean, lasting weeks. Comment from: Agutierrez, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 12 I suffer from vertigo and after two years, I got a stroke. I was told by my doctor to not ignore headache with vertigo. I been on Serc for a long time. This diminishes the vertigo but I get it almost every year. The bad news is that it is getting stronger every year. Every attack is very debilitating and I have to rest all day. They last a week, two or days. I am careful not to get a stroke. Comment from: tiffany, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 15 When I sleep on my right side then wake up in the morning the room spins for about 30seconds Comment from: PAUL, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 09 Having my first ever vertigo attack today. I went to doctor who diagnosed the problem. The room is spinning and I feel nauseous. Comment from: bonnie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 29 I had vertigo with an inner ear infection at the age of 33, and again at the age of 47. I had started taking 3,000 mg/day of an antibiotic for a sinus infection. This time at age 57, I have vertigo again, the day after having a massage primarily on my neck. Comment from: Mercedes, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 29 I am 34 years old and I had my first vertigo attack last year in February. It was awful. I could not think or concentrate and I felt like the world around me was swaying at all times. I was at first prescribed Methylprednisolone for the swelling in my inner ear, but it did not do anything. Then I was prescribed Meclizine and that took care of the problem, until this year when the vertigo came back. So the regimen started again: first with meclizine, then with methylprednisone, then with Valacyclovir (antiviral) and finally with Lorazepam (anti-anxiety). I am 3 weeks into my Vertigo episode and nothing seems to help. Comment from: Maggie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 05 I've had vertigo off and on for 40 years. I was offered tranquilizers and felt that if it was in my inner ear then seasick tabliets would help, and they do. I take a Dramamine when it first hits and one every 6 hours until it's gone. My attacks are from 3 to 4 years apart. I am in the throes as we speak and this time it went away and came back in a week. It's never happened like this before. But just taking the Dramamine helps. Also, I have had swishing in my ears for. Other than being a nuisance, I manage with the Dramamine. Comment from: Jenny, 45-54 Female Published: October 18 I have been suffering with Vertigo for over 10 years now. Up until a couple of days ago my last attack was about 4 or 5 years ago. Like most people, my sudden dizziness starts when I wake up and turn my head mainly to the right. I find it so frightening that I sometimes scream and hold on to my partner. I then keep still for a few minutes and attempt to move but slowly. Sometimes I am sick but I always feel unwell and tired for up to a week. My doctor has told me that I will suffer with Vertigo for the rest of my life. Oh the joy!! Comment from: telly, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 07 I drive a semi truck, and started getting blurred vision(as if my eyes were crossed). This progressed to the point where I could not stand or walk when haveing an episode. Of course out of safety i had to take off of work. The doctor gave me medications, one for dizziness that didnt work, and one for anxiety. They put me to sleep, but its the only thing that works. I don't have insurance as this is a new job. I thought things were getting better but then I had a very frighting episode yesterday. I was stumbling against wall to get to my bed. I also had nausea and sweating. I am scared as I am getting behind on all of my bills and don't know what I am going to do. One doctor says it's my ears. another says it's my inner ear. I have a bad disk in my back that pinches nerves which I am told can also be the problem. Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 10 I'm 38 and starting having vertigo symptoms about seven years ago. Usually it starts when I wake up. Comment from: Caroline, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 31 My attacks of vertigo seem to be brought on by being outside in very cold conditions. Comment from: carlton, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 20 I had my first experience three days ago. I woke that morning and swung out of bed rather quickly. I felt that I was immediately spinning around inside my head. The sensation left as quickly as it arrived, although I remained slightly dizzy. I dressed and went to church, still vaguely feeling dizzy. By the end of the service I was feeling sick and was unable to stand. When the ambulance attendant laid me on the stretcher the vertigo hit. Meclizine, Lorazapam for dizziness, Zofran for nausea. I sure hope this clears up. Comment from: carol, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 11 Just experiencing my first event of vertigo, over the past week I often feel as though I am walking on a ship swaying from side to side. I have seen a doctor who believes it is a virus. I do have history of regular ear infections over the past five years. But not aware of ear infections at the moment. I do wonder if this problem has been brought on by a car accident I was in five weeks ago. Following a head on collision I landed upside down in the ditch. Luckily enough I was able to walk away but do wondered if this sensation is linked. Comment from: Kit, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 04 I had a moment of dizziness after standing quickly one morning. Thought it was nothing. Walked home from a friend’s house and continued my day. At 4 am woke to the world spinning and could not get it under control. I felt nauseated and I wobbled to the bathroom but had to crawl back to bed. I started wondering if I was having a heart attack or a stroke. My husband woke and we called 911. I went to the hospital, then went home diagnosed with labyrinthitis. I am on antibiotics and it is slowly correcting. Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: May 21 I still do not know causes of my vertigo, I was told it had to be from the inner ear. The last vertigo attack I had was April 8th of this year. To this day I still feel dizzy when I bend over or turn my head to the side. When I go to bed I am only able to sleep on my right side, if I turn to my left side and put my head on pillow I feel like I am spinning for a few seconds. If I remain in an upright position I am ok. Comment from: DEEPTI, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 30 I literally fell down when I lifted my head or moved it to either side. I was diagnosed with vertigo. Now I’m fine after being on medication for one week. Comment from: Busybody, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 30 I’ve had vertigo since 2004. My attacks were mild at first, then in 2010, I had one very bad episode, then another one in 2011. I recently had one this year, which was so bad, it sent me to the hospital. Comment from: Mary, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 10 I think my first episode of vertigo was in the mid-90s and for about one week. I felt like the room was spinning and I could not get my balance. For some reason the neurologist did not have a diagnosis. It went away until about three years ago. I woke up and tried to stand up but fell right to the floor. I did not have time to feel the spinning and I had to crawl to the bathroom and vomit continuously so severely that I also lost control of other functions. I thought I was dying. I had to spend the night in the hospital due to not being able to walk without having to grip to something. This lasted for two weeks. I do have an occasional slight dizzy spell and some tinnitus sometimes. My grandmother had Meniere's disease and aunt and cousin have MS. I’m beginning to wonder if there is a connection. Comment from: Oddie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 10 I'm 55 years old. I was told that I had breast cancer in January. The day of my radiation I was on the table. I had just lay down and everything started spinning. I went to the doctor and had some tests done. She told me its vertigo. I have been dealing with this for four weeks now. Comment from: flipper, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 02 I was diagnosed with Meniere's disease about 15 years ago. It was presented with hearing loss in right ear and tinnitus in both. I did not have any other symptoms until last year when I had very short, random episodes of dizziness which went away after 10-15 seconds and I was fine. I went to my ENT doctor who told me it was not vertigo but probably a side effect of the 200 mg Celebrex I was taking for arthritis. I lowered my dose to 100 mg and was fine until yesterday, almost a year later. I woke up in the middle of the night with the room spinning out of control. Comment from: Tanya, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 26 I recently was diagnoses a few days ago. I was experiencing dizziness and lightheaded feeling. I was also experiencing headaches. I was under a lot of stress and anxiety. My ear felt like it was on fire. I went to the emergency room and they did a number of tests, and diagnosed me with vertigo. I was given some medicine for dizziness and pain. Comment from: fstrickland, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 26 I was diagnosed with vertigo about five years ago. It has subsided until recently. Mind is a feeling of the room spinning out of control and I also begin to feel nauseated. Being diabetic, there is a lot of medicine I cannot take. Comment from: G98, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 26 I have been a vertigo sufferer for 7 years. My first episode occurred while simply waking up and stretching a bit before getting out of bed. I turned my head to the left and BOOM the room took off violently spinning around me. After about two weeks of taking meclizine (which simply works by putting you to sleep) I saw an audiologist at a large ENT practice in my city. She indicated she thought I had BPPV and, sure enough after administering the Epley maneuver I found myself totally vertigo free and walked out of the office "cured." Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: March 13 Had a hot stone massage on a cruise ship. I experienced severe vertigo, a violent spinning sensation, upon rising in the morning from laying down to sitting up. Comment from: runningtito, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 12 I’m 38 years old and I’ve had vertigo all my life. My mom has it and my 15 year old daughter has it too. I use motion sickness medications. Comment from: Pat from PA, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 12 Got up one morning in 2007 and thought that I was having a seizure because the world was spinning so fast I could not stay vertical. My husband thought I might be having a stroke or heart attack. The ambulance came and off I went to the ER. I was on meclizine for about three weeks. The spinning settled a little but the floor seeming to be moving as though I was on a very rocky boat. I tried to go back to work, but had another attack lasting two weeks and then another a few weeks later. I have been to a balance disorder specialist and have taken months of vestibular therapy. It is better for a time but the sudden unexplained attacks happen whenever and wherever with no warning. I have tried Zoloft and clonazepam to keep these attacks under control but these meds make me drowsy. I wish there was a cure for this debilitating disease. I had to take an early unplanned retirement from work and in today's economy this is not good. Hope the cure is in my lifetime. Comment from: gracie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 12 I am a 57 year old female and suffered a mild attack of dizziness in my 30s and nothing since. A week before breaking up for Christmas holidays last year I felt flu-like and confined to bed. By the third day I had a severe pain in the top left hand side of my head, had several bouts of sickness and the only way I could reach the bathroom was on all fours because the room was spinning around violently. Living alone I called the doctor who examined my left ear. There was no ear infection and was told a virus had left me with vertigo. The tablets I was prescribed have not eradicated the dizziness and I’m also left with no sense of smell or taste which is worrying. I thought the vertigo would have gone now so will have to try another course of treatment. Comment from: gene, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 07 I was diagnosed with Meniere's disease about 20 years ago. I had all the symptoms. Thought my life had ended, but over time you learn to live with almost anything. I have had tinnitus constantly, along with hardly any hearing in one ear. At least the fullness has gone away. I don't get vertigo too often, but often enough for me to monitor ANY activity that could be dangerous, like driving a car or even a bike. If you have just developed similar symptoms, don't despair. Comment from: Vincent Bruno, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 07 I take Paxil and sedatives and at times when I drive or walk up steps or a ladder, I actually feel that everything around me is spinning. I do feel dizziness. Comment from: noza, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 27 My very first episode of vertigo was late 2006 when I was breastfeeding my youngest. At that point it was put down to breastfeeding. In 2010, I had another episode dizzy spells and or spinnings but was put down to low blood pressure. Last night without any warning again I had my third severe episode. Called out of hours and was told it is vertigo the doctor gave me instructions and asked me sleep and if I didnt feel any better in the morning to see my GP which I did. I now very concerned and will certainly keep a close eye on what flares it and how long it lasts. Comment from: attackkat1, Female (Patient) Published: January 31 Ten years ago I had a stroke. Three months prior to that, I had vertigo off and on which lasted only about 10-15 seconds. One night, I woke up with severe vertigo and was hysterical. My husband immediately got me into the car and to the hospital. The CT scan noted that I had "many" mini strokes in the past. Three months later, I had a pretty serious stroke and that CT scan showed that I had a previous stroke. Just recently, I started having vertigo again. When I get into bed at night and when I get out of bed in the mornings. Needless to say, I'll be off to the doctor ASAP. Comment from: Deanaj, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 31 I had my very first episode of vertigo happened nearly 20 years ago and lasted nearly two months. It was so debilitating that I could not work or anything. Like others, I thought it was a brain tumor. After many test, nothing was found. I remember sleeping in a recliner chair because the bed was impossible. Over the past few years I've had minor episodes lasting a few days or so, but nothing like the first time. I'm nearly 60 years old and I've just learned to live with it. Comment from: Cathy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 25 When I opened my eyes this morning from a restful sleep the room was spinning very fast. I closed my eyes and took a peek...still spinning. What the heck was going on? It sure wasn't dizziness. So, I just lay there for a while, slowly sat up with my eyes still closed then looked at the floor. Phew...OK! I moved my head to the right and spinning! Four hours later I have done laundry, cleaned the bathroom, and started supper, but I feel a little nauseous. This is some scary stuff so I came here and I guess I had a bout of vertigo. What the heck? I feel slightly goofy. Comment from: Ronda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 24 I had a bad fall in my kitchen in October. Tripped over the dog with a bowl in each hand, got my legs tangled up under him, and landed directly on my forehead and face, on a tile floor with concrete foundation. The pain was excruciating to my head. I had a slight cut in the center of my forehead, surrounded by a raised red circle about 3" in diameter. My nose was pushed up toward my forehead, scraped and bleeding, and my elbow swelled up like a baseball. Comment from: Jessie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 03 Suddenly, I felt light headed and followed by spinning sensation in my head. I found that if I lay on my left side then things get better. If I try to do otherwise, I would throw up due to the spinning sensation. Now, not only I have to recover from my vertigo, my gastric also started due to the throwing up and loss of appetite. My muscles also start aching due to long hours of lying down. Please share if you have any medication to cure or prevent vertigo. Comment from: gwarren, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 13 I just got out of the hospital last week after being in a week for vertigo. I never get sick so when this hit me at work I was transported to the hospital with nausea and vomiting. My blood pressure shot up; I was sweating with double vision and spinning. Comment from: Kat, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 13 I first got vertigo 4 years ago, out of the blue while walking down the stairs I just fell. Later on that night I started getting ringing in the ears. After going through the ER, I was frightened with Meniere's disease. Comment from: bellm01, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 01 I'm not sure where vertigo stemmed from for me but it has been going on for at least 6 months now. At first the dizziness seemed to appear 4-6 weeks. Then it became worst and more often, forcing me to call appointments for the doctor. Well first thing they asked was if I could be pregnant? I took a pregnancy test. Sure enough, it came back positive. Comment from: sugard, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 07 Last Friday in the morning I was fine and then suddenly at lunchtime I went to stand up and nearly fell down. It scared me to death. It progressively got worse and I ended up at a clinic late afternoon. They checked my ears and found I had a severe ear infection. Apart from the vertigo I had not experienced any symptoms. Because of my age (66) I was sent for an MRI to rule out small strokes, which was negative. Blood tests at the clinic also diagnosed a UTI again no visible symptoms. I have been on an anti-biotic since Friday night. The vertigo comes and goes right now. Comment from: Linda, 35-44 Female Published: November 01 My first Vertigo experience was in 2005. It happened just as I parked my car. I thought I did not engage the parking brake since I had the sensation that the car was moving. I did engage the brake. It was somewhat unsettling. It never lasts longer than 10-20 seconds and then it is gone. It happens when I walk or stand still and is very embarrassing when you join friends and lose your balance due to the vertigo while you have a drink in your hand. I do suffer from a mild Hydrocephalus condition, but it was not linked to my Vertigo - I actually never asked. I have learned to live with it and very few people know I have this experience some times. Nowadays I just ignore it and keep doing what I am busy with. Comment from: Kristi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 04 I have been experiencing vertigo and dizziness now for 6 years. First bout with it lasted 4 months straight. I thought I might have had a brain tumor, but after a battery of tests, nothing showed up as an issue. The only thing that has seemed to work for me is Prednisone steroid pills. Usually by the 3rd day or so they start to kick in. I still get vertigo episodes every few months, and they usually last about 10-14 days. But the Prednisone usually helps. Comment from: nviejo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 26 I started having vertigo in my 40s. It comes on very suddenly and lasts 24-48 hours usually. Meclizine does help and lying on my left side seems to help. It only happens once every few years. I also have severe motion sickness. Doctors cannot figure out the cause. Comment from: Chippy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 13 I recently had nose surgery and I started having symptoms of vertigo. Doctor said it was probably from the medication. I have stopped taking the medication, but still have symptoms. Comment from: Carrie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 16 I've had vertigo about three times prior to this one, always when I go up in high altitude. Vertigo is the most debilitating, scary, unknown medical condition I've had. There's got to be an explanation for it! Comment from: Sue, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 10 I first got the 'spinning room' scenario when I was twelve. It was very frightening, very severe and I was off school for a week. My next attack was when I was thirty two, so a big gap there. Again, it lasted for a week. Now I'm forty two and it's happening again. I had an attack three weeks ago and I took a travel sickness tablet. It really helped. I suffer from extreme travel sickness and the symptoms are quite similar. I had another attack today. I took a tablet two hours ago and it's been very effective. The dizziness has gone! Comment from: miss t, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 21 I am 44 years old, I got vertigo from flying for the first time in 2009. I feel like my body is being invaded, with symptoms of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, spinning, sensitivity to light. I am a wife, mother of 5, and also a cosmetologist. It's hard to maintain a normal life, when an episode occurs I feel help less. I've seen 7 doctors, taken 9 medications, and am in bed for weeks at a time. Comment from: keepgoing, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 18 My vertigo was caused by a suicide attempt of Aspirin and Tylenol. I know I can only control certain parts of my life. I keep in good physical shape, do all of my exercises and watch my salt and caffeine intake. My last option is to have the nerves cut to both of my ears and be deaf for the rest of my life. The steps I am taking do help, but I will have this for the rest of my life and will just keep fighting to have a normal life. Comment from: jscbob, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 14 About a week ago I woke feeling dizzy and it’s been a week and I’ve been to the er twice. I'm still as dizzy and feeling like it so never went away. They gave me meclizine which has not helped at all. I've been off work for a week and have no more sick leave. Supposed to return to work tomorrow, but don't think I can do that. Comment from: meryt, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 24 I have been having vertigo episodes now with different things that I eat. Chocolate will bring on an attack immediately. Some teas will bring it on but not as quickly as the chocolate I have experienced Vertigo for several years now and my sister had it also. It has just now started to escalate as I have had several spells this year and usually only about 1 or 2 the previous years. Comment from: sue lion, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 17 I have had vertigo since I was little. If I have an ear ache like right now triggers it sometimes it just comes. I had it so bad that I just kept throwing up every time I moved. I am 37 now and it still isn’t easy. My doctor when I was little gave me a vitamin b12 shot to stop it and told me when I start getting dizzy to take it but lately it hasn’t worked. So I saw on a web site today to use ginger capsules or make a ginger tea with lemon. That is what I am going to try next they say it works. Some also say ginkgo biloba helps. I like more natural stuff anyhow. Hope this helps some of you. Comment from: Female (Patient) Published: August 03 Had Vertigo about a month ago Dr. prescribed prednisone. I just woke up one morning feeling dizzy and nauseated. After taking the med for 5 days it slowly disappeared. Now 2 weeks later it is back, it makes it hard to go to work. The Dr. gave me another 5 days of prednisone hopefully this will put an end to this horror. Comment from: badyjr, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 25 I was diagnosed with Vertigo back in 2007. I woke up one morning thinking I got up too fast. I sat on side of the bed for a few mins waiting for it to go away.....it never did. Stayed off work for 3 months!!!! This is a condition that very few people understand the severity and how it causes complete alteration of your life. The constant dizziness, nausea, ringing of the ears, disorientation, sweating, no appetite and loss of balance are so nerve wrecking until I feel as if I'm losing my mind. It's back again and I've been off work going on 3 wks now. The bad part about, it gives no warning and no set limit to how long it last. There has to be a cure out there somewhere.