vertigo or dizziness??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by abbuttercup, Nov 28, 2002.

  1. abbuttercup

    abbuttercup New Member

    i've been getting something that i think would be referred to as vertigo. i feel like i'm going to pass out whenever i move or turn my head, sometimes even if i move my eyes too fast. it comes and goes, but this time it's stayed for over a week. does anyone else get anything like this?
    ali
  2. abbuttercup

    abbuttercup New Member

    i've been getting something that i think would be referred to as vertigo. i feel like i'm going to pass out whenever i move or turn my head, sometimes even if i move my eyes too fast. it comes and goes, but this time it's stayed for over a week. does anyone else get anything like this?
    ali
  3. teach6

    teach6 New Member

    I get it when I turn too quickly, stand too quickly, or sit up after lying down for a while. I also have Neurally Mediated Hypotension which I think this is a part of for me.

    Barbara
  4. Pat UK

    Pat UK New Member

    This is vertigo. I have suffered with it for 5+ years now.
    Do you feel sick as well? Once my vertigo lasted for 6 weeks,sickness as well it was awful. I have it at the moment but it is very mild. I think it comes with cfs so we are stuck with it.
    Hope you feel better soon.
    Pat
  5. Kim

    Kim New Member

    About two months ago I started experiencing dizziness. I've had auto accidents, migraines, even a series of ECT (shock therapy for depression). I have very good health insurance and went to the best neurologist in the area. There are many, many causes of dizziness. Describing your dizziness and a complete neurological exam are the first steps. The neurologist can give you tests to determine if the dizziness is coming from your brain or ear canals (or other sources such as pinched nerves, muscle spasms). Migraine causes dizziness, calcium carb. crystals moving from one area in your ear and floating into another causes begign positional vertigo (very severe spinning). BPV can be cured in about 90% of the cases with therapy consisting of movements. Brain trauma is another cause of dizziness. Neck injuries, another. Some of the tests you might have to have are MRI of neck and brain, EEG, ENG, hearing evaluation, CT of sinus. Chronic sinusitis can cause dizziness.

    I'm in the middle of having these tests now and it looks like my dizziness might be coming from two sources.

    Prayers and best wishes.

    Kim
  6. LisaMay

    LisaMay New Member

    all of the time, every day, for the last 10 weeks. I have had my brain scanned via MRI and yes, there is one up there, but nothing wrong with it. I have had my eyes checked and yes, I needed glasses to correct a stigmatism. I saw my PCP for the millionith time and yes, she is attempting to help get this under control. I am dizzy in every possible position. Some things make it worse, but nothing has made it better or go away. I keep waiting for something awful to happen which aggravates my anxiety level. This is no good.

    I'm going to try the chiro suggestions and continue searching for answers. If you find relief, please post it as I will be interested.

    Thanks. Lisa
  7. Kim

    Kim New Member

    Yours started the same time mine did. And I am dizzy all the time but some days worse than others. I'm a college professor and teach accounting. Do you get more dizzy when you work on the computer or move your head up and down. I feel so crazy! I've been dx with fibromyalgia, then chronic fatigue. Also had major depression, then the stupid car accident. I told my doctor I'm just a dizzy blonde.

    kim
  8. LisaMay

    LisaMay New Member

    I'm quite frustrated with this dizziness business. When I bend down (either from the waist or at the knees) and stand back up, I'm so dizzy that I feel like I'm going to fall over and my vision starts to "tunnel" like I'm going to pass out (this is the worst of them all). Fortunately I haven't fainted yet, but I keep waiting for it to happen. This of course adds to my already heightened anxiety. This DD is a double-edged sword; you just can't win!

    I recently (1 week ago) got glasses, but they aren't helping one bit. I see my PCP and Opthalmalogist next week and I'm loaded with questions (if I can remember where I put them - LOL).

    I know this isn't funny, but somehow I have to find a little humor in all of this nonsense. Let me know if you find any relief. Lisa
  9. clueless

    clueless New Member

    It started slowly then about two weeks ago it hit---I could`nt roll over in bed without getting dizzy and feeling nauseated. It would take a little while for it to finally subside --until the next time.If I tipped my head back, off I would go again. It has settled down some but I move very carefully to avoid it if I can. Can this be just another blessing of this disease? I certainly hope not as it is one ofthe hardest things for me to handle as I have always had a very touchy system in this way. No carnival ride etc.
  10. Bellesmom

    Bellesmom New Member

    Hi, everyone:

    When I first became sick with fibro I experienced a horrible dizzy spell for several days. Could barely get out of bed to go to bathroom. Even when I laid down in bed I was spinning. It was very scary coming along with all the other beginning symptoms of this awful "thing." I also had a terrible headache (which only Vioxx can hold down to an acceptable level most of the time). In the beginning it felt like my back, neck and head were a radiator of sorts and that some weird fluid was being flushed through those parts of my body - hot, cold, sharp - you name it.

    The dizziness was what scared me the most but it came and went. There were times when I would just turn my head a certain way and it would occur (with no warning).

    That was over 2 years ago and it has happened intermittently since then but, Thank God, not very often.

    So I can identify.

    Pam
  11. marcus1243

    marcus1243 New Member

    I started out like Bellesmom, with bouts of dizziness that lasted a week or more. I so rarely get them now that I'm shocked whenever I do. But I do actually have it right now, co-incidentally. Your doc can prescribe Prochloperazine (spelling?) as a short term fix -- it sedates the base of the brain and stops the dizziness. It's only a short term fix though. If it persists, and you're worried about it, get an appointment with an ENT specialist to rule out inner ear infections. Also consider chiro, massage and diet. If you're still worried, see a neuro and have an MRI (unlikley to show anything IMO, based on what you say).
    And yes -- it can be a symptom of fibromyalgia. Aren't we lucky! :(
    --Marcus
  12. kellym

    kellym New Member

    Some days are better than others, but its still always there. I've been on anti-vert for a long time, but still dizzy. So, if its like this now, I'm scared to see what it would be without the med. Oh, the love I feel for this DD!
    KellyM
  13. Kim

    Kim New Member

    Still dizzy, going for more tests. Mine feels like my head is full and moving it from side to side or up and down makes me dizzy and nauseated. My eyes aren't doing well and letters scroll up and down screen. So far all the tests have been negative except the one for benign positional vertigo and I had the prescribed therapy but it didn't work. Then the therapist said he thought the main dizziness was from my neck injury. The neurologists have differing opinions...I just want relief.

    I'll let you know what they find...major test tomorrow at 6:30 am.

    Blessings,

    kim