I wish I was quoting a line from my favorite Alicia Keys’ song. But unfortunately, I mean it in the literal sense of falling.
First of all, there is the reoccurrence of my vertigo but far worse than I have ever had it before. I can now feel the world spinning around me when I am lying in bed, walking, going from standing to sitting (not just the other way around) and just about any way you can think of. Often I feel like I am either going to fall down or pass out.
A few years ago I was diagnosed with Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Try to say that three times fast LOL! It is when crystals in the ear are out of place. The treatment for this is to basically shake them back by flinging then head back quickly and turning it abruptly in the direction of the affected ear. The doctor does this a few times while watching if the eyes are moving and then puts you upright again. My exercises are something similar, but not quite as abrupt and are done on a comfortable bed, not a chair that looks something like the dentist chair in “Little Shop of Horrors”! For two nights after the doctor’s treatment, I have to sleep in an almost upright position.
But when I had BPPV in the past, it was more random and usually when I was walking around a corner fast or getting up too quickly. What I am having now is almost constant. I don’t want to drive if I think I will be dizzy, though it hasn’t seemed to happen when I am doing something I am concentrating on. It is more when I am distracted – talking while going to lay down (or get up), thinking about something while doing something else, etc.
I have researched various types of vertigo and nothing seems to really fit what is going on. I keep myself well hydrated, I am for the most part getting enough sleep, and I am not taking any different medication.
The other reference to falling is last night I fell out of bed again while I was asleep. I have a bed rail that goes to about my waist. I can’t put it down any further because I would have problems getting into bed. I don’t have enough arm strength to pull myself up and around the rail. The rail is also there to help me roll over and get up out of bed so it can’t be so far down I can’t reach it.
Why do I fall out? Well, because of my back, shoulder, and leg injuries, when I roll over in my sleep I tend to just roll from one side to the other without shifting my body placement. Where I would have been close to the middle, after I roll I am close to the edge or I just roll right off.
Only once did I really hurt myself and that was hitting my head against the night table. It was before I had the bed rail and why I got one. I had a bit of a shiner and bump just above the hairline over the eye. Most times, as with last night, I just end up with all over aches and pains (more than usual) and some extra bruises.
I am using my walker when I go out where I think I am going to be doing a lot of walking or I am feeling unsteady. I even took it to church last weekend and shopping after. I thought I would feel uncomfortable but no, I don’t. After all, I am (newly) 59, disabled and it is a bluey purple walker!
I have a friend who has MS and she deals with vertigo every single day. It is so bad that she has difficulty in large groups of people, riding in vehicles sometimes, and even just looking anywhere but straight ahead. I am beginning to realize just how bad it is for her and mine is nowhere near that severe. But I can certainly empathize with her. Sometimes the Lord will allow us to go through something so that we can relate to someone else.
Maybe that is what this is. Or maybe it is something I need to get checked out.
So, I guess I will go have to go back to the doctor to see if I need another torture chair treatment or if the vertigo is related to something different this time.
Oh, and since I brought it up, I have to include Alicia! I need to get her to change the first line to “I keep fallin’ in and out of bed with vertigo”!