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Today’s letter is…V
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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a disorder of the inner ear. It causes you to have a spinning sensation when you move your head in certain ways.
It happens to me when I look down or up too far. It lasts a few minutes, but a few times it has lasted a couple of weeks, gradually getting better. It feels like you are off balance, dizzy, and you or the room is spinning around.
My sense of balance is iffy, at best. I sometimes think I am walking one direction, but instead I am leaning and walking off in another. It’s no joke…I run into walls. I look and feel drunk when it happens. It can come on suddenly, every time I move my head the wrong way.
The inner ear has fluid, and calcium crystals. They can become dislodged. These ‘ear rocks’ as they are sometimes called, cause the fluid displacement, causing vertigo.
There are a few repositioning techniques that can be done in a clinic, and there are anti-dizziness medications that can be tried. I hvae done all of these, and it helped a little, but it never completely goes away.
I’ve had this for years, so I should be used to it. I suppose I am, but I still don’t like it. One of the worst times is when I’m looking down for a little while, sweeping the floor. Afterwards, I have to sit for a few minutes, to let the spinning stop. Then it is just fine again, until the next time I move my head wrong.
So, if you ever thought being drunk or tipsy from alcohol was kind of fun, try living that way for years. I wouldn’t wish this feeling on anyone.
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