vErTiGo and IWS


Vertigo – noun
a dizzying sensation of tilting within stable surroundings or of being in tilting or spinning surroundings

Last Friday,  I awoke to a different world. A scary world. A world where lifting my head off the pillow sent the room spinning. Sitting up on the side of the bed was a challenge. Standing was nearly impossible. And walking alone? I don’t think so.

I was unable to focus on my surroundings.

Thinking back, describing it as scary is putting it a little mildly.

Thankfully, Motor Man was there to get me semi-presentable and load me into the car for the trip to Urgent Care.  When we arrived, I refused his offer to get a wheelchair for me. And probably traumatized a little girl in the waiting area as I staggered to a chair, even as Motor Man was holding onto me.

I didn’t refuse the wheelchair that the staff brought to take me back to the examining room.  The doctor diagnosed an inner ear problem, likely caused by a sinus or upper respiratory situation. He gave me a prescription and said I should see some relief within 72 hours. 72 hours? SEVENTY- TWO HOURS of this??

After getting back home to bed, I realized that relief came with lying down, so that’s where I stayed for the remainder of the day.

By Saturday afternoon, I was able to sit in the recliner. Motor Man fired up the old laptop for me. By then, the vertigo was easing just a little, which resulted in IWS: Internet Withdrawal Syndrome. There were e-mails to be answered, blogs to catch up on, and who knows what status updates I’d missed on Facebook?

The doc apparently knows his stuff. By Sunday afternoon, I was able to move around the house without clinging to Motor Man with every step.

And Monday, no more tilting and spinning.

I was back in my world.  And SO glad to be there.

13 responses to “vErTiGo and IWS

  1. So glad you are feeling better. I have heard of 4 people having vertigo this past weekend. Must be going around and it is not a pretty sight. I certainly know how you felt.

  2. I know you were glad your head felt like your own again!! It’s a terrible feeling to not know which way is up or down…been there, done that….do NOT want to go there again!!!

  3. So glad you are feeling better. Amazing how a little portion of our ear can rule the rest of our body. I am surprised to read that it’s going around & others are experiencing the same symptoms.

  4. So happy you’re feeling better. Don’t want to have that next Saturday…we have stamping to do!

  5. Oh yikes! That sounds dreadful! Like a really bad hangover without the fun that preceded it. Glad you’re better! I liked the IWS! 🙂

  6. Welcome back to the world – It’s good to have you back !! You know, Jimmy Stewart had a serious problem with vertigo 🙂

  7. It’s a relief to hear you’re feeling better, Dianna! As for each of our fathers, their love for us transcends space and time. Thank you for the kind words you offered me.

  8. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    So glad to hear you are back in form. Take care.

  9. That must have been a horrible thing to wake up to! So glad its over for you. Both “conditions.” lol 🙂

  10. I’m certainly glad this was short-lived – sounds awful!

  11. Had it myself back in November …. felt like a drunk and I don’t drink :). Three days of woozy, seven days of meds, then all better. Mine was also some type of inner ear/sinus infection.

    Glad you’re back in the vertical world!

  12. Oh Dianna! So sorry you had to go through this, however, your post could not have come at a better time for me and my family. My aunt was hospitalized yesterday with these same symptoms-we have a small rural hospital and they could not figure it out. I am convinced this is what she has, and I told her doctor! Glad you’re on the mend 🙂

  13. I have fibromyalgia and periodically have episodes with vertigo. It is the worst feeling ever! I am soooooo happy that you are feeling better! Please take care! Hugs, Meghan

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