If your only experience with vertigo is after a hard night of alcohol, count yourself lucky! It will usually go away quickly.
There is a virus going around that’s causing vertigo. If you’ve never had it, it can be one of the worst things you will ever experience! Most people find out they have it when they wake up one morning and either the room is spinning, or they sit up and feel like they’re falling over. Looking straight up or straight down causes you to lose your balance, and laying down, especially turning your head to one side is what really kicks it into high gear! Nausea and fatique are usually side effects from your body trying to deal with it. You may also have sinus problems or pain in your ears.
There are many causes of vertigo, but it all relates to problems in the middle ear. Besides viruses, it can be caused by (in layman’s terms) balance crystals in the ear that breaking lose and roll around where they shouldn’t be. Another is from a high sodium content in the body that causes retention and pressure in this area.
Getting relief is not easy but I can give you a few tips. You will feel better if you are moving around. Sitting still will make your vertigo more obvious to you. Keep your head up and looking forward all the time. It feels a little weird to do things like tie your shoes this way. Try bringing your feet up to your face more than bending over.
Get plenty of rest. I know this is easier said than done! If you don’t have an adjustable bed, prop up a bunch of pillows so you can sleep with your head mostly upright. Do NOT sleep on your side. If your back hurts sleeping this way, they have large wedge shaped pillows you can buy to give your back more support.
Watch your shoulders, neck and jaw. The more tense they are, the worse vertigo gets. Unfortunately, when you have a vertigo episode, you are more than likely tightening your muscles. Concentrate on relaxing. Roll your shoulders, losen up your jaw and get a neck rub.
Eat a good diet and drink lots of water. Stay away from salt and salty foods. If water retention is causing pressure in your middle ear, it can make it worse. Drinking a lot of water will reduce the water retention you may already have.
If you use a netipot to clear your sinuses, be very careful. If you are congested, fluid might run past your congested sinuses and in and around your ear area. That will not be fun for you! Try relieving your congestion through lots of fluids, keeping mobile, and steaming in the shower or using a vaporizor.
If your vertigo doesn’t go away after a week or so, you will want to see a doctor to see if it’s something more serious. They may even prescribe therapy. That’s right! There are physical therapists that specialize in this. It’s called “Vestibular Therapy”. Some people never get rid of their vertigo and these therapists help them train their bodies to live with it.
It’s amazing how the body works…..how it tells you when you are up or down…..isn’t it?!