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Vertigo? - June 18th 2013, 07:30 AM

I saw another thread on dizziness but the OP's problem was different, different circumstances, so it's not the same question.

This actually doesn't happen too often, but I was laying down and very suddenly the room started spinning. No nausea, not actual lightheadedness, it just felt like... Literally the room was spinning. I reeeally try not to self diagnose but I looked it up and found something on benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, and a tip they gave to prop yourself up more, to kind of sit up a little more, actually helped and the dizziness didn't last.

I have never been anemic, I don't think I'm anemic, could possibly be dehydrated, but don't really think so... And I did get off a plane 2 days ago. I've experienced "tilting and rolling" trying to sleep after a flight or riding roller coasters. But I didn't experience it the night I flew.

I also have anxiety. I've been feeling a little anxious tonight, and I've experienced this while having a particularly bad anxiety attack once before.

Basically my question is: vertigo, delayed reaction to the flight, anxiety? And has anyone ever experienced this or been diagnosed with BPPV? I also don't have any known inner ear conditions.
   
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Re: Vertigo? - June 18th 2013, 09:00 AM

Has it happened just the once? If so, I wouldn't be too worried about it. Could be a sign of any number of infections, viruses, or just odd effects from travel as well.


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Re: Vertigo? - June 18th 2013, 12:49 PM

Were you hyperventilating when you had the anxiety attack?

Was the "tilting and rolling" feeling motion sickness like? Which could be related to inner ear issues (the stones rolling around too much).

It's very possible the anxiety attack dizziness and the plane/riding coasters are caused by two different events.

If this is the first time that it happened when you were laying down but you otherwise feel fine, I would wait before going in. If you have an underlying condition like a heart condition or low blood pressure or it really concerns you, you can talk to your pcp.

Since it stopped after you repositioned yourself and it didn't last, I wouldn't go in personally. If it continues to happen without a precipitating event, then I would talk to my pcp. If it lasts more than a few minutes, then I would go in. However, I can't see you and I don't know your state of health.

Remember, you know your body and if you feel it is a medical emergency, then you should be seen.
   
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Re: Vertigo? - June 18th 2013, 02:50 PM

Dizziness can be caused by numerous things. Sometimes if I've had too much salt in my diet the room just spins and spins and I have to go lie down. It may be a good idea if you went to your GP and asked them for some advice.
   
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Re: Vertigo? - June 18th 2013, 06:17 PM

It's happened before, but only a handful of times. The tilting and rolling feels just like when the plane turns and it tilts (if you've ever flown you know how it feels) except you're obviously not up in the air, you're laying down. I wasn't hyperventilating or extremely anxious, and like I've said I'm confident I have no inner ear conditions. I have had no problems with blood pressure or anything...
   
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