Self Diagnosing . . .

I’ve mentioned the health problems I’ve been having the last couple of weeks, actually the last 10 days.

It started in the early morning of December 21st when sometime during the night I rolled over and experienced a short burst of vertigo. But I didn’t really remember it until the next morning when I set up on the side of the bed and suddenly thought I was on a carnival Tilt-A-Whirl. And I like the Tilt-A-Whirl.

I was suddenly so dizzy I couldn’t even stand up without falling off to the side. but the real problem was the nausea and urge to vomit. I’ve never been seasick or airsick so this was new to me.

By holding onto the wall and door I was able to make it to the bathroom and then out to the living room to talk to Jan, The problem with getting sick today was this was the day for our Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert at 3:30. And at that point I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to go, much less drive.

Going back to bed I did check my blood pressure which was 128 over 88, so I was sure that it wasn’t a blood pressure problem. And later in the afternoon the vertigo was gone, but I still felt kind of blah, but well enough to go to the concert.

Then this past Wednesday it hit again, but not as bad, and with no nausea, but still didn’t feel well enough to go in to work. And again, by the next day it was pretty much gone.

So now I want to know what the heck this was. And a little Googling pretty much nailed it.  I have BPPV, or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.


The signs and symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) may include:

  • Dizziness

  • A sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving (vertigo)

  • A loss of balance or unsteadiness

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

My symptoms to a ‘T’’

The problem is caused by small particles breaking loose in the inner ear and then drifting into the semicircular canals, which usually happens while you’re lying down. It’s fairly common with about 200,000 new cases a year.

The fix is a series ofcanalith repositioning’ exercises done three times a day. Hopefully this will help. I’ll let you know.

BTW if you want your own Tilt-A-Whirl, you can go here and get one for only about $250,000, complete with low-boy transport trailer.

Tomorrow Jan and I are heading up to Brandi’s for lunch and also to drop off Jan so she can Landon-sit for a couple of days. I’ll drive back up on Tuesday to pick her up, so Karma and I will be batching for a couple of days. Hopefully we’ll survive.

I played around with my new Alexa Wand some more this afternoon, finally ordering something through it, hopefully getting my $20 rebate doing it.

In the latest Global Warming news, Niagara Falls is frozen over,

Canada Deep Freeze

and parts of the US are colder than the surface of Mars.

The Word of the Day is:

Thought for the Day:

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” ― Henry Ford


5 Responses to Self Diagnosing . . .

  1. Reg and Lynn Gray says:

    I had similar symptoms and was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma  worth checking out  The therapy is similar to what you discussed  they are benign tumors and the treatment is varied  nothing worse than that dizzy neausous  feeling  feel better soon

  2. Lynette says:

    Gregg had the same issues while we were up in Kansas this summer. He ended up going to an ENT doctor and the did some neck and head adjustments and it helped a lot. He still has some mild issues once in a while.
    Hope you can get some relief with those exercises and if not see an ENT for some relief…
    Big hugs to you and Jan!

  3. Jan & Dale says:

    Boy does this sound familiar! I worked for an ENT for several years and saw this a few times a week. BPPV is kinda common and can be treated at home, preferably after seeing a good ENT for the proper diagnosis.
    Greg, you may need to do the exercises for a couple of days yet. My mom just went through this. Glad you are better! Vertigo is not fun to have!

  4. Paul Stough says:

    A phrase used by Vice President Spiro Agnew to refer to the members of the media with whom he had a very acrimonious relationship.

    Said Agnew while speaking to the California Republican state convention on September 11, 1970: “In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism. They have formed their own 4-H Club — the ‘hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.’”

    While the phrase is generally attributed to Agnew, it was actually written by White House speechwriter William Safire.

  5. Linda in NE says:

    We could use a little Global Warming today…the high is supposed to be -4 and we’ll probably be lucky to make it that far and let’s not even think about the wind chill.

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