Just when you think you’re doing all the right things in life something careens around the corner and hits you in the gut. In November 2012 I learned all about Vertigo. After returning for a great vacation in Jamaica of swimming, drinking, eating, snorkling and flying I had the worst episode on my first day back at work.
I remember it so clearly because it was the worst feeling ever. I was standing at my desk and the room started to spin. At first I thought maybe I didn’t eat enough or I was getting a migraine which I have had before. I blinked my eyes to freshen them up because everything started to get blurry. I sat down, I moved my head and I was still dizzy. Then nausea kicked in. This is when I knew I had to do something. I probably made a really bad decsion by driving myself to the ER but I didn’t know what else to do.
I was quickly taken and seen by the head of the ER after an EKG and preliminary tests. The EKG is done because dizziness can be a sign of heart problems. The doctor determind it was Vertigo and the dizziness was from an imbalance inside of the ear due to my recent vacation activites: snorkling and flying. I was put on Anti-Vert or Meclyzne that is really a sedative. I was in and out of sleep for about 3 days. When I was awake I couldn’t focus or drive.
Fast forward to 2013
Since then I hadn’t experienced Vertigo again until this past October, again at work. No, work is not causing it, but it prevents me from working because of the sedative. On Nov. 1 I had it again while I was getting ready for work. I felt dizzy and the only relief was laying down. I knew that I had to do more than take a sedative so I called my primary doctor.
My doctor, bless her soul, likes to take all precautions and get tests done from head-to-toe and even reminded me to get the freckle on my nose checked out by a dermatologist. So, my next stop was the cardiologist. She called ahead and they got me right in. I mean, I’m totally not stressing out now!!
The doc did an EKG and then informed me he’d like me to wear a heart monitor for 24 hrs. I postponed it because I had a 5K the next day….priorities! Well, tomorrow is the day I get hooked up to a box with wires under my clothes. I already have my Thursday work outfit planned out to cover everything to avoid looking like a science experiment.
I have also seen the ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) doc who has me doing an ENG test. Basically they hook your face up to wires, shoot warm and cold air in your ears and see if your face blows up like Large Marge.
Ok, I overexaggerated. But this test could cause nausea and vomiting. Yey.
I’m also set to see the neurologist and then probably an MRI. Nothing like being trapped with your head in a plastic cage like Hannibal Lecter with weird buzzing noises all around you.
I’m kind of scared but also trying to be a big girl about it. I feel great and continue working out. Hoping for an all clear!