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Woken with horrendous vertigo

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Tanfastic Sat 30-Nov-13 08:48:55

Typing this on my phone in bed, woken up this morning with the most horrendous vertigo. I can't move without feeling like I'm going to vomit.

Have had to crawl on my hands and knees to get to the toilet just so I could change my tampon hmm. Now back in bed trying my hardest not to move but feeling so sick confused.

My sisters are up for the wknd so they are taking ds out for the day and dh is off to the chemist to see if he can get something over the counter for the sickness. Can anyone recommend anything?

There is no way I'm going to be able to get to the walk in centre today.

Tanfastic Thu 05-Dec-13 14:00:38

Ok thanks Gamerchick. Going to try and wean myself off the tablets soon to see how I'm really feeling as they just mask the symptoms so I'm not sure if I'm better IYSWIM.

gamerchick Thu 05-Dec-13 08:10:20

How are you feeling this morning.. are the tablets helping?

digerd Wed 04-Dec-13 15:56:14

My sis had this once on waking up. She took her tablets for Migraine as felt similar but without the headache. She said it helped. She had to keep her eyes shut as happened when she opened them.

Tanfastic Wed 04-Dec-13 08:34:23

Cinnerazine is Sturgon which is an antihistamine apparently. Very cheap to buy over the counter and they've worked for me SSD. They've taken away the dizziness as well as the nausea and can be taken long term.

Says on the box they can make you drowsy but I haven't found this and have been taking maximum dose.

ssd Tue 03-Dec-13 22:44:41

oh I'll remember that, stemetil didnt help me much

No, not the same, ssd - they are a kind of 'inner ear sedative' and are used if Stemetil fails.

Glad you are better, Tanfastic smile

ssd Tue 03-Dec-13 22:18:59

I wonder if they are the same as stemital?

Tanfastic Tue 03-Dec-13 21:32:58

Hi Gamerchick winkgrinsmile

I think I'm over the worst ta, although the pills only mask the symptoms apparently hence reason I'm a bit worried about coming off them prematurely. They aren't doing me any harm so I might stay on them for a week or two and then when I'm having a quiet couple of days wean myself off them and see how I feel.

gamerchick Tue 03-Dec-13 21:10:36

Are you still suffering flower? Did they tell you how long to take them for?

Snakeoil Tue 03-Dec-13 21:02:37

Good, sounds like you are over the worse.

Tanfastic Tue 03-Dec-13 20:20:53

Snake oil thanks for asking. Feeling much better. Went to the walk in centre on yesterday and they gave me Cinnerazime which has worked wonders. Still got a muzzy head but feel fine apart from that.

A bit scared to stop taking them though in case I go back to square one. Going to work tomorrow but I'm not driving for a few days.

Snakeoil Tue 03-Dec-13 12:47:13

OP -- how are you?

It does tend to come in troughs and peaks, but the peaks get less high IYKWIM.
You must learn to avoid turning your head suddenly - and you will, because it's too awful when you forget...

My dad had this many years ago, was crawling to the bathroom at his worst, but returned to work after a week or so, was driving etc. For several months afterwards he was unable to do certain things that required fast head movements without feeling dizzy.

See your GP to get checked out but there is not an awful lot more they can do (if Buccastem is not working there are other meds that can be tried simply to control symptoms; nothing will make it go away quicker).
According to the DVLA it is your responsibility not to drive if you cannot safely do so, so don't take any chances.

I hope you have a good day today.

ssd Sun 01-Dec-13 09:44:47

sounds normal to me, you'll learn to be wary of turning too quick sad

Tanfastic Sun 01-Dec-13 00:04:38

Evening all.

Well got quite a lot better earlier today, in fact managed to get out of bed, shower and even walk to the shops for some fresh air, I felt perfectly fine.

However this evening my sister was stood behind me and tapped me on the shoulder to look at something on her phone and I turned my head quickly and bam! Nausea, couldn't stand up, move my head or walk without assistance so now I'm back in bed feeling bloody awful. I'm wondering now if its the positional type I have.

Really worried now how this is going to affect me because I have to drive, collect ds from school etc and have nobody to rely on to help other than my mum and dh but be works an hour away and does shifts.

Going to make an emergency gp appt on Monday hmm

bigbrick Sat 30-Nov-13 22:19:09

Hope you're on the road to recovery now

ssd Sat 30-Nov-13 18:06:37

op, funny that about turning left in bed, I have to watch all the time for that, soon as I start turning my head goes...

hope your starting to feel a bit more normal x

ssd Sat 30-Nov-13 18:05:29

snakeoil, you have my sympathy, my mum had menieres disease and its truly awful sad, labrynthitis is a walk in the park compared to it!

specialsubject Sat 30-Nov-13 18:03:52

hope you are feeling better - you aren't going to die but my relative who has it says at the time that is no consolation!

you need to keep the appropriate drugs on hand at all time so you can get them down you if it happens again, before the vomiting starts. Stemetil can also be given by injection if it is too late, and really does sort it out in about 30 mins. Seen it done by the on-call doctor.

make an appointment for a diagnosis and the prescription.

BasketzatDawn Sat 30-Nov-13 17:38:34

I had viral labyrinthitis a few years ago and it began out of the blue when I woke one day. It was truly ghastly. You have my sympathy. It was Stemetil (tablets) I had from GP, the same drug as you have in Buccastem, and it did help. If anything the Buccastem will work more quickly but you should see GP to get a proper dx and treatment. Mine took a while to go completely, but did settle a lot after treatment began.

CPtart Sat 30-Nov-13 17:09:35

I've had two bouts of this, completely horrendous. Was sick several times just on turning over in bed, also had nystagmus (eyes flicking round) too. Truly awful. I would rather give birth than have that again. I dread it returning.

catclarks Sat 30-Nov-13 16:56:59

Tanfastic, it's horrendous isn't it? Huge sympathy for you. I get it intermittently. It was initially diagnosed as labrynthitis. However last time I was at the GP for it he rediagnosed it as Benign Positional Vertigo as it was only certain movements that triggered it. Keep going with the stemitel and just lie down to it. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Snakeoil Sat 30-Nov-13 16:42:21

I have that frequently due to Meniere's disease--total nightmare. I've had to stop work because of it, don't think friends and relatives quite understand how bad it is. Labyrinthitis is preferable, believe it or not, as it tends to be viral and and a one-off thing.

Meniere's causes buzzing in the ear and loss of hearing-- just worth mentioning in case you have those symptoms. Took me years to be diagnosed. Buccastem is brilliant, I never go anywhere without it.

helzapoppin2 Sat 30-Nov-13 16:29:26

I had labyrinthitis a few years ago. Woke up, the room was spinning. DH called the doctor out. He prescribed tablets and it got better, but it was no use doing anything but lie in bed until it subsided, the labyrinthitis, not the bed!

LightminTheQueem Sat 30-Nov-13 13:59:23

Glad I found this thread, DH woke up with exactly these symptoms and has been sick just now. He's had sinusitis before but not this badly. Will also call out of hours I think.

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