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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 Sat 30-Nov-13 08:49:57

Have suffered periods of mild vertigo in the past but nothing like this.

Rooners Sat 30-Nov-13 08:56:57

labyrinthitis? Sorry - I don't know, but that's one option.

You should ring the OOH and ask their advice - they might be able to prescribe you something.

It sounds horrid.

You should feel less horrible as long as you don't change position or move your head to much.
Contact OOH, they can see you at home if you are unable to get up safely.

ButThereAgain Sat 30-Nov-13 08:59:02

My huge sympathies. I have had this and it is awful. DH called doctor out to me onone occasion (he was at work and I was with the children) and the doctor gave me some antisickness pills. They didnt help very much.

If, as it sounds, this is labyrinthitis, its likely that this terrible nausea and vertigo will subside within a couple of hours. Just stay as still as you possibly can meanwhile. It is so horrible that I think you should feel willing to call on all the help that you need, inluding NHS direct if you are worried

Rooners Sat 30-Nov-13 09:00:33

Btw ask chemist for prochlorperazine - I think that is stemetil? I had it when I was pg. You can take it as a suppository (nice)

CatelynStark Sat 30-Nov-13 09:03:44

You poor thing!

I've had this & couldn't get out of bed for a week.

Get your GP to come round & give you a prescription ASAP.

I was given prochlorperazine and it was brilliant!

It may well take you a while to get steady on your feet again but you'll feel so much more able to cope when the nausea subsides.

Get well soon!

PS I've written the post like thus so it's easier to read for you.

Tanfastic Sat 30-Nov-13 09:06:14

Thank you. I'm finding keeping still is helping. If I turn my head slightly I feel a whole lot worse. It's the most debilitating thing, bloody awful. Really hope it doesn't last too long I've got tons to do confused.

CatelynStark Sat 30-Nov-13 09:12:19

Forget about doing anything - just concentrate on getting better.

Lie still and try to focus your eyes, if you can.


Relax as much as possible.

Random off the intenet's orders grin

CatelynStark Sat 30-Nov-13 09:12:50

* internet

Fecking iPad!

MaddestMother Sat 30-Nov-13 09:12:52

I had this a few months ago, have you had a cold recently? It could be your inner ear causing it.
Look up 'epley manoeuvre' on YouTube, that fixed me almost instantly, although I almost vomited doing it!

CocktailQueen Sat 30-Nov-13 09:14:21

Agree sounds like labyrinth it's.

Dh had this a few years ago. Had to go to a and e.

Ok after a few days tho. V scary. Ask your gp to come out and see you.

ButThereAgain Sat 30-Nov-13 09:21:02

Oh I'm so glad there is an effective drug, Catelyn. I'm going to try and get some to have it ready in the house in case this happens to me again.

Tanfastic Sat 30-Nov-13 09:25:36

Ds is being lovely, he's just recovered from a 24 hr bug so at least he's well, now it's my turn.

No I've not had a cold. Was perfectly fine when I went to bed last night although I've had this before but never so bad as I felt like throwing up.

Dh has just gone to speak to the pharmacist.

So fed up, had a lovely weekend planned with family who have come to visit specially hmm

Badvoc Sat 30-Nov-13 09:26:53

You need some stemetil

Tanfastic Sat 30-Nov-13 09:27:35

Just looked at epley manoeuvre , not sure I could attempt that at the minute but interesting. I def think its my ears. It's a lot worse if I turn over onto my left side.

Tanfastic Sat 30-Nov-13 09:30:50

Thanks a lot, bloody knew I could rely on you lot for fabulous suggestions envy

bigbrick Sat 30-Nov-13 09:32:59

Best thing is to sleep it off. Good you have your sisters & dh at home to sort everything out.

Epley Manoeuvre is good for Benign Positional Vertigo - seeing that you woke up with this problem only time will tell whether it's acute labyrinthitis which will settle with time or BPV.

Yes, I'd plan v little for today tbh, sorry.

Tanfastic Sat 30-Nov-13 09:47:13

Pharmacist has given dh Buccastem which is anti sickness tablets apparently. Have to stick one to my gum and let it dissolve over an hour or two. Said it sounds like labyrinthitis.

SandyDilbert Sat 30-Nov-13 09:48:56

I get this, take sudafed, feel better within hours. Is inner ear blocked with me, bit like glue ear apparently. Can get it after a cold or sometimes with no warning whatsoever.

Buccastem = Stemetil
It's a tablet you let dissolve between your cheek and you gums IYKWIM - it works really well because it does not have to go in to your upset stomach.
Hope it helps soon.

Tanfastic Sat 30-Nov-13 10:05:25

I am wondering if the virus ds had two days ago has triggered this off. He slept with me for two nights.

ApplesinmyPocket Sat 30-Nov-13 10:20:42

You poor, poor thing. I had this last year, someone called an ambulance as I was taken ill so suddenly, lurching about and so dizzy and sick I couldn't stand up. Thought I'd had a stroke. Labyrinthitis diagnosed. Prescribed Buccastem and Stemetil which may have helped a little but to be honest the only things that really worked were resting it out (for quite a few days.) Completely disabling while it was at its worst.

I had to crawl to the loo on hands and knees too. I kept a walking stick by the bed to lean on and take little steps when I was recovering, this helped.

It was one of the most horrible and incapacitating things I've ever had. It did return, I'm afraid, diminishing in ferocity, twice before September last year, but since then I haven't had it again.

Wishing you all the best. Honestly nothing much you can do but lie still and try not to bring on the worst nausea and spinning with sudden head movements.

ssd Sat 30-Nov-13 10:31:55

oh really feel for you op, I had this last year, on the morning we were due to go on holiday!!!

I've learned not to turn to my left in bed as this triggers it off, although when you wake up with it nothing helps but trying to do nothing all day

hope it eases soon, I got stemital from out of hours gp, didnt help too much I feel sad, wonder if prochlorperazine is better?

Rooners Sat 30-Nov-13 11:17:15

It's the same stuff.

Tanfastic Sat 30-Nov-13 11:43:43

Cheers you lovely lot.

I'm still lying still but managed to bounce off the landing walls going to the toilet a couple of times.

I'm pleased to say the nausea has subsided. I feel a lot better but that's maybe the tablets working.

I feel now like my head is full if that makes sense, kind of thick (no sarky remarks).

Tanfastic Sat 30-Nov-13 11:44:49

Ssd - when I turn on my left its horrendous, when I turn on my right hardly as bad. Strange that.

ButThereAgain Sat 30-Nov-13 13:56:03

Glad you are feeling a bit better. Don't try and do anything for a while though -- rest rest rest!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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

Hope you're on the road to recovery now

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

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

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

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.

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

OP -- how are you?

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 21:02:37

Good, sounds like you are over the worse.

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

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

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.

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

I wonder if they are the same as stemital?

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 22:44:41

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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