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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.

PacificDogwood Sat 30-Nov-13 08:58:55

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.

PacificDogwood Sat 30-Nov-13 09:34:02

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.

PacificDogwood Sat 30-Nov-13 09:50:08

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?

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