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Old 11-16-2010, 01:05 AM   #1
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My "Malady of the Month"

Now to those of you who don't know me, that might seem like I am a hypochondriac. Those of you who DO know me know I am just plain down on my luck health-wise.

But I have decided that a little humour goes a long way. And I had such a strange day I have to share it in a humourous way.

About a year ago I was experiencing a broad range of symptoms that my GP thought were related to MS. I was on the wait list for an MRI (still don't have an appointment) and sent to a neurologist who said I needed new glasses and my ears cleaned out (seriously). I was sent to an ENT (ear, nose, throat specialist) and the appointment was made about 6 months ago - before my Dad went in the hospital.

Well, the appointment was today. He put me in a chair that looked like it came out of little shop of horrors and looked in my ears. He then pushed a button and the chair went up into a horizontal position. He yanked my neck to the side while pushing me backwards in a laying position and said "look straight ahead and don't close your eyes." He did this to the other side as well. Both times he asked me if it made me dizzy. Yes, it did. So he does it a second time, but now I am to shut my eyes and he says he will check me in a few minutes. DH said it was more like 7. He then yanks my neck to the other side puts it in the position he wants and says to close my eyes and out he goes. When he comes back he makes me roll over almost on my stomach which my arthritic body can't do without sitting up (specially in this chair) and again leaves. When he comes back he tells me I have Benign Positional Vertigo and the last three things he did were the "cure". Gee, compared to that I think I would rather be dizzy!

There are little crystals in your inner ear and some of mine have been knocked loose and every time they move around I get vertigo. Apparently these torture positions help to put them back.

Here's the kicker - for 48 hours I can't lay down. I have to keep my back and neck at least at a 45 degree angle. So, it is the Lazy-Boy for me tonight! Hey, maybe I can stay up all night watching the Food Network .

But you know how when you were good at the doctor or dentist as a kid you got a treat? Well, DH took me into the cellphone store and we had enough bonus points to get me a new text phone complete with touch screen and flip out keyboard!

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Old 11-16-2010, 01:18 AM   #2
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I've had to do those positional changes for people, I'm hoping I was a little more gentle with the changes than you describe. Hope it works for you!

All I got was an old She-Ra bandaid when I got my flu shot.
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:24 AM   #3
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I've had to do those positional changes for people, I'm hoping I was a little more gentle with the changes than you describe. Hope it works for you!

All I got was an old She-Ra bandaid when I got my flu shot.
Princess I KNOW you would be much more gentle. And at least you got a bandaid of some sort with your flu shot.....I just got some cotton to "hold there tight for 2 minutes".
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Oh my! I hope it works.
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:45 AM   #5
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sounds like "kill or cure"!
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:21 AM   #6
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Now to those of you who don't know me, that might seem like I am a hypochondriac. Those of you who DO know me know I am just plain down on my luck health-wise.

But I have decided that a little humour goes a long way. And I had such a strange day I have to share it in a humourous way.

About a year ago I was experiencing a broad range of symptoms that my GP thought were related to MS. I was on the wait list for an MRI (still don't have an appointment) and sent to a neurologist who said I needed new glasses and my ears cleaned out (seriously). I was sent to an ENT (ear, nose, throat specialist) and the appointment was made about 6 months ago - before my Dad went in the hospital.

Well, the appointment was today. He put me in a chair that looked like it came out of little shop of horrors and looked in my ears. He then pushed a button and the chair went up into a horizontal position. He yanked my neck to the side while pushing me backwards in a laying position and said "look straight ahead and don't close your eyes." He did this to the other side as well. Both times he asked me if it made me dizzy. Yes, it did. So he does it a second time, but now I am to shut my eyes and he says he will check me in a few minutes. DH said it was more like 7. He then yanks my neck to the other side puts it in the position he wants and says to close my eyes and out he goes. When he comes back he makes me roll over almost on my stomach which my arthritic body can't do without sitting up (specially in this chair) and again leaves. When he comes back he tells me I have Benign Positional Vertigo and the last three things he did were the "cure". Gee, compared to that I think I would rather be dizzy!

There are little crystals in your inner ear and some of mine have been knocked loose and every time they move around I get vertigo. Apparently these torture positions help to put them back.

Here's the kicker - for 48 hours I can't lay down. I have to keep my back and neck at least at a 45 degree angle. So, it is the Lazy-Boy for me tonight! Hey, maybe I can stay up all night watching the Food Network .

But you know how when you were good at the doctor or dentist as a kid you got a treat? Well, DH took me into the cellphone store and we had enough bonus points to get me a new text phone complete with touch screen and flip out keyboard!
thank you for the first time in months after reading the above I feel heathy keep your pecker up mate.
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Old 11-16-2010, 05:48 AM   #7
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Laurie, I know about the vertigo thing. Dh had it so bad years ago that he couldn't walk or sleep. His eyes darted back and forth wildly even when closed. He was tested for a brain tumor along with many other things and had to be hospitalized. He was out of work for over a month. The doctors told him he would have recurring episodes but they would probably never be as bad as the first one. He never knows when they are coming but it seems to be related to stress. He can't do anything looking up - like working under the sink, under the car, etc. He now takes medication but only at the first sign of an episode. He wasn't given a diagnosis, but several things were ruled out. He knows to take it easy if he feels the least bit dizzy.

I hope you never have vertigo like he has had. It certainly puts a kink in your life.
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Thanks for sharing that licia. It seems like this is something I have had most of my life (I was diagnosed as "clumsy" as a kid). I totally feel for your DH and both of you are in my thoughts and prayers. They have twice thought I had a mini-stroke. My friend with MS has it bad like he does so I understand.

My night was "interesting" to say the least. DH made my bed by putting a sleeping bag in the recliner and once I got inside it he put a pillow under my head and wrapped me in the sleeping bag. We raised the foot rest on the chair and he rigged a straightback chair behind so I wouldn't lean back in my sleep. It took me awhile to get there but once I did I had a fairly restful sleep. Just one more like that.

It is just strange not to be able to look down or up, bend, lift or reach. Dad's cleaning ladies are coming today so that helps.
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thank you for the first time in months after reading the above I feel heathy keep your pecker up mate.
Um, uh, glad to be of service Bolas.....I think!

You and I seem to have a lot in common, bad health, bad knees and good cakes!
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Laurie, SO has suffered from inner ear problems for decades. When we started dating I learned all about Meniere's disease. This is a disease that causes vertigo that can be so severe you can't get out of bed. Her's has been much less severe and often just manifests itself as a sort of mild disorientation and queazy feeling.

A few years ago she was also diagnosed with BPV. The doctor had her doing the flipping and flopping at home to solve the problem and it often made her worse. So bad that she couldn't stand and had to crawl upstairs to bed. I begged her to stop the exercises. But it took the doctor's saying it to get her to stop. It went away on its own.

I had a day of virus induced vertigo few years ago and I can tell you it was one of the worst feelings I've ever had.

I hope for a speedy recovery for you.
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