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Vertigo?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Y'all, I am having a problem with debilitating vertigo. At most, it only lasts a few hours, but it's terrifying when it happens. I cannot move my head even slightly without the world spinning and spinning. Even lying still, I have to close my eyes tight to feel like I'm still. The episode usually concludes with a sudden vomiting episode. Full stomach, empty stomach- it doesn't matter.

Some various googling tells me that vertigo is not unusual in pregnancy, but CAN be a sign of low blood sugar, severe anemia, or toxemia. I also read that the particular kind I have caused by head movement is due to a build up of sodium carbonate crystals in the inner ear. These can also manifest as kidney stones, which I had (tiny ones) in my pregnancy with DS.

So all this is to ask: do y'all have any experience with vertigo in pregnancy? How was it resolved? Should I see my OB or a regular MD? I've had two episodes this week and I need help now. It's so awful. Thanks!
post #2 of 16

hug.gif  I had a friend who had vertigo for a couple of years and she was very miserable.  I hope you get yours resolved soon!

I think a regular MD might be a better choice if you have one you like.
 

post #3 of 16

I had that when I was pregnant with my DS.  I used the garlic mullin ear oil.  Worked great!!  I hope it resolves itself soon.  That was one of the two times I threw up during his pregnancy.  I'm not sure if it was allergies or what, but got better immediately after I started using the ear oil.
 

post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by FarmerCathy View Post

I had that when I was pregnant with my DS.  I used the garlic mullin ear oil.  Worked great!!  I hope it resolves itself soon.  That was one of the two times I threw up during his pregnancy.  I'm not sure if it was allergies or what, but got better immediately after I started using the ear oil.

 

Cathy, does the oil dissolve the crystals or help you prevent the formation of new ones? Do you keep taling it after you start feeling better? I read of a technique (chiropractic? Physical therapy?) where you can adjust your head position every 30 seconds a certain way to move the crystals to another part of your ear where they'll be absorbed, but the exercise itself is what brings on the vomiting for me. How did you come across this antidote?
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by CraftyMcGluestick View Post


Cathy, does the oil dissolve the crystals or help you prevent the formation of new ones? Do you keep taling it after you start feeling better? I read of a technique (chiropractic? Physical therapy?) where you can adjust your head position every 30 seconds a certain way to move the crystals to another part of your ear where they'll be absorbed, but the exercise itself is what brings on the vomiting for me. How did you come across this antidote?


I don't know if it dissolves the crystals, but its what someone in my DDC at the time recommended and it worked.  It's just basically garlic.  Chiro might help too, not sure because I didn't try that at the time.

post #6 of 16

Definitely call your Doctor!

Or did you already,

What is your status now?

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
I had another little "spell" today, though I think it was mostly related to low blood sugar and not as severe as previous. I haven't gone to or called the doctor yet. I am trying a little vitamin therapy first: combo D2/K2 to dissolve calcium carbonate, iron for anemia, re-start my prenatals (went off them early in first tri when I was so sick)--and see where that gets me. Also I know I really need to start drinking more water and eating regular snacks. I'm totally overdoing it at work and need to rest more. Basically, I think some of this disaster could have been prevented by me if I had taken better care of myself. I am also going to get some garlic mullen as Cathy suggested and if I am not feeling better in about a week, I'll go to the doctor. It's not that I'm casual about it; I'm really not. It's hellish and has to stop, but I'm seeing a bigger pattern of not caring for myself and I want to try to do that better before getting too medical. I think it was a warning, but not a very gentle one. :-/
post #8 of 16
I hope that all helps!! Is it d2 or d3? D3 is the natural and preferable form. I totally understand not jumping to a doc right away. I've got weird issues coming up but hesitate to run to the doc. Thankfully, I realized mine is likely related to issues for which I have a knowledgeable doc. That helps a ton, whereas a random doc taking a more medical approach can be pretty useless, especially when you've got a good idea what's going on.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
I guess the bottle just said D/K2, but the back said D3. I have no knowledge of such things, but I threw myself at my sister's mercy, since she is the expert. I am taking the D/K2 as drops (very non-objectionable). The iron I am taking is a drinkable pouch and it tastes, well, like iron. :-P and the new chapter prenatals are just fine.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Update: I have been on a vitamin regimen the last 5 or 6 days and no vertigo episodes. I am still not great about eating at the right times, but I'm better and drinking more water. Still need more rest and less work, but that will become a lot more of a reality after the next two weeks at work and especially after this Wednesday. Man, I can't wait to quit! smile.gif

Thanks everyone for supportive comments and suggestions.
post #11 of 16

Glad to hear you are feeling better! smile.gif
 

post #12 of 16

Excellent!!  I'm glad your feeling better!!

post #13 of 16

thumb.gif  So glad you found a solution!

post #14 of 16
That's great, Crafty! So glad to hear it!!
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
The vertigo and nausea is back. Yesterday I was bedridden and vomiting. I had a full blood panel done at my regular doctor and he told me my dehydration was definitely contributing- which I know is true, but I can't stop throwing up! He said ultimately I will have to come in for IV fluids if I can't get hydrated.

A simple neurological exam ruled out anything with my brain/need for MRI, but the blood panel will show if it's thyroid or anemia or whatever else. My dr said it could also be position of baby on vena cava, so if I can get up the energy, I will go to the chiro, too. I am too dizzy to drive though, so I have to coordinate rides with my mom or my husband. This is exhausting. I think I'll just stay in bed!
post #16 of 16

Sorry to hear that Mary.  Hope you get some relief soon!  hug.gif

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