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Vertigo That Lasts A Few Seconds


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Does anyone have vertigo that lasts a few seconds? I usually get it while falling asleep. Also, during the day I'll get it and when it happens I get hot, tachy, etc. Does anything help with this?

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Im pretty sure I have been hydrated. I know if I'm overtired the vertigo spins tend to happen, but this was after I had woken up from sleep last night.

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Has anything helped you when it happens?

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It literally lasts a few seconds so I don't check my Bp. I don't even know if I'd get a reading bc it happens so fast...

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It's called Autonomic Vertigo, and my Ears, Nose and Throat doctor did a thesis on it! It's just a part of dysautonomia. It was my worst symptom before I was diagnosed. It was horrible at the time; I was vomiting and bedridden a few times, and then misjudged curbs several times, and finally went back to the doctor. I still get the little bouts you are talking about. I've learned to move slowly, with a wide base of support; it's much better and eliminates falling...Klonopin helps with dizziness and nausea, too. Talk to your doctor about it. Do you have a Autonomic Specialist taking care of you?

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I take Ativan which seems to help. I see a new autonomic specialist Dec. 27th. I'm hoping she can help me..

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When you say vertigo, what kind of sensation do you mean, specifically?

I've experienced a few things that could be classified as vertigo:

1. general lightheadedness/dizziness that is like being slightly buzzed on alcohol

2. a wobbly, unsteady feeling similar to being on a boat

3. a sensation of your surroundings spinning around you, similar to being really drunk

I deal with the first on pretty much a daily basis. I've had bouts of vertigo for days/weeks where 2. was a pretty much constant sensation, with 3. happening when I moved too quickly, or stood up from laying down, etc.

I've been to a balance clinic and was tested and diagnosed with BPPV (positional vertigo as a result of loose calcium in the inner ear) but none of the treatments resolved it, so I am not sure whether that's what it actually was.

I've seen many other Dys patients talk about vertigo, so I'm sure there's a common mechanism that we're all dealing with. I just don't specifically know what causes it.

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A spinning sensation that lasts a few seconds. It often wakes me up from sleep..I also get it while falling asleep..

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I get a sensation like the room is moving, almost like I'm about to fall down, while sitting (pretty much specifically while reading...) and a sensation like the bed is moving, almost like being on a boat and almost like the drunk "spins", while laying and trying to fall asleep.

It's new for me, probably started noticing a month or so ago. In the beginning my dr was very specific to differentiate between presyncope dizzy and vertigo dizzy, so it's strange that now I have both... Oh, pots...

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  • 8 months later...

I have this too...and it's one of the more frustrating systems for me! I am more limited than I would be otherwise because of an ALMOST constant state of sudden dizzy spells. Some last for as little as 3-5 seconds, others can last for a few hours. Worst part, is sometimes my 'stats' are all normal at that moment, and yet I'm still feeling off balance (even in the bed). I take medicines to help with this, but haven't quite found anything to help prevent it. My doctor hasn't said much about it, except that it can happen, and he doesn't see it very often for people who are sitting/lying down. Even the 3-5 seconds dizziness can leave me feeling so sick I might need an hour or 2 to recover. I might go a few weeks without it, but when I do have it, it's a daily constant thing.

I see you wrote this about 8 months ago. Have you gotten any relief? I've had this for 1.5 yrs now.

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