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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

vertigo

So, I've had this "condition" for the past week. Not sure if it's really a condition yet, but it's definitely a coincidence.

Descending Mt. Hamilton on Thanksgiving was the first instance. I felt stoned and my eyes seemed to have a delayed reaction when I moved my head. I thought it might be attributed to the cold or the caloric deficits. A bit scary descending, but I survived. The next day I experienced the same thing on my descents in Marin.



I seemed to forget about it this week, but this morning it happened again. As I was spinning in the chair at the beauty salon (getting beautiful, if you must know, and I like to spin in circles), I didn't get the normal dizzy rush but rather a disturbing sense that the room was moving from side to side in slow motion.

Then, tonight, I did a silly little swaying dance move for a friend (showing off my long beautiful locks) and I almost fell over.

Hmmmm. Something's off.

13 Comments:

At 11/30/2006 8:12 AM, Blogger Courtenay said...

i had a chiropractor tell me last year that vertigo can be treated by chiropractics. i thought he had a good argument. but then he irritated me in other ways so i didn't pursue it. my experience with vertigo is a bit different and milder than yours - i get petrified when there is a drop-off in view or, on a mountain bike, right next to me (i SUCK at singletrack, day or night!), i stop and unclip and it's a supreme effort to get moving again without feeling like i am going to fall over.

anyway. i am sorry to hear that you are experiencing it, i am sure it's very disconcerting, and i hope you get it figured out! esp. in time for the race this weekend.

 
At 11/30/2006 8:59 AM, Blogger Nome Agusta said...

Inner ear infection, I have had the same experience.

 
At 11/30/2006 10:01 AM, Blogger lauren said...

yup, sounds like an inner ear infection.

have you had a cold or sinus issues lately? or allergies?

 
At 11/30/2006 1:20 PM, Blogger Ippoc Amic said...

i hope you find out what is going on...soon...

 
At 11/30/2006 1:29 PM, Blogger X Bunny said...

most of the acute inner ear "infections" (no one knows that it really is an infection, we just call everything a virus if we don't know what it is) usually last no longer than 2 weeks so hopefully you will be better soon

if it lasts longer than that, well, you know what to do...

 
At 11/30/2006 3:24 PM, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

drink heavily?

 
At 11/30/2006 5:40 PM, Blogger velogirl said...

But if it was an infection, wouldn't I feel sick in other ways?

It's not too bad unless I spin in circles. Or wag my head around. Or descend in the cold.

So, if it doesn't get better what should I do? Shoot myself to put me out of my misery?

 
At 11/30/2006 7:23 PM, Blogger alicat said...

i hear x-bunny makes house calls :0

 
At 11/30/2006 9:14 PM, Blogger lauren said...

like 4 or 5 years ago i had vestibular neuritis. infection of the tiny inner ear nerve.

i never felt sick, but i had horrible dizziness and vertigo out of the blue sometimes. lasted about 2 months. had 4 rounds of antibiotics before they realized it was viral and it would just have to work it's way out.

but you should go have it checked if it lasts longer like x-bun says. i think dizziness can be a symptom of many things.

 
At 11/30/2006 9:28 PM, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Velogirl writes:
"But if it was an infection, wouldn't I feel sick in other ways?

It's not too bad unless I spin in circles. Or wag my head around. Or descend in the cold.

So, if it doesn't get better what should I do? Shoot myself to put me out of my misery?"


uh ...

 
At 11/30/2006 10:12 PM, Blogger velogirl said...

Olaf, are you telling me I'm not listening to advice I solicited? But I am! Two weeks and if it's not better I'll see a doc. I promise.

 
At 12/01/2006 10:56 AM, Blogger marscat said...

i sometimes get it before the monthly visitor

 
At 12/01/2006 2:38 PM, Blogger bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

It's not too bad unless I spin in circles. Or wag my head around. Or descend in the cold.

So...don't do those things? Seriously, I hope it goes away soon. I've had a couple of those days & they weren't much fun.

 

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