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Old 25th Jun 12, 05:29 PM
ThatSmallGirl ThatSmallGirl is offline
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running with vertigo?

does anyone here have vertigo?
ive been running for around 2 years with no problems, then in march i woke up one day, was EXTREMELY dizzy to the point of being unable to stand or move and kept vomiting. After going to the doctors over and over and being told its vertigo they had no advice for me except ''move slow''....thanks!

its nowhere near as bad now, i just get dizzy when i bend down too fast. i read that 'ginkgo' can help so ive been taking those.
its really knocked my confidence with running now. since march ive been running ONCE (just a few days ago) i only did a couple of miles but i kept the same pace as before but i got REALLY hot and felt sick once i stopped. i didnt get dizzy as such, but when looking into the distance it all looked abit fuzzy? also, my self confidence is shattered now and im so scared to go out. ive gained about 8lbs since ive stopped the running. urgh!

im currently all dressed ready for my run (going out in an hour) so i think jst getting out there with headphones in will help the self confidence, but any ideas about the vertigo?

i have my first half marathon on the 2nd september, and my training was going really well before i fell ill. now im so scared i wont be ready in time.
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Old 25th Jun 12, 05:45 PM
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ohhh my dear - i am such an expert on this and isnt it a nasty nasty thing to have

awww bless you !!

i spent last year being blighted with the most horrific 9 months ever .....every 3rd or 4th day i would wake up so severely dizzy and vomiting it was unbelievable - every 3rd or 4th day for 9 months

i saw specialists who first thought it was meneiries, then had scans for a brain tumour , then after spending days in hospital they decided they didnt know what the hell it was

on the 31st oct after 9 months i had my last attack and havent had 1 since

but if i do get stressed about something i can feel it seeming to come back on mildly

i also have hidiously low blood pressure and have noticed that if i dont eat every 3.5 hours i start to go dizzy

and yes it affects confidence in such a bad way doesnt it - even now i am afraid to be alone - almost afraid to drive, afraid to run - its such a battle to do anything - i'm even afraid to walk my dogs in case i go dizzy and they get lost and run over....but i make myself do it - i make myself run marathons , i make myself do whatever the hell it is i am afraid of - cause i wont live in fear any longer !!!!!

i need to go back to your post and answer it bit by bit .....hang on .....

ok - i dont think your doctors response and answer is good enough- have they ever tried living how we have to - go back and ask for a referal to an ENT specialist or get a second opinion - to be told to move slowly is not good enough!

wondering what your blood pressure is like ??? is it low?? that could expalin the dizzy/ light headedness when getting up ???

never heard about ginkgo helping but i have been on various meds to try and stop my dizzyness - tons are available - you need more info from your doctors

have you had blood tests to rule out obvious things like anaemia etc etc

go back to another doctor and push for more tests thats my advice

i know how hard it is to gain self confidence once dizzyness and illness takes it away from us hun - but you can get it back

get back to the doctors get some tests done from him - then hopefully you can get out there and run

i know anxiety can make us feel dizzy and panicky etc so we need really to establish whether it is anxiety before you run or a medical thing like low blood pressure / meniereis etc

luckily i am an expert on anxiety attacks too so we'll get you to that half marathon - just you see

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Old 25th Jun 12, 05:45 PM
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I really do feel sorry for you having that I know this sounds odd but have you tried moving you head all around in different directions? Sometimes vertigo is caused by loose crystals on your ears that affect your balance so if you move your head it can move away from the part in the ears that effecting balance?
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Old 25th Jun 12, 05:51 PM
ThatSmallGirl ThatSmallGirl is offline
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thanks for answering
i got fobbed off by 3 different doctors assuming i was pregnant/stomach bug/ear infection etc they put me on some meds that really helped but once that course was over they wouldnt give me anymore. they tested my blood pressure over and over and did blood tests but no answers.
ive just moved house so i havent registered at a new doctors yet, but i think i should and see what they say?

i havent tried moving my head in different directions, ill give it a go, no hard in trying.

ive read that treadmill running can bring on the vertigo, so ive been avoiding mine, so i have to force myself to get out there. tonight im doing a 5 mile run on a straight path (2.5 miles there and back) so atleast i wont be too far from home if i need to turn back.
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Old 25th Jun 12, 05:58 PM
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thanks for answering
i got fobbed off by 3 different doctors assuming i was pregnant/stomach bug/ear infection etc they put me on some meds that really helped but once that course was over they wouldnt give me anymore. they tested my blood pressure over and over and did blood tests but no answers.
ive just moved house so i havent registered at a new doctors yet, but i think i should and see what they say?

i havent tried moving my head in different directions, ill give it a go, no hard in trying.

ive read that treadmill running can bring on the vertigo, so ive been avoiding mine, so i have to force myself to get out there. tonight im doing a 5 mile run on a straight path (2.5 miles there and back) so atleast i wont be too far from home if i need to turn back.
what were the meds they put you on hun ? what were they called ? betahistine hydrochloride???

no harm in trying again at your new doctors - have you ever been referred to an ENT specialist - can you ask to be referred - they can try something on you called the epley maneuver- which can sometimes help by re aligning crystals in our balance mechanism that become dislodged and can cause dizzyness ( a specialist can do this maneuver on you)

i think you should ask to be referred up if possible .

if tredmill running seems to bring it on hun then yep perhaps best to avoid it as i guess if your doing a half marathon its good to get your joints familiar with the pounding on the roads anyway as thats what the race involves.

but yer i'd ask at your new doctors - tell them the impact its having on your confidence levels etc.

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Old 25th Jun 12, 06:04 PM
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You would maybe need a specialist to do the maneuvers rather than trying it yourself.

I just know my aunt saw a specialist who did these movements which were horrendous at the time, but her vertigo has never came back!!

Demand to see a specialist even if your on a long waiting list..
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Old 25th Jun 12, 06:08 PM
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You would maybe need a specialist to do the maneuvers rather than trying it yourself.

I just know my aunt saw a specialist who did these movements which were horrendous at the time, but her vertigo has never came back!!

Demand to see a specialist even if your on a long waiting list..
yep +1 demand to see one as running shoes says !

no one should have to live with dizzyness - nor the fear of it
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Old 25th Jun 12, 06:10 PM
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thanks to you both, ill def have to go back to the doctors. i knew the last one i saw who suggested i 'move slow' was just fobbing me off. he was just an odd ball and i couldnt wait to get out of there to be honest.
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Old 25th Jun 12, 06:15 PM
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thanks to you both, ill def have to go back to the doctors. i knew the last one i saw who suggested i 'move slow' was just fobbing me off. he was just an odd ball and i couldnt wait to get out of there to be honest.
I've never heard anything so stupid... Move slow... Argh let me at him!!
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