Let’s get down to it – I’m on a timer here, folks, and here’s why:
For about a year now, I’ve had this off and on vibration in my left ear. I had asked a few doctors about it, but they said it wasn’t anything to be concerned about. So, I went about my business, and to be honest, it seemed to be getting better as my Lupus symptoms were subsiding, so I kinda figured it was something to do with the swelling that occurs during flare ups … or perhaps it was a side effect from the Prednisone I used to take daily.
Recently, I started getting it again, followed by positional vertigo. Any time I’d turn my head, I would have that sort of just-got-off-a-roller-coaster feeling, but it would subside after a couple of seconds. After about a week of this, I gave Dr. House a call, and he said it didn’t sound Lupus related, and referred me back to my PCP. Â I went in to see him, and being as I have no other symptoms, he gave me some Meclizine and said it was probably something viral in my inner ear.
I took the meds on schedule, and after a day or so my symptoms got worse. It reached the point where everything was spinning, all of the time. Â After three days of this, the nausea got so bad I couldn’t eat or get out of bed. I went back into my PCP, and he wanted me to get a CT of my sinuses to find out what’s going on. He also gave me Valium, which thank goodness, the constant spinning stopped for a bit. I still have the positional vertigo, and about 2 hours before my next valium dose, I get the full on spins.
I told my doc, and I’ll tell you, it’s like being drunk all of the time, but not any fun at all. It’s hard to go to the bathroom, because everything is spinning so bad I’m afraid to sit down. I can’t eat because my stomach is has constant roller coaster high, and even with my eyes closed, the faintest of light catches my eyes and they spin.
I seriously don’t know how people suffer from this long term. I think I would just curl up in the fetal position for the rest of my life.
For now, I’m thankful for the few hours in between med doses where it’s the positional vertigo. Hopefully my CT will be scheduled tomorrow (the lab is supposed to call me in the am), and we can figure this all out. Please, purty please, say a prayer or two for me tomorrow. I can sure use them.
I love you all more than my luggage.