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Old 01-23-2012, 06:18 AM   #1
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Has anyone experienced any sort of dizziness or vertigo? I don't figure it's diet related but I am not sure why I've been getting bouts of this, I don't seem to be sick in any other way, no ear aches or anything like that. It's been going on for the past 3 days or so, 3 nights ago I stood up at night to go to the bathroom and the room started spinning out of control, I staggered sideways and thought I was going to fall down. I managed to stay standing up and made it back to bed with the room still spinning, I felt as if I had had a few too many drinks. Fell asleep, was fine the next day.

Then it was an up day, I woke up fine, did my normal fast until noon, still fine. Ate like normal during my day, fine fine fine. Until bed time, when I lay down on my bed it spun again. When I turned over to get comfortable, I got dizzy, the room kept spinning afterwards. But fell asleep fine.

Yesterday, down day, fine during the day, until bed time, then dizzy again in bed.

Today, up day. It's 9am and I'm still dizzy, I feel like I'm moving... I'm sitting upright and I feel like if I get up too fast I'll probably fall over.


Grrrr, I don't know what might be causing this, maybe unrelated to diet, I am not taking any new meds, I don't see why it would be the caloric restriction on down days since I had it after an up day as well. Does anyone have any idea?
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:37 AM   #2
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I have BPV (Benign Positional Vertigo) and mine started out exactly as you described. If that's what you have, it's nothing to be worried about. Mine's chronic, but it comes and goes. Seems to affect me more if I'm a tiny bit congested.

I'd recommend seeing your doctor just in case it's something more. I did and was prescribed medications, which I took for just a couple of days and decided I preferred not to take them as they made me too sleepy and out of sorts. For me, I've pretty much learned not to lay down too quickly, get up too quickly, or throw my head back while on a ladder. It's the sudden change in position which makes the room spin. If I'm walking and look up at the sky for whatever reason, I've been known to (between you and me!) fall right over.

There's also a manipulation that can be done by either a doctor or a chiropracter which has "cured" some people. Mine's not bad enough to worry about. I actually think it's kind of fun, but then I'm weird. It's like being on a roller coaster without ever having to leave my living room.

ETA: I do NOT have motion sickness. If you have motion sickness, vertigo can cause nausea and vomiting. That could affect your treatment decision.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:42 AM   #3
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often BPV happens because the otoliths (little stones) in the semicircular canals in the ears get "stuck" in the hair cells. Some people have had success with lying on their back on the bed with your head hanging off, and then flinging your head up and down a few times. The idea is to get the otoliths free of whatever they are stuck to. Doesn't work for everybody, but might be worth a shot. I had a patient whose husband would fling her onto a pillow on the bed whenever she got dizzy, lol, but that sounds a bit violent to me
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:51 AM   #4
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Eep I hope it's not something that will stick with me, I am feeling semi-nauseous just sitting here, looking at the computer is not very good right now and I'm a graphic artist, I need my PC, it's my livelihood! Seeing a doctor isn't really an option right now, I don't have a family doctor and this isn't really an issue that justifies sitting 16 hours in an ER just to talk to a doctor. We have a big shortage of doctors here so if you don't have one, too bad. I'll try flinging my head later to see if that does anything, though I'm expecting that it will probably result in me flinging right off the bed I'll have to make sure that I'm right in the middle of the bed first!

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It may be the diet, I remember about 4 years back when I started Atkins my body started eliminating water so fast it seemed to through me off balance I started getting vertigo that lasted a couple weeks.
This last time around with my intermittent fasting (eating once a day) when I first started i had bouts of not only vertigo but blacking out, not passing out but coming close!
So, my point being if your body is changing super fast it could be the cause.
However of course I believe it is a good idea to visit a Doctor, just to be safe!
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:10 AM   #6
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Eep I hope it's not something that will stick with me, I am feeling semi-nauseous just sitting here, looking at the computer is not very good right now and I'm a graphic artist, I need my PC, it's my livelihood! Seeing a doctor isn't really an option right now, I don't have a family doctor and this isn't really an issue that justifies sitting 16 hours in an ER just to talk to a doctor. We have a big shortage of doctors here so if you don't have one, too bad. I'll try flinging my head later to see if that does anything, though I'm expecting that it will probably result in me flinging right off the bed I'll have to make sure that I'm right in the middle of the bed first!
I'm in to homeopathic medicine I haven't been to a doctor 5 years and I have insurance and a doctor and the whole 9 yards I just strongly disagree with medical intervention except as a last resort, it just seems polite to say "go see a doctor." so...my personal opinion, if it is diet related are, up your DD calories and see if it helps, check your carbs if they're below 30 up them if they're above 150-ish or come from a lot of refined foods cut them out just a bit and see if that helps.
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vertigo from low blood sugar is different from positional vertigo--if you are having it on your up days, I would think it is BPV--
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Well, whatever is causing this, I hope it end soon! I've never heard of anyone reporting this from this JUDDD way of eating, so sort of don't think it is related to this plan.

Feel better soon. I'm so sorry.
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My hubby has had those - no fun! His doctor recommended exerises and it worked wonders!!!! He was told he had little like stones or course sand in the way! He was told to move his head in certain directions while sitting, then while walking! You can get this exercise info on the internet, it really was a blessing! Good Luck and hope you feel better soon.
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Thanks, I'll look up exercises and see if that helps!

I just spent an hour on the phone with my mom because I could not stare at the computer one minute longer. I hope that whatever is causing this goes away fast because I can't work without my computer, and I obviously can't concentrate on my work if I'm trying to will the room to stop spinning!

I've never had any vertigo issues on Atkins or any other time that I've dumped water weight quickly, so not sure, it could be the issue but in the past i've lost the same amount of water weight with no issue. But just because i've always done things one way in the past doesn't mean my body will always react the same way. I'm not low carbing my up days so it wouldn't be because of low carbs, I am low carb on my down days for satiety reasons but I have 2400 calories to eat on my up days! I am not thinking it is anything related to blood sugar because I've never had any issues even doing zero carb for weeks at a time, I am not hypoglycemic or anything that might cause issues.

I will hope that this passes quickly and that if it is a quick flushing of water or something like that, that my body adjusted quickly because this is VERY annoying, especially when chasing a toddler, I feel like I'm going to keel right over when I should be standing up!

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I have the dizziness many times. When many carbs were to low it happened quite a bit and on juddd if my calories are really low it happens. Right now with me keeping my calories low on DDs it happens all the time at night especially. When im sitting in the couch for awhile and then get up I almost feel like I'm gonna pass out. Everything kinda goes black and the world spins for a couple minutes. I just stand still for a min or so and the things go back to normal. I know, with me, it's diet. I hope you figure it out soon.
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I have the dizziness many times. When many carbs were to low it happened quite a bit and on juddd if my calories are really low it happens. Right now with me keeping my calories low on DDs it happens all the time at night especially. When im sitting in the couch for awhile and then get up I almost feel like I'm gonna pass out. Everything kinda goes black and the world spins for a couple minutes. I just stand still for a min or so and the things go back to normal. I know, with me, it's diet. I hope you figure it out soon.
Fasting is known to lower blood pressure, so until you are used to it, perhaps this is what is happening to you.

For most of my adult life I had blood pressure that was on the low end of normal. And I'd get that real light headed dizzy happening whenever I arose too fast, either from bed or from a seated position to a standing position.

Luckily, most elder people experience a slight rise in blood pressure with aging, so mine is now up to normal. LOL
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I get dizziness on and off from low blood pressure. I also get ringing in my ears from time to time. Some of the dizziness is when I stand, sometimes if I move my head quickly. Never on a regular basis, though.
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If you have BPV, the name of the physical therapy exercises are the Epley or Semont Maneuver. Google that and you'll find detailed instructions. Don't lie back and fling your head around, of course, but if you follow the instructions, they're quite effective.

The other very common cause of vertigo is inner ear infection (or just congestion). Water in your ear can also cause it, so it's worth always drying your ears carefully (with a swimmer's solution or just rubbing alcohol) after a shower or swim.

If this doesn't go away soon, it's worth going to your doctor. The Merck Manual and the Mayo Clinic websites both have detailed and trustworthy information about vertigo.
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Well I took a big dose of benadryl last night and put myself to bed at 8pm since I had had about all I could take with the dizziness, I DO have motion sickness so it was making me nauseous and miserable. I slept all night until this morning, and so far in the two hours I've been up, no more vertigo. Knock on wood.

The blood pressure thing would be weird, I've never had issues and in fact with both of my pregnancies I had really high blood pressure at the end, with my first I was in the ICU for about a day after giving birth until they got my blood pressure down. This would be a first for me (low blood pressure). I'm sure the fasting may be doing it, but JUDDD is not my first experience with fasting and is in fact less restrictive than my previous experienced with a protein sparing modified fast, which I did for 4 months last year (about 500 cals of protein a day, with 2 cheat meals a week, so several "down days" in a row on that).

I'm hoping that it might have just been some ear infection that wasn't causing me pain, or a congestion issue (I had been trying to wean myself off of benadryl for the past 4-5 days and hadn't taken any to sleep, when I usually did take 5-6 benadryl a night).
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