Yes, this is me in my Tahe marine Greenland kayak this past weekend.  We had 3 very active days of offering instruction and I even rolled, but the balance brace dizziness freaked me out, and then evening in bed was even worse.

Thank you to my dear friends and family for your responses… all good ( and nice to know people care!)

Mystery solved!

I saw my pcp today who referred me to an ENT.  We did a couple of tests that sent my dizzy factor through the roof and he diagnosed it immediately.  BPPV .  Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a disorder in which changing your head position with respect to gravity leads to sudden vertigo—a feeling that the room is spinning around. The vertigo can vary in its intensity from mild to severe, usually lasts for less than one minute, and may be accompanied by other symptoms,

BPPV is a disorder involving the vestibular system in the inner ear. It develops when calcium carbonate crystals, which are known as otoconia, shift into and become trapped within the semicircular canals (one of the vestibular organs of the inner ear—see diagram). The otoconia make up a normal part of the structure of the utricle, a vestibular organ adjacent to the semicircular canals. In the utrical, the otoconia may be loosened as a result of injury, infection, or age and they land in a sac (the utriculus), where they are naturally dissolved.

However, otoconia in the semicircular canals will not dissolve, and, as a person’s head position changes with respect to gravity, the otoconia begins to roll around and push on tiny hairs lining the semicircular canals. Those hairs act as sensors to give the brain information about balance. Vertigo develops when the hairs are stimulated by the rolling otoconia.

Movements that can trigger an episode of BPPV include rolling over or sitting up in bed, bending the head forward to look down, or tipping the head backward. In most people, only a single ear is affected, although both ears may be involved on occasion.

..and you thought this was just about breast cancer!

Anway, he said it should improve in the next few days (and to keep my head propped up at night).  woo-hoo!!  And maybe not to kayak for a few days (boo-hoo!)…

Bottom line, not cardiac and not brain tumor related…and that my dear friends and family, is HUGE and I’m so thankful for that!

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Leni Jeanette
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 21:04:58

    Not possible to dissolve the crystals?

    Reply

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