I was really looking forward to a long, relaxing Christmas holiday. Christmas 2019 was not emotional calm because of my breast cancer. But what happened Christmas 2020? I was diagnosed benign paroxysmal positional vertigo – BPPV. Why me and why now?
Symptoms and diagnosis
The vertigo struck me like lighting one morning. I should just change my position, but all of a sudden I felt like running all the fastest carousels of the world. In addition I felt terribly nauseous and gradually I developed a headache. Just like that. I could not read the newspaper, watch television or listen to my audio books. It took approximately 15 minutes before I felt better. Luckily, I had an appointment with my physiotherapist the same day, because I have been struggling with my back for a long period of time. But it was not a pleasant appointment to say it nicely.
At the physiotherapists office
We made som exercises to provoke several vertigo attacks to get the otoconia in place. It is more a maneuver than an exercise, called Dix hall. At the same time the physiotherapist observed my eyes for nystagmus. But during the maneuver I became gradually better, so I could finally relax. No doubt the diagnose was crystal clear, so I could let go of all my worst case thoughts.
My physiotherapist was at least optimistic on my behalf, because he meant that I would just need 3-4 appointments repeating the Dix hall maneuver. A friend of mine almost did not leave her bedroom for six months, so I have been lucky. I have just been a bit dizzy in some mornings and nothing like the first BPPV attack. In addition I have done some exercises at home, but have had no dizziness or nystagmus after my last appointment.
The comfort is that BPPV is not something I would die of, even though I was really anxious at first. Who would not be? It is rather normal, but BPPV is not a pleasant acquaintance. Let´s hope for a happy Christmas 2021…