And then the world won’t stop turning

Oh the irony of the last post title….

Yes folks, Ménière’s disease induced vertigo has been blighting my life again!  I read a great description of a rotational vertigo attack.  It went something like this.

Imaging being in a washing machine on the fast spin.

Then imagine that on the worst roller-coaster ride you can imagine.

Then imagine that roller-coaster being on a boat in a huge storm in the ocean.

All got that – well it’s sort of close.

My wife ages ago had arrange for us to go see War Horse on stage as my birthday present.  We got to the theatre into our seats etc.  I’d not felt brilliant all day having had a vertigo attack in the night a couple of days before hand.  Minutes before the start it hit me.  That feeling like the world is suddenly spinning uncontrollably.  I gripped hard to the rail in front of my seat and closed my eyes.  But it makes no real difference.  We abandoned our seats me crawling some of the way out of the auditorium.  I ended up being violently sick.  The body thinks, this is nonsense I must be poisoned let’s get out the last thing I eat.  Hmmm… evolutionary safety procedures are all well and good… except when they don’t help!

The staff were really lovely and my dear wife again huge forbearance putting up with me.  But I’m gutted we of course missed the show.  Then it all happened again two days later, this time at work in a meeting I suddenly shout shit, grab the table and then stagger, stumble out the room.  Again huge thanks for my colleagues helping me out and my wife again having to drive closer to London to get me at a station that was quicker to get to.

I’m so fed up with this thing.  All reports I read are that for most it just keeps getting worse.  Some go into some kind of remission but there’s no treatment at all really and precious little research into a non-life threatening condition that very few people suffer with.  I know all that – doesn’t help my levels of self pity at times like this I’m afraid.

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Music and guitar obsessive who is a recovering alcoholic to boot
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10 Responses to And then the world won’t stop turning

  1. C says:

    So sorry to hear this, it sounds absolutely awful and I know it must be. I hope that you do indeed go into remission and that with any luck some treatments will be developed in the near future that will help you and all other sufferers.

  2. Non life-threatening?! In whose opinion?!? Imagine if you’re driving!

  3. ainsobriety says:

    I am so sorry. That must be horrible,
    I hope you find a solution…

  4. I am really sorry Graham. My husband had that for a little bit and it was horrible.

  5. Elsie says:

    My heart just aches for you as I read this. I wish I had some words of wisdom to pass along, but I don’t. I can only tell you tell you that I’m thinking of you and I truly hope that this bout passes quickly. Healing vibes headed your way.

  6. byebyebeer says:

    I’m so sorry, Graham. It sounds horrible. Hope you find relief and soon.

  7. mercyjm says:

    God that sounds a real stinker. And one of those evil conditions that don’t come with a good outward signifier (plaster cast, big bandage on head).

  8. Liz Hinds says:

    That sounds like a nightmare! How horrible for you. I had an attack of vertigo when my youngest was six weeks old. That lasted a week – going to the bathroom meant closing my eyes and edging along the wall – but I couldn’t drive again for weeks. Thankfully it only happened once – and I had pills for the sickness.

    I hope this attack period ends very soon.

  9. daisyfae says:

    so very sorry… i hope that this round passes quickly and that there’s a large gap until it rears its head again.

  10. looby says:

    That sounds like fun. And it could at least have waited until you needed to get out of a dull day at work!

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