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    My mom just told me this morning that last night, right after she woke up and fell back asleep, she felt that the room was spinning around her really really fast. It's the first time this has happened. Does anyone know what this might be?

    EDIT: From what I'm seeing, it's probably vertigo.

    I looked up on google and found this so far...

    Room spinning when sleeping Nervous System Disorders and Diseases discussions | Body & Health Conditions center | SteadyHealth.com

    I also just realized that we've been in China the last week or two and we've been sweating a LOT. Perhaps it's an electrolyte inbalance?
    Last edited by echoyjeff222; 09-09-2012, 05:10 PM.
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  • #2
    Maybe she has contracted an illness. I experienced dizziness with a stomach ailment once. Not sure if it was a bug or food poisoning, but it lasted about 24 hours.

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    • #3
      When I had migraines, I would sometimes have vertigo before the headache. Not always.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by echoyjeff222 View Post
        EDIT: From what I'm seeing, it's probably vertigo.
        Yep, sounds like vertigo to me too. The only times I've had vertigo was when I had had a cold that caused pressure to build up around my ears. It literally felt like the room was being flipped upside down when I changed my head position even the slightest bit.

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        • #5
          It could also be a sudden drop in bp
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Lynna View Post
            Maybe she has contracted an illness. I experienced dizziness with a stomach ailment once. Not sure if it was a bug or food poisoning, but it lasted about 24 hours.
            Ear infections commonly cause this. In general, if it's painful - - it's bacterial. If there is no pain - - it's viral. There are treatments for bacterial, but not for viral. I got a viral infection and lost nearly all of my hearing in one ear. Unfortunately there's nothing they can do for it.

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            • #7
              Vertigo =/= dizziness. Dizziness can occur with a drop in BP (as well as many other things). Classic vertigo, which is exactly what you're describing ("room spinning"), is a problem in the inner ear or with the vestibulocochlear nerve.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BlueToad
                If it is vertigo and not an illness, look up the Epley maneuver. I've had the type of dizziness you describe and that resets the crystals in the ear. And, yes, that sounds whackadoodle, but its a real thing.
                Never heard of that before, thanks! I've had vertigo two or three times before and tried all sorts of weird postures before it went away on its own. If it happens again, I'll have my hubby try the Epley maneuver.

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                • #9
                  I got vertigo from a virus. It was awful. She needs to see a doctor.

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                  • #10
                    The Epley manouver is simple and will take care of particulate matter in the ear. If it's not that - then no harm done, and you've ruled it out. It doesn't consist of any movements that are particularly extreme or that you haven't done before, but if there are particles that have migrated to where they are affecting her balance - it will repostition them and relief will be immediate. Look it up on YouTube - you'll see doctors diagnosing vertigo and performing the manouver.

                    Same exact thing happend to me. Woke up one morning, rolled over to get out of bed and thought I was going to puke the room was spinning so badly. One ear will genenerally be affected worse than the other and if you just lay on your back and move your head from side to side - you'll be able to feel which one it is, if that is indeed the cause.

                    Hope she feels better soon!

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                    • #11
                      I concur with a couple of the posters about the Epley maneuver, my wife has had two very serious vertigo episodes and this is the only thing that brought her out of both of them thanks to a close friend who was a physician and in the know.
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