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    The room is spinning around..?!

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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?
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    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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    When I had migraines, I would sometimes have vertigo before the headache. Not always.

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    Quote 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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    It could also be a sudden drop in bp
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    Quote 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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueToad View Post
    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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    I got vertigo from a virus. It was awful. She needs to see a doctor.

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    Had something similar when I picked up a virus a few years ago. Felt very hot, crazy images/sounds in my head and room constantly spinning. Lying on the floor helped, but it was a horrible feeling. Would check with doc.

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