Tripping on a line . . .

Out of balance lately?

Welcome to my world. I was called “clumsy” or “klutz” my entire life.

Well now I have an explanation for at least some of my adult-hood. However, I cannot blame losing/dropping 1 sock at gym; spilling my water out cause I’m tipping the bottle, dropping jacket in parking lot, and trying to push a door I use frequently instead of pulling it, etc. on Vertigo . . . video.

Since I was clumsy during my life I didn’t notice different signs/symptoms popping up.

For example some symptoms:

  • Doing a ground check to see how far the ground is
    away. “Yep”, ✔
  • If you’ve been around me, you’ve heard me say “head rush” several times a day. That prompted me to either sit down or slow down. That was totally normal to me.
  • Holding on to something when doing anything that needs balance. “I made sure I was next to a wall or railing that I could grab easily, especially during workouts.” ✔

I don’t know about you but those lines are moving rather quickly.

There were many things that I thought were normal every day life, i.e.

  • Falling (sideways) ✔
  • Tripping over lines ✔
  • Got up too fast, got very dizzy ✔
  • The ground coming up to greet me, or thinking
    something would catch me.
  • Nah, most times I fell. ✔
  • Difficulty concentrating; or paying attention;
    under-tanding instruction; easily distracted. ✔

I attributed most things to ADHD and just went along as usual. That was normal, right?

I could find a reason/excuse for anything:

  • Nausea and vomiting – attributed to new supplements.
  • Slurring speech or tripping over words – I thought I was speaking in “dramatic pauses” like Captain Kirk from Star Trek.

It wasn’t until the nausea and vomiting came back recently, that I thought “I need to see my GP again to go over the issues I’d been having.” In 3 years, my Vertigo had gotten worse and completely annoying.

Then came the “ringing in the ears”, which got louder and more intense. It was like a song on repeat consistently playing. Yep, doesn’t stop. Constant noise all day long no matter what.

Doc is sending me to a physical therapist that specializes is vestibular rehab. My appointment is Monday.

So I realized I had Friday and the weekend to deal with this so I thought about it and did a little research on food intake. Here’s what I found:

  • 5-6 small meals a day, food/drink intake evenly.
  • Avoid food/drinks with high complex sugars (table sugar and honey). Substitute with simple sugars (legumes, whole grains, etc.)
  • Sodium affects body-fluid levels. So important to drink adequate fluid daily. Especially during exercise and in hot weather.
  • Avoid caffeine, a stimulant that can make tinnitus (ringing in ears) louder.
  • Watch the alcoholic beverages, which affect the inner ear. How? Changes volume and composition of the fluid.
  • Avoid migraine triggers including foods that contain the amino acid, tyramine: red wine, chicken liver, smoked meats, yogurt, chocolate
  • chocolate, bananas, citrus fruits, figs, ripened
  • cheeses, nuts
  • Eat foods high in vitamin C:
  • citrus fruits, strawberries, tomatoes, cantaloupe, green peppers, broccoli, tyramine sweet potatoes, turnip greens, and dark green leafy vegetables
  • On the sweet side: raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, mangoes, papaya, pineapples, etc.

Try to do everything you can to help yourself or others with the nausea and ringing, common side effects of Vertigo.I feel for people who have or had Vertigo at any level. It’s debilitating, annoying, loud, and makes working on a computer very difficult.

Hopefully my relief, or partial relief, will come on Monday with the physical therapist and her magic hands.

I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on the Vertigo . . . video. Watch it !!

Why did I stream it live on Facebook? Because I wanted to get it out there in “real time” with “real me”. But really the main reason . . . because I didn’t have enough memory on my phone.

Have you had Vertigo? Please share the method/ tricks you used to relieve some of the symptoms? (email)

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Your Coach and Friend,
Jessica (email)