Every time you sit up or stand up and move around, you take for granted that you have enough balance to keep from falling over. You can turn your head and your vision follows your movement and stops. But those of you who suffer from any form of vertigo, like I do, will know that having a sense of balance is not so automatic or something to take for granted. Whenever you sit up or stand up, you hope and pray that you won’t fall over and often find yourself holding onto something to help steady yourself. When you turn your head, you sometimes have to close your eyes to keep your vision from spinning out of control.
As a kid and young adult, I could run on a railroad track for some distance without falling off. When hiking, I could easily skip across the stones of a creek or stream. As a kid, I used to run along the top wooden rail of fences without falling, except for once when I ended up breaking my arm.
However, all that changed in early July when I was suddenly struck with over four hours of violent non-stop vomiting and so dizzy that I couldn’t stand up or open my eyes. There was no up or down. My world was literally spinning out of a control and we ended having to call 9-1-1 and be taken to the hospital. I was diagnosed with BBPV – Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, a condition of the inner ear that disrupts balance.
Quite often, there is no known cause for BBPV and this is referred to as idiopathic BBPV. Sometimes it can be caused by a blow to the head or some sort of damage to the inner ear. In some cases, many specialists believe that BBPV is caused by small calcium crystals forming in one or more of the semicircular canals and when these crystals lodge against the inner lining of the canals it causes the dizziness and loss of balance.