I Go, You Go, VERTIGO!

business-care-clinic-1282308.jpgYesterday’s trip to see a new general physician went better than expected.  She took her time and listened to me.  And, she asked me lots of questions.  I have to admit that I liked how she looked at all aspects of what was going and on and all types of possible treatments to see what I was comfortable with.

Some things can’t be messed with.  These are my bipolar medications.  I do not allow anyone other than my mental health professional to change them.  And, I don’t let anyone add new medications without first discussing how they might interact with my bipolar symptoms and meds.

She decided that the being dizzy thing is most likely simple vertigo.  Vertigo can be caused by a LOT of things.  Stress, medications, infections etc. can all cause it to manifest.  We ruled out medications because none of mine have changed since at least 15 months before the vertigo started.

She felt that my constant sinus issues were the cause of it.  Apparently there is a thing called BPPV. These initials stand for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. BPPV occurs when tiny calcium particles (canaliths) clump up in canals of the inner ear. The inner ear sends signals to the brain about head and body movements relative to gravity.  When these clumps clog up your inner ear canals, your body gets confused . . . and dizzy.

Because I told her I was up for just about anything to solve it (possibly even ritual sacrifice) she suggested Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers.  I’m going to see if that resolves it.  In the meantime, she gave me something to help with it if it’s really bad or the CRM doesn’t work.

As far as not being able to hear out of my left ear because it’s congested, it’s back to the old standby of Sudafed until it clears up.

And, we discussed that I’m horrible at taking my allergy meds because they mess with my bipolar.  She suggested an over the counter one to try and even gave me samples!

Lastly, we discussed the Lady Bits.  I am overdue for a mammogram.  You might think I’m overdue for one because it’s uncomfortable or embarrassing.  But, no.  That’s not the reason.  I’m late having another one because I have to schedule it into my busy work schedule.  You see, I live 30 minutes north of the town I work in.  And the hospital that does my mammograms is 30 minutes in the OTHER direction from my house.  Sigh.  And, the age of my IUD is in question.  You see, I had it implanted when I was in a different network.  That doctor no longer works there.  I was hoping it would be as simple as someone from the current ob/gyn looking through my chart and seeing what I said when they asked when I had it inserted.  We’ll see.  That’s a call for another day.

Peace, Love & Recovery

Hoosier Barn Chick

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