Thursday, August 09, 2018


This morning when I awoke and rose from my bed, my head was spinning. I was dizzy. 

Now I've been accused of being dizzy before but this was a different kind of "dizzy."  I felt like I did when I was a kid and spun myself around very fast with a blindfold on then tried to walk. I was off balance and fell. That's the way I felt this morning sitting on the edge of my bed.

I sat a while there, trying to get myself together. It wasn't happening. In fact I felt a sickening feeling in the base of my throat, I was nauseous. I hate feeling nauseous. 

The closest I've ever felt like this was when I've been drunk. I felt high but not a good high. 

I waited, sitting on the edge of my bed. The dizziness and nausea continued to wash over me in waves.  What was going on?

I had to go to work today. Also, I was expecting a serviceman to service our HVAC system today. And here I am, unable to stand up straight and feeling like I had to vomit.

I got my iPhone and typed in "dizzy and vomiting" symptoms. What I found was very interesting. Apparently I have an inner ear infection that is affection my balance. I've never had this happen before in my life. My Mother had this problem and I've known other people who have experienced this but this was a first for me. The information on my Google search said this inner ear infection could be caused by a respiratory infection. Ah ha!  I do have a respiratory infection. That is my mucus problem, which has gotten progressively worse this past year, especially the past two weeks. I have an appointment with an ENT doctor on the 22nd of this month, the earliest I could get an appointment. 

I got up and went to the bathroom, unsteady in my walk.  To the casual observer I probably looked like I was drunk. 

I thought if I got up and got into my regular morning routine this dizziness and nausea would go away.  It didn't.  

After my bathroom routine I went into the kitchen and said good morning to Bill and had my breakfast, even though I had no appetite.  I told Bill I wasn't feel well.

After breakfast I went for my morning walk, hoping that would clear things up. It didn't.  Any of my neighbors watching me walk would conclude I was drunk.  I must have looked a pretty sight.

I managed to complete my walk but felt no better. Returning back to our house I concluded that I couldn't go to work today. I wouldn't be able to drive my car because of my lightheadedness. 

I hate to call in sick to work. Something I rarely do.  But I did call in.  Not a good time to call in because we're in the height of the season, but I had no choice. I just couldn't drive into work and do my job in a competent manner, losing my balance and on the verge of vomiting.

I called my boss and told him I had an inner ear infection and was having balance problems and wouldn't be in to work. 

Then I went back to my bed. I found that if I laid down on my bed and didn't move my head I could ease my nausea. That I did for about an hour while I waited for the HVAC serviceman. 

The HVAC serviceman (person) arrived on time. I managed to greet him and take care of his visit. I explained to him that I had an inner ear problem and wasn't feeling well.  He said he understood, his father has had the same problem.

After he left I went back to bed to try and get my nausea under control.  Now fourteen hours later I'm better but still a little woozy.  Actually, without the nausea it's kind of a high that isn't unpleasant but I can do without the feeling of the urge to vomit if I move too fast. However, I would prefer to be back to normal.

Just another day in the life of this 76 year old who is slowly falling apart. 


Harry Hamid said...

"I thought if I got up and got into my regular morning routine this dizziness and nausea would go away."

You obviously come from the same medical school of thought as my dad. Push through it and it will get better. Sometimes, it works, of course, and that only encourages him to keep doing it.

Hope it gets better. I'll bet a doctor wouldn't do actual harm though if it doesn't!

Ron said...

That's what I usually do, try to work through it. My condition has gotten better but I'm still a little woozy. I already have an appointment with an ENT doctor scheduled for the 22nd of this month. I called yesterday for advice but they told me to either call 911 or go to an emergency room. I don't think that is necessary. I just have an inner ear infection. But I'm still going to have it looked after.

Joel Reisteter said...

Ron, I hope you inner ear infection has cleared up. Here's what I have done in the past when I had one:
Hydrogen peroxide has been used as a natural remedy for earaches for many years. To use this method of treatment, place several drops of hydrogen peroxide into the affected ear. Let it sit for several minutes before letting it drain into a sink. Rinse your ear with clean, distilled water.
This worked for me. I used about 3 drops from an eyedropper.

Jon said...

Ron, I've had inner ear infections before and they made me so violently dizzy that I couldn't even stand up. It's extremely disconcerting. Inner ear infections USUALLY clear up on their own - but mine lasted for over two weeks. You could try using an ear rinse, as Joel suggested in his comment ( but sometimes an ear rinse will aggravate the vertigo ). Take it easy, and keep us updated.

Ron said...

Good suggestion! I will try it. I haven't had my ears cleaned, ever. Maybe I have a wax buildup.

Ron said...

This is the first time I ever had this happen to me. It was scary! Larry said he had the same thing happen to him several time. I'm still a little woozy but I think it's clearing up. I'll know for sure when I visit my ENT doctor for the first time the 22nd of this month. Remember when we were kids and we would spin around very fast then try and walk? That was fun but this was serious. Only worse. Very, very scary.

VRC-Do You! said...

WOW!! Anonymous above has a few choice words to say. Just feel better!!

Ur-spo said...

That happens; no fun. Don't blame being 76yo you will bury us all.

Jane Karwat said...

Take care Ron. I have had an inner ear infection and it's no fun. I found if I looked up it was much worse. Sorry about anonymous.

Ron said...

See what happens when I don't moderate my comments? Trolls attack. Sorry that you had to be subjected to that hateful venom. I deleted the comment.

Ron said...

Dr. Spo,
First time I've had this inner ear infection. You're right, no fun.

Ron said...

This is the first time I've had an inner ear infection. I've been lucky all my life and never had a sinus infection or an earache. I've had quite a few toothaches though that make up for the lack of the other "aches." I apologize for the hateful Anonymous comment, an obvious troll. That what happens when I turned off the moderation section of my comments.

Breenlantern said...

Ron: Try taking Dramamine with Meclazine. It may help with the vertigo and nausea. I have labrynthitis, a condition that causes inner ear inflammations and uncontrollable vertigo. My doctor prescribes string doses of meclazine until it passes (sometimes for days) but the otc Dramamine with meclaxine helps take a little of the edge off for me. If you have any way to get done, give it a try. Might not help, but can’t hurt.

FYI: in my experience, you CAN NOT function with this, so don’t try. Sometimes if you lay on a specific side at a specific angle it helps, but if you lay on the wrong side or angle it makes it worse, so be careful if you try to shift around.

This is an awful experience and I hope it passes soon for you.