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What can help dizziness?

Asked by TheInnocentOne (73 points ) January 28th, 2012

My friend is super dizzy. She woke up this morning, and just by slowly sitting up, became dizzy. I want to help her, but she does not like taking pills like Advil, Tylenol, etc. I want to give her some “home remedies” so to speak.

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janbb's avatar

She should talk to an doctor; could be a middle ear problem. Don’t know any home remedies that work; she should take something like dramamine or bonine that are for motion sickness. They should help.

MissRosie81's avatar

This happens to me sometimes in the morning. Not sure if this will work for her (ultimately she should definitely see a doctor if this persists), but tell her to drink lots and lots of cold ice water. This sometimes helps me. And maybe eat something high protein, and avoid anything with caffeine in it.
She might be getting sick, or she might have a middle ear problem, or low blood pressure.
Hope she feels better soon!

EverRose11's avatar

That happened to me a few years ago, felt as though I had gotten off a playground merry- go – round and it was the strangest thing I had experience for I believe ever , I ended up going to a 24 hour emergency clinic , they said I had a possible inner ear problem gave me a prescription medicine that took it away in less than 40 min. However upon waking the next morning my vision was messed up, I was on a road trip , I failed to mention that, I thought I had developed a new symptom, we had to call the emergency clinic to discover if I was to read the bottle is says right on the label that it will cause blurred vision Wow what a mess that was.

marinelife's avatar

It could be vestibular disease. If so, there are some exercises that you can do at home, but you really need a doctor’s diagnosis as there are too many possible causes for dizziness.

Mariah's avatar

Dizziness has literally hundreds of possible causes, and probably she really needs to find out why it’s happening before she can try to do anything about it. If it’s something serious she may just have to get over it and take whatever the doctor prescribes.

SpatzieLover's avatar

In the AM, this could also be a sign of low glucose due to either hypoglycemia or diabetes. Your friend needs to go to the doctor.

gailcalled's avatar

MY experience, short but horribly unpleasant, was caused by the otolith crystals (ear rocks) in the ear dislodging.

The room spun for several minutes. After a few truly unpleasantdays I staggered to the doctor’s and was eventually diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. (BPPV)

I ended up at the ENT’s, who manipulated my head in order to settle the particles (Epley maneuver). After sleeping at a 45˚ angle in a chair for two nights I was fine. (Video: Don’t try this at home)

However, I avoid being jerked down fast in the dentist’s chair and never tilt my head back for a shampoo at the salon. I come in with clean wet hair. I also roll over and sit up on the side of the bed in a mindful manner.

Never use Advil or Tylenol indiscriminately. BPPV is the cause of 20% of severe dizziness in people over 60.

JaneraSolomon's avatar

This info from the site http://www.sitandbefit.org/exercise_for_dizziness_and_vertigo
might be useful:

Vertigo is a sensation that you or your surroundings are moving when there is no actual movement. You may feel as though you are spinning, whirling, falling, or tilting. Severe vertigo may cause you to feel nauseated and vomit. Vertigo and other types of dizziness can greatly increase the risk of losing your balance and falling. Vertigo occurs when there is conflict between the signals sent to the brain by various balance- and position-sensing systems of the body. Common causes of vertigo include:

Inner ear disorders, such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Ménière’s disease, vestibular neuritis, or labyrinthitis.
Injury to the ear or head.
Migraine headaches, which are painful, debilitating headaches that often occur with vertigo, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, noise, and smell.
Decreased blood flow through the arteries that supply blood to the base of the brain (vertebrobasilar insufficiency).

Alcohol and many prescription and nonprescription medicines can cause lightheadedness or vertigo. These problems may develop from:

Taking too much of a medicine (overmedicating).
Alcohol and medicine interactions. This is a problem, especially for older adults who may take many medicines at the same time.
Misusing or abusing a medicine or alcohol.
Drug intoxication or the effects of withdrawal.

If vertigo is a persistent problem for you, consult with a physician or physical therapist that specializes in vestibular treatment. There are several exercises for vertigo that can help decrease vertigo and dizziness. Singhealth.com suggests the following exercises to treat vertigo and improve balance, but be sure to consult with your physician before starting any exercise program:

Eye Exercises:

Look up, then down. First, slowly, and then, quickly.
Look from side to side. First, slowly, and then, quickly.
Focus on your finger at arm’s length. Move your finger from side to side, keeping your eyes focused on the finger.

Head Exercises:

Bend your head forward, and then backward with eyes open. First, slowly, and then, quickly.
Turn your head from side to side. First, slowly, and then, quickly.
As your dizziness improves, these head exercises can be done with your eyes closed.

Sitting:

In sitting, shrug your shoulders.
Turn your shoulders from side to side.
Bend forward and pick up objects from the ground. Then, sit up.

Standing:

From sitting, stand up. Sit down again. Do this with eyes open.
Repeat with your eyes closed.
In standing, pass a small rubber ball from one hand to the other under one knee.

Walking:

Walk across the room with your eyes open. Repeat this with your eyes closed.
Walk up and down a slope with your eyes open. Repeat this with your eyes closed.
Walk up and down stairs with your eyes open. Repeat this with your eyes closed.

(Exercises found at: http://www.singhealth.com.sg/HealthMatters/HealthGlossary/ExerciseVertigo.htm)

SIT AND BE FIT videos also provide appropriate exercise for those managing vertigo. Since the majority of each workout are done seated in a chair, our workouts should be safe for those managing dizziness and/or vertigo. Also, the exercises are generally done at a slow pace, which is especially important if you are prone to dizziness or vertigo. Especially with neck movements, we advocate slow movement with proper alignment. We strongly recommend consulting your doctor to see if they can refer you to a physical therapist who specializes in vestibular treatment.

Recommended SIT AND BE FIT exercises for Dizziness/Vertigo:

All-Sitting Workout: DVD VHS
Balance & Fall Prevention Workout: DVD VHS
Balance & Fall Prevention Beginning Level workout: DVD VHS

auhsojsa's avatar

Check the doctors. She could have just welcomed diabetes or vertigo into her life.

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