Since February 21, the medical care that I have personally received has caused me to experience vertigo any time I chew solid food. This was never a problem before.
Obviously, I’m not still working with that healthcare provider whose treatment worsened my symptoms, but recovering from the harmful results of the care that I received has taken me now over six weeks. My symptoms have been so bad that my husband has taken off work one or two days every week in order to take care of me.
If I didn’t have him, I’m sure I would’ve had to hire a caregiver by now! I’ve been living with mild to severe vertigo off and on since I was five years old, after my first childhood concussion.
The wonderful thing about my situation is that because I understand vertigo and it’s multi-factorial causes so clearly, I’ve been able to navigate through a difficult exacerbation of my health symptoms and advocate for myself as I continue to seek out care from specialist providers.
Last week when I was at a medical appointment, I began vomiting and spinning so bad with my vision blurry that I was unable to walk or drive home. I had to text message my husband to take a cab to come pick me up and literally rescue me.
I was extremely sick in the car while he drove us home and I continued to vomit for the rest of the night.
Luckily I have trained him to be an excellent caregiver for people with vertigo, or else I may have ended up in the emergency room.
Now that I’ve trained him to take care of me, he knows exactly what to do and he is willing to help, so I seriously doubt I will ever have to seek emergency care for dizziness or vertigo again.
Together, we are able to analyze what is happening to me, peel back the layers of my symptoms to discover the root cause in each case, and we literally have lists of solutions for every root cause that affects me.
Even though I physically have suffered a lot in the last six weeks with an exacerbation of vertigo, I have not suffered mentally or emotionally because I’ve been very clear what is happening to me and what I need to do about it.
Puking and laughing in between has been my approach to stabilize my emotions and stay positive!
I wish the same for you if you are someone suffering with vertigo!
And I wish the same level of clarity for you if you are a healthcare provider taking care of patients who experience vertigo.
I happen to be both, so this is my life! And what a beautiful life it is.
This blog is provided for informational purposes only. The content and any comments by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that Dr. Bell might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.