Coping with vertigo
Regarding “My 138-day battle with vertigo” [April 22], detailing the writer’s bout with vertigo: Beginning in early May 2013, I, too, went through the exact same sequence. It has been an awful year, and the first eight months were the worst. I self-performed the Epley maneuver no fewer than 40 times over a period of several months. For more than six months I could not lie in bed on my right side at all without feeling as though I was falling from an airplane.
The entire ordeal has been a very lonely experience, and one that comes on so fast and intensely, and for no apparent reason. As I type this, I still feel the symptom of pressure behind my eyes, and I experience the return of the symptoms if I look up and to the right. I’m hopeful others will learn about this problem and, should it occur, understand what is happening to them.
Ken Nahigian, Vienna, Va.
I have been through much of the same in my experience of vertigo for the past three years.
Physical therapy saved my life. I remember it vividly: One hot Saturday in August, the day of the Montgomery County Fair, I went to my first physical therapy appointment, praying quietly for something that would stop the world from rocking and quell the panic attacks, giving me space to enjoy my children and husband and the things, such as county fairs, that truly matter in life. After a series of tests that made me dizzy and nauseous, I broke down in tears when the therapist said, “You’re going to be okay.”
The kindness and supportive spirit of the therapist not only helped my actual vertigo; it supported my emotional journey as well.
Elizabeth Benton, Bethesda
Yoga for the fingers
I agree that knitting provides many health benefits including improved memory, reduced heart rate and much more [“Might knitting offer long-term health benefits?,” April 22]. I teach knitting, and one of my knitters refers to knitting as “yoga for the fingers.”
It is a terrific stress reducer: Get stressed, knit for a few minutes to decompress and relax. It may not be a vacation in Bali, but it is a great way to find balance and disconnect from our daily chaotic, demanding lives. In addition, knitting is known to help those with attention-deficit disorders in better focusing their attention while seated in a classroom.
There are so many benefits, including social and anthropological. My specialty is “international knitting”: There are over 20 different methods of knitting found around the world, including left-handed knitting.
Thank you for bringing this article to national attention.
Teri Huet, Washington
Source: The Washington Post