Vertigo episodes

Age: 50

Diagnosis: Undiagnosed

I am a healthy 50-year-old woman with no previous history of vertigo or dizziness. I woke up in the middle of the night with the room spinning. I didn’t know what was happening. I turned to my left side and my body started to sweat immensely (the bed sheets were soaked). I spent the next hour laying on my left side, thinking I must be having a premenopausal attack. I rolled onto my left side and the room started spinning again, followed by my body profusely sweating. I eventually fell out of bed to the floor and crawled to the bathroom to throw up. I spend the next 10 hours in agony (room spinning). My husband is a chiropractor, and he performed the Epley Maneuver on me the next day. I was positive to the right side. I spent the next few nights avoiding laying on my right side. It took about 7 days until I felt normal. I thought I was done with vertigo. It was an absolutely terrible experience. However, exactly 5 weeks later, I woke up with the same symptoms. Although it was not as severe as the first attack, the Epley Maneuver did not work as well this time. Again, the episode took about 7 days to go away. I went to my medical doctor. No help. She said a lot of women experience vertigo and gave me medication for the dizziness.

I am much more interested in preventing this from happening again. I cannot live my life with vertigo attacks every 5 weeks. I am currently seeing a naturopath. I think the attacks have something to my hormone levels or lack of iron. I am still on the path to recovery.