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Dizziness and vertigo

  • By vivan

    One of my symptoms which lead to my diagnosis was my vertigo just like many people who have MS, but I have a few questions which may or may not be related.  Today, I was visiting someone in the ICU of a hospital.  As I road the elevator from floor to floor, my legs began to feel like jello from the start.  This has happended to me in the past, also.  Later, as I walked down the hallway to my loved one’s room today, I began to feel very strange.  I could describe it as wooziness and feeling somewhat light headed, but not queezy.  I could also describe it as experiencing slight anti-gravity.  This was the ICU, so there were monitors and a variety of machines turned on in each patient’s room.  I felt like my body and brain was buzzing from all of the electricity, which I know may sound strange.  I have felt these same sensations when I have entered the section of a medical facility set up for MRIs and other imaging.  After I had my own MRIs, I have had to be helped off of the table and from the room.  Also, I’ve had these sensations when I was close to a powerful magnet at my job, which was not related to the medical field.    Has anyone else experienced anything like this or is this just me?  These symptoms faded away the farther I got from these places.  By the time I got home today, I felt pretty much back to normal.  Am I sensitive to high EMF or is that idea just a myth?   Is this just MS related or what do you think?

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  • By Christie Germans

    Ugh. Vertigo is sooo annoying! On average, I probably experience it 1x/week. Things spin around and I see two of everything. I usually just sit down, rest and wait for it to pass. Usually, it’s preceded with nausea and I’ve tried eating copious amounts of yellow mustard to help ease it. Vivian: not sure if what you’re experiencing is MS related or not. Probably something to take up with your neurologist during your next exam. Hope you’re well. C.

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  • By vivan

    Christie,

    You are probably right.  I’ve never heard of using yellow mustard.  I’ll have to remember that.

    Hope you are well, also.

     

     

     

     

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  • By Cathy Chester Moderator

    Here’s an article from MultipleSclerosis.net on dizziness and vertigo that I thought you find interesting. https://multiplesclerosis.net/symptoms/dizziness-vertigo/  Cathy

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  • By vivan

    Cathy,

    I read the article.  Thank you.  Although I do experience vertigo at times, I think most of what I described may not be MS related or maybe it is one of those things that is just unique to me.   Feel silly for asking about it now.

     

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  • By Laura Kolaczkowski

    Vivan, No need to ever feel silly about throwing something out here that may not pan out.  The best way we learn to distinguish between MS and non-MS symptoms is thinking about it, talking about it and considering all the options. There is unfortunately no handbook on MS symptoms that applies to all of us.

    I hear you about visiting hospitals and the electrical fields.  I often sense a different  energy level, too.  Forutnately for me, I don’t have episodes of vertigo. The thing that bothers me the most is fluorescent lighting – in stores, offices or even in my home thatcan affect my vision and that can translate to balance problems.   ~Laura

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  • By vivan

    Laura K,

    Yep, I was at the same hospital again today and felt the same way….so strange.

    I agree with you about lighting.  Flourescent lights do bother me in general, as well.  If they are failing and begin to strobe, this will also do a number on my eyes.  I’m having a little trouble with some cell phones.  The text can bother my eyes.  This is worse with an I-phone, at times.  For example, I was reading the Bible using as an I-phone  ap today and it bothered my eyes when I scrolled downward.   I got a little blurry vision today and it takes me a few seconds to regain focus.

    MS and our weird little quirks 🙂

     

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  • By jamie

    For the past 2 weeks i have had a mild dizziness that last all day from the time i get up to the time i go to bed. Could this be caused by my MS????

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    • By Cherrydalegirl

      Yes! MS can definitely be the source, among other causes. So can Side effects of medicine. ..especially if prescribed anything new. Needing to increase fluid intake/hydration. It’s wise to Check out what your blood pressure reading is when sitting and then when standing. Orthostatic hypotension, which is a blood pressure drop when changing positions, can cause even more acute dizziness on top of what you are describing as feeling all day. It can be a side effect of meds or indication of medical issue unrelated to MS.
      If the dizzyness symptom lasts more than 24 hours,remains troublesome,or has caused falls/close calls and isn’t related to fever or hot weather, contact your neurologist or PCP if on blood pressure meds or whoever prescribed new med if applicable.
      I also recommend buying a wrist blood pressure cuff at the local pharmacy to monitor yourself, changing positions slowly and taking other precautions to prevent falls would be my advice.
      Hope this helps someone. I saw this post was kinda old. I get dizzy frequently. My MS loves to act up. My favorite is when the floor feels like it’s moving under my feet increasing the dizzyness. Woohooo…cane time or i WILL probably fall.

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  • By PetieJ

    I’m fighting today to see these tiny letters! My left eye is sooo blurred, but anyway….I’ve had dizziness almost daily for the past couple of months. One day when I met my husband at the door, I had my arms around him hugging him and it hit. I said to him I’m dizzy. Almost immediately I started sliding to the floor, my arms still around him! When I got to the floor, still holding him, it got worse! I closed my eyes and “saw” what looked like a bundle of thick steel wool or wires. I think after that everything actually went black. I then had a thought that I think I can open my eyes, so slowly opened them and saw the floor ahead of me, since my head was up. And for a fleeting moment wondered Where am I? Then recognized the floor as mine! My husband helped me up and I went and sat down, feeling like I’d over exerted myself, really tired. He told me I was on the floor like that for a few minutes! It was bizarre.
    But about 2-21/2 moths ago after a new MRI & my new neuro sent me to a neurosurgeon for a ‘second opinion’. This was the first MRI anyone has ever done beyond just my head. It was also cervical and thoracic, and a lesion I’ve never heard about was seen cervical. So, I have stenosis in my neck and it was highly stressed that I get a fusion. It’s just made me wonder if that’s why I get dizzy so easily, and especially when I hug my husband! It’s scary.

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  • By Dorry

    I am Doreen and live in the U.K. I was googling weakness in the legs and came on to this forum. I feel as if I am supported here on this Forum because I am certainly neglected by my G.P. I am diagnosed with arthritis. But I do have severe Vertigo and the burning sensation many have spoken about in their legs. When I mention the burning sensation to my G.P. She just dismisses it as if she doesn’t know what I am talking about. We don’t have the resources for referrals so I perhaps see someone every year. I see my rheumatologist every 2years and nothing is done so here I am just about to go for my yearly appointment and report that I cannot walk much now. My legs have deteriorated and I cannot stand for more than 10 minutes. I have to sit down a lot as my legs are tired and very weak. But just to know that you all have the same symptoms makes me feel less alone.

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