Yesterday morning I awoke and felt dizzy when I turned over in bed. I tried to sit up in bed, but the room started spinning. "Uh oh," I thought. "I think I have vertigo."
I moved around a bit and found that when I would lie down on my left side, the room would spin for about 10 seconds, and then settle down. Upon sitting up, the room would again spin for a bit. Lying on my right side was fine, but I would feel a bit woozy upon coming back up to a sitting position.
I figured I was dealing with a case of BPPV, or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. This is the most common cause of vertigo, and is caused when a small "crystal" floats around in the semi-circular canals of the vestibular system. This sends confusing messages to your brain, and your brain's interpretation of the position of your head in relation to your body is altered.
I started performing Brandt- Daroff exercises, but it was difficult to do; making the room spin and the feeling of nausea that came with it was almost too much. I perservered, and I think I am a little bit better 24 hours later. I still continue with the exercises, and they still make me dizzy. Hopefully I'll get some better relief tomorrow. I'll keep you posted!