Friday, July 12, 2013

Vertigo, BPPV & Meniere's Disease


As I sit in a hotel room about 3 hours from home on personal business, its a time for relaxing as I don't have my husband & the kids with me.

As many of you know, I've been fighting with vertigo attacks for over 3 years.   My husband was doing some research one night on natural ways to take care of it.  He came across an article where you take an imaginary feather, stick it thru your eye & tickle the front of your brain with it.   This is a way to spark the imagination.

I've taken this one step further.  When I use my imagination I'm using all 5 senses in an imagery. 

Lets take an example -

Lets take a simple meadow scene.   You close your feel the warmth from the sunshine on your face.   Take your hands & run them over the grass & flowers that are beside you.   Listen to the birds sing & the insects buzz.   Open your eyes & look off to the side & watch the red winged black birds play in the grasses.  Take a deep breath......what do you smell?   The flowers?  The alfalfa from a nearby freshly mown pasture?  Or just clear air?  Open your mouth & taste the air.   What do you taste?  

It takes some practice to be able to use all 5 senses in a daydream scene but in time it comes.  You spend less time getting there & more time enjoying it. Try different imagery to challenge yourself.  Be creative!

I do this at least once a day & for almost 4 months I have had NO attacks.  Not even a twinge to remind me that I have had this condition for so long.

I told this to my physical therapist the last time I saw her & she wrote it down.  She said she was going to recommend it to her other vertigo patients.

I don't know if this is going to work for everyone but if I can help just one person to overcome this sometimes devastating condition, it will be worth it.

Until next time,


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