Its called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) & its fabulous (well, not really). At first I was quite concerned, it causes pretty intense vertigo and I had no clue how serious it was. Drastic things race through the mind when you’re suffering from some unknown ailment. I just returned from the doctors office and they assured me it was nothing to worry about. I asked all kinds of questions and basically there’s nothing they can do, it clears up with time and it has no serious consequences. They even gave me an information sheet with some excercises I can do to try to cope with it better. The sheet recommends “games that involve stooping, stretching and aiming, such as bowling or shuffleboard”, and say the goal is to “practice head movements that cause giddiness and thus overcome the disability” – I wonder if they meant dizziness instead of giddiness, but I’ll take their words for it and practice being giddy, especially now that I know its nothing serious.
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visual artist - abstraction, drawing, painting, printmaking. Studied printmaking, painting, and drawing at the New York Studio Program and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. View all posts by John Otter