Saturday, April 30, 2011

Imagination, Memory and Dizziness

Have you ever heard someone say, "That makes me dizzy just looking at it" (In reference to a picture of individuals on the edge of a cliff) or "That makes me dizzy just thinking about it" (In reference to a discussion about climbing up a ladder or riding an elevator to the top of a skyscraper)?

How is it that someone can become dizzy just looking or thinking about a height related topic?  Click here to learn more...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Motion Sickness From a Sick Ear

If our inner ear is not working properly, it will make our brains believe we are spinning.  It has the power to cause the eyes to spin very fast if it is not in balance with the other ear.  This is called nystagmus.  Because our eyes spin, we feel spinning.  Click here to read more...

Friday, April 15, 2011

People over 85

seem to perceive dizziness differently than people under 85.  Now, I don't mean to generalize.   All individuals are unique.  However, I do believe that our senses change the older we get.  Therefore, when the same individual is 65, they may perceive nystagmus as "spinning".  However, when they grow to be 85, they may perceive nystagmus as "floaty" or "off balance."

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Reflux and BPPV

I was recently reminded of the impact of BPPV on reflux.  When BPPV occurs in people with a predisposition toward motion sickness, they may vomit with spells.  If this type of individual also has GERD, the vomitting from the vestibular problem will trigger the GERD to be inflamed.

Once the BPPV is fixed, the client may continue to be nauseated when lying down...but, not because of the BPPV, because of the GERD.