Patient Spotlight: When the Room Spins – Niva’s Story

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“I woke up one morning, turned to get out of bed, and the room spun out of the blue. Nothing like that had happened before. When it spins like that, you can’t move.  It happened again the next day and it took me several tries to maneuver around. And of course, when you get up and have that experience you hang on to things because no one wants to fall.” 

“I called my internist and made an appointment with Atlantis PT.  He diagnosed it as BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). It was on my right side and it and it showed the eye kind of bounced.  I never knew this could happen. Then I came to Atlantis and saw Michael and he did the Epley maneuver. It helped a lot. It wasn’t immediate, still, I was feeling strange, but nothing spun after that, yet I was still feeling off.”

“That was on a Friday. Then, on Monday, I saw Karyn and she did the Epley maneuver again. On Tuesday, I went on a trip. I just took it slow, nothing spun, but I wasn’t feeling quite right.”

“A couple of weeks later, I came back and saw Ruth. She did an intensive evaluation and felt that there were probably a couple of other things going on besides the BPPV, possibly vestibular neuritis from a previous respiratory infection. Sometimes we think we magically get well, but we don’t.”

“She gave me some exercise and they made me feel dizzy, but not spinning. But now I can do those exercises and not feel dizzy and have no spinning. In fact, I’m feeling pretty good.”

“I have been back a few times and she checked out my balance, which was pretty crummy. It was good to have for someone, at my age, to have a baseline and good evaluation. Internists are more into crisis care and here at Atlantis, Ruth was able to look at many things and layout a program for me. I’m doing better. Anybody that has balance, dizziness or vertigo would be advised to get an evaluation, a baseline, and a balance program because that is the only way we are going to stay ahead of it, especially as we age.”

I’m learning you have to constantly keep on top of it. I don’t want to sit down, I want to live my life and I have a whole list of things I want to do. In order to do them, it’s important to maintain our good health and balance because no one wants to fall it’s absolutely vital.”  

“Atlantis PT has taken care of me for many years. I’m always thankful for their help. I don’t think people should be suffering, I think people should go out and seek and get the help they can. I didn’t know about this until it happened to me and I can’t say enough about how grateful I am.”