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Dealing with Dizziness

By Daryl H. Bryant (452 words)
Posted in Living with MS on February 18, 2016

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Dealing with Dizziness

Dizziness is the feeling that everything around you is spinning. Sometimes, it is accompanied by nausea and and vomiting, and it can last from seconds to days. Dizziness is a common symptom of MS, often one of the first symptoms to appear.

Feeling the room suddenly spin out of control can be disconcerting. Many people claim that it is their most frustrating symptom, but there are ways to deal with it. Read on to learn about dealing with dizziness brought on by your MS.

Sit down and be still

Sitting down at the first sign of dizziness often helps to relieve your symptoms. Most importantly, it will keep you from falling down and injuring yourself. Avoid moving your body - especially your head.

Sudden movements in particular can make your dizziness even worse. Once the dizziness passes, move slowly to make sure it won’t come back. Hold onto something stable so that you have a reference point if you get dizzy again. 

Hold on and think

If a dizzy spell hits you, try to remain calm and hold onto something stable. Think about your legs. Remember that they are planted firmly on the ground - even if it feels like you are out of balance.

It is possible to remain calm and mindful so that you don’t overcompensate and fall. Above all, try not to move unless it is to get to a sitting position. With practice, you will be able to keep a cool head when dizziness strikes.

Don’t strain your eyes

Dimming the lights may help your dizziness. Avoid trying to read during and after a dizzy spell, as reading can make the dizziness come back or get worse.

Sit up

Dizziness is incredibly common at night. If you get dizzy while laying down, slowly sit up in bed and turn on a small light within reach. Stay sitting until the dizziness passes. When you lay back down, you may experience dizziness again. Some people who struggle with night dizziness sleep in recliners or adjustable beds to keep from getting dizzy.

Talk to your doctor

If your dizziness is interfering with your daily life, talk to your doctor. There are numerous medications that can help you manage this symptom. Be sure to talk to your doctor even if you start taking an over-the-counter dizziness medication to make sure it won’t interfere with your other drugs.

Dizziness doesn’t have to unbalance your life. Dealing with dizziness effectively can help you get on with the things you want to do. How do you deal with dizziness and vertigo? Share in the comments below.

Comments (5)

Janelle posted on: February 20, 2016

My dizziness never passes, I have it 24/7, so you're saying there is medication for this? My neuro hasn't said anything about medication for this. I'm not on any meds at all for my ms, might need to seek out another neuro for second opinion, but don't know where to go? Any suggestions?

Teri posted on: February 20, 2016

This is vertigo they are describing, not dizziness. I've been fighting vertigo for a few years now. It's awful and thankfully the episodes are fewer.

Charlotte posted on: February 21, 2016

Like Janelle, my dizziness and sickness never goes. As the article says, this was my first MS symptom. Neuro/Doctors etc have said they class it as Vertigo. I would love to know what sickness medication people have been on. It feels like i've tried everything even paid to have the Epley manoeuvre done in case it was Ear crystals and i've been wearing travel sickness wrist bands but nothing helps :(

janet collica! posted on: March 2, 2016

Yes the medication is called meclizine and works well for me.

Sandra Glynn posted on: April 28, 2016

I was diagnosed with MS in 2002 ! My first symptoms was waking one morning with complete loss of balance, and trembling ! The trembling has continued - as is the balance/ vertigo problem. Recently have been investigating into whether I have MS or not, Orthostatic Tremor )(OT) The balance/vertigo problems are getting worse, so I am seeking any advice from people to see if I can somehow improve it ! It the sudden attacks that are the most scary,
I see someone called "Charlotte" gets a similar thing to me, so I would like to hear from her in particular if possible. She can find me on FB under the name of (Sandra Glynn)

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