the patient’s survival guide to:: dizziness

<p>Lisa Cipkar</p>

Lisa Cipkar

January 27, 2021

Dizziness can be one of the most frustrating symptoms you will ever experience as a chronically ill person. It can often be one of the first signs of illness to show up—and last to leave. Did you know that there are several types of dizziness? All of them originate from different parts of the body; brain, vestibular system, kidneys for instance. Being able to decode what type you are experiencing can help you figure out what to do to minimize or get rid of it.

Most people are familiar with the rocking, lightheaded sensation of being dizzy. Vertigo also has a few different types. But what about when dizziness comes with inner pressure or a splitting pain in your head? This list was created for those who have already ruled out the normal causes of dizziness, such as an inner ear imbalance or infection, or the crystals inside winding up outside of their vestibular curve. If an Epley maneuver just isn’t doing the trick for you, try some of the suggestions below.


-Basil essential oil around the outside of each ear. Reapply every few hours as necessary.

-Frankincense essential oil under the tongue. Can repeat every 20 minutes and combine with the above remedy.

-Is your blood pressure lower than normal for you? Raise it! Slowly and steadily sip on cold water with a pinch of real salt (not table salt!) in it for every 8 ounces to replace lost minerals and electrolytes. Dizziness can often be the result of a kidney imbalance. The answer to any kidney stress is fluids: but what you put in those fluids can make all the difference in the world!

-Get cool. Shed some layers, open a window, put some ice under your tongue.

-Try a chiropractor adjustment. Pinch each earlobe between your pointer finger and thumb and pull up sharply into a J motion, starting from the bottom of the letter, upwards. Youtube has several videos on ear self adjustments for better direction.

-If the spinning sensation is particularly intense and worsens with even a slight movement of your head, look up vestibular migraines. These are different than regular migraines. They feel like a combination of severe dizziness AND vertigo AND a migraine. There are several triggers for those excruciating events and they are more common among the chronically ill because of our knack to be unable to retain minerals. Incorporating a lot of fish into our diets and supplements can also be a trigger, as well as sudden weather patterns. If you think you may be having one, the above remedies will still help. You may want to talk with your doctor about medication options if they occur often despite your avoiding all of the known triggers.

Still not finding relief? Get an autonomic and vestibular workup. This is a series of neurological tests that will help you find the root cause of your dizziness. Rule out BPPV vertigo or a viral infection. Make sure you know and understand all of your medications and supplements and any contraindications among them. Drink drink drink!

Often times, physical therapy (yes, you heard right!) is all that is needed to correct the imbalances that occur structurally when dizziness is a chronic symptom. It is well worth the effort to follow through on anything your doctor or therapist prescribe here—less kidney stress, more overall balance in the body!

As always, use your best wisdom and talk with your doctor between attempting any of these suggestions. Ask all your questions and understand each answer before trying something new.**

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