The sounds of the sea

This is the third, and hopefully the last, of some posts about my recent medical woes. Most regular readers will be aware that I have been suffering from vertigo for over a week now. Once I managed to learn to tell myself that I wasn’t actually upside down, the sensation became more manageable. Add to that the anti-spasmodic medication, and the dizziness and nausea reduced considerably.

Last night, I even managed to stay up quite late, (01.30) watching a documentary on BBC4. Before that, I was in bed by 10.30 most evenings, unable to face sitting up straight for much longer, using the computer, or even watching TV, as all of these were making me feel dizzy. A week on the tablets had showed a considerable improvement, and life was getting back to some normality.

Soon after we went to bed last night, I asked Julie if she could hear the heavy rain. Despite a late forecast of a cold clear night, and a dry weekend, I was sure that it was tipping down. I could hear it, a rushing sound; like being next to a fast-flowing river, or standing close the the water’s edge at the beach. She assured me that it wasn’t raining, and that the sound must be in my head. I sat up, and the noise wasn’t there, so I reluctantly returned to my sleeping position, accompanied once more by the sounds of the sea. It took a while to get used to it, before I managed to slip away. It would appear that this could now become part of lying down for me, perhaps related to the inner ear problems. I really hope not, as it is something I could well do without.

I have always wanted to live by the sea. But not actually in it.

28 thoughts on “The sounds of the sea

  1. If, in addition to the sounds of the sea, you begin to hear sirens beckoning you to their island…

    But, seriously, I hope you get a handle on this situation. It sounds dreadful*. I’ve had tinnitus for much of my adult life, and though I tend to mentally block it, there are times when the volume is too loud to ignore. The ringing, chirping, and various other annoying sounds that bombard the brain can be masked, but there is no cure. Your situation is more hopeful, but it also has a far greater impact on your daily life. I think most of us would like to be kept updated on your bout with vertigo, as we do care. It’s no laughing matter (though I did have some fun with the tenuous verdigris analogy). So do let us know how things come along. Best wishes for a full recovery.

    *Not the sound itself, but the situation, which involves the sound. The sound may be pleasant, but it’s intrusive. And that makes it dreadful. You get my drift.


    1. Thanks, David. It will be interesting to see how long this all lasts, and whether or not they can actually cure it. No problem with having a bit of fun, it lightens the mood.
      Best wishes, Pete.


    1. If I can get to see the one who specialises in the correct manoeuvre. Apparently, he’s keen to try it but I have to get a space when he’s free. This explains it.

      Epley manoeuvre for BPPV

      The Epley manoeuvre is used to treat the commonest type of BPPV, where the chalk crystals are free-floating in the posterior ear canal. The Epley manoeuvre begins by making the patient dizzy with the appropriate Hallpike Test. The patient is then rolled over (in stages, pausing for about half a minute in each position) onto the opposite side (nose towards the floor), before being sat up again. This manoeuvre floats the chalk crystals round the affected canal and out of the far end, back to where they belong. Once there, they may reattach themselves, or possibly dissolve. They may however remain free-floating and liable to fall back into one of the semi-circular canals. Up to a third of patients may suffer one or more further bouts of BPPV at some time in their lives. This is not a major problem: the manoeuvre can be repeated as and when necessary, and in some cases, patients (or their relatives) can even be taught to do it themselves.

      The manoeuvre is safe and can be carried out on anyone without severe neck or back problems, which would not necessarily prevent treatment but would need to be carefully assessed beforehand. Following treatment, a small number of patients will feel a bit dizzy and off-balance, occasionally for a day or two. This is rare. Patients who are liable to vomit when dizzy should take appropriate medication prior to treatment. This manoeuvre has offered instant relief of symptoms in nine out of ten patients; however some may need two or more treatments. Overall the Epley Manoeuvre has seen 95% of cases to be symptom free after the manoeuvre.

      Best wishes, Pete.


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