Dizziness - a new symptom?

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cabanalane
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Dizziness - a new symptom?

Post by cabanalane » Wed Jun 28, 2023 4:27 pm

CPAP user for 2 years and never had a feeling of dizziness before. Been experiencing that for a month now. I understand and not seeking medical advice.

For CPAP users, when they say sleep apnea and dizziness, when are they talking about? Would it be when you wake up?

I just want to better narrow down if it's sleep apnea or do I have vertigo, or something else.

When I do a search, all it talk about is dizziness is a symptom of sleep apnea.

Those of you with sleep apnea and dizziness, I like to hear your experiences.

TIA

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Re: Dizziness - a new symptom?

Post by ChicagoGranny » Thu Jun 29, 2023 1:00 pm

I had a bout of vertigo last summer and another one last week. I don't think they were caused by sleep apnea or CPAP. Stuff happens.
cabanalane wrote:
Wed Jun 28, 2023 4:27 pm
do I have vertigo
Dizziness is vertigo.

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Re: Dizziness - a new symptom?

Post by chunkyfrog » Thu Jun 29, 2023 3:18 pm

See your doctor.
Vertigo can be caused by different things--including an infection.
You have waited long enough already.
Make that call.

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Re: Dizziness - a new symptom?

Post by colomom » Thu Jun 29, 2023 5:52 pm

cabanalane wrote:
Wed Jun 28, 2023 4:27 pm
CPAP user for 2 years and never had a feeling of dizziness before. Been experiencing that for a month now. I understand and not seeking medical advice.

For CPAP users, when they say sleep apnea and dizziness, when are they talking about? Would it be when you wake up?

I just want to better narrow down if it's sleep apnea or do I have vertigo, or something else.

When I do a search, all it talk about is dizziness is a symptom of sleep apnea.

Those of you with sleep apnea and dizziness, I like to hear your experiences.

TIA
If you’ve been using your CPAP for 2 years and this is a new issue odds are it’s unrelated to either your sleep apnea (which hopefully is now well treated) or using the cpap which hasn’t caused issues for 2 years.

When you say you are feeling dizzy what do you mean? Is it the type of spinning dizzy you might feel after getting off a carnival ride, or is it the light headed dizzy one might feel before passing out? What are you doing immediately proceeding the dizzy spells? Do you have a history of allergies, ear problems or any heart issues?

It’s an issue best discussed with your doc, but I encourage you to think about and discuss these specific questions to help the doc narrow down the cause.

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Re: Dizziness - a new symptom?

Post by cabanalane » Fri Jun 30, 2023 8:14 am

It feels like I'm watching a movie where the room is spinning slowly. It happens mostly from laying down and then getting up, moving of the head "quickly." Generally perfect health with no (known) issues.

Yes, I will talk with my (PCP) doctor. As I research, people often talk about apnea and dizziness, so I just wanted to understand it better. Thanks everyone for your replies.

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Re: Dizziness - a new symptom?

Post by colomom » Fri Jun 30, 2023 9:28 am

cabanalane wrote:
Fri Jun 30, 2023 8:14 am
It feels like I'm watching a movie where the room is spinning slowly. It happens mostly from laying down and then getting up, moving of the head "quickly." Generally perfect health with no (known) issues.

Yes, I will talk with my (PCP) doctor. As I research, people often talk about apnea and dizziness, so I just wanted to understand it better. Thanks everyone for your replies.
The spinning feeling and dizziness when moving your head quickly are classic symptoms of vertigo. It can often go away on its own, but worth talking to a doctor about because there are things that can help. For example in the most common type of vertigo (BPPV) tiny crystals inside your ear can be in the wrong place and the doctor can do and teach you to do some maneuvers that help get the crystals back where they should be.

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Re: Dizziness - a new symptom?

Post by cabanalane » Wed Jun 05, 2024 8:59 am

It has been a year since I visited this forum. Just an update. It did "go away." If this helps anyone, what helped me has been the non-medical approach. I've been pulling on my ears and also pushing that pressure point behind my ears (where the bone ends). Hard to described on a forum, and there are a few youtube videos that describe it better. I did do this several times a day at first and now only when I remember, which comes to a few times a week. Now I hardly remember when I feel dizzy. When I do, it's just slightly and goes away (as fast as it comes).

Not saying what people say on youtube is the gospel or a substitute for seeing a medical doctor. For me, it worked.