View Full Version : Dizzy/Can't Walk a Straight Line

11-17-2009, 12:33 AM
I was doing some retail therapy today after a doctor's appt. I left a store and suddenly felt very dizzy and couldn't walk a straight line. My body kept wanting to go to the right and I was trying to get my feet to move to the left. Eventually, I was able to cross the parking lot and get to my car. I sat in the car to clear my head before driving home (45 mins).I started feeling nauseous, but battled the urge to vomit. I called my PCP on the way home to see if I could be seen. As soon as I got home the vomiting started. Twice before I left for the doctor (5 mins from house) and three times at her office. I started getting a headache. The neuro exam was normal. She thinks the nausea/vomiting is from the headache. I didn't have the headache until I'd vomited several times which indicates to me that I was getting dehydrated.

I got an injection of phenergan in my tush and told if vomiting cont to go to ER. I have been dozing since I got back home and vomited a couple more times. I've had a few sips of water. The headache remains.

Anywho, just wondering if anyone has had sudden onset of dizziness with the inability to walk a straight line? Lupus related or ?????

11-17-2009, 08:14 AM
Do you have a high temp/fever? Flu maybe? Have you eaten something bad possibly, food poisoning? I wish I had more ideas. Sorry you are feeling so terrible.


11-17-2009, 09:42 AM
I feel for you. It happend to me last March, I woke up because of extreme dizzyness. Trying to get up out of bed, I kept falling back into the bed. Finally I got up and started walking, like a drunk, falling into the walls of the hallway, got to the living room and let myself fall on to the chair. If I didn't move my head at all, it wasn't to bad, but if I moved my head ever so slightly, I fell of the chair:wacko:. I called for my husband, who was still sleeping, when he finally woke up, he had to take me to the bathroom, because I was nauseated. But I did not have a headache.
I called my primary and got in at 8 am, he gave me a precription called ANTIVERT, it started helping after 3 days. The doc thinks it was an inflammation of a nerve in the ear.
For the last 2 months, I have had alot of dizzyness, but not like I had it before. My new rheumy thinks it is lupus related.
Hope this helps.


11-17-2009, 10:01 AM
Prior to getting dizzy I felt great. Heck, I'd gotten a bra fitting and some pretties at Nordy's. (which I highly recommend to all our WHL ladies).before the dizziness hit. No fever or other flu like symptoms. I don't think I ate anything bad but who knows for sure.

Granted, I have gastroparesis which causes a lot of vomiting after meals, however, not the dizziness. I felt like a drunken soldier veering in to the parking lot.

The headache seems to be gone (was still around at 7:00 so I called in sick), but I won't be going out in to the bright sun anytime soon.

11-17-2009, 10:26 AM
Have you ever been told that you might have migraines? I can get one very easily if I'm exposed to something that I'm allergic to, such as cigarette smoke or (get this) a perfume that has certain plant extracts in it. When I walk through a department store, I avoid the ladies' perfume dept.
Three out of my four daughters were also diagnosed with migraines when they were teens. All three of them attended "headache clinics" to learn how to recognize and deal with them.
Your dizziness, vomiting and avoiding the light sure sounds like a migraine.

11-18-2009, 10:03 AM
How are you feeling today Bonusmom? Any break from the dizzy head and nausea? Say hello when you can.


11-18-2009, 01:34 PM
Feeling better, but not ready for a night on the town.

I had a prior history of migraines (since I was 13) and hadn't had one in at least 7 years, so I wasn't ready to consider this a migraine, plus the fact that I never had a problem walking straight (unless inebriated, of course) and the dizziness. But I think you're right on the money with this one Marla because I went to get my labs drawn yesterday morning and I started getting the tell tale aura of nasty things to come when I was in the sunlight.

Let's just hope this episode doesn't repeat itself any time soon 'cause I didn't like it one bit!

11-18-2009, 04:18 PM
It comes from all those years of dealing with the girls having them - I know how to spot 'em.

11-18-2009, 08:40 PM
It comes from all those years of dealing with the girls having them - I know how to spot 'em.

You mean it's not just because I'm blonde that I'm dizzy and can't walk a straight line????

11-18-2009, 08:43 PM
You mean it's not just because I'm blonde that I'm dizzy and can't walk a straight line????

Ah, that explains my three blonds, too! Is that why the oldest one, who is a brunette, never had migraines?

11-18-2009, 08:50 PM
LOL you silly girl!

11-19-2009, 01:51 PM
I actually got hit with vertigo long before I got my lupus diagnosis (this spring). It started in early June of 2005, and, although the severity has lessened, very few days go by without at least one spell of dizziness. Meclizine (Antivert) has become my friend. It is available without a prescription at most drugstores (HEB had 100 chewable tablets for ~$5). The recommendation is 25-100mg, divided doses. With the chewables, I generally let it dissolve under my tongue for quick absorption and action, and then chew more as needed. Most days, the dizziness is acceptable without treatment, and one tablet usually takes away most of my vertigo on days when it's not acceptable. BTW, meclizine does have a sedative effect, so be careful. (This effect fades after a few weeks of usage.)

Unfortunately, most doctors don't want to deal with vertigo, and even my rheumatologist doesn't want to believe that the nausea/vertigo/dizziness/headaches/stomach ache has anything to do with my lupus (he seems to want to blame it on "mental problems"). However, the two times I have been completely symptom-free (once on high dose steroids, once on high-dose doxycycline (antibiotic)) seem to indicate to me that the vertigo is definitely caused by some form of chronic, systemic inflammation, whether inner ear, vascular, or something else that the docs don't seem to care about. (As long as my kidneys and liver are functioning and my knee isn't swollen, my "lupus isn't active" - never mind the lack of quality-of-life!) Once the inflammation is controlled, the vertigo clears up (sometimes even some extra Advil on top of my Aleve and aspirin even helps clear it up!), so there's no doubt in my mind that the chronic inflammation that lupus causes can result in a multitude of fun symptoms. (In fact, I believe that this chronic inflammation is the cause of our fatigue, malaise, fibromyalgia, anxiety, lupus fog, etc.)