Vertigo and dehydration

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I may have posted this but can't find it so apologies ... a friend with vertigo is convinced keeping hydrated helps with his vertigo ... is there any evidence for this or is it just good general health advice ?

 

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    I don't know about medical evidence but I know it helps me.  I also gave up caffeine about a year ago and that helped a lot too.
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    HI i found this on googe, wouldhave been quicker to give the link but probably wont be allowed to use for my answwer so im playing safe!

    Many negative symptoms associated with a hangover are caused by dehydration – headaches, fatigue, and dry mouth. [8] How can vertigo be caused by dehydration when a patient doesn't feel thirsty? If someone has been dehydrated for an extended time, the thirst mechanism shuts down. The feeling of thirst is absent until the mouth is literally dry or the body is about two glasses low. It’s a strange phenomenon, but if one begins regularly drinking water, the thirst mechanism returns.

    Getting To The Root of The Problem

    To maintain lush green lawns, grass can be mowed, treated with chemical fertilizers; weeds can be removed but in most cases, browning grass signals the need for water. Putting chemical fertilizer on a lawn with insufficient water will do more damage than good. Similarly, treating vertigo symptoms with prescriptions does not remedy the root problem when the cause is dehydration. It is theorized that unnecessary drugs may contribute towards toxicity (another cause of vertigo) since the body's water conservation effort results in retention of a higher concentration of chemicals.

    Sue 

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    I have been suffering from VN for nearly two years and recently discoverd that drinking more water is helping me. I also drink lots of tea made from fresh ginger and it has helped me with nausea. 
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    Definitely a connection with drinking plenty of water and cutting down/out added Salt as well as limiting alcohol and caffeine (one has to have some vices surely?). These are blood pressure related issues so all of these actions will help. For me, living in the tropics, I drink litres of water each day as a matter of replacing what comes out and I add a large amount of exercise to the mix which definitely helps. But this being my second bout of VN in three years, I too tire of the occasional and sometimes often lurching and sheer panic when walking in the dark. I know that there are tests that use computers to ascertain our problem, but we don't need corroboration, we need a remedy. There must be a way to retrain our brain more quickly than just a little each day and, that is, without causing the symptoms to worsen. That is my dream anyway. Regards as usual to my fellow sufferers, Jon
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      I'm so glad you mentioned the panic feeling of walking in the dark.  I have always loved sleeping in total darkness, darker the better, but since my VN, I have to leave a light on low.  It keeps me from panicing if I wake up at night.
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      Also, even though I'm walking better on flat ground it is difficult when I'm in the dark, and I watch the ground obsessively to make sure everything is even.  This stuff will make you crazy!
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      Hi Kathie. I had a funny (???) experience the other afternoon slowly running up a mountain track (aptly called the Goat track) which climbs some 780 metres in around a kilometre, so fairly steep. I was managing well with the giant steps until I came to an area of around 10 metres of irregular shaped rocks, very stable but due to the lack of clarity of choices on which my brain could use for direction, I was forced to my knees rather than fall down. My eyes were darting in all directions which is typical of information overload now that our synapses have been damaged and we are (slowly) building new brain connections. I say say a funny experience but that old feeling of panic was right there waiting to hit me; by going down to ground level, I told it to bugger off and slowly traversed the area and resumed climbing the 40 centimetre steps without any problems, interesting? Warm regards from a very warm Townsville in Far North Queensland, Jonathon
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      Hi Tina. My worst experience was walking into a half opened door and crashing backwards into a wall mirror that just disintegrated leaving me semi conscious and bleeding on the floor ..... in the dark. Worse part was explaining to my girlfriend the following day the scratches on my back, hmmf, some people! I have since installed lights in my bedroom that come on when they detect movement as I too like a dark room, they cost around $10 to $20 each and as I have had them now in other rooms for around 5 years find the added benefit that they can be used for tocrches and come on should the power fail. They last for an unbelieveable time of around 8 hours should the power outage be serious. All the best and get better girl :-)... Jon
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      LOL Kathie, at least we have our sense of humour, sometimes.

      I shall be starting a new branch of this discussion and shall be asking for all symptoms, details regarding age, gender etc etc but shall not be using any other associated details other than one's initials or preferred non de plume and any informationed deemed appropriate so as to get a handle on this condition; I am after all a Business analyst, so it's about time I earned my keep. Stay tuned and stay well, please Jon

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      You make me laugh Kathie, spread the word, but right now it is almost midnight here and I've been up since 4:40 am. Goodnight and thanks for your positive attitude, we shall prevail biggrin. Jonathon, Townsville, Far North Queensland, Australia
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      Hi Jon

      What a fantastic idea and how awful that must have been going into that mirror. I have to say you made me laugh out loud with the bit about your girlfriend!! Thank you for that. It's good to have laughter when we're all suffering with this 😊

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