i suppose i'm asking, its not that bad, but i'm at my wits end.
i've been dizzy for a week - vertigo. i spin, or the room spins. bad headaches off and on, some nausea. no recent colds, no running nose, no itchy eyes, no sinus pain or ear pain, but a LOT of sensitivity to loud noises. i finally went to the walk in clinic yesterday (no health insurance, no money) and the doc said my wisdom teeth need to come out!
i know allnurses cannot recommend medical treatment, that's not what this post is about. i'm curious as to what all of you experienced ED folk consider an "emergency". there's a hospital near where i live who will remove impacted teeth if you come into the ED - i can't get in where i could afford the sliding scale fees for at least 2 months. i start nursing school back up in a week and i can't really fathom handling this vertigo and headaches for that long. would it be abusing your precious (i mean that seriously, not flippantly) resources in the ED to go there instead of waiting the 2+ months? how often do you see people in the ED for wisdom tooth related problems?
Sep 16, '06
I have vertigo and it can be horrible and debilitating. Of course only a Dr can tell you what is causing your vertigo but make sure you ask him about it being an inner ear problem and performing the Epley--it totally cures my vertigo and can be done at home:
Video 2 I think is the one, though both are good.
Here is a message board concerning Inner Ear Disorders if you find that is the case:
Good luck. When I had my first attack of vertigo I went to the ER cause I was scared to death. They told me I was dehydrated. It was horrible. I was in bed for about a month dealing with this and couldn't even take care of my kids, all I could eat was Ensure for a month!! So the ER is probably not the best place to go, an ENT would be the best bet for this. I don't have any insurance either
Last edit by marilynmom on Sep 16, '06