I STOOD UP QUICKLY AND THE ROOM STARTED SPINNING. I WAS SO DIZZY THAT I HIT THE FLOOR. WHAT HAPPENED? – Phil
CChances are you experienced something called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.
The key word here? “Benign.” That’s good. This is the condition that made golfer Jason Day hit the fairway (with his head, not his ball) during the US Open last year – but he recovered and became No. 1 in the world.
It’s different than garden-variety dizziness, which generally passes in seconds after you stand quickly. It’s also different than orthostatic hypotension, a blood pressure problem that worsens the longer you stand.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is sudden, and it’s
brought on by dislodged calcium carbonate crystals in your inner ear, says Dr Carol Foster, director of the Balance Laboratory at the University of Colorado Hospital.
These crystals relay motion signals to your brain, but if they migrate to the wrong place, you get seriously dizzy.
It can take months for the condition to clear up, but you can coerce the crystals back into place with a series of wacky poses that mimic yoga. Ask a doctor to show you how.