Saturday, June 8, 2013

Crystals in the Labyrinth!

I was getting dizzy when I turned my head a certain way, or when I got up.
It even happened when I rolled over in bed at times.

Was I having a hangover, was it my blood pressure, was it something in my brain, what the hell was going on? Balance has never been a great strength of mine, in anything, even walking.

It had to be my age, old geezers seem to stagger around, and I was on that road.

I went to my local doctor, here, in the town where we live in Greece.

He happens to be a cardiologist, and we have a drink in town when we meet up.
After a bit of a chat, discussing the quality of the barbounia (fish) in the taverna where we meet, he tells me it is not my heart or my blood pressure. It must be my inner ear.

We are about to leave for the States and I figured I would see our general practitioner there.

I visited our doctor in NY and as usual he sends me to an “expert,” actually to a specialist in dizziness.
In reality to an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Turns out he is a Greek, we are all over and evidently experts in dizziness.

Great office, 30 diplomas on the wall…very impressive guy, he even has a beard.

I start to feel that he will cure my dizzy spells. I tell him what is going on and he says,
“Crystals are loose, they are roaming in the labyrinth.” That is one hell of a diagnosis! I love it.

 All this within 15 seconds, and he also tells me, all of this, is in my inner ear.

“ What is the treatment for these rambling crystals?" I assume it might be surgery or something equally complex.

He makes me lie on a table with my head lower than my body. He turns my head to the right and then to the left, he then has me sit up and says to hold on to the table, not him, since I will be dizzy.

That is it…he managed to get the crystals where they belong…no more dizziness. I figure he should be wearing horns and furs…seems like witchcraft to me.

OK, let me explain a bit, the inner ear is like an octopus with channels going all over, somewhere on top is a platform with crystals balanced on it. This platform sometimes weakens and some crystals fall off and get into the channels and cause havoc, vertigo, dizziness. It could be caused by age (me) or an accident. 

Voila, crystals in the labyrinth.

He thinks I should have a session of physiotherapy. The therapist is a great looking Russian girl, she puts a mask on me and tells me to keep my eyes open, she makes me go through the same thing, head to the right, then to the left, sit up. All this while connected to a computer.

Shazam! It is done.

No more dizziness. This should last a while. If I get it again, follow these instructions: head back, to the right, to the left, sit up and those crystals scramble back where they belong and out of the labyrinth.

All of this is available on the Internet. I could have done it myself, but I would not have had as much fun.
No Greek doctor, beard, diplomas, Russian therapist, masks, computers and amazement.


  1. It is amazing how many people suffer needlessly with this type of vertigo and don't see an ENT doctor hoping it will just go away eventually. It doesn't.
    In Athens there is an excellent ENT doctor we could have seen but we were just days away from leaving for New York so decided to deal with it there. After his treatment Greg was not only relieved and amazed to feel so good again, but there followed elation and to borrow a line from a book we know well " An Incredible Lightness of Being."

  2. I've had the exact same thing a couple of times ... very discombobulating. But now Lee knows what to do!

    1. it is good that he has a sort of a beard

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  3. Love diagnosis: Let's Dive!!!

  4. I think I use the same exercise to get the compass on my iPhone working! (But I love these simple cures to very complicated problems!)