That stretch feels nice... Oh no.
April 22, 2010 7:39 PM Subscribe
Should I be worried about my nausea and dizziness earlier?
posted by omoikkiri to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Earlier this evening, I was riding in a car with a friend of mine. My neck was stiff, so I was leaning my head forward to stretch it. I was not quite touching my chin to my chest.
While I was stretching, my friend hit a bump. My head jerked down. My chin touched my sternum. I've stretched that far before, but never so quickly.
Almost immediately afterward, I felt very dizzy and nauseous. My vision swam a bit, and I felt faint. It cleared within a minute, and we continued along.
About five minutes later, I felt the same rush of nausea and dizziness. There was no stretch this time. I asked my friend to pull over, and I laid down on a bench. I felt better after a few minutes.
I admit I'm a hypochondriac. My first thought was that I'd irreparably screwed up a nerve. My second thought was that I'd had a stroke.
I'm feeling mostly better now, though my appetite's gone. I feel like my left side was a bit numb earlier, but I don't know if I was imagining the sensation.
Did I cut off circulation to my brain for a moment? Will that have caused some sort of damage? Should I go to the ER?
I'd like an outside opinion before taking the latter course of action. I can't really see my doctor anytime soon, and I'm not sure if my worries are in my head.
My friend thinks that it was the onset of a migraine. She suffers from severe migraines often. She gave me Tylenol and caffeine after the incident, and I didn't have any headaches. She also suggested an inner-ear problem. I've had ear problems before.
I'm in my early twenties, with no known medical conditions. I've always had tight shoulders and a stiff neck.
I want to mention that, during the onset of the second "attack," I made faces to check for asymmetry (there was none), I balanced on one foot (balance was OK), and I tried to think of words in a second language (mental capacities seemed fine).
Thanks in advance for any help you can give, people who are not my doctor.