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Mystery Vertigo

Postby bogota » Sun May 22, 2011 8:29 pm

Having read the sticky on online diagnosis, and aware of the inadequacies of this sort of thing, I'm curious to see if the nature of an episode of vertigo this morning rings any bells.

I am a relatively fit 20 year old male with no (known) health problems. After a night of moderately heavy drinking (though nothing far outside the norm), I woke up with a mild hangover (a little dehydrated, etc. but feeling quite functional). Maybe 1.5 hours later, after a large breakfast, I was hit by a wave of nausea, and according to a friend present, lost the color in my face. I decided it might be a good time to head in the bathroom direction, and became increasingly disoriented (vision blurred, feeling of spinning, stumbling). I have never had the feeling of vertigo before, but it was powerful and disorienting enough that I lost control of my bowels (which, as you might imagine, was a bit of a surprise, and hasn't happened since early childhood). After reaching the bathroom, however, the feeling left as quickly as it had come (episode was no more than 30seconds to 1 minute), and no longer felt any need to vomit, but of course had a little wiping to do. Since then, I've felt fine, and have for hours now.

So, my questions are: does vertigo of this nature ring any bells for people? Could this be an isolated incident, or is it likely part of a more extended condition? Could it be related to the previous night's drinking (even though I have never had a reaction like this, even to greater quantities of alcohol)?
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