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Trying to get out of bed today, but everytime i lift my head off the pillow i get a wave of dizziness. Is this serious?

Trying to get out of bed today, but everytime i lift my head off the pillow i get a wave of dizziness. Is this serious?

Several reasons: This could be due to several reasons like benign positional vertigo, dehydration, have a middle ear infection. You should see your primary care doctor. He can do a physical exam and perform some basic tests to find the cause. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had neck fusion in 2009. I now have numbness in shoulder and neck pain. Can't lift my head in bed either. What's wrong?

Had neck fusion in 2009.  I now have numbness in shoulder and neck pain.  Can't lift my head in bed either.  What's wrong?

Depends: Many patients after spine surgery can have pain again. Usually the disc above the fusion can get herniated. Visit your doctor for a full exam and likely new imaging studies to determine the cause of the pain. ...Read more

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I am getting dizzy while in bed or when I lift my head. The only thing i've changed is that I am not eating meat . Heart press. Is 133/80 pulse 77?

I am getting dizzy while in bed or when I lift my head. The only thing i've changed is that I am not eating meat . Heart press. Is 133/80 pulse 77?

Poss. Benign Vertigo: Possible benign possitional vertigo episode. Need exercises for inner ear like "epley manneuver or others"( check videos in the internet). Maybe Meclizine could help. Will go away in 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long after septoplasty should my head be elevated?

How long after septoplasty should my head be elevated?

72 hours adequate: I typically recommend that people sleep on a few pillows and ice the eyes and nose for the first three days. Swelling tends to peak during this period and then begins to decline. ...Read more

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Is it okay to go to bed after hitting your head really hard?

Is it okay to go to bed after hitting your head really hard?

Did you lose: Consciousness? You can have a concussion with or without loss of consciousness. Headache/ pressure of head? Are you unable to recall what happened? Do you feel dizzy or have ringing in the ears? Confusion or slurred speech? Nausea or vomiting? Extreme fatigue? If you believe you have a concussion please seek prompt medical care. If you don't have these types of symptoms - you can go to bed. ...Read more

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Why does your shoulder pop when you lift it above your head ?

Why does your shoulder pop when you lift it above your head ?

Subluxation: Young females who experiences joint popping with range of motion might have Hypermobility Syndrome; inherited loose joints due to ligament laxity. Associated symptoms might include: premenstrual disorder, IBS, panic attacks, dizziness upon standing, fainting, chronic neck &/or low back pain, TOS, TMJ & migraine headaches. Gravity, injuries & dysautonomia participate in evolution of these symptoms. ...Read more

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My head spins whenever I lift my head, and especially when waking up. What could be the cause?

My head spins whenever I lift my head, and especially when waking up. What could be the cause?

2 possibilities: You may have BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). This is a self-limited inner ear problem caused by loose otoconia (calcium carbonate stones) in the inner ear which move with position. A second possibility is cervical disc disease which may also cause positional vertigo. See and ENT doctor for a complete balance workup. ...Read more

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When it's time for bed, many thoughts roam through my head causing me to lose sleep. How can I fix this?

When it's time for bed, many thoughts roam through my head causing me to lose sleep. How can I fix this?

Anxious ruminations: Try deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation when you are ready to retire. A combination of melatonin and Buspar (buspirone) can also be great! ...Read more

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Every so often when I roll to my side in bed, my head spins for several seconds. Is this anything serious?

Every so often when I roll to my side in bed, my head spins for several seconds. Is this anything serious?

Unlikely: If the symptoms resolve quickly, then no. You can learn exercises to minimize the discomfort. Here is an example of such exercises: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/canalith-repositioning-procedure/basics/definition/prc-20009592?DSECTION=all&p=1 If they persist, you should have an in-person evaluation. ...Read more