Feel like the room is spinning while you’re standing still? Dizziness and vertigo affect many people with multiple sclerosis, but there are strategies that can help.
There are days when Amanda Ellis Graham, of Salt Lake City, feels like the rug has been pulled out from under her. She compares the vertigo she lives with to walking on a trampoline.
Graham, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) when she was 18, combines daily medication and other approaches to help control her vertigo. Still, it has had a severe impact on her quality of life.
Graham says vertigo has been her most debilitating MS symptom. She no longer drives because her severe vertigo is unpredictable and scary.
“It feels like when you go through a fun house, and there are those moving floors and flashing lights,” she says. “You feel like you’re going to throw up when it gets really intense.” She often tries to focus on something that isn’t moving to “reset” her brain.
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