Vertigo? Verti-NO!

  And I’m not talking about the movie…

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As of two days ago I’ve had a nasty battle with vertigo.  If you aren’t familiar with that term- it refers to dizziness that is not associated with nausea or passing out.  I’m talking about full tilt, world spinning on it’s ear, running into walls dizziness.  It first started on Sunday afternoon when getting up from a nap.  When I woke up the following day (yesterday) for suhoor I ran into a wall… we were afraid that this vertigo was from fasting and I chose to skip fasting on Monday and make it up along with my -lady time- fasting later.  I went to the doctor today and they said I had a viral infection in my inner ear.

  I guess the good side is that nothing else feels bad?

The doctor told me not to fast for a few days so that I can fight the virus before it gets worse.  Lots of fluids and good eating were my prescription- but I am rather upset.  I very much enjoy fasting and feel very in touch with my creator when I do it.

Fortunately the only way that fasting could have caused my dizziness is that my immune system dropped (as does everyone’s) when putting excess stress on your body.  Fasting coupled with my Masters’ defense tomorrow was a stress cocktail that resulted in a viral infection…ick!

Fortunately the doctor said that after I have one full day of no dizziness I can return to my fast! YAY!

But I do want to stress that if anyone out there is feeling dizziness during their fast- they should seek medical help.  There could be a blood pressure or blood sugar problem that has reared it’s head now that you or fasting…or you could have an infection due to a lowered immune system!  Fasting is intended for our goodness and not to make us sick- so don’t be afraid to visit the doctor and take a few days off for your wellness.  Surely Allah is the most Beneficent and Merciful indeed… and you can always enjoy reading Quran or listening to tafsir (lessons) to keep your iman and taqwa boosted during this blessed month.

Ramadan Mubarek!

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One thought on “Vertigo? Verti-NO!

  1. Ugh. I’m so sorry! We have regular fasting days in my church however there is also some widely accepted medical-type reasons for skipping it (pregnant, nursing, need to take food with medications, etc.) I’ve fallen into the latter category several times, and I found that by choosing super bland/boring foods I was better able to stay in the spirit of the fast. (Toast and milk was my go-to non-fasting fasting food. No jam, no honey, nothing sweet or extra delicious, nothing that took more than a few minutes to make, just minimum sustenance so I could take my meds and turn my mind back to my fasting.)

    I really hope you get feeling better soon! Vertigo is the worst.

    xox

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