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Dizzy while sleeping on left. Why vertigo after that? Is it brain oxygen obstruction?

For the past three days I have been feeling dizzy only while sleeping on my left side. As soon as I slowly switch position to my right side is fine. I m a local Monterey County Fire Fighter. I went to a local hospital two weeks ago and they told me that I was experiencing vertigo . I m concerned about why is only happen when I m laying on my left side and fine when I lay on my right side. Also it would happen if i sleep laying on my back as well. A CT Scan and many blood work came back normal. I don t think that this is normal. I m a 57 year old hispanic male, taking Metropolol and lovastatin . My BP and glucose level are normal. I m concerned about an brain oxigen obstruction when laying on my left side or perhaps is related to an inner ear issue.
Asked On : Sun, 19 Aug 2012
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You did not mention the duration of vertigo which is important to reach a diagnosis.If it is short maybe 1-2 mins,it wil resolve soon..u need to do vestibular rehab.exercises..this needs a visit to the doc who will tell you how.If the duration is longer you may be right..the blood supply to the brain as well as to the inner ear is being momentarily cut off..due most likely to a cervical spondylitic problem.This is likely considering your job and age.In certain positions the new osteophytes which are the hallmark of the disease may be causing a kinking ofr the blood supply.You need an xray neck of the cervical spine to check this.please get a doctor to write this for you.
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