I had been trying to shake off a bad cold for 2 weeks when it happened.
The world started spinning, literally spinning in front of my eyes. The sensation was so intense i staggered to the bathroom and vomited. It didn't actually make me feel any better though. I was scared. What was happening?
Then my eyes did this crazy thing where it beat from left to right, left to right, left to right against my will. So i closed my eyes and laid there on the floor wondering if i was having a stroke (of course i wasn't).
And as i laid there with my eyes shut and the world spinning crazily in my head, i vowed to myself i will never ever again casually dismiss a patient when they complain of vertigo. Because now that I've experienced it myself and found out how distressing it was, i wouldn't think of it as 'just' vertigo anymore.
Anyway, the sensation passed after a good long snooze on my living room floor.
I'm grand now.