Teddi Mellencamp experienced an episode of vertigo in the middle of the night this weekend, which resulted in her taking a scary tumble and suffering some minor injuries to her face.
Mellencamp posted a photo of herself to Instagram, sporting a cut on her lip and bruising on her face. In the caption, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum asked followers for “any hot tips on how to get rid of vertigo” and recounted the story of what happened.
The incident occurred at 4 a.m., when Mellencamp’s 8-year-old daughter, Slate, called out for her mom, who came running. “Slate yelled out for me to please come to her room, and as any Mom would I jumped up at [Mach] speed and sprinted in there,” Mellencamp said.
But by the time Mellencamp got to her daughter’s bedroom, she lost consciousness. “My eyes went black and I fainted and busted open my cheek and lip,” Mellencamp wrote. In an Instagram story the following morning, Mellencamp shared a photo showing some more bruising around her eye—and added that two of her teeth felt loose as well, per Page Six.
While Mellencamp suffered some wounds, she is grateful things mostly turned out okay for both her and her daughter. “Luckily all was good with Slate and something worse didn’t happen to me,” Mellencamp wrote.
Mellencamp isn’t sure what caused her fainting episode and said she planned to make a doctor’s appointment this week. In the meantime, Mellencamp is avoiding reading online sources that might trigger runaway trains of thought. “I can’t go onto WebMD because it sends me spiraling,” Mellencamp wrote. But she is accepting advice for getting rid of her vertigo in her comments section. “Any tips appreciated,” she said. (Mellencamp hasn’t shared any updates on her health since the weekend.)
Vertigo describes the sensation that you or the room around you is spinning, the U.S. National Library of Medicine explains. This dizziness can cause feelings of lightheadedness, wooziness, and disorientation, as well as cause you to lose your balance, per the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
There are many different causes of dizzy spells, including migraines, dehydration, poor blood circulation, low blood sugar, anxiety, anemia, and certain medications. Sometimes, there is no known cause of vertigo, and the issue goes away without treatment, the Mayo Clinic says.
The most common type of vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which is caused by inner ear issues that affect your sense of balance, according to the Mayo Clinic. Episodes of dizziness are typically triggered by certain changes in the position of your head (like sitting up in bed). The most serious risk of BPPV is how it can increase your chance of falling and potentially injuring yourself, the Mayo Clinic says.
Dizziness can also be a sign that you are about to faint, along with symptoms like lightheadedness, nausea, and your field of vision blacking or whiting out, according to The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). As with vertigo, there can be many different causes of fainting episodes, including underlying heart or neurological conditions, according to NINDS.
As is the case with many symptoms and medical issues, the wide variety of possible causes behind vertigo and/or fainting means that consulting online sources might just make you spiral out, as Mellencamp points out. The only way to really figure out what’s going on (and determine the appropriate treatment or prevention strategies) is to see your doctor. They can do a physical exam, run the appropriate tests, and consider your medical history to help find a diagnosis and help you feel better.