> Well aside from John's highly informative rant I think you are being
> for using a newspaper article, written by someone with little medical
> training who is trying to condense a lengthy medical report of well
> medical knowledge, rather than seeking expert medical advise. Go see
> and if you want a second opinion, go see a Neurologist.
disgusts me. I am not seeking medical advice or a 2nd opinion in my
post, and I don't think it even suggests that. So, Lyle, shove your
sarcastic advice! I don't mind the people who offered their advice,
see-a-doctor, or don't-see-a-doctor based on their experience.
Also, you obviously didn't read the article, because the author WAS
seeking medical advice, and writing about her experience in an
intelligent way, including information from cutting-edge research that
is clearly still theory. She was in no way trying to "condense a
lengthy medical report of well known medical knowledge." The exact
processes that cause injury to the memory, whether through head injury,
old age, or diseases such as Alzheimer's are not "well known medical
knowledge." The understanding and definition for brain/memory problems
is constantly shifting and being expanded. The medical editors at the
NYTimes would not have allowed her article to be published if it were
fallacious or poorly written.
After my accident, where I fell and struck my head, I saw a gaggle of
doctors, had brain scans and many other tests, and since my lover is an
an ophthalmologist, he gave me a retinal exam and things are fine.
As far as John's "highly informative rant" goes, I don't know if you
are being saracastic, but I thought some of his points might be helpful
to others, and he shares the feeling of myself and others that it is
best to avoid doctors, if you can!
I wrote it to alert older skaters that perhaps if they experience
dizziness to the point of seeing stars, it would be best to cut back on
the way they approach spinning. For example, ease into the speed of
spins, spinning slower at the beginning of a session. There is a
possibility, as suggested by at least one researcher, that it might not
be all that healthy to move your head in a way, or play a sport that
causes this level of dizziness where you are seeing stars. My scratch
spins are sometimes at speeds that are faster than all but a few
competitive skaters. It is the only technical aspect of my skating that
got better as I got older. Spinning can put unusual stress on the head
when done at high speeds or especially if the head is out of position.
I don't do headless spins for that reason. I stopped doing those before
I think there is an obvious distinction between being a little dizzy,
and dizzy to a point where you see stars. Maybe until the final verdict
is in, it just might be smart to avoid the types of movements that
cause "seeing stars." Perhaps being a little dizzy, and spinning
itself, can even be therapeutic, as another poster suggested. Before I
read that article, I never thought there was any possible danger or
damage in seeing stars for a few seconds, but now, after reading the
article, I am going to think of ways I can avoid that. I'm not going to
give up skating or spinning, I'm just going to be much more careful in
how I work up to spinning in a session. If there is any POSSIBILITY
that being dizzy to a point of seeing stars, constitutes a mild
concussion that could lead to memory loss, well, I'll be a fool and try
to avoid it.
Dirk "the fool"