I am a seventy-three year old male. My wife and I are retired and consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to leave the cold, winter climate of New England to live, for a few months each year, in sunny Florida. In November of 2011I awoke one morning with, what was later diagnosed by my doctor, a severe case of vertigo. The dizziness stayed with me, in one degree or another, for several months.
As I had not experienced these symptoms before, I began to wonder if I had been eating or using something while in Florida that I had not been consuming back in New England. I finally concluded that my diet was pretty much the same, but one day while preparing for a trip to the beach (my wife and I consider ourselves "beach bums"), and while I was applying my daily coat of Coppertone Suntan lotion, I realized that this was something that I had been doing daily since arriving in Florida but did not do at all back home. My curiosity got the best of my, and I began an Internet search.
It was during this search that I came across some information thar indicated that Coppertone could, though rare, cause dizziness in some users. I stopped the use of Coppertone immediately, and with time, the symptoms of vertigo lessened and eventually disappeared completely.
When we returned to Florida the following October (2012), my experience, whether real or imagined, was still fresh in my mind, and I purposely avoided the use of Coppertone. Throughout our 2012-2013 Florida stay, I experienced no signs of dizziness. When we returned in October and November 2013, I continued this practice.
Each year we return to New England to spend the holidays with our children and grandchildren, returning tp Florida just after the first of January.
For some unexplained reason, I never disposed of the Coppertone products, and when we got back here last month, and now totally forgetting my prior experienced, reached into the cabinet under my bathroom sink, removed the Coppertone, and applied it before heading to the beach.
The weather here in Florida during the month of January was not very cooperative as far as the be as the beach goes, so I didn't use the Coopertone all that often. As we moved into February, however, things began to warm up, and my daily ritual of heading to the beach started up again. Each trip to the sand started with an application of Coppertone.
I woke up one morning last week experiencing the same dizziness, though not nearly as severe, that I had had more than two years previously. After getting out of bed, the feeling subsided, and still not thinking about the Coppertone, used it again that day.
The next morning the exact same thing happened to me, but once again and shortly after getting out of bed, the dizziness went away. It was at this time that my theory regarding the use of Coppertone hit me.
I have not used it since and, thus far, have not had any recurrence of dizziness.
I do not know if all of this is just one big coincidence, or if these symptoms are really brought on with my use use of Coppertone, but I have to wonder. I have never discussed the possibility with my doctor, but I know that I should and that I will the next time that I see him.
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