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Old 03-09-2011, 09:58 AM   #16
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Re: Resistant BPPV: I cannot fix it!

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I used to have BPPV. Started in late 2009. 1st experience was terrifying! Felt odd previous evening; went to bed and by 3am I got up and COULD NOT STAND at all; kept falling to the left. Went to emergency. They diagnosed me with BPPV; told me that Ativan helped. I'd been taking Ativan (2mg) for about 3 years at that point so decided that was not going to help. Episodes kept happening more frequently. I decided to just "live with it". Last episode was the night before a flight home from my vacation.

This is going to sound really BIZARRE, but I accidentally saw a movie about a Psychiatrist who said that cleaning out ear wax with Q-tips, etc. hurts inner ear conditions. I thought, why not try it? And I did. I only clean out my ear wax when it is actually is exterior to my ear. It's been over a year now and I have had NO EPISODES at all.
I will drop warm oil into my ears and let the oil soften the ear wax.

However, some people use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide which are not good. Those agents can dry up the ear wax and make it more difficult or dangerous to remove. Not only that, when cold liquids are inserted into the ear canal (like alcohol or peroxide) then they can cause the outer ear canal to develop bumps like a swimmer's ear condition. Did you know that swimmers who brave cold water can develop ear problems like growths? It is not surprising that such cold agents could also affect the inner ear as it is in close proximity.

Never put any cold liquids into your ears.

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Old 03-09-2011, 10:15 AM   #17
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Re: Resistant BPPV: I cannot fix it!

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I will drop warm oil into my ears and let the oil soften the ear wax.

However, some people use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide which are not good. Those agents can dry up the ear wax and make it more difficult or dangerous to remove. Not only that, when cold liquids are inserted into the ear canal (like alcohol or peroxide) then they can cause the outer ear canal to develop bumps like a swimmer's ear condition. Did you know that swimmers who brave cold water can develop ear problems like growths? It is not surprising that such cold agents could also affect the inner ear as it is in close proximity.

Never put any cold liquids into your ears.
I think you may have misunderstood what I was saying. I don't touch my earwax until it comes out naturally. Then I remove it. This has allowed me to have NO BPPV episodes for one whole year.

 
Old 03-09-2011, 10:20 AM   #18
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I think you may have misunderstood what I was saying. I don't touch my earwax until it comes out naturally. Then I remove it. This has allowed me to have NO BPPV episodes for one whole year.
I was just expounding on what you said.

I understood you quite well, but in my readings in audiology from several courses I took in college, I was just affirming what you had to say.

You are quite correct.

 
Old 03-10-2011, 07:37 AM   #19
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Thanks for the confirmation. I have never heard about anyone using this "treatment" so I can only tell you that it's worked for me.

 
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:09 AM   #20
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Thanks for the confirmation. I have never heard about anyone using this "treatment" so I can only tell you that it's worked for me.
Since the inner ear is in close proximity to the middle ear bones, any undue pressure (like using a Q-tip to clean one's ear), could put pressure on the middle ear and thus affect the inner ear.

That is why audiologists recommend: do not insert anything smaller than your elbow in your ears. Exaggeration, but you are following their advice.

I wonder how musicians who use/do not use those ear inserts to protect their hearing fare? Do they get dizzy spells due to the loud music pounding their eardrums?

 
Old 03-11-2011, 07:33 AM   #21
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Since the inner ear is in close proximity to the middle ear bones, any undue pressure (like using a Q-tip to clean one's ear), could put pressure on the middle ear and thus affect the inner ear.

That is why audiologists recommend: do not insert anything smaller than your elbow in your ears. Exaggeration, but you are following their advice.

I wonder how musicians who use/do not use those ear inserts to protect their hearing fare? Do they get dizzy spells due to the loud music pounding their eardrums?
Interesting info. I had no idea how my "treatment" (basically doing nothing) worked. Thanks

 
Old 07-13-2012, 12:42 PM   #22
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Re: Resistant BPPV: I cannot fix it!

I am not a doctor, but was recently diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo(BPPV). This is the most common cause of dizziness, the problem is caused when small debris in the inner ear is dislodged and floats into the semicircular canal. My vertigo symptoms started after I had dental work performed and my initial thought was that I had a bad infection from that work. I suffered for 2 ½ months before being advised to see an ENT Specialist.
My symptoms were severe bed spins usually lasting 5-10 seconds when laying down for bed, rolling over, or rising from bed. I also feeling anxious, I had trouble focusing, headaches, tired eyes and complete fatigue. Some days were terrible and I never really felt stable.
I went to an ear & balance center located in central Florida. Was diagnosed, treated and cured in one visit. The treatment was performed using an Epley chair which basically is a chair that you get strapped into and slowly they spin you in many directions while they monitor your eye movement with special goggles. The goal is to reposition that debris into the correct area in your inner ear. I left the treatment that day dizzy so I would recommend a driver. The dizziness lasted another few hours and slowly cleared. I got a good night sleep (the first in months) and woke to a stable world. It has been three weeks since the treatment and I have had no reoccurring dizziness at all.
There are instructions on doing the Epley maneuver at home, but the ENT uses the Epley chair to confirm that you have BPPV before treatment and then a computer verifies that your condition is repaired by watching your eye movements. Many people who try to performe the Epley maneuver at home only make things worse.

 
Old 09-13-2012, 01:11 PM   #23
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I am not a doctor, but was recently diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo(BPPV). This is the most common cause of dizziness, the problem is caused when small debris in the inner ear is dislodged and floats into the semicircular canal. My vertigo symptoms started after I had dental work performed and my initial thought was that I had a bad infection from that work. I suffered for 2 ½ months before being advised to see an ENT Specialist.
My symptoms were severe bed spins usually lasting 5-10 seconds when laying down for bed, rolling over, or rising from bed. I also feeling anxious, I had trouble focusing, headaches, tired eyes and complete fatigue. Some days were terrible and I never really felt stable.
I went to an ear & balance center located in central Florida. Was diagnosed, treated and cured in one visit. The treatment was performed using an Epley chair which basically is a chair that you get strapped into and slowly they spin you in many directions while they monitor your eye movement with special goggles. The goal is to reposition that debris into the correct area in your inner ear. I left the treatment that day dizzy so I would recommend a driver. The dizziness lasted another few hours and slowly cleared. I got a good night sleep (the first in months) and woke to a stable world. It has been three weeks since the treatment and I have had no reoccurring dizziness at all.
There are instructions on doing the Epley maneuver at home, but the ENT uses the Epley chair to confirm that you have BPPV before treatment and then a computer verifies that your condition is repaired by watching your eye movements. Many people who try to performe the Epley maneuver at home only make things worse.
That's great for you. I'd rather do my "cure" by not digging into my ears to get the ear wax out. Much cheaper. My last BPPV episode was so long ago I can only remeber in years and months.

 
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