I was diagnosed with BPPV about 3-4 years ago and over time it has gotten better (not lasting as long and not as frequent) but I have just gotten a new bout of it and it's a nasty one. I can't even lie in bed unless I am sleeping on my right side which is so uncomfortable after a while so i have to sleep in the recliner. It is so debilitating (sp?).
When I get the dizziness it can last anywhere from 1 day to 8 weeks (lately it has been 1 day but I know this particular bout will last for weeks).
My question is: this time around I have had a bit of an earache as well. I haven't noticed earache before with vertigo and wondered if this was a concern or not to worry about it.
If anyone can offer any good advice to try and shorten this bout I would appreciate it.
I have been to a specialist where they suggested some therapy but unfortunately I couldn't do these exercises as I have neck problems too. I haven't tried the Epley exercise. Do I go through my PCP and then an ENT specialist for this? How do I go about getting this?
I would go to your PCP and ask for a referral to either an ENT, Audiologist, or Physical Therapist who has experience with vestibular disorders.
If your neck problems are a hinderance for the Epley treatment, I would ask for a referral to Arrigg Eye and Ear Institute in Lawrence MA. They have a special piece of equipment called the Epley Omniax chair which is useful for patients who are not able to do the traditional Epley maneuver on the table.
Last edited by bindar; 04-25-2011 at 08:13 PM.
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Hi I just received a very recent diagnosis of BPPV and so do not have the expertise of symptoms etc or treatments but in my research, it would seem 80% of people with BPPV have success of lessening the after episode symptoms of dizziness by doing the Epley maneuver. As I am not completely confident in doing this maneuver by myself I found a product called Dizzy fix invented by a doctor in Canada. Thought I would mention the Epley maneuver as I was wondering if you tried and had any success. They did this in the hospital with me but I am not sure they did it right. Also I've read varying reports that BPPV normally doesn't leave you feeling dizzy except for a very brief time after an episode. But same thing with me..I've been dizzy and my spatial reasoning has been altered for about the last 4 days. I am sorry for your suffering...new to this but it's already creating a high level of anxiety and worry which I am doing my best to stop.
Your response would be very appreciated,
I haven't tried to Epley maneouvre at all. I was instructed to do some kind of exercise (I think it was the Brandtt one?? tho not too sure) but I didnt follow through with that as I couldn't sleep on 2-3 pillows which they told me I had to do. I have neck problems too which gives me migraines.
The exercise was to be done at home. I would love to try the epley one done by a professional just havent followed through on that yet.
I have to say I don't have as many as I used to but this last bout was one of hte worst where I had to sleep in the recliner as opposed to the bed.