Hi. I was diagnosed with BPV three weeks ago after a sudden spell of vertigo on getting out of bed one morning.
My doctor told me to do the Brandt Daroff exercises for a couple of weeks, which didn't do much to get rid of the dizziness but did seem to help with the vertigo. I only found out about the Epley by researching here and wonder why the doc didn't suggest it first.
My question is: Can compensation take place without doing the Epley? If so, will it take much longer? Or is it impossible for the brain to compensate fully until the crystals are moved via the Epley? I know I could try the MEP at home but since I do feel better than I did at the outset, I'm a bit reluctant to try it in case it upsets things again.
The epley is best for bppv, see your ENT have the epley done,these particles just don't clear up and go away.I see so many people in here talking about neck braces and this and that after the epley its killing me!
You have to be brave and move these particles back where they belong with the epley,when you truly move the particles back where they belong the chances of them coming back to mess with you are slim to none.
It does scare you at first when they move and can be violent (the spins)but once they tumble out of that balance chamber and go back to where they belong you should be fine,just don't be lying on your side in bed for a few months and be careful about bending over alot.
But the problem is people think oh I will be still and let the particles settle and it will be ok, but thats not so,you need to move them out of the balance chamber period!!!
Once out of there then try to do regular exercise if you still feel dizzy then you still have (vertigo or bppv) good luck
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As I get a brief spin when I lie on my right side and the right ear feels a little strange, I guess I can assume that it's the affected one. I would much rather have the Epley done by a professional the first time; however, my GP doesn't seem to think I need to see an ENT since my symptoms have improved. And in any case, the waiting time is at least a couple of months.
I don't know if a GP can properly diagnose you...push for an ENT.
I've had BPPV since 1966...LONG time! Started in my right ear and now I have it in both, but the right ear seems to respond to the semont maneuver and the left ear seems to respond to the epley...but doing it immediately is really the key.
REgarding compensation...hmmm, difficult for you to question it at this point since you don't actually have a diagnosis...but you should try the epley yourself at home and don't do the BD exercises. I think that's more for other than BPPv.
Once the area is cleared of the crystal(s) or the sludge....you will pretty much feel normal or maybe a slight bit off. It also depends on which canal the crystals are in and where.
I don't think you can go wrong with the epley...assume it's in the posterior canal and know which ear to deal with.
I agree that it will be very scary but don't move during the vertigo when in each position. My last bout I did left me in a total body sweat. I felt like I was being pushed down and backwards after I sat up. UGH...
It wasn t totally successful however....I did it a few times the next day and it worked like a charm.
My longest attack was over 2 years....I ended up with a sinus infection, put on meds and the attack finally subsided. It was up and down for another year...but then nothing for a very long time.
I have found that taking Sudafed...either 30mg or 60mg did help.
I have also found that using a Neti Pot is helpful as well. I must have some eustachian tube problem...but keeping that all in check seems to have kept my attacks to a minimum and recovery fairly quick.
Please get checked out properly...make sure you have no sinus or ear infections. Are you a runner? Do you do yoga? anything that could exacerbate your attacks?
I apologise for my going-on....I feel for you, but proper diagnosis is prime.
best to you,
It's all a matter of perspective!
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