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Old 12-21-2011, 10:49 AM   #1
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Need Help from BPPV sufferers

I have been having vertigo several times a week and each attack lasts 2 hours. I'm trying to see what triggers the attacks and it's always my head movements. When I load and unload my dishwasher my head is moving up and down and after this I have a vertigo attack. I also woke in bed 2 mornings with vertigo before I got up. I thought I might have BPPV but it sounds like the vertigo only lasts a few seconds.

Can you have long vertigo attacks with BPPV?

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Old 01-02-2012, 11:11 AM   #2
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Re: Need Help from BPPV sufferers

Yes, you can have fairly long attacks. When I was first diagnosed my attacks would last many seconds -- maybe as long as a minute or more. As I have figured out how to deal with the bppv -- which occasionally goes away only to return -- my attacks last only a few seconds. Still, they are quite disconcerting, to say the least.

I think bppv is worse when it starts. After a while, it seems to calm down. Of course, I am very careful now about moving my head, too. And I sleep in one position only, night after night, which really sucks and is ruining my shoulder.

Old 04-20-2012, 04:43 PM   #3
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Re: Need Help from BPPV sufferers

Yes they can last seconds to minutes. I am a long time BPPV sufferer. I was misdiagnosed for years until I found a specialist in otonuerology who knew exactly how to diagnosis and fix. Have you found a good specialist who can perform an accurate diagnosis (they must look at your eyes during an attack in order to diagnose BPPV and which ear and canal is causing the issue). It can be scary to go because to diagnose they must create the vertigo event. But then they can do the Epley. Also vestibular rehap (VRT) which should be done in concert with a doctor's order or a trained PT can help over time. My best advice to you is to find a doctor that you trust and that knows what they are doing. After 10+ years and an increasing number of vertigo events each month, I finally had surgery to plug the canal. That is extreme treatment and not frequently done.. But know that you should get diagnosed by an expert - not just a run of the mill ENT. Be well...

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