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Old 01-18-2017, 02:54 AM   #1
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Question about BPPV and Epley

Hi guys, I am a 22 year old female that was diagnosed with BPPV in my right ear by an ENT specialist today.

I have been having lightheadedness 24/7 since half a year ago (August 2016), sometimes it is better but it never goes away and I get slight vertigo attacks whenever there is sudden head movements. However yesterday morning when I rolled over in my bed I had a very serious vertigo attack, which is why I have decided to visit the ENT today.

I have researched about the Epley procedure and tried it out yesterday night and got really dizzy at the first step where you lie down with your head facing the affected side, and also the third step where I turned my body to the good side with my chin tucked in my left shoulder. However, it only made me even more dizzy and nauseous, I threw up after that.

Today, I asked the ENT specialist about Epley's maneuver and he said that he does not believe that such a simple procedure will fix it so he prescribed me Betaserc, Clarinase and a nasal spray. He also said that I can try it by myself but he had patients where their condition worsened after the procedure.

Went I went back home I tried the Epley maneuver again. This time I did not feel the dizziness in the first step mentioned above but I still got really dizzy on the third step where I turned my body with my chin tucked in the left shoulder. I felt slightly nauseous and groggy after that but not as bad as yesterday.

Should I continue doing the Epley Manuever? It seems like after doing the Epley maneuver I feel worse compared to not doing it. I am kind of afraid of trying it again and I am so worried that I have to live with this.

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Old 01-29-2017, 09:26 PM   #2
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Re: Question about BPPV and Epley

Hi. I had BPPV as well, but I went to vestibular therapy where the therapist performed the procedure. It helped a lot. Maybe you should have your doctor write you a prescription for therapy. How has the medication worked for you? Hopefully it has helped. Keep us updated. And good luck.

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Old 07-05-2017, 02:19 PM   #3
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Re: Question about BPPV and Epley

Hi Errise

As I understand it, BPPV is caused by crystals in the inner ear fluid that give the vestibular system confusing signals causing you to feel dizzy. BPPV always gets worse with movement because head movement causes the crystals to move around. The Epley manoeuvre literally forces the crystals to make their way out of your ear. It isn't always successful because the head needs to be moved at exactly the right angle and in the right time frame for the crystals to be able to leave the ear. Most of the time, the crystals either make their own way out or disintegrate in time which cure the BPPV.

I have never heard of Epley making BPPV worse but I am not a professional!

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