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Recurring BPPV causing terrible anxiety and ruining life

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:51 AM   #1
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Recurring BPPV causing terrible anxiety and ruining life

Hello Everyone,
I have been searching around in the archives of past threads trying to get to the bottom of my problem. I have had three episodes of BPPV. One last March, one three weeks ago (went to hospital it was so bad), and one this morning. I feel like I am stuck in a circle of Hell in Dante's inferno, doomed to have the spins at any random moment. Since they each happened while in bed, and turning over, I now have developed a dread of sleeping. Needless to say, I haven't slept a good night in three weeks. I am terrified to lie flat, and have been "sleeping" nearly upright on a bunch of pillows frozen with immobility-- fearing a recurrence.

The Epley maneuver helped the first time (on the right ear) but I still wasn't quite right after. I went back to the doctor (a different doc) and he thought the left ear was involved, so did the Epley on the left. I felt better. This was five days ago. Then I had a terrible night of sleep due to stress, and a very stressful day. Then BAM, vertigo was back this morning. I couldn't tell which side it was on. Things seemed to spin mildly on either side I turned, and I felt impending spinning while lying down. The nausea was awful. I did Epley on the left, and had no symptoms on left, but very minor on right. Then I did it for the right, had mild spinning on the right ,and all hell broke loose when I turned to the left. I have no idea what is going on. I thought the Epley was supposed to help. Two doctors have diagnosed BPPV. I feel as if I have some sort of permanently compromised inner ear to have a recurrence so soon after being treated. I also feel that I need to treat this anxiety, as it certainly isn't helping things. Does anyone have experience with taking an antidepressant, or some other tranquilizer?

Prior to this, I was an extremely active, healthy person. I have two young kids and teach martial arts. Now I just sit around in fear and confusion. I'm really quite desperate to get some help, but my doctors seem to think this is a minor annoyance, and as my ENT put it to me bluntly "nobody cares about vertigo."

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Old 06-27-2012, 04:13 PM   #2
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Re: Recurring BPPV causing terrible anxiety and ruining life

I'm so sorry that you are experiencing this. I lived with this for 9 years. Yes, eventually I was on Ativan and that helped me not panic or actually care much about anything. But it isn't a long term fix. I finally decided to have Posterior Canal Occlusion surgery because I was at my wits end - depressed and not able to do much of anything but sit straight - no exercise, no fun. And sleeping - piled high with six pillows and fearful of rolling over in sleep. After Epley after Epley after Epley in a span of six months, I gave in to surgery. THE BEST DECISION I'VE EVER MADE. Not to say that the recovery was easy, it wasn't but it is better....!!!! Get to a doctor who can help. And if they don't do the surgery find one that does - even if you have to get to another state. It is worth considering if you are chronic.

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