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A 39-year-old male asked:

vertigo started in midday. lasting a week so far. keeping head straight is fine. turning head get major vertigo. lying down gets better a bit. help?

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Dr. Raul Guisado
Neurology 53 years experience
Probably ear issue: At your age pure positional vertigo is probably due to a peripheral vestibular problem (in the inner ear). If you have no other symptoms and the neurological examination is normal, a rather simple office procedure (vestibular repositioning) can help. In rare cases a cerebellar problem can cause similar symptoms.

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Waking up with extreme vertigo. Could it be I slept with my head in a bad position?

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A 60-year-old male asked:

With head turned to left while horizontal, vertigo. Simply lying on the left side, no vertigo. Turning to the left while upright, no vertigo. BPPV?

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Dr. Ilene Ruhoy
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Possibly: It is likely BPPV and you should have your physician do the particle repositioning maneuvers which can be curative such as the Epley. There are other maneuvers to be done but an evaluation should first be done to confirm the diagnosis.

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