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What is the definition of benign positional vertigo?

What is the definition of benign positional vertigo?

The definition: Benign (nothing to worry about) positional (occurring only when changing head position) vertigo (the sensation of motion where there is no motion). Typically patients experience the sensation of vertigo lasting for a few seconds only when changing position. Between these episodes the patient is fine. It is helped by the epley maneuver. It is caused by loose calcium deposits in the inner ear.

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What do you recommend for benign positional vertigo?

What do you recommend for benign positional vertigo?

Epley or rehab: Epley is helpful, but may be hard to do without a vestibular rehab therapist. If you do not obtain relief in a few days of doing the epley on your own, ask your doctor for a referral to a vestular rehab therapist.

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What symptoms usually go along with benign positional vertigo?

What symptoms usually go along with benign positional vertigo?

Discrete vertigo: Bppv typically presents with recurrent spells of vertigo that are severe but short-lived. There is a very clear spinning sensation associated with marked nausea, and bystanders may notice jerking of the eyes. The spells are often triggered by head movement (e.g. Rolling over in bed), and can be treated by a specific exercise program called the epley manuver.

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Finally went to ER for dizziness and was diagnosed with benign positional vertigo? What's this is this serious>?

Finally went to ER for dizziness and was diagnosed with benign positional vertigo? What's this is this serious>?

BPPV: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo causes short episodes of intense dizziness (vertigo) when you move your head in certain directions. Vertigo is the sensation that you or your surroundings are moving. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is thought to be caused by tiny solid fragments (otoconia) in the inner ear labyrinth. In many cases the condition gets better on its own after several weeks. Http://patient. Info/health/benign-paroxysmal-positional-vertigo-leaflet

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I have benign positional vertigo and I do the exercises. Will they make it go away?

I have benign positional vertigo and I do the exercises. Will they make it go away?

NO: The exercises are to help you adjust to the situation. They are not designed to treat or cure the disorder. Medications are also designed to help you tolerate the symptoms and do not treat or resolve the disorder. Most cases are temporary and resolve with time. If persistent, you need to exclude some neurologic cause and then learn to live with the symptoms.

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What are the major causes of benign positional vertigo?

What are the major causes of benign positional vertigo?

Loose otoconia: The most accepted hypothesis for benign positional vertigo is loose otoconia (calcium carbonate crystals) from the utricle (a structure in the inner ear). When you move your head in a critical position, these crystals move and stimulate the inner ear balance mechanism and the room spins around (vertigo) for 10 to 30 seconds. It is usually self limited and can respond to head exercises.

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My mother has benign positional vertigo. Does that mean anything significant?

My mother has benign positional vertigo. Does that mean anything significant?

Ear issues: No, this is a benign issue and usually resolves in few weeks.

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What can I try at home to treat benign positional vertigo?

Epley Manuver: There is a home exercise called the epley maneuver that can eliminate bppv- the first few times are hard, because it can actually trigger spells, but with repeated performance the spells will become less severe and less frequent.

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Is there a cure for benign positional vertigo?

Is there a cure for benign positional vertigo?

Yes: There are a series of movements called the epley maneuver that can be done to help. Here is a link to my favorite site for info on bpv: http://www.Dizziness-and-balance. Com/disorders/bppv/bppv. Html scroll down about halfway to "home treatment for bppv". If this doesn't work, see your doctor. There are other in-office treatments. You also might need verification that bpv is really what you have.

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Could you help me get rid of my benign paroxysmal positional vertigo?

Could you help me get rid of my benign paroxysmal positional vertigo?

Cawthorne exercises: Benign positional vertigo is the most common cause of inner ear vertigo and is caused by loose otoconia arising from the utricular organ of the inner ear. Head exercises can relieve this problem. Physical therapy by an individual trained in vestibular therapy is your best approach for long lasting relief. It is a benign condition.

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I have had repeated episodes of benign positional vertigo, each one worse than the other. How is this treated/prevented?

I have had repeated episodes of benign positional vertigo, each one worse than the other. How is this treated/prevented?

Epley maneuver: This is treated with the epley maneuver or canalith repositioning maneuver. Avoid quick head movements to prevent recurrence.

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Benign positional vertigo cure, what to do?

Vestibular rehab.: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common peripheral vestibular disease causing vertigo. It is caused by loose otoconia (calcium carbonate stones) in the inner ear fluid. It can be easily treated with head positional exercises. Strongly recommend that you consult a physical therapist trained in vestibular rehabilitation. Relief can occur withing weeks.

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Can you tell me about benign positional vertigo?

Loose otoconia: The pathology of BPPV is well known. It is the result of loose otoconia (calcium carbonate crystals) arising from the utricle of the inner ear. With specific head movements, these loose stones move and stimulate the semicircular canal cristae and the mechanical movement of the cristae of the semicircular canals, produces the spinning sensation. Head exercises or physical therapy helps quickly.

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What do you recommend for benign positional vertigo?

Epley or rehab: Epley is helpful, but may be hard to do without a vestibular rehab therapist. If you do not obtain relief in a few days of doing the epley on your own, ask your doctor for a referral to a vestular rehab therapist.

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What is the definition of benign positional vertigo?

The definition: Benign (nothing to worry about) positional (occurring only when changing head position) vertigo (the sensation of motion where there is no motion). Typically patients experience the sensation of vertigo lasting for a few seconds only when changing position. Between these episodes the patient is fine. It is helped by the epley maneuver. It is caused by loose calcium deposits in the inner ear.

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Describe the features of benign positional vertigo.?

Describe the features of benign positional vertigo.?

Bpv: Lets break down the name. Benign: so it's nothing serious. Positional : meaning its triggered by a certain position, like sitting or lying down. Vertigo: commonly described as a room spinning, merry, go round feeling.

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What are the major causes of benign positional vertigo?

Loose otoconia: The most accepted hypothesis for benign positional vertigo is loose otoconia (calcium carbonate crystals) from the utricle (a structure in the inner ear). When you move your head in a critical position, these crystals move and stimulate the inner ear balance mechanism and the room spins around (vertigo) for 10 to 30 seconds. It is usually self limited and can respond to head exercises.

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What can I try at home to treat benign positional vertigo?

Epley Manuver: There is a home exercise called the epley maneuver that can eliminate bppv- the first few times are hard, because it can actually trigger spells, but with repeated performance the spells will become less severe and less frequent.

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What are the concerns with having benign positional vertigo?

Falls: This is a benign condition in itself. Main issue would be if you hurt yourself by falling when you get vertigo. Also, obviously, a missed diagnosis of a different problem would not be good.

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