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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

Finally went to ER for dizziness and was diagnosed with benign positional vertigo ? Whats 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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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