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What Can I Try At Home To Treat Benign Positional Vertigo
This is an inner ear disorder in which the nerve endings in our ears that normally contribute to our sense of balance are inappropriately sending signals to our brain. These signals give us the sense we are moving when in fact we are not, and this results in vertigo. It is caused when microscopic particles of calcium carbonate (otoliths) in the inner ...Read more
I have had repeated episodes of benign positional vertigo, each one worse than the other. How is this treated/prevented?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poss. head trauma: In a study of 240 cases in 1987, 17% developed onset within days to weeks after cerebral trauma and 15 % after presumed viral neurolabyrinthitis. The significance of the findings were unclear as they did not influence the course of the disorder. The cause in most cases is undefined. Rapid head movements will worsen vertigo caused by other disorders (meniere's disease, posterior fossa tumors etc). ...Read more
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
Quick vertigo: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or bppv is the most common cause of vertigo. The sensation of spinning is classically triggered by changes in head position and is self limited. The spinning lasts seconds to minutes. A popular theory is that there is debris loose in the fluid of the semicircular canal of the inner ear. This debris can move the fluid triggering certain nerves to cause vertigo. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
A type of dizziness where the patient inappropriately experiences the perception of motion usually due to a dysfunction of the inner ear apparatus. It can be associated with nausea, vomiting and an unsteady gait. Vertigo is classified as either peripheral (inner ear or vestibular problem) or central (injury to the balance centers of ...Read more
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