BPPV help

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I get dizzy getting out of bed sometimes, turning my head in bed occasionally and yestereday very dizzy at the hairdressers having my hair washed.   The rest of the time I appear ok, I have had bouts of vertigo before and they go away, is it safe to assume that if I hold my head straight I will be ok getting around when I am outside and driving.  I have had two occasions when I have had to stay in bed for a couple of hours as I could not stand.  My dr. says its BPPV.   Any help on handling this debilitating feeling would help.

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    yes I agree with the doctor it sounds exactly like bppv. When I have this is easily treatable with an Epley maneuver. You can get an ENT to perform this for you and you should have good results.
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    Dear Valda

    I would go to a Physio that specialises in BPPV.

    The treatment is quick and usually works first time, on the odd occasion one may have to go back for further treatment.

    I have had vertigo twice, brought on by having 2 major spinal OPs since last May.

    Both bouts brought on exactly six weeks after OPs.

    This time I have between left with dizziness, so have booked myself in to see a vestibular Physio, who deals with BPPV and other related matters,

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      I'd heartily endorse that Basia. I've had BPPV twice in my life - most recently in the last 3 months. Personally I didn't have much luck with ENTs either time, but this last time my GP finally referred me to a specialised vestibular physiotherapist. I have to say I couldn't have had better treatment. I was completely cured in just one 20-minute session and even had a follow-up a week later to make sure I was still OK.

      Some people get good results from seeing an ENT doctor. I suspect it's mainly the luck of the draw, depending on how many Epleys your practitioner does. The physio I saw told me he devotes 75% of his practice to vestibular and other balance-related problems and does at least half-a-dozen Epley manoeuvres per week. I didn't have to go private, but would say it's probably worth it if necessary to get the right person, just to put an end to the misery of BPPV.

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      So sorry to hear that Basia. I hope it just turns out to be BPPV, as that's instantly curable. Still, you're going to the right place. A vestibular physio will be able to determine whether it really is BPPV or not, and refer you on elsewhere if it's not.

      The guy I saw diagnosed clear-cut BPPV on the right side (which I already knew, having had it on the other side years earlier) but he also spotted something minor going on in my left ear. However, after testing my balance, coordination etc. he decided it was just some minor hangover from a viral infection, possibly years ago, and that it didn't need addressing.

      I hope you're soon feeling as good as I am right now. It's such a relief to get rid of the vertigo I feel I've been reborn! Don't forget to report back, will you?

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