Can A chiropracter Cause Benign Positional Vertigo to return

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Hi All,

Yesterday I went to the chriopracter to get my back and neck re-aligned.

Is it possible by cracking my neck this could have caused Benign Positonal Vertigo to return as I had an episode of it about two months ago?

I was a bit anxious about the neck movement and then afterwards I felt very anxious because it felt as if by moving my head it could cause the vertigo to return and I had some minor symptoms.

Has anyone else had experience of this or heard of this happening?

Thanks,

Marcus

 

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    Cracking the neck would not cause it.  Placing your head in a certain position for a long period ot time might.

    Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

    Clinical Neurophysiologist

    Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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      HI Eleftherio, 

      Thaks alot for your information.

      I have also been suffering alot from anxiety and depression for the past 6 weeks which was brought on by severe episodes of vertigo two months ago. Anytime I associate anything to do with vertigio it now triggers anxiety inside me. So when I lay down yesterday and I my head neck was cracked to one side I automatically thought this wouid trigger the BPV.

      I wish I had come onto this site two months ago to ask for proper advice when I was actually suffering with the BPV. it would have avoided alot more issues.

      Can I ask if you have bilateral BPV what is the best method of stopping it? Isit by doing an epley manourvere?

      Thanks alot.

      Marcus

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      Yes, the Epley maneuver is again used, but one ear at a time.  It has to be done by ENT, because there is a greater risk that the tiny calcium carbonate crystals may shift to another canal in the other ear.  This is not serious, it is just a matter of recognising that this has happened.

      Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

      Clinical Neurophysiologist

      Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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      Thanks alot.

      The epley manouvere was never properly done orignnally which lead to me not sleeping properly and causing the anxiety.

      Can I also ask can drinking alcohol effect BPV symtoms or not?

      Marcus

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      I know you answere the question already but If they cracked my neck as I was lying down could this have caused it to return? Its very hard to tell if I have BPV or if its just anxiety making me think I do.
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      Thanks,

      It was more cracking and twisting the neck to my left side thats why I thought this could have triggered it. To be honest I have had no symptoms for over 6 weeks now so the fact that I was worried about it may hvae made me think like it had returned.

      Can I aks if I get popping/ blocked ears could this also be related to my vestibular system and the BPV?

       

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      These symptoms could be related to the vestibular system, but "popping" appears to direct one to Eustachian tube or other tube blocking and unblocking.

      Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

      Clinical Neurophysiologist

      Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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      I feel like my ears have been blocked ever since the bpv started a few months ago. My left ear is worse than my right ear. They feel blocked when I try to equalize or yawn. I have had me ears looked at and there is no infection.  I dont understand why it does not go away.

      Could a cold or a flu be the cause and can they cause the BPV to return?

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      Have you had an audiogram done recently?  I am not saying yet that you should go and do one, but it would be useful for me if you have had one done what the result was.

      Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

      Clinical Neurophysiologist

      Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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      Hi no I have not had one done but my hearing seems ok.

      I had a vestibular test done 2 months ago to test for BPV it said the below.

      See results

      Vestibular assessment showed the following results:

       No spontaneous Nystagmus: Normal saccade and smooth pursuit tests

      No Gaze Nystagmus in all eccentric positions

      Positive dix hall pike bilaterally mild

      Positional nystagmus was present with head backwards position. Caloric test showed a non-significant left canal paresis of 18% and right directional preponderance 10%

      Let me knwo your thoughts.

      Thanks

       

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      In theory, a cold or flu can cause this (Blocked ear sensation).  It can also sometimes cause BPV if the condition reaches the inner ear.  This is speaking generally of course.

      Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

      Clinical Neurophysiologist

      Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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      Hi Eleftherio -The popping of ears and etc as described above is exactly what I have been experiencing since an attack of BPPV a couple of years ago.  It comes and goes but when it comes I also get the off-balance.  Is there anything over the counter that you can buy or something from the doctor that you can use that would clear the tubes completely once and for all.  What would the treatment be for it?  Many thanks - hope I haven't hi-jacked the OP's thread but hopefully this will help them too. 

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      You may try salt-water nasal sprays.  No side-effects, and they may work.

      Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

      Clinical Neurophysiologist

      Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

       

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