Epley manoeuvre

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So after some failed attempts at the Epley at home I am paying a professional to have a go. What are people's experiences with a properly carried out Epley or otherwise? I am not completely convinced that I have BBPV but I guess it will help to rule that out. Thanks.


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    I had the Epley done by an ENT specialist and

    It worked brilliantly. He diagnosed bppv in my right ear. It wasn't a very pleasant experience and afterwards I felt a bit woozy and the next day I felt rotten but it's been three weeks since it was done and I am definitely feeling the benefits. Feels like I am slowly getting my life back.

    I tried the procedure at home myself and was so ill but again it helped a lot after a couple of days. Good luck to you.. S.

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    If the Epley is carried out by someone who does a lot of them and really knows what they're doing it is usually successful straight away. Also, a properly qualified professional will always do the Dix-Hallpike test on both ears first, to establish whether it is actually BPPV before proceeding.

    I've had BPPV twice - once in each ear. The first time round, 20-odd years ago I saw an ENT doctor who did some kind of manoeuvre - I think it was the Epley - which left me in a very bad state for a day or so, then put me back to square one. The vertigo eventually cleared up of its own accord after about a year I think.

    This last time - starting two months ago - I got an even worse attack, and asked my GP about the best approach. He referred me to a specialist vestibular physiotherapist who he highly recommended. The physio did the D-H test, confirming that I did indeed have right-sided BPPV, then proceeded to the manoeuvre. I felt better the moment I got off the table, had a few wobbles and minor nausea a day or so later, but haven't had the slightest vertigo since the manoeuvre. My only problem has been a sore neck, as the Epley is a bit tough on the neck if you're getting on in years. However, that's already improving.

    I think all physios and some ENT doctors are taught to do the manoeuvre, but you need someone who really specialises in it and does it on a regular basis.

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    I had the ENT do mine and it was very successful.  Now though if I have an episode I've had good results from doing the half somersualt manuver at home.  You can google to see the video.

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