Has anyone recovered?

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I have had three attacks of vertigo two lasting 24 hrs and then no more symptoms then this time I had severe spinning and nausea for two days and am now left with balance problems and spinning g when I I move my head. This has been going in 10 days now with no sign of it leaving me.. I have been given brain training exercises to do but I'm wondering has any of this worked for anyone? I have been diagnosed with vestibular neuronitis

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    Hi Alice,

    I note you say you've been diagnosed with vestibular neuritis, and I'm not arguing with that diagnosis. However, since this has only been going on for 10 days now and you say you get spinning when you move your head, I'm wondering whether anyone has done the Dix-Hallpike test for BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). BPPV is the condition where the crystals in your inner ear get in the wrong place and start sending false information to your brain about the position of your head.

    The reason for asking is that BPPV is a very easy condition both to diagnose and to cure, but many GPs (PCPs if you're stateside) and even a few ENT doctors don't seem to know a lot about it.

    You can look up the Dix-Hallpike test on-line and try doing it for yourself. No need to hang your head over the end of the bed, as per the instructions, just lie down briskly with your head tilted backwards and to the side and see if you get an episode of spinning that stops after a few seconds. You need to do it on both sides. A positive will bring on a brief attack of nausea and spinning, which will be unpleasant but won't harm you in any way.

    I've had two attacks of BPPV in my life. The first was more than 20 years ago. I went to see an ENT doctor who just made it worse and offered no further help. It eventually wore off after about a year. The second attack (in the other ear) started 5 months ago. I again went to an ENT doctor, who wasn't remotely interested when my hearing test came back normal. I then went to my GP. He referred me to a specialised vestibular physiotherapist, who cured me in one 20-minute session.

    I'm not saying you have BPPV, just that if you have, and have been misdiagnosed, it would be a pity to go on suffering when there's help out there.

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      Hi thanks for that but my doctor and consultant have tolf e it's definitely not BPPV and advised not to try the manouveres for it

      However I have been feeling much better today after practising meditations on YouTube that are designed for dizziness and vertigo also a breathing exercise I found which involves breathing in through one nostril and out the other this clears the brain fog .. Could all be mind over matter

      . the placebo effect. But I feeling better ..

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       Hi Alice,

        I sorry to hear about your symptoms.  It does not hurt to do the treatment  for bvvp. I have labyrinthitis and i got Bvvp as well. The treatment did not make anything worse but I am glad you are feeling better smile. Doctors have a hard time diagnosing any kind of dizziness it takes a specialist to get the right diagnoses and sometimes they can be wrong.


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