vestibular neuritis cause vertigo in certain positions for months?

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I thought I had BPPV after having sudden vertigo one morning over a month ago but even though my constant daily "off balance" feeling and headaches seem to have started to settled out. (still happens but not everyday) I am beginning to think i have VN.... the vertigo only happens when I am laying flat on my back or when i bring my chin to my chest/ look up.

i also have a super stiff neck but i dont know if thats from having to sleep oddly for over a month. i did think i had occipital neuralgia but the head pain seems to have resolved....just still dizzy. i just want to get good sleep.

my question is: do i expose myself to those sleeping positions that make me dizzy to retrain myself to not get dizzy? lol im at my wits end and im so sore/tired from poor sleeping posture. Does anyone have experience with this?

Thanks!!

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    Hi Amariee,

    I have exactly the same problem, I suffers for 3 years finally has been diagnosed with PPPD I have seeing so much specialist.

    I have neck problem as I sleep on my left side only but o have problem with my right side.

    I come to an end to cope up with it, I am much better now thanks God for that but I still have the unbalanced and unsteadiness body time to time and dizziness when o sleep on my back and when I am very active too.

    I am on therapy balance which helps too.

    let me know what treatment did you take?

    all the best

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    Hi Amariee,

    I have exactly the same problem, I suffers for 3 years finally has been diagnosed with PPPD I have seeing so much specialist.

    I have neck problem as I sleep on my left side only but o have problem with my right side.

    I come to an end to cope up with it, I am much better now thanks God for that but I still have the unbalanced and unsteadiness body time to time and dizziness when o sleep on my back and when I am very active too.

    I am on therapy balance which helps too.

    let me know what treatment did you take?

    all the best

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      Hi Sab65033!

      Thank you for the reply.

      I am currently just resting and trying to do normal daily things.

      I completed a few weeks of Physical Therapy which helped a lot.

      I have not tried to sleep on any of my sides yet, when I first woke up with the vertigo about a month ago I was on my right side. So I have been scared to try sleeping on either side. I currently sleep on my back with 2 pillows to elevate me. Sleeping with 1 pillow or none and just laying flat on my back gives me vertigo.

      I take cyclobenzapine (Muscle relaxer) every once in awhile for the neck stiffness. It helps but it comes back constantly.

      Who diagnosed you with PPPD?

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      Hi Amariee,

      is Neurologists who diagnosed me he done a test which last about 2 hours.

      they put cold and hot water in your ears makes you spine purposely and they control your eyes in the computer.

      I am helping myself bit by bit go for a walk every day same time same place and no distraction kind helped me, as well go crowded places like shopping center and just look around and when I feel really my dizziness and my panic are down by 10%.

      I have been prescribed with candesartan tablet but didn't help now they give me amitriptyline but scared to try.

      best luck

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    i have super similar situation woke up with violent vertigo 3 years ago . since then been feeling "off" almost every day since. when i lay flat on my back with no pillow, OR lay on my right side i feel dizzy but on my left side not bad. anyone know what can cause this? would love some help

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      Oh my, I am so sorry that this has been going on for you for 3 years! I have been going through it for only 6 weeks and I can only imagine what you're going through.

      Well. I really don't have an answer. I honestly don't know what is wrong with me. I have seen every specialist and one says one thing and the others say another. It's really confusing and mostly frustrating because I cannot do the things that I did before.

      I do know that the constant "off" feeling has improved a lot for me. I don't really have it anymore. When I do feel like its coming on, I get my husband to rub my SCM muscle and make an appointment to the Chiropractor or Physical Therapist to align my neck and back. It used to be every week but since then, it has been every couple of weeks or so. Have you tried getting massages or Chiropractic care?

      Here is a link that helps describe Cervical dizziness. My PT thinks I strained my SCM muscle. Every symptom of that muscle being injured is what I have. Since I have treated that muscle, the everyday off feeling is so much better. I just still have dizziness when I lay down or on my sides. My PT thinks its the muscles in my neck still pressing on my nerves there.

      How do you sleep at night? I sleep with 2 pillows elevating me. It makes it so i don't get the dizziness. My husband says to try to sleep in the positions that make me dizzy to train my brain to get used to it so it wont affect me so bad. Im not sure what to do.

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      Whoops, sorry about that I forgot to add the link:

      Hope this helps you a little bit. xx

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