I was told that my dizziness could be from ear crystals that were out of place, was told to do an exercise of laying down quickly and get up with my head turned one way then the other. HAS ANYBODY HEARD OF THIS ?
This is a fairly common condition--especially among the elderly and in people with other inner ear trouble--called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV.
There are home exercises for BPPV called the Brandt-Daroff exercises, but the CURE for BPPV is one or more of the canalith repositioning maneuvers--usually called the EPLEY MANEUVER. This maneuver cures BPPV instantly in 80 to 90 percent of cases. It repositions the crystals properly.
If your doctor does not know how to do the Epley maneuver, find an ENT or a vestibular physical therapist who knows how to do it. You should not be left to just do home exercises (which may indeed help) when there is a quick, painless, noninvasive cure that every ear specialist should know how to do (although not everyone does).
Find a doctor at www.vestibular.org and click on the find-a-doctor tab. The ones with the little symbol below their listing know how to do the Epley maneuver.
You can try the Epley maneuver yourself if you have no neck problems, although it's much more advisable to get a doctor or physical therapist to do it for you the first time. Sometimes, depending on which canal the crystals are in, a different maneuver may be needed.
Google "benign paroxysmal positional vertigo" and you will get lots of info. The best site, and one that shows the Brandt-Daroff exercises and the Epley maneuver, is this one:
If the exercises or maneuver don't take care of your dizziness, you could be misdiagnosed. See an otologist (ear specialist) or neuro-otologist (inner-ear specialist). These are ENTs with extra training in the ear. Dizziness is OFTEN misdiagnosed, and some general-practitioner type doctors attribute symptoms to BPPV when it's not.
I appreciate your information. I've posted elsewhere (BPPV in SoCal) recently, as I've had a bout with this onset vertigo. I'm in the middle of doing the Brandt-Daroff exercises, now 3 days, but with no change. I've an appointment with an ENT next week, and will ask about the Epley.
I have a question...if, when laying down on my right side with the Brandt flip flops, I experience the vertigo, but not on my left side, does this mean that it's my right ear that is affected? Just curious, I can specifically locate the positions that bring this on, namely, my right side, and going backwards from a sitting to a lying position.
What type of ear drops did you use that took your vertigo away? I also experience vertigo/dizziness associated with some ear trouble, even though the doctors can't find anything wrong, and it's so frustrating. I don't think it's BPPV because it doesn't happen only when I turn my head a certain way. It happens just sitting still looking straight ahead as well.
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