Vertigo (BPPV)- Do You Feel Like the Room is Spinning!?!!?!?!
So since I sent out the email the other day asking for questions, I’ve been flooded with replies from readers!
Since I have been getting a lot of questions about Vertigo I figured I would write a blog article and answer a question from one of our readers that I think a lot of people will relate to:
Now, here’s one I got from a reader of my emails who asked:
“Ryan, Thanks for sending me the Free Report for Balance and Fall Prevention. I really like the bonus section about how to fall proof your house room by room. My question is my Doctor has told me that I have Vertigo. I get it whenever I roll over in bed and sometimes when I turn my head too quickly. It is really quite scary it feels like the whole room is spinning!!! Is there anything you can do to help with Vertigo? My Doctor gave me some pills to help with the dizziness but I’m not sure they are helping very much. And I hate the idea that I have to take these silly pills everyday.
– MaryAnn (70s), Georgetown TX
Let me try and clear this one up for you.
There are a number of causes for Vertigo:
- Labyrinthitis- inner ear infection
- Vestibular neuronitis – inflammation of the vestibular nerve, which runs into the inner ear and sends messages to the brain that help to control balance
- Ménière’s disease
- BPPV- benign paroxysmal positional vertigo– where certain head movements trigger vertigo
Based on how MaryAnn described her symptoms there is a good chance that MaryAnn has BPPV.
The good news is that generally speaking BPPV can be fairly easy to fix… if you know what you are doing.
BPPV is a problem with the crystals in your inner ear getting out of place and falling into the semi circular canals of your vestibular system. When these crystals fall into the canals they can cause a lot of issues and make it seem like the room is spinning. When MaryAnn rolls over in bed or turns her head quickly the crystals move around and send confusing signals to her brain which make her feel the spinning sensation.
So what can you do about it….
Someone who knows what they are doing and someone that is familiar with BPPV can help put the crystals back to where they are supposed to be.
I would recommend that MaryAnn have an evaluation by Balance Specialty Physical Therapist who can determine if it truly is BPPV and if it is…they can help fix her issue.
At Natural Fit Therapy, our therapist work regularly with people that have BPPV and many other types of balance problems. If you have any questions about your specific balance problem please Call 512-730-0231
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