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Frequently Asked Questions about BPPV
What Causes BPPV?
The ear normally uses small crystals called "otoconia" to determine the direction of gravity. In a disease state these crystals come loose and float around inside the inner ear. These crystal particles cause the sensation of vertigo (spinning) every time they are disturbed by head motion.
How did I get BPPV?
There are three main reasons for BPPV:
- Increasing age predisposes you to get loose particles in the inner ear.
- Infections of the ear often cause these particles to come loose.
- Head trauma and car accidents are the main cause of BPPV in young people.
How long will an episode of BPPV last?
The episodes themselves can last up to several minutes each over a period of several months. Most people get better spontaneously after months or years. However, people who have a single episode of BPPV will likely have further episodes in their lifetime.
Is this very common?
Yes. BPPV is the most common cause of dizziness related to the ear. Approximately 3 million new people are diagnosed with BPPV per year in the United States.
Will it come back?
Unfortunately this is very likely. The recurrence rate is somewhere between 20% and 60%. Fortunately a good treatment exists.
Why does it recur?
The maneuvers to treat BPPV do not permanently remove the particles which cause dizziness. These maneuvers simply relocate the particles to an area of the inner ear which does not cause vertigo. However, after several months or years these particles can find their way back into areas of the inner ear which are problematic.
How can I reduce the chance of having it again?
There is very little which effects the recurrence rate of BPPV.
Will flying or swimming worsen my BPPV?
No. Flying can affect certain ear conditions which are pressure related. BPPV is not one of them.
Is there anything which makes BPPV worse or better?
Yes. Stress, and lack of sleep both make the symptoms worse. Some people think a poor diet and alcohol intake also make the symptoms worse.
What are the crystals made of?
The "otoconia" crystals are primarily made up of calcium. Although they are a normal part of the inner ear, they are not supposed to be free floating.
Is there a treatment for dizziness and vertigo caused by BPPV?
Yes. DizzyFIX is an effective and natural treatment for vertigo and dizziness due to BPPV. The DizzyFIX interactively guides you through a particle repositioning maneuver. This maneuver helps you treat the most common cause of vertigo called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or "BPPV". The maneuver cures vertigo and dizziness in 88% of patients with just 1 treatment.
What else can I do?
Medications like sedatives, antihistamines and anti-nauseants do help to a certain degree Visit your family doctor to rule out other causes of dizziness.
Time often helps patients cope with dizziness. BPPV resolves spontaneously in most people after a period of between 3 months to 2 years.
There is a surgical procedure for BPPV called 'Posterior Semi-cirular Canal Occlusion' but it involves drilling into the mastoid bone, which is the very thick bone behind the ear. It has certain risks associated with it and should be considered akin to brain surgery. Unless the symptoms are very severe this is not a reasonable option for most people.
Complementary therapy has been tried by many patients. Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Naturopathic treatments may have benefit but this has yet to be quantified scientifically.
Is it possible to have two types of dizziness at the same time? Both BPPV and Labyrinthitis?
Yes. One of the major causes of BPPV are viral inner ear infections or Labyrinthitis. This type of BPPV is often called "Post Viral BPPV". Labyrinthitis is a viral infection of the vestibular nerve (the nerve of balance). Typically characterized by a week of spinning vertigo and nausea which goes away by itself. It can leave the person with little or no balance function and can cause BPPV. The virus causes the nerve to swell and stop functioning. It sometimes dies. Sometimes doctors will treat with either steroids or antiviral agents during the acute episode in hopes of lessening the effect. Typically the virus is just a normal cold virus.
How can you get Labrinthitis diagnosed?
Labyrinthitis is typically a clinical diagnosis made on history and physical exam. Some specific balance tests may help confirm the diagnosis. An ENG (Electro-nystagmo-gram) which can be done at any Neuro-otologists office (Subspeciality ENT) will tell you, in most cases, what the problem is, or at least if it is related to the ear.