Benign positional vertigo

  • Sensation of dizziness when moving
  • Affects the inner ear resulting in difficulty with balance and perception
  • Symptoms may include a spinning sensation when changing position, turning head or bending over
  • Cause may be unknown or due to a head injury, blocked blood vessel or infection
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females if cause unknown
  • Can occur at any age but more common in older adults
  • May remain mild for weeks to months
  • Symptoms may resolve without treatment but can return
  • Not life threatening

GENERAL THERAPY

  • Be careful of falling during episodes of dizziness
  • Immediately sit down if you feel dizzy
  • Move slowly to prevent dizziness
  • Use 2 pillows at night
  • Use good lighting when getting up at night
  • Use a cane for stability
  • Exercises:
    • When in sitting position, move to lie on the side that causes the worst vertigo
    • Remain there for 30 seconds or until the dizziness goes away
    • Repeat on other side
    • Perform 2 times a day for several weeks, or until the vertigo goes away

 

PRECAUTIONS AND AVOIDANCES

  • Don’t drive or cycle if there’s a chance of a vertigo attack
  • Keep floors and walkways clear of clutter
  • Avoid heights
  • Avoid equipment that is potentially dangerous if you lose your balance
  • Avoid sleeping on your side with ear down
  • Avoid bending over or tipping head back
  • Be careful when exercising or moving your head too quickly
  • Be careful when reclining (e.g. at dentist, or hair salon)

 

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF:

  • Headaches become severe, different or new
  • Fever over 38 ºC (101 ºF)
  • Double vision
  • Loss of vision
  • Hearing loss
  • Trouble speaking
  • Leg or arm weakness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty walking or falling
  • Numbness or tingling anywhere on body
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid or slow heart rate

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