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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is BPPV?

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo develops when calcium crystals get trapped within the semicircular canals, a part of the inner ear that controls balance. Typically only one ear is affected. It's characterized by sudden vertigo (feeling of instability and that the room is spinning) due to sudden changes to the position of your head.

Symptoms of BPPV

  • Dizziness

  • I feel like I'm spinning around / vertigo

  • Nausea when moving my head

  • Repeated dizziness / vertigo

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Sensation of imbalance as if floating when at sea

  • Dizziness when turning over in bed after waking up

  • Dizziness when tilting the head upwards

Questions your doctor may ask to check for BPPV

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose BPPV

  • Are you feeling dizzy right now?

  • Do you feel like your surroundings are spinning around?

  • Do you feel like vomiting (nauseous) when moving your head?

  • Have you ever had repeated episodes of dizziness/vertigo?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

Treatment for BPPV

BPPV may go away on its own in a few weeks. The doctor may also perform a simple repositioning manoeuvre on you to reposition the trapped crystals that are causing BPPV, as well as recommend exercises and physical therapy.

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