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Have you ever experienced vertigo? That spinning and dizziness sensation can certainly limit your activities and can even make you sick. It sometimes makes it difficult to walk without losing your balance and you feel like things are spinning around the room. Some simple maneuvers can be done at home for relief, but you have to know the cause first.
BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) is the most common type and also the easiest to treat. This condition happens when small crystals of calcium get loose in your inner ear. This particular kind of vertigo might occur when you are getting in or out of bed or tilting your head up. This is more likely to be experienced by those people over 60.
Do not attempt any at home treatment until you have seen your doctor for a true diagnosis. If you do actually have vertigo, you will need to know what type you have and which ear has the problem. With BPPV there are some actions that can move the calcium crystals that cause the problem, out of your ear canal. Some easy maneuvers when vertigo comes from your left ear and side are:
Reverse these instructions if the vertigo is coming from your right ear. Sit on your bed, turn your head 45-degrees to the right, and so on. Do these movements 3 times before going to bed each night until you’ve been 24 hours without dizziness. The Semont Maneuver is similar to the Epley maneuver as follows:
Reverse moves for the right ear and again, do the moves 3 times a day until your are 24 hours free of vertigo. Then there is the Half Somersault or Foster Maneuver which some find easier to do:
After doing these exercises try not to tilt your head too far up or down for the rest of the day. After a week of trying these moves, talk to your doctor again if you don’t feel better. Maybe your aren’t doing the exercises correctly or something else might be the cause of your dizziness.
Dr Fredda Branyon