Your doctor will ask you questions regarding your symptoms, including the time they occur. This helps determine what’s causing them. Your doctor will also perform a physical exam, including tests for balance and hearing.
The inner ear is a vulnerable area and can cause vertigo that is peripheral. It is usually caused by head movements, and can last only several minutes.
Particles repositioning movement
The Epley maneuver is a series head movements that can ease BPPV symptoms. The movements help relocate the calcium carbonate crystals out of your utricle back into your semicircular canals where they belong. The rogue crystals may then dissolve or be absorbed into your body.
The Epley procedure can be done at home. However, it is best to consult a doctor explain the procedure. A wrong technique could cause your dizziness to get worse.
CRP is an alternative treatment for BPPV. It involves moving the particles responsible for your vertigo away from the fluid-filled semicircular canals of your ear’s inner canal to a part of your ear that does not cause dizziness. The procedure is usually effective after a few treatments. You may also undergo surgical procedures where a bone plug is put in your inner ear. This procedure is only available when other treatments do not work.
Home balance exercises
A variety of exercises at home for balance can help improve vertigo symptoms like dizziness or instability. They could include marching in place, eye movement control and other exercises. Your doctor will tailor the exercises to meet your needs. You might also be prescribed medication to ease motion sickness or nausea.
You can try the Epley maneuver to help reposition calcium crystals within the semicircular canals if you suspect that your vertigo is due to BPPV. This may reduce or eliminate vertigo attacks. The technique involves reclining on the bed and then turning your head 90 degrees to one side (for instance to the left). After 30 seconds, sit up on the opposite side of the table.
Vertigo can be caused by a variety of conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. In these instances, treating underlying conditions usually cures vertigo. Other causes may be treated through a treatment that targets the symptom, like medications for anxiety or nausea.
It is possible to eliminate dizziness caused by benign positional vertigo by making a few simple movements. They involve quick repositioning your head. This is referred to as Epley maneuvers or canalith repositioning. You can learn how to perform it yourself or have your doctor demonstrate. The otoconial aggregates are moved from the semicircular space to the utricular zone which is where they cannot longer cause vertigo when positioned.
Other treatments may be necessary dependent on the underlying issue that’s causing your symptoms. If you suffer from a condition in your ear which causes BPPV your doctor may prescribe medication to ease the symptoms. They may also suggest physical therapy or counseling.
It’s essential to take safety measures in case you suffer from vertigo and other vertigo-related issues, like taking care to eliminate tripping hazards from your home. When symptoms appear it is recommended to lie down or sit down and not work until the symptoms subside.
The most commonly cited cause of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This is when tiny calcium particles (canaliths) are released from the utricle of the ear’s inner part and move into one of the semicircular canals which is not where they belong. The motion of your head, or changes in the position of your body can cause dizziness. Canalith Repositioning techniques, such as the Epley maneuver, help shift crystals back into the utricle. These are specific head moves that your healthcare professional can do in their office or show you how to do it at home.
Your doctor may recommend other tests to pinpoint the source of vertigo. These may include electronystagmography (ENG) or videonystagmography (VNG), which measure involuntary eye movements while you move your head and try to maintain a steady gaze. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to examine the structure of your ears and head. Medications may be prescribed to help reduce nausea and vomiting.