The latest survey reports that vertigo is a common condition that is experienced by a large percentage of the audience at least once in a lifetime. Have you ever experienced the twirls of giant wheels or twirl while dancing on toes? If yes, you must be familiar with the sensation of spinning.
Vertigo is known as a sensation of spinning along with a loss of equilibrium, resulting in making a person dizzy all of a sudden. A person suffering from vertigo spells experiences whether he is spinning all by himself or nearby surroundings is spinning, which in reality is static.
Firstly, vertigo is not an ailment rather a symptom of various underlying causes. An inflammation, disorder, or infection in the vestibular system and the brain stem results in causing vertigo. Many possible causes result in causing vertigo in patients. If records are to be believed, paroxysmal vertigo is the most common cause of vertigo diagnosed in patients.
A person experiencing BPPV vertigo experiences sudden bouts of vertigo spells without any warning signs. Repeated episodes of vertigo spells make it difficult for a person to live with it as it emerges anytime. Simple activities like walking, running, and standing seem to be a tiring task & accomplishing daily chores becomes hectic.
Mild vertigo conditions are treated well with vertigo home remedies and certain vertigo exercises. It is advised to seek medical help at the right time as soon as you start experiencing repeated episodes of vertigo spells quite frequently to prevent the condition from getting intense.
An expert neurologist will ask you to undergo a vertigo test and seek your complete medical history to examine the condition accurately. Once you are diagnosed with BPPV vertigo, your doctor will prescribe you with the dose of certain medicines or suppressants to ease the condition. He may even suggest certain repositioning maneuvers as a vertigo treatment to alleviate the symptoms completely.
What is the definition of paroxysmal vertigo?
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is commonly known as BPPV vertigo. The deposition of tiny calcium crystal particles in the inner ear results in causing paroxysmal vertigo (BPPV). The tiny calcium stones block the vestibular nerve present in the inner ear.
The vestibular nerve is responsible for sending sensory signals from the inner ear to the brain that regulates the balance of the body. Inflammation or disruption in sending clear messages to the brain results in making a person lose balance and feel dizzy all of a sudden.
A slight movement in the position of the head and the body such as getting up suddenly, bending over, turning the head in different directions, etc. triggers the symptoms of BPPV vertigo even further thus causing repeated episodes of vertigo bouts.
Some patients experience a sudden stroke of vertigo as soon as they get up in the morning after a long sleep. Rolling over in the bed all night changes the position of calcium crystals thus resulting in triggering the BPPV symptoms and making the person feel dizzy as soon as they wake up in the morning.
What are the common symptoms of paroxysmal vertigo (BPPV)?
BPPV is the most common cause of vertigo that comes along with repeated episodes of spinning sensations. Some patients may experience spinning sensations that last less than a minute and subsides eventually while others may experience spinning sensations for a longer duration.
Here is a list of the most common benign paroxysmal positional vertigo symptoms:
- Loss of balance
- Repeated episodes of vertigo bouts triggered due to changes in the position of the head.
- Loss of equilibrium
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Nystagmus (Abnormal and jerky eye movements)
Slight negligence on your part or considering it as an age-related issue will make the condition worse. It is advised to seek medical help and consult an expert neurologist on time. He will suggest the right vertigo treatment that helps in escalating the symptoms sooner than you expect.
How is Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) treated?
Your doctor will ask you to undergo a series of vertigo tests to examine BPPV vertigo. Once you are diagnosed with the same, he will prescribe you a dose of certain antibiotics to suppress the symptoms.
He will recommend certain repositioning maneuvers as vertigo treatment as it helps in repositioning the calcium crystals back in place. Surgery is recommended very rarely when all the other treatments fail to cure Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.
Here are some of the most common BPPV treatments prescribed by doctors:
1. Dietary modifications
A slight modification in daily diet helps in preventing the symptoms of BPPV from triggering further and causing discomfort. Lack of a sufficient amount of vitamin D can result in triggering paroxysmal positional vertigo.
Doctors generally recommend taking a diet rich in vitamin D. Foods like orange juice, milk, fresh meat, egg yolk, etc. are rich sources of vitamin D. Including all or any of these in your daily diet helps in preventing the symptoms of BPPV and prevents it from getting worse.
2. Exercises for BPPV Vertigo
Repositioning maneuvers or exercises for vertigo are one of the best BPPV vertigo treatments as it helps in repositioning calcium crystals back in place. Regular practice of certain exercises helps in escalating symptoms of BPPV vertigo within 3-4 weeks.
An expert neurologist will first diagnose the condition and would suggest repositioning maneuvers depending upon the severity of the condition. A physician will suggest the right techniques and procedures of doing certain vertigo exercises to give results as you expect.
It is advised to practice exercises for vertigo in the presence of another person as you may slightly feel dizzy just after completing it. Do not worry, the dizziness will slightly subside on its own after a few minutes.
Foster exercise, Brandt Daroff Exercises, Epley maneuver, barbeque maneuver, etc. are some of the best vertigo exercises suggested by doctors to cure BPPV vertigo.
The Epley maneuver is quite effective in treating BPPV by repositioning calcium crystals but is not effective in all cases of BPPV whereas Brandt Daroff exercises help in easing spinning sensations and prevent it from future occurrence as well.
To achieve optimal results, vertigo exercises should be performed regularly twice a day for several weeks for a speedy recovery.
3. Medication to treat paroxysmal vertigo (BPPV)
If the condition is severe, your doctor may prescribe you with a dose of certain antibiotics to ease the condition. Your doctor may suggest Vertigo medicines like Vertin, Stugeron Forte, etc if one is experiencing BPPV vertigo due to inner ear infection.
Seek medical help at earliest as soon as you start experiencing any vertigo signs and symptoms. Get yourself diagnosed and get the right treatment on time for a speedy recovery.