Common Causes of Vertigo
One of the most common causes of vertigo, or the sensation that the room is spinning around you, is BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). This condition causes calcium particles (otoconia) which are naturally produced and housed in the inner ear to become dislodged and move into one of the three semi-circular canals of the ear. The semi-circular canals are an important part of the system which contributes to maintaining balance.
BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)
If you are experiencing BPPV, you will probably notice an intense spinning sensation when you turn your head, tip your head back or roll over in bed. It will typically be short lived, but can be severe enough to make you feel nauseous or even vomit.
The session to treat your vertigo will begin with a thorough history and neurological examination to ensure the proper diagnosis is made. If your vertigo is not due to BPPV, you will be provided with advice and a detailed GP letter which will direct you toward best medical practitioner for your needs.
If BPPV is confirmed, you will be treated using the Epley maneuver. This will involve a series of changes to your head position which encourages the calcium particle to reposition itself in a non-reactive part of your ear. Epley maneuver has a 90% immediate success rate for most patients. Repeating the maneuver on a second visit will help resolve the BPPV in another 5% – there is no charge if the second visit is required.
Examination and treatment will often trigger the vertigo – therefore it will be advisable for you to have someone drive you to the appointment.