Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) (cont.)
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Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) causes a whirling, spinning sensation even though you are not moving. If the vertigo is bad, it may also cause nausea or vomiting. The vertigo attacks happen when you move your head in a certain way, such as tilting it back or up or down, or by rolling over in bed. It usually lasts less than a minute. Moving your head to the same position again may trigger another episode of vertigo.
BPPV often goes away without treatment. Until it does, or is successfully treated, it can repeatedly cause vertigo with a particular head movement. Sometimes it will stop for a period of months or years and then suddenly come back.
What Increases Your Risk
Scientists think you're more likely to develop benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) if you have one of these conditions:
If you've had one episode of vertigo caused by BPPV, you are likely to have more.
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor now or seek immediate care if:
Call your doctor to schedule an appointment if:
If your symptoms suggest benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), watchful waiting may be appropriate. Over time BPPV may go away on its own. But treatment with a simple procedure in your doctor's office (either the Epley or Semont maneuver) can usually stop your vertigo right away. Talk to your doctor. If your vertigo interferes with your normal daily activities or causes nausea and vomiting, you may need treatment.
Who To See
The following health professionals are able to diagnose and treat BPPV and the causes of vertigo:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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