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Comment from: Carol, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I have had positional vertigo for 22 years and have flare-ups that generally last a week or a few days. I use valium to calm the spinning. When I walk regularly and drink lots of water the symptoms get better. Also, resting on my left side helps but any turn to the right can bring on the spinning and dizziness. I also get a feeling of stuffiness in my left ear. I have tried the exercises in which you dangle your head off the bed to bring on the symptoms but they cause so much anxiety that I don't regularly do them. I am resigned to live with this the rest of my life.

Comment from: dizzy in michigan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

Ii came down with vertigo in the 1980s and I'm still affected by it. I hate it. I live on Dramamine. The first time it happened, I could do nothing for 9 months. I went to three specialists who could not find nothing wrong, so they said it was BPV. I haven't found much help, and I have done everything there is to do.

Comment from: michigandiver, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 19

I woke up with left frontal sinus ache, nausea, sweats, vomiting. Went to emergency room at local hospital and I told doctor I thought I had an inner ear disorder due to feeling of falling over. The ER said it was reflect migraine and I needed to be on a beta blocker. Sent home, symptoms worsened, went to different hospital. E.R., young female Dr. said I had "Benign Positional Vertigo" prescribed valium and an anti-vertigo medication, and symptoms started to subside. There are competent and incompetent doctors, hope anyone that gets BPV gets one like my second one. Don't let some arrogant-can-never-be-wrong doctor tell you what is wrong with you when you know he/she is WRONG!

Comment from: William V, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 15

I was just diagnosed with BPV, after 4 days of frustrating lightheadedness. I have never experienced the constant dizziness, but I am thrilled that there is nothing such as a brain tumor going on (still counting my blessings). I am in high hopes that this will be a short-lived spell.

Comment from: shaking head, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

Back in 2004 I felt something happening to me and I ended up flat on my back with the room spinning around. It was the scariest experience I've ever had. I was hospitalized for three days. Another two weeks off work and I was able to get back and bash into walls etc. I have never been the same since. I keep getting told that it's a self-correcting thing. They could have fooled me. I tried a modern jive dance last night and I'm still suffering the consequences today. I can't do anything that will remotely turn me around. I can't climb ladders anymore. I don't think doctors actually know what to do about it. I gave up and just accepted that I have to put up with it for the rest of my life.

Comment from: AgilityDogMom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I was diagnosed with BPV (benign positional vertigo) after suddenly waking with severe, constant dizziness. There were no other prior illnesses or head injuries that lead to this, although I did suffer from minor (10-20 seconds) bouts of vertigo for years. Luckily, I had no other symptoms beyond the severe dizziness (and subsequent nausea) so my diagnosis was easy. I was given medication and that helped the nausea considerably. I am now doing the exercises mentioned in this article, and those seem to help the dizziness. I never realized how debilitating vertigo could be, but it really knocked me out. It may seem weak to say I suffer from vertigo (dizziness), but if you have it, you know how bad it can be. You can't even sit up, much less stand and walk and function properly. If you have it, get help... It can be so easy to control.

Comment from: weemon, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 16

After having a bout with the pandemic H1N1 or swine influenza virus, I was told that I had a related viral inner ear infection which was causing my vertigo condition. It's awful to say the least. I am still undergoing treatment for the infection. I can't walk or drive and I drive for a living!

Comment from: dizzydaisy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

Have had repeated attacks, which I dread, over the past 12 years, some so severe they required hospital treatment for IV medication and rehydration. This is one of the most debilitating conditions I can think of. I have been unable to determine a cause after seeing several specialists and having many tests, scans etc. I have been told to learn to live with it as it is not fatal. At present, I have little episodes from time to time which, makes life very difficult.

Comment from: Lynn L, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I was teaching a music student when I go severely dizzy. I had had this 6 months to a year ago when I awoke dizzy, made it downstairs but then got very sick to my stomach. The symptoms went away by the next day and I forgot about it. This time, I got very sick again and had to be taken home. I was vomiting so much I got exhausted and called an ambulance. They gave me an IV, oxygen and at the hospital, Meclizine and Adavan, an EKG and a cat scan. The next day a physical therapist tried a maneuver where I had to hang my head over the edge of the bed. I rested once I got home for a few days. Since then I have taken the Meclizine 1/2 tab occasionally and had just a few little dizzy spells.

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