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Comment from: Verklempft, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

On 10/21/2015 I had just put toddlers down for naps and lay down to nap also while singing. I looked over at the 17 month old which was down/left from my supine position and had severe spinning, nausea, and what I now know was eye twitching. I learned that day from a friend about benign positional vertigo which was resolved with exercises. I called his doctor and was facing a USD 1000 visit, so googled the subject and found several videos with various maneuvers. I was able to trigger the vertigo by lying on back with head hanging and turning to left. Turning to right I have no vertigo or eye twitch. I went ahead and did self Epley on left but failed to stay upright for the day. Today (day after self-treatment) I had a bout of vertigo while feeding kids lunch but cannot cause any spinning with positioning my head as before. I feel much better but kind of hungover, like tired and fuzzy. If symptoms last will absolutely see the dizziness doctor to rule out serious illness.

Comment from: Dennis, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

I have had benign positional vertigo for 6 weeks now, at first on the left side. I saw an ENT doctor, did the Epley maneuver, and I felt better for a few days, and then much worse. I went back as now I had it on the right side. I did the Epley maneuver, but was not better. I tried again several more times at home for two weeks, still no better. I went back to the doctor, he did the Epley again, and said if I am not better in 3 days, he will send me to physical therapy. I am getting very frustrated.

Comment from: Jim, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 17

I found a physio who did Brandt/Daroff and gave me a couple of exercises. The improvement was slow, so back to the doctor I went. I saw a specialist, had an MRI, but nothing showed up. I still have trouble and I'm totally frustrated.

Comment from: Soulmates, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I am an ER nurse in my 50s. I've had this for the first time a year ago and I have had dozens of patients with it. It was a miserable two weeks until it resolved the first time. Since then I researched topic and discovered Epley maneuvers. My husband watched a couple of you tube videos and then put me through Epley which had almost a 90% success rate. During the movements my brain felt like it was spinning around in my skull and it was very disorienting. Since then (4 hours) I have kept my head level and remained upright on pillows. It is amazing! I feel a little sore and dizzy, but I am able to walk around slowly and even ate dinner (without looking downward). This maneuver has cut days to weeks off recovery time.

Comment from: lpershern, 55-64 Female Published: April 01

I have had several recurrences of BPV since I was 40 and I am now 61. The only thing that helps is doing the Epley Maneuvers.

Comment from: dashmini, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

I developed positional vertigo after my head (wearing a helmet!) hit the pavement in a biking accident. I found that the first time I got the Epley treatment, it took several rounds. Since then, if I have a flare-up a single treatment usually does the trick.

Published: May 30

I did the Epley maneuver for two days and was able to wake up without symptoms.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

The self-treatment for benign positional vertigo (Epley treatment) was shown to me by my doctor. It reduced the dizziness by at least 50%. I was able to find a printout of the directions by Googling "self-treatment for benign positional vertigo."

Published: November 22

Physical therapy helped in my case.

Comment from: Ms. CJHAZ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I was just diagnosed today. I have been suffering from bouts of "dizziness" for about 3 years now. I had a pretty good head injury due to a car wreck with a drunk a driver. Occasionally I will have a "dizzy spell" sitting at my desk or just standing. Today was the first time I missed work because of it and the nausea was kind of overwhelming. While I am not thrilled at the idea that BPPV is something I am going to have for life, I am very glad that it is not a stroke! He did the Epley Maneuver and I am feeling slightly better.


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