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Comment from: Donna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

My daughter had this experience along with my sister and aunt and noticed it seems to be inherited after I had my first attack last night and this morning of acute vertigo by turning my head quickly. My experience was like in a split second, I was catapulted in another universe of extreme spinning at 100 rpm's with my stomach going up and down every second--like a roller coaster ride at 200 mph. It lasted the first time for a few seconds, and the second time about 20 seconds and I fell to the floor to keep steady since there were no handle bars in this experience to keep me grounded. I was left weak and a little dizzy the rest of the day and took off work since I was scheduled to drive recruits around. I was used to thrill rides and used to race many years ago myself, so I didn't get nauseated. I also knew there was a possibility of it happening to me since family members had it. My daughter who has it once in a while told me it helps her to slowly move my head back and forth to adjust the loose crystals in my inner ear. She and other members of my family sought treatment but nothing works but this. The medication given only makes them sleep better, does not help the symptoms.

Comment from: irish, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

I get very nauseous when working under a sink. It doesn't happen very often, but it always happens. It takes only a couple minutes for it to start, and it gets so severe that I can't continue.

Comment from: Clemmie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I have had several episodes of BPV. It is a terrible feeling of spinning, dizziness and nausea. The first time I got it I went to the doctor and he diagnosed it as BPV, which I never heard of. He did the maneuvers and I was better almost instantly. Last week after a lot of stress, it returned. I thought it had something to do with my trip to the hairdresser. She sometimes shampoos my head quite vigorously and my head hits the shampoo bowl. I went to the doctor and he again performed the maneuver for BPV. He told me to keep my head upright for 24 hours, which I did. The next morning I was back to normal. I have a very smart doctor and he took the time to do the maneuvers on me. I asked why other doctors don't do this and he said they don't like to take the time. In the past, years ago, my other doctors would give me medicine which never worked and said it was just an inner ear thing. I am so glad I finally found a doctor who is willing to take the time to treat the condition and explain the problem. Good doctors make all the difference in the world.

Comment from: anon, 55-64 Female Published: April 30

I have been diagnosed as having BPPV. I unfortunately have severe attacks that will last from two to four days at a time. I've not found the specific cause for an individual episode, which I am having more frequently. During an episode I do the Epley maneuver, and it does help somewhat. I'm looking forward to a cure, as I'm not functional during an episode.

Comment from: Lcsw, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I experienced BPPV over 15 years ago and it took 6months for the spinning and dizziness to stop. I had treatment and did the exercises daily. I have learned what head positions make me dizzy and avoid them. I have stayed mostly in remission for the past 10 years. Last week, I woke up early in the morning and leaped out of bed because my stomach was upset. I hurried into the bathroom and the next thing I knew was that my head and face were implanted in the corner of the wall. I did not fall to the floor because the wall was holding me up. It felt like something pushed me hard from behind. Blood was running down my face and a huge egg appeared over my temple. I had X-ray's and my eye orbits and cheek bones were not broken. Now I am experiencing dizziness for the first seven or eight hours after I wake up and then it wears off. Has anyone had this experience? I am used to my balance being off but this is worse.

Comment from: Jaslet, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 02

3years ago I was suddenly bowled over from behind by a large dog, whist walking my own small one. I hit the ground like a tree being felled, but to my amazement was able to get up and walk home, apparently shaken but otherwise unhurt. A few days later I began to experience symptoms of BPPV quite severely. I was seen ultimately by a neuro-physician, who performed various head treatments, including tapping vigorously on the bone behind my ear for several minutes to dislodge the crystals from where they had settled. This was repeated a number of times. I was then able to go home with instructions to rest and keep my head in a stable position for a day or two. I have had no recurrence of the symptoms since.

Comment from: photog, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 10

I have had this condition for 5 days now and it hit me right out of the blue! I was just waking up from a lovely sleep when my head started spinning like crazy. Luckily the spinning stopped almost as soon as I sat upright but it left me with a sickly feeling. Any attempt at lying down was out of the question because the spinning started up again. Doctor said do the exercises and it will go. So far it hasn't.

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