just been diagnosed with BPV - any advice?
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31-01-2012 12:35 #1
anybod have Benign Positional Vertigo?
31-01-2012 12:39 #2
I suffer from chronic dizziness/vertigo. When i get bad BPPV i usually have to take half a valium and when i lay down normally one side is more bearable than the other. If i can bear it long enough the spinning starts to slow down a bit so i can sleep. Have you been to a physio? I used to see a physio who specialises in vestibular rehabilitation. Might be worth talking to your GP about?
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31-01-2012 18:24 #3
Pity whoever diagnosed you couldnt treat you too or point out a physio who can.
It's usually brought on by lying flat on your back and can be worse on one side. Try to sleep with head up on lots of pillows for now or work out which side is better. Get yourself to a physio who specialises in vestibular rehab. Being in the industry myself (in Perth), I can point out some to you in Queensland depending on which is closest. I can give you one in Annerley, Cleveland, Kippa Ring, Indooroopilly and Namboor. Are any of those near you? I dont know where Wishart is in relation to those.
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31-01-2012 18:34 #4
Meg Richards and Marion Baxter at Equilibrium Rehab phone 3342 4378 treats in Annerley, Kippa Ring or Cleveland (www.equilibriumrehab.com.au)
Barbara Bell at Indooroopilly Physiotherapy Centre phone 3378 0885
Annie Cramsie Vestibular Rehabilitation in Namboor phone (07)5441 5366
Hope this helps
31-01-2012 18:58 #5
Meg Richards is who I saw She's very lovely
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01-02-2012 06:37 #6
thanks- yes I've been given exercises myself to do but not sure I'll be doing them correct..think I'll see if a physio near by specialises in it. Nambour is way to far..Indro is a bit closer but is northside. Wishart is southside so will take a google around for one on the southside (unless anybody can recommend one?).
just wondering about what the neurologist said re me not taking on full time work with my lifestyle (ie single parent of 3 young children) - he believes it's too much for me and will aggrivate things with the BPPV... any thoughts? how do you manage full time work/family with the condition and does it ever go away?
01-02-2012 20:53 #7
I would think the clinic in Annerley would be closest to you? But I dont know Queensland/Brisbane very well.
If you have true BPPV it is a short-term problem that can be treated rapidly by a physio so it shouldn't affect you long term with kids/work. It can come back once this episode has finished but not guaranteed to return if it is true BPPV.
There are other conditions that cause dizziness/vertigo that can take longer to go away or need lifestyle/work modifications to prevent reccurence- such as viral infections in the inner ear balance system or its nerve supply (vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis). You can even get vertigo with migraines (and even get attacks of vertigo due to migraine without having the pain in your head)! These conditions are more common than BPPV in people under the age of 50.
I hope you get some relief soon and a better explanation of the condition so you know what to expect.
I recommend a physio to help you with your recovery so you can get your exercises checked and progressed/modified. If it is true BPPV the physio can even do a manouvre on you that may help fix the problem in one session.
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01-02-2012 21:35 #8Senior Member
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Annerley is the closest to you out of those and Indro is West, definitely not north.
01-02-2012 21:51 #9
I'm an audiologist and if this is true BPPV it should be able to be treated fairly quickly with a few simple manoeuvres, able to be conducted by either an ENT specialist, vestibular physiotherapist and most vestibular audiologists. BPPV is caused by an 'otoconia', one component of the vestibular system, getting out of the otolithic organs and becoming caught up in the fluid of the semicircular canals. The Epley manoeuvre for example should be able to work on getting the dislodged otoconia back where is belongs.
02-02-2012 06:37 #10
I'm booked into a physio in Wishart who knows all about the exercises I need to do so hopefully I'll start to get some relief but atm I'm still on 1/2 a 5mg valium at night that the first neurologist gave me to help me get some deeper sleep at night... the second neurologist said to stay on the 1/2 5mg for a month while I'm getting the exercises done as it will probably flare up.. then reduce to a 1/4 and eventually come off them.
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