The balance system is a very difficult one to diagnose properly but if you describe your symptoms in detail I can tell you whether it sounds more like classic BPPV or Meniere's? As already mentioned, labyrinthitis, vestibular migraine and many other illnesses can cause vestibular disturbances. A classic Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is just that, positional. It will classically occur every time you put your head into a certain position, for example looking to the back left. The episodes of dizziness will also classically only last a few seconds. This may occur following some head trauma such as a car accident or fall because the impact can dislodge the otoconia. Meniere's is, in my experience, a word too often thrown around and incorrectly diagnosed. A classic Meniere's will last hours to days each time and generally has a corresponding low frequency hearing loss, most commonly unilateral. Unfortunately as I mentioned, every clinical presentation and each patient will be slightly different! A vestibular audiologist can do a test called Electrocochleography (ECoG) that can aid in the Meniere's diagnosis, along with a comprehensive battery of other balance tests that may shed some light on your situation. Hope that helps a little!
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02-02-2012 06:59 #11
03-02-2012 07:43 #12Member
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The simple maneuver should do the trick. I had a friend that had it for years and it really limited her in several ways. She went to a Chiropractor that did the maneuver on her and went through the home exercises and after a few treatments noticed a huge difference. She was also getting headaches and crackling in her ears which improves too.
Maybe try a Chiropractor if you don't see results with the physio.
03-02-2012 18:14 #13
I saw Dr David Banney who is a neurologist at the RBWH. I think he is retired now though but i saw him up until the head and neck surgeon who did my perilymph fistula repair took over. When I still had issues He sent me to Professor Halmagyi at RPA in Sydney. They have testing facilities down there that we dont and because of that, QLD health paid for my flights. Dont give up. Keep nagging people until you get answers!
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03-02-2012 18:34 #14
I have it but do the exercises which clears it up (although makes me want to vomit in the process!) it recurs every now and again but is manageable.
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