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Is feeling dizzy the same as having vertigo?

No. Vertigo is just one specific type of dizziness, which is usually caused by problems with the inner ear. You can feel dizzy without having vertigo symptoms. Dizziness, simply, means feelings of light-headedness or unsteadiness. Patients often feel dizzy before they faint. This can be secondary to a strong emotion, standing for a long time, or standing up too quickly from sitting position. Dizziness and fainting are very common and in most cases, not serious. However, if your symptoms are prolonged, then you should get in touch with your GP to discuss these issues. Other conditions can also make patients feel dizzy, for example, a problem with the rhythm of your heart, thyroid gland problems, side effects of some drugs, and other conditions, including problems within the brain.

Can I drive if I am diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)?

If the symptoms are bad, then you need to stop driving. If the symptoms are well controlled and you remain symptom-free, you can start driving again. In the UK, you can contact the DVLA for further advice. You may also contact your GP to discuss in more detail. Drivers with a group 2 licence for large goods vehicle and passenger-carrying vehicles need to be symptom-free for the duration of the journey in order to be eligible for driving.

Is BPPV an early sign of stroke?

Although some symptoms are similar to stroke symptoms, BPPV is not an early sign of stroke. A careful review of the patient’s history and an examination will help in correctly diagnosing this condition. A simple manoeuvre can help to alleviate the symptoms.

I live alone; can I do these exercises on my own at home?

Most people can do home exercises in the comfort of their own home on the bed or on the floor. However, it may be useful if a friend or relative can assist with some exercises, especially during the early part of the treatment.

My dizziness is still no better in spite of having surgery for dizziness to my inner ear (labyrinthectomy).

Most patients’ dizziness takes time to recover following major operations. If the symptoms are no better within three months, then you should consider referral for vestibular rehabilitation therapy.

Most dizziness symptoms usually resolve in one to three weeks of the treatment. When your symptoms have disappeared, you can go back to sports. If these symptoms of dizziness (BPPV) recur, performing the home Epley’s manoeuvre can provide relief.

What is the Dizzyclear pillow?

The Dizzyclear pillow has been specially designed to diagnose and treat (BPPV) in the comfort of your own home. Most suffers may be able to self diagnose by filling in an on-line Dizzyclear questionnaire.( are clear instructions provided along with the pillow to help patients in self-management. The Dizzyclear pillow will also help patients suffering from long standing dizziness.

Shall I do fewer activities to help with dizziness?

Inactivity will not help you to get better. The brain needs to be exposed to mismatching signals coming from two ears to help in compensation. Try and perform daily chores and participate in various exercises for dizziness. Do not suffer in silence – dizziness is extremely common. Try and talk to your GP to get early help

I was told I would have to live with this dizziness for the rest of my life – is this true?

About 20 years ago, there used to be little in the way of treatment available for dizziness. Most patients used to get tablets for vertigo. At present, there are various methods available to treat dizziness very successfully. There have been recent advances in equipments for brain scans. Nowadays, most people with dizziness get successful treatment. The Dizzyclear pillow can help in the treatment of chronic dizziness.

What is the commonest cause of dizziness?

In most patients, the underlying cause of dizziness is in the inner ear (the labyrinth). Hence, most treatments available are aimed at the inner ear, including medications and the vestibular rehabilitation programme.

I developed dizziness after an accident – can I claim compensation?

Dizziness can develop following an accident, particularly to the head and neck region. Most sufferers can get compensation for this condition following injury.

I developed stroke few months ago, can my dizziness be due to an inner ear problem?

Yes, dizziness with spinning sensation (BPPV) can develop along with other medical conditions such as stroke, Meniere’s disease, hypertension, head injury, epilepsy, or following meningitis. Most people can improve this dizziness with simple treatments at home.

Home treatment has successfully resolved my dizziness symptoms, but can they recur?

Yes, they can recur, but most people can self-treat at home with a modified Epley’s manoeuvre, and/or Brant Daroff home exercises.

I am 32 weeks pregnant, and get dizzy spells when I lie down. Could this be due to an inner ear problem?

Yes, it is possible that you are suffering from BPPV and may benefit from home exercises. During the last three months of pregnancy, a lot of women also develop low blood pressure while lying down due to womb pressure on the blood flow to the heart (supine hypotension syndrome). This may also lead to dizziness. Lying on the left side may help to relieve these symptoms. This condition usually disappears when pregnancy is over.

I was diagnosed with labyrinthitis four months ago, but I am still suffering from dizziness. When will this get better?

Most people with viral labrynthitis get better within one week. However, occasionally, the recovery can take longer. It is important to get help from your GP, who may prescribe tablets and arrange referral to a therapist for vestibular rehabilitation. The chronic dizziness sufferers can use Dizzyclear pillow to perform Brandt Daroff`s home exercises.

My mother suffers from dizziness. Will I get a similar problem?

It depends upon the type of dizziness. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that BPPV runs in families. However, Meniere’s disease does have a genetic link.

What are the symptoms of a balance disorder?

When balance is impaired, you may feel that surroundings are spinning, and or you may fall to one side when you try to walk. Other symptoms include feelings of faintness, light-headedness, blurred vision, confusion, nausea, vomiting, inability to concentrate, faster heart rate, anxiety and panic attacks.

I was involved in an accident about 8 months ago, now I am getting vertigo symptoms. Could this be BPPV?

Yes, it is likely that you are suffering from BPPV. This injury may have been a trigger for crystals to move in the inner ear. It is common for people to develop symptoms weeks and months after the injury. The injury can be in the head and neck region or elsewhere, such as the ankle and foot region.

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