TIL about benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) a condition in which otoliths (small crystals of calcium carbonate at the ends of hairs in the inner ear) can become dislodged, causing dizziness, nausea, vertigo, or fainting

Read more: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/bppv-why-loose-ear-crystals-make-you-dizzy-and-how-to-fix-them/

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  1. I had this about 15 years ago. I woke up with it, thought I had some kind of stroke or brain tumor or something. When I opened my eyes, felt like my head was slamming back and forth like an uncontrollable heavy metal head banging. When I closed my eyes, everything was fine. It was terrifying.

  2. Had it. First Ear Nose and Throat specialist (ENT) thought I had a stroke( 50% of my age that first goes to an ENT has BPPV!!!!!). I went to the only BPPV doctor in my state in the National BPPV Association. He didn’t have a fucking clue either.He had a MRI of my head that had on the minor things “A colesteral granunoma in the mastoid cavity”. The Neurosurgeon said it was on the other side of the line for his practice,the other side was the ENT’s.” It’s noted for it’s explosive onset”. It’s amazing that the middle ear for hearing and the inner ear for balance fits in an area the size of a dime.
    The inner ear has three tube like arching canals, one horizontal,one vertical,and one diagonal next to each ear,with little featherlike sensors to feel movement of fluids as your head changes position. It’s amazing the ear has similar sensors for sound. When BPPV happens, a crust had formed on one canal,and when it falls,or breaks(I’m not sure) instead of tiny sensitive movements, the crust move all of the fluid at once. The ER doctor did a simple test. You lie back on the hospital table,with the top part lowered some,and turn your head a little to the right and up.He looks at your eyes,and which way your eyes spin determines which canal is affected.

  3. I just went through that on Tuesday. I thought I was having a stroke. Apparently it runs in my family, but I’ve never had it before. Managed to sort it out with the Epley manoeuver.

  4. > “Imagine a hill with blades of grass, and on top of each blade is a crystal,” explains Dr. Cherian. “Together, these crystals form an interconnected matrix. Whenever the blades of grass move, so do the crystals.”

    Fascinating….it makes it seem like there’s a little meadow in each ear.

  5. You can treat BPPV with exercises. Sit on a bed and lay your head ear down on one side than the other for about a minute each. Do this a few times a day and the dizziness should decrease. This works for me when I’ve had spells.

    It also works for mal de embarkment; getting delayed seasickness on land after being at sea.

  6. I get it every couple years. Seems to coincide if I really become dehydrated. It goes away in about two weeks. Google Epley Maneuver. Helps you get on wth your day.

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