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I’ve suffered from occasional bouts of vertigo my entire life.  It usually comes on suddenly and lasts anywhere from one day to up to a week.  I have the most common type of vertigo known as benign positional vertigo.  This is a condition in which a person develops a sudden sensation of spinning, usually when moving the head from one side to the other or turning over in bed. 

Benign positional vertigo is due to a disturbance within the inner ear. The inner ear has fluid-filled tubes called semicircular canals. The canals are very sensitive to movement of the fluid, which occurs as you change position. The fluid movement allows your brain to interpret your body’s position and maintain your balance.

Benign positional vertigo develops when a small piece of bone-like calcium breaks free and floats within the tube of the inner ear. This sends the brain confusing messages about your body’s position.

Picture of the Ear and Internal Structures

Luckily, my vertigo only happens to me once every few years, but when it does, it severely inhibits my life.  This past week it hit me again with a vengeance.  I couldn’t go more than an hour or two without experiencing “the spins”.  If you’ve never had vertigo, it actually feels and looks like the room is spinning.  It’s truly an awful and helpless feeling.

After doing some research, I came across this video.  I tried out the procedure called “Epley’s maneuver,” which can move the small piece of bone-like calcium that is floating inside your inner ear, and it worked!  I got immediate relief.  No unnecessary doctor’s bill, or drugs.


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