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  • Writer's pictureEddie Clark

So you have Vertigo?

Updated: May 19, 2021

Dizzyness Feeling
Vertigo is a sense of the world spinning. Its a common form of dizziness

Most people don't know how common the feelings of Dizziness and Vertigo are, or what to do if they experience them.

Vertigo and dizziness are incredibly common symptoms. Up to 42% of the adult population will experience dizziness at some time in their life, and it is the most common cause for presenting to a medical clinic after the age of 75.

It is a very complex symptom, and it presents a real puzzle for the clinician.

But, there is good news. The most common form of vertigo has very effective treatment options, that can cure the symptom in as little as a single visit to someone who can accurately diagnose the cause.

This form of vertigo is called B.P.P.V. This stands for benign positional paroxysmal vertigo. It affects about 10% of the population over a lifetime, and is responsible for dizziness in about 50% of older patient (>65 year old) cases of vertigo.

The main problem most vertigo sufferers have is finding a professional who can accurately diagnose their B.P.P.V. and provide the correct treatment. Here is an example of someone who suffered for over 10 years before finding the right treatment. This story is depressingly common.

There are about 8 different variants of B.P.P.V. If you don't know which one you have, you may go to a doctor who misdiagnoses you, or applies the wrong treatment procedure. This will be ineffective and can cause the sufferer to cease looking for therapies, even though they have had the wrong treatment. This person might go on putting up with their dizziness attacks for years! We can do better.

I have completed an in-depth training with Dr. Rudi Gerhardt on diagnosing and treating B.P.P.V. which has given me great insight into this difficult condition, as well as a great knowledge of hoe to correctly identify B.P.P.V, which variant it is, and what procedure is necessary for successful treatment and how to apply it. Dr. Gerhardt is an old University lecturer of mine who has gone on to develop a special interest in B.P.P.V and now runs courses educating medical professionals on accurate diagnosis and management common and difficult condition.

If you suffer from B.P.P.V, or think you might, make an appointment with me by booking in on the bookings link on this website. We can professionally assess you for B.P.P.V, and exclude other causes of dizziness which might need a referral for specialist medical evaluation.

Common Symptoms of B.P.P.V.

The most common symptoms of B.P.P.V. are sudden attacks or episodes lasting 30 seconds to a minute of vertigo associated with changing head positions. They are commonly experienced;

  • Upon lying down

  • Rising up from lying down

  • Rolling over in bed

  • Bending over

  • Looking up (top-shelf vertigo)

Get in touch if you need more information. We are always happy to talk.

A life size model of the Vestibular Apparatus
This is a life size model of the balance organ. This sits in your inner ear and causes B.P.P.V. episodes.

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