BPPV or Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo results in spinning and whirling sensations within a person even when he is not moving. If vertigo increases and becomes severe, then it can lead to vomiting or nausea.
The attack of vertigo happens when you rotate your head in a way, like tilting up or down, or moving back or forward, or rolling over the bed. Usually, the symptoms of BPPV last for a minute. If you move your head in the same position again and again, then this may result in increased sessions of vertigo.
Often times, BPPV does not require any special treatment and goes well over a span of time. But yes, if it is not treated then there are always chances that a person may experience repeated sessions of vertigo with a specific head movement. Sometimes BPPV can last long for even months or years.
Symptoms of BPPV
The symptoms and signs of BPPV may vary from person to person and even depends on the severity of the disorder. But there are some common symptoms that individuals suffering from this problem will surely experience.
The common BPPV symptoms include:
- Unsteadiness or Loss of Balance
- Sensational feeling of surroundings moving or spinning
All or few signs of BPPV can go and come, with some of the symptoms commonly occurring lasting for few minutes. Sessions of BPPV disappear fast in those who are suffering from the less severe situation, but they may last longer for those who are experiencing many severe issues.
Also, the activities or practices that can lead to BPPV can vary from individual to individual but are most of the time brought on by an alteration in the position of the head. Some individuals feel off a balance when walking or standing.
Even abnormal movements of the eye usually accompany the signs of BPPV.
When Must You Seek a Doctor?
Usually, if you experience severe issues then you must see the service of a doctor. There are possibilities that one may experience extreme vertigo or dizziness recurring on a periodic basis for more than few days or a week.
When Must You Seek Emergency Care?
In most of the cases, it is uncommon for the dizziness to show severe cases or serious illness. But there are few situations when it becomes essential to seek the doctor on an emergency basis. In situations when you are experiencing few or all symptoms for a prolonged time period, then you must seek the emergency assistance.
- A Fever
- A severe headache for prolonged time period, which used to not occur before
- Loss of vision or sometimes double vision, especially when you see downwards or see upwards
- Hearing loss
- Trouble in speaking
- Weakness of arms or legs
- Difficulty in walking or failing to walk properly
- Lack of consciousness for a longer time period and sometimes a person may even fall due to unconsciousness
- Tingling in the ear and head
- Feeling of numbness in various body parts
So, if you are experiencing any such symptoms from a long time period, then you must seek proper medical advice before the problem becomes severe and complicated.