Previously, I have covered the topic of BPPV in two previous blog posts, BPPV Overview Part 1 and Part 2. In this blog post we will talk about BPPV Symptoms.

I will cover common complaints associated with BPPV symptoms, common positions and activities that trigger BPPV symptoms, and other conditions that BPPV is associated with. People with BPPV do not necessarily have all the complaints, or experience symptoms in all the positions or activities listed below. This is a list of the most common reports that I hear from patients with BPPV.

What common complaints are associated with BPPV?

Common Positions that Trigger BPPV Symptoms

  • Lying down flat on back
  • Looking up (Ex. putting in eye drops)
  • Looking down
  • Rolling side to side
  • Quick head turns
  • Getting up from bed

Common Activities that Trigger BPPV symptoms

  • Reaching into the dryer
  • Emptying the lower rack of the dishwasher
  • Putting dishes onto an upper cabinet shelf
  • Leaning back to look up into a cabinet
  • Picking up toys off the floor
  • Putting cat food or dog food on the floor
  • Picking up after your dog while on a walk
  • Gardening
  • Working on the computer
  • Tipping your head down to check text messages
  • Leaning back in the shower to rinse out hair shampoo, especially with your eyes closed
  • Painting overhead ceilings
  • Hanging curtains
  • Hanging up clothes on the clothesline
  • Bird watching while hiking
  • Twirling and head-banging while dancing
  • Star gazing

What is BPPV Symptoms Commonly Associated with?

  • Normal aging!
  • Changes in barometric pressure
  • Osteoporosis and osteopenia
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Head trauma (ex. jarring sports activity, car accident, whiplash injury, sports concussion, falls with hitting head, blast injuries from road side bombs in war veterans, etc.)
  • Sinus infections
  • Seasonal allergies (in this author’s opinion)
  • Hormonal changes (puberty, pregnancy and menopause)
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular risk factors (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, tobacco smoker due to poor circulation)
  • Vestibular Migraines
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Hearing loss
  • Childhood ear infections
  • Car sickness
  • Motion sickness
  • Unable to ride roller coasters
  • Stress
  • Dehydration

For more information about BPPV and BPPV symptoms, check out the blog on BetterBalanceInLife.com called “What is the most common vestibular disorder? BPPV.”

Disclaimer

This blog is provided for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that I might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.

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