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?

  • Vertigo when lying down or rolling in bed, triggered by change in head position
  • Symptoms worse in the morning
  • Complaints of intermittent dizziness (can be constant dizziness for a new case)
  • Loss of balance, blurry vision, or falls with head turns
  • Feelings of unsteadiness or imbalance
  • Difficulty walking
  • Foggy Brain
  • Unexplained repeated falls without feelings of vertigo
  • Difficulty with short term memory and concentration
  • Difficulty reading
  • Fear of falling
  • Blurred vision, wavy patterns, or illusion of movement of objects otherwise known to be stationary during high speed or unpredictable head motions. This is called “oscillopsia.”

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

Common Activities that Trigger BPPV symptoms

  • Emptying the dryer or dishwasher
  • Picking up toys off the floor
  • Gardening
  • Tipping your head down to check text messages
  • Leaning back to look up into a cabinet
  • Painting overhead ceilings
  • Hanging curtains
  • Working on the computer
  • Twirling and head-banging while dancing

What is BPPV Symptoms Commonly Associated with?

  • Normal aging!
  • Osteoporosis and osteopenia
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Head trauma (ex. car accident, whiplash injury, sports concussion, falls with hitting head, blast injuries from road side bombs in war veterans, etc.)
  • Sinus infections
  • Seasonal allergies
  • 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

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


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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