Inner Ear

BPPV - Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Vertigo describes the sensation that you or your environment is moving or spinning, it is the hallucination of movement.

Vertigo is NOT dizziness. Dizziness describes the feeling of being light headed or woozy.


A large number of people with true vertigo are affected by BPPV.  It is due to misplaced crystals (otochondria, canalinths) in the balance system of the inner ear, they give false messages to the brain about where the head is positioned.


The condition is characterised by intermittent attacks of vertigo associated with the same particular head movement, ie ‘every time’ I turn to the left’.  The attacks can last a few seconds to a few hours. Other symptoms may include visual disturbances, nausea or vomiting.


Your GP may refer you to an ENT specialist, or a health professional who specialises in vertigo ie physiotherapist.


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