Easy Vertigo Treatment Discovered (new study)
A hard blow to the head often leads to vertigo, which is bad enough, but for some sufferers, it gets even worse. Instead of clearing up on its own, for an unlucky few it hangs around like an obnoxious guest at your house party.
There is good news though. Scientists have just published a study in the journal Acta Oto-Laryngologica that shows how easy this type of vertigo actually is to treat.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is by far the most common cause of the condition. It happens when tiny calcium crystals accidentally fall into the semicircular canals in your inner ear where they irritate the nerve hairs that send balance data to your brain.
The typical treatment for this type of vertigo is head movements that guide these crystals out of the canals.
The authors of the new study noticed that previous papers didn’t agree about which type was easiest to treat, so they looked at all the scientific literature they could find to settle the question once and for all.
On average, these studies found that patients with traumatic BPPV type needed three times as many treatments as the idiopathic patients did, and they were also nearly three times as likely to suffer a recurrence.
One large American study that they missed (because it was published too late) found that both types were equally treatable, but it also found that the traumatic type did not require more treatments and was not more likely to recur. This means it partially contradicts the new review.
So, it’s a bit of a confused picture, but the one conclusion that all studies currently agree on is that both types of BPPV can be treated with the common head movements that help the calcium crystals to fall back out of the semicircular canals.
Easy Vertigo Treatment – A New Way to Diagnose Vertigo at Home
30 percent of people suffer from vertigo at some point in their lives but getting it diagnosed can be a real hassle.
The problem is that it’s such a specialized field, so when you arrive at the ER they might not have a practitioner and the diagnostic instruments available to help you.
Well, help may finally be at hand, because researchers from the University of Sydney have just designed video goggles that can help with the diagnosis of vertigo. Details of their tests appear in a new article in the journal Neurology.
They recruited 113 people who had already had the cause of their vertigo diagnosed using traditional in-clinic diagnostic procedures. They were then taught how to use the goggles to record their eye movements during vertigo episodes.
The scientists hoped to use the recordings to diagnose the cause of vertigo.
The goggles did help the researchers to diagnose this disease accurately, which is great news because this normally requires things like scans that can only be done in a clinical setting.
40 of the 43 subjects with Meniere’s disease showed specific eye movements that helped them make the right diagnosis in up to 95 percent of cases, and people without it could be correctly ruled out in 95 percent of cases.
67 of the subjects suffered from vestibular migraine, a condition that causes vertigo but doesn’t always include headaches. Their eye movements varied more than the people with Meniere’s disease, so it was harder to diagnose using the goggles. Still, some movements were clearly related to vestibular migraine, so diagnosis was possible.
Seven of the subjects suffered from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a condition where your head movements trigger your vertigo attacks.
Scientists identified one eye movement that told them with 100 percent accuracy which people had BPPV and with 77 percent accuracy which ones did not.
This is great news, because it could mean that even when neurologists and otolaryngologists aren’t available in an emergency room, video footage from the goggles could be sent to remote specialists so they can make a diagnosis.
Another great thing about these goggles is they’re portable. Vertigo sufferers don’t often have attacks in clinics. They’re more likely to have them when they’re just going about their day, so having the goggles means they can record their attacks when they do occur.
Easy Vertigo Treatment – Effective Home Remedies for Vertigo
The most common cause of vertigo is a type called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (or BPPv).
That’s quite an intimidating sounding name, but a new study in the journal Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management says that it’s actually quite easy to treat.
The authors found out how easy by looking back over the cases of 359 patients who had sought treatment at the dizziness clinic of Fujian Provincial Hospital in Fuzhou, China between 2011 and 2017.
You may not be aware of this, but your inner ear has semi-circular canals in it. Unfortunately, their shape means that calcium crystals can accidentally fall into them, and when they touch the nerve hairs that line them the balance information they send to your brain gets scrambled, causing the vertigo sensations.
It usually comes on when you move your head, especially when you roll over in bed during the night.
The usual treatment for this condition is also head movements, but ones designed to guide the crystals out of the semicircular canals.
The Chinese scientists used two movements, one called the Epley maneuver and another called the (wonderfully named!) barbecue roll to dislodge these crystals.
It sounds like one of those tricky plastic toys where you guide a tiny ball through a maze by tilting it, but in this case with a human! Still, tricky or not, both methods worked well.
There’s a canal at the back of the inner ear where crystals most often get stuck. Doctors call it the posterior semicircular canal. 95.8 percent of these cases were completely cleared up a month after the treatment.
The horizontal semicircular canal is the second most common crystal trap. One month after treatment 100 percent of these cases were fixed.
It was more difficult to treat cases where the crystals were trapped in more than one canal. In fact, these cases were the hardest to treat of all.
The head had to be moved in different directions to dislodge them from each canal, but hard though this was, an impressive 75 percent of cases were resolved a month after treatment.
So, the good news is that the Epley maneuver and the barbecue roll are both really great at clearing up the most common type of vertigo and the even better news is that you can do them both at home.
Watch this video about this easy vertigo treatment – Treating BPPV: The Epley Manuever – Boys Town National Research Hospital
Of course, you won’t know which ear canals the crystals are trapped in, so you can’t know which movements will work for you. This means that your success rate might be lower than you’d get in a clinical setting, but that shouldn’t put you off trying.
Here’s how to do the barbecue roll if the crystals are trapped in a canal in your right ear:
Lie on your right side for 30 seconds.
Roll onto your back and stay there for 30 seconds.
Roll onto your left side and stay there for 30 seconds.
Drop your chin slightly and roll over onto your stomach while propping yourself up on your elbows. Stay in that position for 30 seconds.
Roll back onto your right side and stay there for 30 seconds with your chin still down.
Sit up slowly and keep your chin down for 15 minutes.
It literally is that simple, but if it doesn’t work for you, then try starting on your left side and reversing the steps or try the Epley maneuver instead. A quick search online will turn up the instructions for that one.
The only downside to treatment is that these movements will trigger your vertigo and make it difficult for you to move correctly, so it might help to have a friend or a relative on hand to support you through the steps.
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