Do you get dizzy from rolling over in bed, bending, lying down or sitting up from lying down?
You could be suffering from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), a type of vertigo that affects the inner ear.
The Sandhills Rehabilitation Center will be offering information on this condition at the Sandhills Regional Medical Center spring health fair on Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. until noon.
“BPPV typically occurs with positional changes like rolling in bed, bending or even lying flat,” said Holly Parrish, Sandhills Rehabilitation manager.
The inner ear contains many anatomical structures. BPPV occurs when debris gets trapped in the semicircular canal(s), resulting in overstimulation of the inner ear, leading to dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting, she said.
“Our office can teach sufferers simple exercises or maneuvers that help to clear the trapped debris. Oftentimes patients get instant relief,” Parrish said.
After only a few visits to the office, the patient is given a home exercise program to perform as needed for any future vertigo attacks.
“I have had vertigo attacks for years and it was treated with medication that made me drowsy, and that took care of only the symptoms — not the cause,” said Kimberly Harrington of Hamlet.
“The attacks have been so bad that even leaning my head back to gargle in the mornings would make me extremely dizzy,” she said.
“I got relief after only one office visit to Sandhills Rehabilitation. Since then, my attacks have been less frequent and the exercises they taught me have alleviated the need for medication,” she said.
For more information on vertigo, stop by Sandhills Rehabilitation’s informational booth at the health fair or call the office at 910-582-2613.