Have you had success with the Epley Maneuver to stop dizziness and what else has helped?

Have you had success with the Epley Maneuver to stop dizziness and what else has helped?

  1. I have been dealing with dizziness approx 20 yrs and finally retired due to the stress.
  2. Most on my Drs have felt my sinus drainage contributed and treated me from that diagnosis.
  3. My experiences are it has something to do with too much motion/business in my sight.
  4. An example: I had to stop walking the empty mall with walkers vs in the park alone.
  5. I am surprised to just now hear of the Epley Maneuver. Initially and now some Drs have no clue.
  6. Over the years I have seen Eye/Ears/Nose/Throat Specialist and GP Drs.

Have you experienced dizziness and found successful solutions?

I feel for you. Vertigo is no fun.

I experience periodic bouts of severe vertigo associated with sinus issues. (Great – all I had to do was read the Wikipedia article and start trying to type up my thoughts about vertigo, and now I’m severely dizzy and nauseous. There is definitely some kind of psychosomatic component at work here.)

My vertigo generally comes on very suddenly, but disappears within 1-2 hours. I was once clinically treated with the Epley maneuver, which did ultimately resolve the dizziness within 1-2 hours, so its hard to say whether it worked or not. You might take a look at the article on BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), which discusses another maneuver that appears to be very successful, as well as other forms of treatment.

BPPV can be caused by exposure to moving objects, so your theory about it being caused by motion in your field of vision makes sense.

As I said, my vertigo seems to dissipate over time, so there is no specific treatment I can recommend, but I do find that if I use methods to keep my sinuses clear, I am less likely to have an attack. I hope you are able to find something that works for you.

Medical advice is best suited to IMHO.

Colibri
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If your dizziness is caused by BPPV than yes, the Epley maneuver can, and probably will, help.
I have BPPV and it helps me.
It is an inner ear condition however, and, as far as I know, has nothing to do with the sinuses.
Google ‘BPPV’ and read the Wikipedia article for more information.

After experiencing BPPV off and on for about a year, I tried Epley on several occasions. My first attempt produced fairly immediate but short lived results lasting a week or so and my second attempt lasted a bit longer. For my third try, I positioned myself slightly differently with my head tilted further back before going through the rotation sequence. I am pleased now because over a year has passed without any dizziness whatsoever. For your situation, it’s certainly worth a try because it’s free, can be done at home and takes only minutes to perform.

I’ve done the Epley maneuver on 3 patients in the last 10 years, and all got immediate relief. All were lost to follow-up after two months so I don’t know how well they’ve done since.

It’s an easy, low-risk maneuver to do. Most ENT docs should know how to do it, and a lot of primary care docs know it too. If the symptoms are caused by a canalith, Epley maneuvers can help.

Good luck with it.

As I stated at lest two GP Drs and one ENT specialist has treated me with Steroid Packs for my sinus and said it should help with ears ringing and dizziness due to fluid in my ears.

Initially a specialist actually tried to make me dizzy by putting water in my ears that had no affect. I have not ever fallen vs feeling as if I will and usually hold on to something sturdy until the feeling and being disorientated settled.

My GP feels I’m trying to do or concentrate on too many things at one time to cause the frustration and dizziness affect. He knows my handyman work and hobbies due to little jobs I have done at his office. With that in mind, I try to focus on one task unless there is a wait time in the process. Then I get into multi-tasking and too much will cause frustration, loss of concentration, reverse key strokes and Etc. I usually take a break and relax until I feel focused. This is also a good time to take a 2 mi walk in the park, “as now”.

I am not one that wants to be idle or I mask my frustration of feeling I need to be working with too much work. This could cause a dizzy sensation. Dose this make sense? I have ask the Dr for a meds to help control my anxiety in order to get some rest or breaks as needed. After 10 yrs of retirement I realized I needed to trash some of my planned projects, do less volunteering and relax more even though it’s not my nature.

I’m Sorry For The Length!!!

My wife went to our GP on account of dizziness. He performed the Epley maneuver and she got instant relief. He even taught me how to do it in case of a recurrence. But it was one-off and I certainly don’t remember it at all. But I gather it is entirely safe since he did teach me. He mentioned that he had once done it on his own wife.

Unfortunately if the vertigo is not caused by canaliths, then the Epley maneuver isn’t going to be helpful.

There are modified maneuvers one can do on their own that are safe, too. If people want patient education handouts showing how to do the maneuvers, email me and I’ll send you info.

I’m susceptible to dizziness also. There apparently is a diagnostic test for BPPV. It has to do with nystagmus, but I can’t tell you the exact procedure. I had my ENT do this diagnostic test on me and despite several attempts, she couldn’t find any signs of BPPV with me. So we didn’t try the Epley maneuver. Mostly because I find that sort of thing so massively and long-lastingly unpleasant that I didn’t let her do it. (I would have been sick for 3 - 4 days afterwards.)

Good luck to you,
J.

I feel I need to have an accident’s injury re-evaluated that occurred about a yr before the dizziness started.

I took the day off after the mid-day walk and got my usual one day a week drive in to visit a friend. An old but new twist came to mind which I was tested for in 1991. My dizziness started after a bad fall from about 6’ onto concrete on my side with no evidence of my head hitting the concrete. I was told a concussion could occur w/o my head hitting the floor.

For 10 yrs I was treated (shots/meds) for a bulging disc in my back. Walking has been my best therapy for my back until bad weather and dizziness restricted my walking. My full body pain level has gotten so high that I’m asking for a re-evaluation and possibly a connection of my pain and dizziness. Hopefully after being off shots/meds 10 yrs there might be some new relief vs surgery. Even though the brisk walks I feel helped to strengthen my back. I was warned that Arthritis with Age would come vs dizziness.

Thanks for all the replies!