BPPV and Multiple Sclerosis

Approximately 20% of individuals with MS have reported symptoms of vertigo, which is nearly double the average of the population at large (1). Since vertigo is prevalent with MS, doctors may automatically treat it with medication. Studies have shown that over 50% of MS patients with vertigo actually have vertigo because of BPPV (2). The good thing about this is that BPPV is treatable through vestibular rehabiliation (physical therapy). So if you have MS and you are experiencing vertigo, make sure to inquire with your doctor about BPPV. If the doctor doesn’t test for BPPV, have them send you to a neurologist/ENT /physical therapist that does. It could potentially save you a lot of time, $$ and some sanity! 

 

(1) http://ms.about.com/od/signssymptoms/a/bppv.htm

(2) http://www.mstrust.org.uk/information/opendoor/articles/0802_10_11.jsp

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