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Waking up Dizzy?

Our new patients in their evaluation often tell us that the initial way that they realized that they had a vestibular disorder was that they turned over in bed and felt a wave of dizziness come over them. This is a key indicator that our patient may have BPPV. BPPV is treatable through physical therapy and through maneuvers like the Epley Maneuver.

Check out the other signs of BPPV:

  • Dizziness
  • A sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving (vertigo)
  • Lightheadedness
  • Unsteadiness
  • A loss of balance
  • Blurred vision associated with the sensation of vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vertigo/DS00534/DSECTION=symptoms

    Do you have a Balance Disorder? Take this Self-Test

    Are you concerned that you may have a balance disorder? Take this self-test to determine whether you should go see an ENT or neurologist about a potential balance/neurological disorder.

    http://resourcesonbalance.com/patient_info/printout.aspx

    If you answer “yes” to one or more of the questions, you could be at risk. Make sure you consult with your physician or an ENT/neurologist.

    During Therapy: Why You May STILL Feel Dizzy!

    There is a good chance that during vestibular rehabilitation therapy you may still feel dizzy. The vestibular system tells your brain where your head is in space (up, down, left…). When the vestibular system is weakened, in an accident or after being sick, the vestibular system has a hard time figuring out where your head is located in space, causing you to be off balance.

    During vestibular rehabiliation therapy, you are doing exercises that are intentionally making you dizzy. Exercises that include moving the head left to right while focusing on a steady object is one example. By focusing on a still object while moving your head left to right, you are re-training the brain to coordinate the information between the senses and the vestibular system so that signals are sent correctly to the brain.

    Your exercises will get increasingly hard as you progress through your therapy and your symptoms may flare up because your brain will not be used to the increase in difficulty (ie. new visual cues). Do not despair, this happens to some of our patients!

    How do you combat this dizziness: Do your exercises at home that your physical therapist provides you with. It will really help you with your dizziness!

    Vestibular Disorders on Facebook

    If you’re like me, you’re always looking for other individuals who are dealing with problems similar with yours. This is one reason why we at LifeStyle started a Vestibular Support Group and why I post topics that send you away from my blog and to forums!

    While perusing facebook today, I found the group page for the Vestibular Disorders Association, which is a very reliable site for information about vestibular disorders. On this facebook page, there are over 500 members, most with a balance disorder similar to yours.

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Vestibular-Disorders-Association-VEDA/101876141561?ref=ts

    Also, consider joining us on LifeStyle’s Facebook fan page as well. Learn health and wellness tips, find out about events at LifeStyle and learn more about vestibular disorders!

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Chicago-IL/LifeStyle-Physical-Therapy-Balance-Center/159337746404?ref=ts

    Vestibular Disorders – Even Oprah is Talking About Them!

    Oprah is not only one of the most powerful women in the world, she is also one of our favorite Chicagoans!

    So it makes me extremely happy when Oprah’s magazine, O, features a story on dizziness and balance disorders. Thanks, Oprah!

    Here’s a pretty great article:

    http://www.oprah.com/article/omagazine/200907-omag-dizzy-spells

    3 Ways to Identify Triggers for Vertigo and Vestibular Migraines

    I noticed that in previous posts I note to make sure you identify your triggers but I never explained how to do that!

    1) Keep a diary. Note when each episode of vertigo or migraine starts, what you had been doing right before it, what you had eaten that day, the weather outside, etc. This will help you find your triggers once you begin seeing patterns.

    2) Keep a close watch on your food intake. Food seems to be a huge trigger for a lot of people  so keep an eye on what you eat and what causes vertigo or migraine flare ups.

    3) Note sleep habits. Too much or too little sleep often has an effect on vertigo and migraines.

    A Little Something to Make You Smile!

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