So my doctor suspects I have BPPV - Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Which apparently is a lot of words that mean I have been getting really dizzy a lot lately. They did an EKG which came back normal, and prescribed meclizine to help with the dizziness. As long as my bloodwork doesn't reveal any other issues, they're going with the BPPV diagnosis.
The doctor set me up with a physical therapist, where they will do the "epley maneuver" to try to shift some crystals around in my inner ear that are apparently causing the problem. It's scheduled for right before work. I'm told they basically move your head into different positions to intentionally make you dizzy, which shifts the crystals into a part of your inner ear where they don't make you feel like you've unexpectedly stumbled onto a Tilt-A-Whirl at sporadic times throughout the day.
My question is, has anyone had this done? If so, were you able to function afterwards, or were you dizzy for a while? How bad is it? I'm debating whether to take the morning off.
I have BPPV and am so fortunate that my neighbor is a PT. She was able to do this treatment on me at home, and actually wrote the instructions down for how to do it so my DH can do it on me if needed. It is not always a permanent solution, as it hasn't been for me, but I haven't needed it for over a year now!
Yes, you are definitely able to function after. It isn't bad at all. I just get really dizzy/nauseous during the treatment and feel completely fine right after. If it works, it is instant relief. Pretty amazing.
Just a little FYI, she told me that it is more common in women than in men, because one of the big causes of it is......wait for it......getting your hair done! When they wash your hair in those sinks and you have to tip your head back, it causes the otoconia (crystals) to become dislodged! She said they very much discourage people with this condition from getting their hair washed in those sinks, although it hasn't stopped me
Good luck! I know how terrible this condition is, but this is definitely worth doing. Mine used to be so bad that I would get out of bed and run into the wall! Embarassing! Like I said, it isn't always permanent, but it is completely worth the relief you get for the time being.