“I was turning from one direction to the other in bed.. I bent down to tie my shoes.. I was hanging curtains.. I was bending over a shelf in the grocery store… SHOULD THE WHOLE WORLD START TURNING AROUND.”
If you are experiencing at least one of these complaints, it may mean that you are facing the problem of headache caused by inner ear crystals.
Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery Specialist Prof. Dr. Erkan Tarhan gave information about the diagnosis and treatment of dizziness caused by inner ear crystals.
It makes you feel like the whole world has collapsed on you.
Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV), known as the dislocation of inner ear crystals in the community, is a dizziness that starts suddenly with the position of the head, lasts for a short time, and gives the feeling of destroying the whole world. BPPV gets its name from its features such as spontaneous recovery after a while (benign), short-term attacks (paroxysmal), emergence with certain positions of the head (positional).
Most common cause of dizziness
Playing of the inner ear crystals accounts for 30% of all vertigo and is the most common of all vertigo. Although it is such a common disease affecting all age groups, unfortunately it is still not sufficiently recognized in our country and unnecessary treatments are given to patients.
Nausea and vomiting may also accompany
Severe dizziness that starts suddenly and lasts for seconds; Complaints such as rapid eye movements, nausea, vomiting, palpitations and sweating are also accompanied. Undoubtedly, those who experience this disease make this definition much more colorful and noisy. Our patients describe the attacks as follows: “I was turning from one direction to the other in bed, I was bending down to tie my shoes, I was hanging curtains, I was bending over a shelf in the market when suddenly the whole world started to spin. This rotation was so violent that; I am unable to recognize anything around me. Dizziness was accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The only good thing about this attack was that it was short-lived.” This recipe is indeed very typical for BPPV. Attacks only last seconds. It is not expected to exceed minutes.
Inner ear crystals displace and disrupt the balance system.
The inner ear is our balance organ. In the channels located here, there are particles such as very small grains of sand that cannot be seen with the naked eye. For many reasons such as impact, long journeys, and previous upper respiratory tract infections, these crystals move and stimulate the balance system. In some head movements of our patient; these crystals will be displaced and an attack of vertigo will be inevitable.
Consult an ENT specialist as soon as complaints arise for correct diagnosis and treatment.
In the diagnosis, it is sufficient to put the patient’s head in certain positions and look at the eye movements. This maneuver can also be recorded with some devices. The treatment is to replace these displaced particles with certain head movements. There is no need for drug treatment. Our only suggestion to our patient is some movement restrictions, such as for 3 days. We get very satisfactory results in our patient who will be checked again after 3 days.