Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is the most common vertigo due to precise head position changes. It is the cause of the sudden spinning sensation and is characterized by brief periods of slight to severe dizziness. It is because the crystals seen in the otolith organs are dislodged. In that case, they move into the semicircular canals in the inner ear, which are sensitive to the changes in head position, causing dizziness.

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I am confused about which ear is affected by BPPV. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I had an episode of BPPV this morning. I had a couple earlier this year and I am confused as to which is the bad ear so I can do the proper procedure. It happens in this scenario: I lay on my left side and switch to my right. Vertigo starts up when I lay on my right side but only after ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to With details of your history, it is difficult to say which side it is on but since with Epley, you get vertigo when you do on the right side, it seems to be more on the right side. It does not matter which ear it is in or if it is bilateral. The treatment is the sam...  Read Full »

My balance gets impaired when I shake my head. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 51 year old male. I have never had any medical condition prior. I spent a very cold day outside and woke up the next day with a feel of dizzy (like I am drunk), queasy and tired. There is no pain, cough or discharge. When I move my head from side to side my balance gets impaired...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your problem seems to be due to inner ear infection leading to impairment of balance on head movements and ringing sensation in ear known as tinnitus. You need ear examination and complete vestibular functions assessment and evaluation by an ENT (ear, nose and throat) sp...  Read Full »

I am a 20-year-old student having tinnitus in my ears with dizziness and lack of focus. What could be the cause?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 20-year-old student and I work on computers for a longer in a sitting position for hours with headphones on. No history of any illness in the family or my past. The first time when I felt sick, I had a buzz in my ears, tinnitus that lasted for a minute, and it sorted out itself a...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to After analyzing your symptoms, there are two possible diagnoses, and it does not look like a straightforward case of BPPV. In BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), we do see severe rotatory giddiness triggered by head motion. In BPPV, patients do not complain ...  Read Full »

Please suggest a way to get rid of inner ear fluid.

Query: Hi doctor, I was told by my primary care physician that I have some fluid in my inner ear. I have also had dizziness, nausea and feeling like the room is spinning. I also think that I have vertigo, but I am not sure. The episodes happen at night and sometimes during the day. My current medication in...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do your symptoms increase on changing position? Do you have fullness in the ear, ringing sensation in ear or reduced hearing? There can be two possible diagnoses in your case, but I need to know if you have any of the above symptoms. Either it can be benign paroxysmal...  Read Full »

I have loss of balance after my ears were pulled. Please suggest medicines.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 34 now. My school teacher pulled both my ears in my childhood and afterwards, I suffered a loss of balance sometimes. I have pain in both my ears and also blurring in both my eyes and fatigue. I think I have mild vertigo. Please suggest the best medicines to cure this mild vertigo...  Read Full »

Dr. Narasimharaju. B. G

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Giddiness following pulling of the ear is uncommon. Are you sure you have giddiness from childhood after your teacher pulled your ears? You may probably be suffering from BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). We need to get a Dix-Hallpike test done to confirm...  Read Full »

Can stress cause giddiness?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29 year old male, and I have been having slight giddiness kind of feeling. I am not able to tell if it is giddiness since I did not fall or have any balance issues. This has been there for a week. I had the same symptoms two weeks back. It feels like some kind of pulling sensa...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It could be benign positional vertigo, which is more common. I guess you might experience giddiness when you suddenly turn your head. It is mostly because of imbalance in the middle ear fluid, usually following ear infection, which is responsible for maintaining our postu...  Read Full »

My mom has been suffering from head spinning. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My mom is suffering from sciatica pain. She is 45 years old. Her doctor suggested complete bed rest for two months. It has been a month for now. She is facing trouble to take breath properly (night times). She is having head spinning and a sensation of falling from bed. She is having hi...  Read Full »

Dr. Sreejith. M. G

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The possibilities for her head spinning are as follows. Probably, your mom is suffering from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). It can be controlled by a tablet like Vertin16 mg (Betahistine) or Stugeron (Cinnarizine) at bedtime or twice daily. The second po...  Read Full »

Why do I experience vertigo, nausea, lightheadedness, and earache when I lie on the bed or move my head?

Query: Hello doctor, I experience vertigo when I am in bed. I have pain in my ear. I also have nausea and lightheadedness. This condition is only there when I move my head. Why is this happening? What is the possible treatment for my problem? This happened to me thrice in the past four years.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepthi. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms are suggestive of inner ear problems. How long does this vertigo last each time when you turn your head? Is there any blurring of vision? Your symptoms could be due to a problem with balancing organs inside your inner ear. This condition is called BPPV ...  Read Full »

I have been having ear problems for the past three years. Please look at the MRI of my parotid glands to find any abnormality.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having problems with my left ear for a few years. Around the same time, I became ill with POTS-type symptoms, but I am not sure if they are related to this query. I am experiencing pain, pressure, tinnitus, dizziness, and vertigo. I also have a globus sensation. I also have a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please do not worry; I understand your concern and will try and help you out. Please get back to me with the answers to the following questions so that we can arrive at a diagnosis. 1. The pain which is in the left ear, is it always present? Is there any ear discha...  Read Full »

I have dizziness related to head movement and anxiety. Is it due to vertigo or substance use?

Query: Hello doctor, I have dizziness related to head movement, which started four months back when I got into a uber ride. Looking at my bright LCD phone and as the car moved, I got intense dizziness, weakness, and nausea. Thirty minutes goes on, and it has been reduced to a normalized state of dizziness,...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and have gone through the reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) and would explain that your symptoms are compatible with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which is a benign inner ear disorder related to p...  Read Full »

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