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04/15/2012 07:19 PM

Brandt-Daroff Exercises - For any type of BPPV?

reelg
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I am considering doing Brandt-Daroff exercises at home. If anyone has done them can you please give me some info?

- Is it i just for Posterior BPPV? I have bi-lateral bppv. Can I still do it?

- They mention that you start on the side that is affected. But I think both sides are affected for me. So I am guessing starting either way is alright?

- How many times should I do this?

Here's a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhinu_oU_hM

Thanks!

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04/16/2012 04:33 PM
TamieJP
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I have bilateral BPPV. The doctor did not advise for me to start on one side or the other.

I have seen your link. There many examples on the web where there are minor differences in how to execute the exercise.

I was told to do it 3 times a day with a minimum of one hour between sessions. Each session was to be 5 exchanges of positions. Starting on whichever side, going to the other is ONE set.


04/16/2012 08:58 PM
reelg
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Thanks for the reply! So is that the only treatment he has prescribed you? Did he do any maneuver first at the clinic?

Also how are the brandt-daroff exercises helping you?

Thanks a lot!!


04/17/2012 07:07 PM
TamieJP
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He did NOT do any maneuver adjustments first. He did do some testing manipulations where he laid down quickly as my head was turned to one side or the other.

I do not feel that the therapy helped much at all. BUT - the day after I started, I was very sick with vertigo so perhaps it did do something.

I tend to not do the exercises any more. One ear did 'cure' according to the testing maneuvers done after 3 weeks of doing the therapy very faithfully.

Problem is that I have multiple causes of vertigo. The last time I saw the doctor he added Migraine Associated Vertigo to my diagnosis then told me something like, "I'm convinced that you have 2 or 3 other causes of vertigo."

I'm a real mess! After seeing the doctor at an upcoming appointment, the first week of May, I may decide to apply for disability.


04/17/2012 07:55 PM
reelg
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Oh I am sorry to hear that. Hope you get relief soon. I hear sometimes vertigo goes away by itself.

I think I have multiple causes of vertigo too. And I am in the investigation mode now after having this nusiance for a very long time.

Which city are you in, if I may ask? Is your doctor good you think?


04/18/2012 08:18 AM
kristylr
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Very frequently there are multiple causes for vertigo, they feed off of each other and each have to be treated individually for the patient to find relief. Sadly, many people give up before they get that relief. It is frustrating and can seem quite hopeless, but if you don't give up you can learn to live with it and possibly get some relief.

Be aware that being approved for disability for vertigo is a hard battle, it's not considered fatal and because it does at times clear itself up, the gov. is hesitant to pay out permanent disability, but it can be achieved, just find a good attorney to help you through the process


04/18/2012 09:37 AM
reelg
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Thanks a lot kristy for the reply and for running the group so diligently!

I think I have bi-lateral vertigo and maybe even vertigo-migrane or some other complication that gives me a weird woozy, off-balance, restless kind of feeling in the head a lot of times (besides the positional vertigo). I am trying to figure out a solution and find a doctor who's knowledgeable, patient and hopefully right Smile

Can you suggest if you know any doctors or clinic that I can go to? I live in Detroit area. So far I found the Dizziness clinic in Chicago: http://dizzy-doctor.com/

I am not sure how good they are. Any info is appreciated. I can post this question on the forum too, if you think it'll help.

Thanks again!


04/18/2012 06:25 PM
TamieJP
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You are much closer to Dr Zappia than I am. It's a long day for me to drive from SW Michigan to Novi but that's where my specialist is. He's in the Michigan Ear Institute (MEI).

I do think that he knows his stuff. Each diagnosis, I've looked up to see why he might have diagnosed me as such.

I'm having possible cardiac issues that often cause vertigo. I see the doctor ONE DAY before going to MEI again. I hope I get answers from my general physician so that I can talk to Dr Zappia about the results. I see Zappia May 3rd, I think.


04/19/2012 02:50 AM
reelg
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Thanks for the info. I will make an appointment with Dr. Zappia as well!

Good luck with your visit. Hope you find the answers and get better soon!

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