Q. Three nights ago I was awakened by a feeling of the room whirling around. Ever since then, I cannot bend down or turn my head without vertigo and I have vomited as well.
I have taken Bonine but it does not seem to help. What can I do about this condition?
A. If you are suffering from benign positional vertigo (BPV, or BPPV), medications won’t help. The cause of this condition is calcium crystals in the inner ear drifting out of position.
You’ll need a diagnostic work-up to see if this is the problem. If it is, a manipulation called the Epley maneuver can be very helpful to get the crystals back where they belong. A recent article in Neurology (July 24, 2012) reported that YouTube videos can help patients with BPV learn to manage this at home.