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Feeling dizzy? – Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Symptoms Checker

 

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV or BPV) is the most frequent cause of vertigo, at least in the United States.

Vertigo is a symptom with very specific characteristics, although most people would describe it as feeling dizzy. In order for a symptom to receive the name of vertigo; it has to be a sensation that you or your surrounding is moving or spinning. Therefore, vertigo is much more than just feeling dizzy.

There are several causes for people having vertigo. Yet, in the United States, the estimation is that one-fifth of the vertigo patients is because of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.

The ear has three portions, external, medium, and inner, from outside to the inside of the body, respectively. The inner portion plays essential roles in the body, such as hearing and maintaining balance. Hence, if this part of the ear is not well, people will have trouble finding balance.

Notably, BPPV is described as a not normal sensation of movement, which most of the time has specific triggers. These triggers can evoke either vertigo or abnormal eye movements doctors call “nystagmus.”

This disease mostly affects older adults; it rarely appears in people below thirty-five years old. The most common age for this condition to appear is between fifty and sixty years old, predominantly affecting females over males.

The BPPV does not only present with vertigo as a symptom. Still, it is the most important one. Like its length or severeness, this symptom’s characteristics are the cornerstone for thinking in BPPV as the cause for it and not other (and maybe more critical) diseases.

Several risk factors are in relation to developing BPPV. So, it is possible to have a person with a strong risk factor like a head trauma in the past and even developing this condition earlier than most people do.

This Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Symptoms Checker gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for this condition.

The tool has questions that will aim to characterize the vertigo someone is having and its relation to the BPPV one. Besides, it will inquire about other possible symptoms and risk factors for developing the disease.

Please bear in mind that for diagnosing this disease, a doctor must perform a special maneuver. Also, there could be other severer causes for vertigo that doctors would want to rule out by performing imaging exams. Therefore, this tool does not represent a diagnosis or whatsoever.

This tool truly represents an estimation according to age, risk factors, and symptoms’ characteristics of having BPPV. Using this tool is free and would only take a few minutes.

  • Question of

    Are you fifty years or older?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you are a female?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed recently with otitis media? (swelling or infection of the medium part of the ear)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have received severe trauma within your head or ear in your life? (i.e., being in a car crash or being hit with a stick)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with an ear disease? (i.e., Ménière disease, vestibular neuritis, and so on)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been in a dental consult within the last forty days?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with migraine headaches?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and/or high blood cholesterol levels? (also, click yes if you have been diagnosed with heart disease, i.e., heart failure)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a sensation that you or the world around is moving or spinning? (from now on in the questions, this feeling will have the name of vertigo)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do these vertigo episodes start of a sudden, and they feel like being on a roller coaster for thirty seconds or less?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this vertigo occur out of a sudden?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do these vertigo episodes last more than sixty seconds?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this vertigo appear slowly and gradually and persists over time? (hours to days)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you wake up and have vertigo while sitting on the bed?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have weeks or months experiencing these acute and out of sudden vertigo episodes?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does vertigo or dizziness appear with specific head movements? (i.e., this includes lying down as a first trigger and then sitting upright afterward as a second trigger or leaning forward)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does moving your head, besides causing you vertigo, provokes you nausea or vomits?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    When your head is motionless, do you still feel intense sensations of vertigo?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do these vertigo episodes are worse during the morning and get better throughout the day?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Between the vertigo episodes because of head movements, do you feel totally ok? (Click yes if you remain without symptoms between vertigo episodes)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a fever? (preferably use a thermometer which needs to shows more than 101,3 °F or touch your forehead and determine if the temperature is increased)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you feel dizzy (like you will pass out) every time you stand up from a sitting position and always better when you lie down?

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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