MAV and BPPV combined, hard to know best way to handle


I’m new to this site, but not new to vertigo issues. I’ve had BPPV for over 20 years, I get bouts weekly if not more often. However, the last few years I’ve had much more trouble with vertigo and was diagnosed with MAV. I’m currently taking 20 mg of Celexia and 100 mg of wellbutrin. I was hoping to connect with others who could understand me and what I’m going through. Right now my primary focus is I want to try to eat better and exercise. I don’t know if its the meds or not, but I’ve put on about 10 pounds in the past year or so. I’m wondering if anyone has any advice. I am looking for an exercise I can do for my abdominals that won’t make me dizzy. I really can’t lie completely flat on the ground. Does anyone else feel like it’s hard to exercise due to this problem?


i also find it hard to excersize without getting winded & dizzzy. yrs ago i had a exersize machine called the “Ab-doer”…its like a seat with bike handle bars, u twist back & forth …forwards & back. I did 20 mins a day for 3 months & i lost about 3 inches. i eventualy grew bored with it & gave it away. :frowning:

have you considered Yoga? my problem is getting motivated. My meds also caused me to gain about 5 lbs. all around my waist :roll:

Im not sure whether you have BPPV, the only way to know is by having a hallpike dix test performed and watch for nystagmus.

I have a hard time exercising too. The bouncing motion is what often really gets to me, like on a treadmill or elliptical. I can do the exercise bike alright, and swimming. I’ve been thinking about trying the pilates class at the gym, although I do worry about positioning. I don’t think I could ever do yoga because of that.

Hi Kaara,

Welcome. Just wondering what makes you certain that you have had BPPV all this time and not MAV or possibly both? MAV is very good at creating similar symptoms to BPPV and all other vestibular Illnesses.

The weight gain is almost certainly from the Celexa. I put on 15 kg when I was on 15 mg. it’s tough to keep the weight off but the only thing I can suggest is to increase your activity levels even if it means a walk around the block every day. Also when I lost the weight I avoided high density energy carbs like pasta and rice and instead focused on filling up on veggies, beans and lean cuts of meat.

Scott. 8)