I’ve been doing fairly well lately, without the symptoms like constant rocking I had a few years back. Just the occasional day feeling a bit off balance, and I don’t tolerate things that challenge my balance very well, such as anything that causes travel sickness, and walking in dim light or on uneven ground. But really I had pretty much got back to normal in that I’ve been able to carry on with day to day life without many problems.
I’ve had a few dips, but they’ve been short-lived luckily. I’ve also had a few bouts of BPPV over the years. However, as I also get positional vertigo from MAV I find it really hard to tell them apart. Also my migraines headaches have been really bad the last few weeks.
For the last few days I have been getting vertigo on turning over in bed, and lying down/getting up. I was hoping it’s BPPV as this is much easier to deal with as it’s transient when it happens and also I’ve had good success with Epley manoeuvres and Brandt-Daroff exercises in the past. Unfortunately when I have positional vertigo due to MAV doing any exercises/manoeuvres just makes me loads worse.
So I decided to try the Brandt-Daroff exercises. Big mistake. Instead of just having mild vertigo due to movement, I now feel really rough and sick and unsteady several hours later. I would expect to perhaps feel a bit worse for a few mins after doing exercises, but surely it would quickly settle down?
So my questions are:
Does anyone else on here have MAV and episodes of BPPV?
And if so, how do you tell for sure which it is, when the symptoms are so similar? When I had my awful MAV episode that lasted many months back in 2010 it still started off like BPPV (with transient episodes related to movement) although it got much worse and became a constant thing.
It’s so disappointing to go back downhill again, and I’m scared it’s the start of really bad things again.