Simple exercises can help you regain your balance when you have vertigo. If you have Ménière's disease, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), or another inner ear problem, you may have vertigo off and on.
Do these exercises first thing in the morning and before you go to bed. You might get dizzy when you first start them. If this happens, try to do them for at least 5 minutes. Do a group of exercises at a time, starting at the top of the list. It may take several weeks before you can do all the exercises without feeling dizzy.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
While sitting on the side of the bed and holding your head still:
While sitting on the side of the bed:
While standing (with someone close by if you feel uncomfortable):
In a room that is cleared of obstacles:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 19, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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