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Smoker, head spinning episodes, eyes move from side to side

I was lying in bed yesterday morning when i went to turn over my head started spinning so to speak and my eye shook side to side, this stopped after about 10 seconds, then it happened again not long after for a shorter time. during the day i had a couple of stop the world moments .when I had to stand still let everything else stop moving. when i went to bed last night it happened again and throughout the night it happened around 8 or 9 times waking me up each time my eyes shook side to side. Cause..... I am 48 years old ex smoker of over a year
Asked On : Fri, 11 May 2012
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Welcome to Health Care Magic.

Based on the information provided, you might well be having BPPV ( Benign paroxysmal positional Vertigo).

It occurs due to defect in endolymph in the Semi circular canals of ear ( semi circular canals are three in number in each ear and play a vital role in equilibruim and balance).

BPPV usually occurs due to sudden movement of head or a head or neck injury , due to stress or lack of sleep. You can notice that the attacks occur at a particular positioning of head.

Coming to the treatment. Labarynthine excercises ( Epley's Manoeuvere) and labarynthine sedative drugs like Beta Histine ( Tab Vertin 16 mg or 24 mg) are used to treat this condition. Anxiolytics like alprazolam may have to be used along with these in some cases. Resistant and severe cases might require surgical treatment.

Do not worry. It is a common problem among middle aged men. Medical therapy should be enough for you. Please see an ENT specialist or a Neuro physician and seek his advice regarding treatment.

Wish you a speedy recovery.

Take Care

Answered: Fri, 11 May 2012
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