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Positional vertigo and mineral balance ideas anyone?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM

It has been discovered that the probable cause of BPPV is dislodgement of small calcium carbonate crystals that float through the inner ear fluid and strike against sensitive nerve endings (the cupula) within the balance apparatus at the end of each semicircular canal (the ampulla). (Another name for BPPV is cupulolithiasis, meaning "rocks in the cupula".) http://drviirre.ucsd.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=71

So, I suddenly got this a few weeks ago, and it is making lying down at night a nausea inducing roller coaster ride for a few minutes until things settle. The thing that peaked my interest here, beyond wanting it to stop, is the mention of calcium carbonate crystals. Would calcium crystals building in one part of the body indicate a more systemic problem with calcification, like am I looking down the barrel at arterial hardening and arthritis? I did a huge faceplant in my paleo compliance with way too much sugar and bread (90% down to nothing some days, but hovering around 50%) October-the beginning of December. I'm getting back in the game here and back to 80+%, so maybe I'm just paying a temporary price for flaking on my magnesium supplements and eating bread, but it does make me curious if I could induce that serious of a mineral imbalance in just a few months.

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:13 PM

I have suffered from sometimes truly debilitating vertigo intermittently for the last 10+ years. Giving up grain has definitely reduced the number of attacks as I think my attacks are related to allergies/sinus problems. At my worst, I had a roller coaster in my head without ever even moving. AWFUL! The old fashion sudafed that you have to get from behind the counter now always solved my problem, but I haven't had to use it much since I've given up grain. Yea! The calcium connection is interesting. I also stopped taking calcium citrate when I started taking vitamin D.

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on December 17, 2011
at 05:56 AM

Free roller coaster ride. Wheeeee! Glad it only lasted 3 weeks. Luckily, mine isn't that bad, it only happens if I tip my head to the right or lie down on that side.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on December 17, 2011
at 03:21 AM

This is precisely how conventional medicine would fix it. Plus one.

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on December 17, 2011
at 01:21 AM

Write me a review.! :)Everyone on PH just blows my physical component of dysfunction/pain off. Its fifty per cent of any bodily dysfunction,give or take the exactdynamics of the situation.

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on December 16, 2011
at 11:04 PM

I can lie down on my left side no problem, it is only on the right side that things get spinny. I think it just hasn't been with me long enough to create any particular habits to cope with it other than lying there going, "Whoooooa! There goes the room again."

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on December 16, 2011
at 11:00 PM

Thanks, I'll check that out.

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on December 16, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Your probably right, I've just been mineral focused for some reason lately. This did show up on the heels of pulling a muscle in my neck, and some serious tight muscle problems in the neck and shoulders. I know of a good myofascial therapist it is probably time to seek her out. I've been doing chiropractic and electro- acupuncture work to deal with the muscle weirdness with some improvement.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 16, 2011
at 02:33 PM

Interesting theory. Vertigo-calcium. Obviously time to do a (N=1 )vit K2 experiment. Also I'd try to find a good neuromuscular therapist in your area. I'll help you find the most qualified one if you wish. Vertigo has a structural aspect as well. Why is Calcium collecting in your ear? There is obviously some sort of blockage. Some muscle, or group of muscles is sending "referral patterns" into your ear region causing a local ischemia , ( a lack of blood flow,)thus lack of drainage of "waste", in this case calcium . My guess the sternocleidomastoid muscle. Try an anatomical/structural fix ,at the same time as a physiological fix. Everything is not just a metabolic problem. In fact NOTHING is just metabolic. Sure there is a metabolic problem, but the weakest, tightest, most ischemic part(s) of the body are where the metabolic problem manifests itself. So your fears that calcium is building up in your heart may be true, by all means go get tested if you wish, but you probably just have a projected neck , thus tight neck muscles,(Occam's razor) like 90% of America. Good luck. I fixed my vertigao with just Neuromuscular therapy 15 year's ago. It took about three or four x5-10 mnute sessions. So 30 total minutes,if that. Cost:40 to fifty bucks in 2011 dollars.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 17, 2011
at 01:21 AM

Write me a review.! :)Everyone on PH just blows my physical component of dysfunction/pain off. Its fifty per cent of any bodily dysfunction,give or take the exactdynamics of the situation.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on December 16, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Your probably right, I've just been mineral focused for some reason lately. This did show up on the heels of pulling a muscle in my neck, and some serious tight muscle problems in the neck and shoulders. I know of a good myofascial therapist it is probably time to seek her out. I've been doing chiropractic and electro- acupuncture work to deal with the muscle weirdness with some improvement.

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on December 16, 2011
at 10:50 PM

Google Epley maneuver and/or BPPV exercise. (Some others include Brandt-Daroff maneuver, Semont maneuver, etc.) It won't answer your questions about calcium but these exercises/maneuvers are intended to stop the vertigo.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on December 16, 2011
at 11:00 PM

Thanks, I'll check that out.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on December 17, 2011
at 03:21 AM

This is precisely how conventional medicine would fix it. Plus one.

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on December 17, 2011
at 12:07 AM

i got this a couple of years ago and the doctor said it is usually the result of some sudden movement/ jerking of the head like when you sneeze. i don't recall any such event before i got it. but it lasted for 3 weeks. i was unable to move my head at all without holding on to something. it was awesome.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on December 17, 2011
at 05:56 AM

Free roller coaster ride. Wheeeee! Glad it only lasted 3 weeks. Luckily, mine isn't that bad, it only happens if I tip my head to the right or lie down on that side.

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on December 16, 2011
at 01:18 PM

See if you can lay on one side or the other at night. Helps my particles settle. Also, I have good luck with a mild decongestant at times. Good luck and hope you feel better soon. Once you can find what physical turning induces it, then you can avoid or find new positions. Dentist has strict instructions to let me lay down and sit up my way. Sometimes I have to turn my head slightly to the left. I sleep on my left side at night.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on December 16, 2011
at 11:04 PM

I can lie down on my left side no problem, it is only on the right side that things get spinny. I think it just hasn't been with me long enough to create any particular habits to cope with it other than lying there going, "Whoooooa! There goes the room again."

3ba7a9972345a27c04d593949ae88df5

(20)

on August 04, 2012
at 07:13 PM

I have suffered from sometimes truly debilitating vertigo intermittently for the last 10+ years. Giving up grain has definitely reduced the number of attacks as I think my attacks are related to allergies/sinus problems. At my worst, I had a roller coaster in my head without ever even moving. AWFUL! The old fashion sudafed that you have to get from behind the counter now always solved my problem, but I haven't had to use it much since I've given up grain. Yea! The calcium connection is interesting. I also stopped taking calcium citrate when I started taking vitamin D.

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