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The spinning sensation and dizziness you get from vertigo can limit your activities and make you feel sick. Depending on the cause, though, some simple maneuvers you can do at home might bring relief.

The most common type is BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), and it's also the easiest to treat. BPPV happens when small crystals of calcium get loose in your inner ear. You may feel it when you're getting in or out of bed, or tilting your head up. People over 60 are more likely to get this form.

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Before you try to treat it yourself, see your doctor. If you have vertigo, you'll need to know what type you have and which ear has the problem.

If you have BPPV, certain actions can move the calcium crystals that cause the problem out of your ear canal. That should bring relief.

Your doctor or a therapist can show you how to do these moves.

Epley Maneuver

If your vertigo comes from your left ear and side:

  • Sit on the edge of your bed. Turn your head 45 degrees to the left. Place a pillow under you so when you lie down, it rests between your shoulders rather than under your head.
  • Quickly lie down, face up, with your head on the bed (still at the 45-degree angle). The pillow should be under your shoulders. Wait 30 seconds (for any vertigo to stop).
  • Turn your head half-way (90 degrees) to the right without raising it. Wait 30 seconds.
  • Turn your head and body on its side to the right, so you're looking at the floor. Wait 30 seconds.
  • Slowly sit up, but remain on the bed a few minutes.

If the vertigo comes from your right ear, reverse these instructions. Sit on your bed, turn your head 45 degrees to the right, and so on.

Do these movements three times before going to bed each night, until you've gone 24 hours without dizziness.

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