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Can you get BPPV if you have Meniere's Disease?
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Can you get BPPV if you have Meniere's Disease?

Author: Cheryl Wylie, PT

Y'all aren't gonna like this answer:

YES (don't shoot the messenger!)

In fact, the likelihood of getting BPPV is HIGHER in people with Meniere's Disease than the average population (up to 38% some studies have shown!)

But why? ūü§Ē

This type of BPPV is referred to as secondary BPPV, meaning it occurs when there is already a disorder of the vestibular system.

We believe this is due to a reduce function of the Dark Cells within our inner ear. Dark Cells exist to absorb any loose particles (such as crystals or otoconia). If these Dark Cells aren't functioning properly, there is reason to believe that more particles are floating around in the inner ear and there is an increased chance that these can migrate into the semicircular canals and cause BPPV.

It's important for patients and practitioners alike to know the risk of BPPV, and seek help from a vestibular therapist or the Healing Vertigo App if position provoking vertigo suddenly occurs.

Remember, this vertigo will typically be short in duration (less than 1 minute) and brought on with head and body positions such as looking up and rolling over in bed.

If you have Meniere's, or any other vestibular disorder, it's important to be aware of the symptoms of BPPV and talk to your healthcare provider right away if you think you may be experiencing it!

About the Author 

Cheryl Wylie, is a vestibular physiotherapist and owner of Healing Vertigo. She is also the creator of our Vertigo Treatment App, and instructs vestibular courses to other healthcare professionals.
She offers virtual vestibular therapy for all Ontario Residents. If you're interested in working with Cheryl, connect below!