So I wanted to share my personal experience. Everyone is different. My first attack occurred when I rolled over in bed to my right side. All of a sudden the room was spinning wildly round and round to the right and my eyes were jerking to the left. For the next two weeks I had attacks on and off, always precipitated by a head movement, usually to the left. I didn’t dare drive as if I had one during driving I would go off the road and crash (think of how much you have to turn your head while driving!) I got an rx for Meclizine but it didn’t help much. I was seen in Urgentcare and diagnosed with BPPV. I got an appointment with a specialist MD for the head maneuver but couldn’t get in for two weeks. The day before the appointment, the vertigo went away.
Since then I’ve had a couple brief, minor episodes that only lasted a few days. But I had one other major episode that again lasted two weeks. I could only lie on my left side as if I rolled to the right then the room began spinning. It would also be triggered by putting my head back (like washing hair in shower) or just getting up and down. I kept my cell in my pocket while doing chores in case I fell, also had friends check in with me before and after doing outside chores. I was worried about falling and hitting my head on concrete or breaking a bone. I didn’t drive for two weeks.
During this major attack, I DID have a fall due to a sudden bout of vertigo. It is called a “drop attack.” I looked in a mirror and suddenly the room was spinning so severely that I grabbed onto a wooden vanity. I felt like the vanity was falling on top of me. In reality, it didn’t move but my new vanity ended up with some deep scratches; it did break my fall and stopped me from hitting my head on tub. The vertigo stopped right after that, I think the calcium particles moving back into the right place caused the drop attack.
For the past few months I’ve only had a few seconds of vertigo, once at hair dressers (putting head back into wash bowl) and once getting into position for a hip MRI (leaning head back while getting into position.) Also while washing hair in shower, putting head back to rinse.
Once you get BPPV, it’s not unusual to get it again. Crossing my fingers for the both of us!