What is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo?
Vertigo is a very specific kind of dizziness: the feeling that you’re going around and around or that the inside of your head is spinning. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of this condition.
Each part of the name describes a key part of the inner-ear disorder:
• Benign means it’s not very serious. Your life is not in danger.
• Paroxysmal means that it hits suddenly and lasts a short time.
• Positional means you trigger the vertigo with certain postures or movements.
It's common, and usually can be treated in a doctor’s office.
In rare cases, the problem can be serious if it increases your chances of falling. If you get these attacks often, it could point to other medical conditions. They’re often hard to diagnose, though.