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"If someone has Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, is it possible for them to faint?"
If so, what causes it, and how long would they be out? Is it common, uncommon, or unheard of for them to faint more than once during a length of time? Is it life threatening?
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV as it is called most often, is a condition that can be very concerning for the people who have it. It can cause significant disruptions in life and decrease quality of life in a severe manner. It responds only marginally to medications that are commonly used to treat it, and the best treatments are those aimed at reorienting the crystals in the inner ear that have become dislodged. (The symptoms are thought to be caused by crystals in the ear getting out of place and sending signals to your brain that cause disorientation). Fainting, however, is not a common complaint with BPPV. If you or someone you know is having fainting associated with their dizziness, they should discuss this with their doctor to make sure that they have the correct diagnosis and treatment. There are other things that can cause similar symptoms, some of which can be quite concerning and need immediate attention. I would say that you should speak with your doctor about the fainting episodes fairly quickly, as this could be something more serious. Please speak with your doctor to make sure that you obtain the right diagnosis and treatment.
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