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Why do i get dizzy when i am in bed and i move around or

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
why do i get dizzy when i am in bed and i move around or stretch. it never happens when i am up walking around. what is going on.
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 9 years ago.

You may be suffering from a condition called BPV, Benign Positional Vertigo. People with this often have dizziness when in bed and getting up, because of the movements that occur when in this position. I have a link for you to look at, see down below in the link for symptoms. Here is the link

When asked about their dizziness, patients with benign positional vertigo (BPV) characteristically describe that the room or world is spinning. However, other descriptions, such as rocking, tilting, somersaulting, and the like, are also possible. All that matters is that an illusion of motion is caused by a misperception of a stimulus (the otoliths). Diagnosis of BPV is based on a characteristic history and a positive Hallpike test.

  • Episodic vertigo may occur with the following head movements:
    • Rolling over in bed
    • Lying down
    • Sitting up
    • Leaning forward
    • Turning the head in a horizontal plane
  • Symptoms of BPV are usually worse in the morning (the otoliths are more likely to clump together as the patient sleeps and exert a greater effect when the patient gets up in the morning) and mitigate as the day progresses (the otoliths become more dispersed with head movement).
  • Nausea is typically present (vomiting is less common).
  • A history of head trauma may be present, especially in young patients with BPV. The head trauma may dislodge the otoliths off their membrane within the utricle, allowing them the opportunity to enter the semicircular canals.