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When I turn over onto my right side in bed or look down I

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When I turn over onto my right side in bed or look down I feel as though the room is spinning so fast and I have to cling onto something to stop myself from falling
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 6 months ago.
Hello from JustAnswer. This is Dr. Love and I will be glad to help you today. This spinning sensation is called vertigo. If this is of short duration, such as the last few days or less, it is most likely due to inflammation of the inner ear, called labyrinthitis. This is usually a self-limited problem and will usually resolve spontaneously, and is frequently a viral infection. It is only rarely a bacterial infection, but if the symptoms are more severe or persistent, then it may be appropriate to consider antibiotics. The usual approach would be medicines to help ease symptoms. While most of the medicines are only available by prescription, it would be reasonable to try some Benadryl to see if it helps. If this has been of longer duration, it is most often due to benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. BPPV is due to crustal formation in the inner ear that can settle into a sensitive part of the ear and cause irritation. The usual treatment for this are certain maneuvers that move the crystals away from the point of irritation, such as an Epley maneuver. If this is the problem, then your doctor can teach you the maneuvers. The are several other, less common causes of vertigo, such as Menieres disease or inflammation of the nerve the serves the inner ear, a type of neuritis. If the vertigo is persistent, then it would be appropriate to see an ENT physician for a proper evaluation. If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 6 months ago.
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