Dizziness/Vertigo and Weight Loss

Achieving, and maintaining, weight loss is a significant challenge. The journey can become much harder when movement is difficult due to stiffness or even pain. Most people have experienced achy muscles or joints. However, another less common but equally restricting symptom is dizziness.

Dizziness is sometimes referred to as vertigo, which is often described as a sense that the room is spinning. This can also often be accompanied by nausea. Anyone who has experienced this in the past will be quick to say that it is nearly incapacitating when it occurs.

There are many causes of dizziness and vertigo, but a common and rapidlycurable variation is called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV for short.

Up to 2.4% of the population may experience BPPV in their lifetime, with up to 30% of all dizziness and vertigo complaints stemming from BPPV1.

BPPV is typically trigged when performing certain movements like turning the head or looking up, as well as when changing body position such as when getting in to and out of bed.

A physical therapist can examine you and use their objective findings to differentiate between BPPV and another condition.

BPPV can often be resolved rapidly, taking as little at 3-5 sessions in some cases. Don’t let your dizziness or vertigo slow your weight loss journey, if you suffer from dizziness reach out to a physical therapist today!

Von Brevern M, Radtke A, Lezius F, et al. Epidemiology of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo: a population based study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. 2007;78(7):710-715. doi:10.1136/jnnp.2006.100420.