Jason Day and BPPV
The 2015 U.S. open was recently played at Chambers Bay. During the second round of play, Jason Day, the 8th ranked golfer in the world, was overcome with symptoms of vertigo and collapsed on the 9th hole. His diagnosis: BPPV. This is not the first time Day has experienced these symptoms. Day stated “Last year, I (withdrew) after I had vertigo and this one was worse.” He reported feeling nauseous all day on Friday, and experienced symptoms again during Round Three on Saturday. Day was treated by local physicians, Dr. Robert Stoecker and Dr. Charles Souliere, and was able to finish the tournament, tying for 9th place. Every possible effort was taken to not provoke his symptoms, such as carrying his head as still as possible and bending at his knees to pick up his ball.
What is BPPV?
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo. It is defined as the sudden sensation that you are spinning or that the inside of your head is spinning. Signs and symptoms of BPPV can include: dizziness, vertigo, a loss of balance/unsteadiness, nausea, or vomiting. Nystagmus, which is abnormal rhythmic eye movement, can also accompany symptoms of BPPV. Symptoms are usually brief, most of the time lasting less than one minute in duration. It can be triggered by positional changes with your head. Examples of movement include nodding your head, laying back or rolling over in bed.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms, contact our office to make an appointment for an evaluation.
- Click the link below to see Dr. J. Douglas Green, neurotologist at Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute, give an interview on BPPV with JAX Channel 4 News.