Why do I have dizziness after COVID – 19 vaccine?

As COVID-19 vaccines continue to rise, we are seeing patients arrive to our practice with side effects. Dizziness after COVID-19 vaccine can be common.

A common side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine is dizziness.

In many individuals, dizziness can go away within a few days but in others, it can last longer. If the dizziness feels more like vertigo, or “room spinning sensation”, then you may actually have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common peripheral vestibular diseases. Unlike some cases of dizziness that just go away on its own, the main treatment of this disease is rehabilitation therapy using canalith repositioning procedure. This can be managed by a vestibular specialist through a bedside examination and treatment.

BPPV symptoms are recurrent, brief attacks of vertigo. It is usually described as the room spinning for a short period of time.

Most recently, a medical study by van Damm et al examined which questions in the patient history most likely lead to diagnosing BPPV.

The authors found the most reliable symptoms for BPPV in patient history are a short duration of the dizziness spell and provocation of dizziness by rolling over in bed.

Of note, the length of symptoms are less than 1 minute.

Other common symptoms of BPPV are looking up, bending over, or lying down.

To summarize, dizziness after COVID-19 can be a common side effect. However, if it doesn’t go away in a few days, then you could actually have BPPV. This may go away on its own over time, but if not, we recommend seeking professional help.

Contact us to see how we can help you!

6 thoughts on “Why do I have dizziness after COVID – 19 vaccine?

    • Physiofit says:

      In most states, you can see a vestibular physical therapist without a physician referral as these trained therapist can perform a full evaluation and if BPPV, the first line treatment is canalith repositioning procedures. Other doctors are ENTs and even some chiropractors do it.
      Hope that helps!

  1. Ann says:

    I have never had bppv and had 3 boughts of it after my first Pfizer shot beginning a week after and now after my second have had it every day! I wish I had seen posts about this connection before getting shots. I never would have. This is hell.

    • Physiofit says:

      Hi Ann,
      Don’t be too discouraged!
      The good thing with BPPV is that there are great diagnostic and treatment approaches! Simple, bedside manuevers can be highly effective. I would recommend seeking out a vestibular physical therapist near you.

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