Persistent Postural Perceptual Dizziness, Or PPPD , Is One Of The Newest Vestibular Conditions To Receive Its Official Diagnostic Criteria Thought To Originate From Within The Vestibular System And Brain, PPPD Typically Generates Chronic Dizziness, Vertigo, And Or Unsteadiness That Is Worsened When Patients Are In An Upright Position Despite These Symptoms, Vestibular Tests Are Often Found To Be Normal Which Ends Up Leaving Patients With No Real Answers As To The Cause Of Their Ongoing DizzinessPPPD A Patient S Guide To Understanding Persistent Perceptual Postural Dizziness Was Written For The PPPD Patient In Order To Summarize The Available Research Specific To What PPPD Is, Who It Affects, And How It Can Be Treated In Addition, Chapters Are Included That Describe The Structure And Function Of The Vestibular System Along With Summarizing Several Other Related Vestibular Conditions That Are Capable Of Producing Symptoms Similar To What Is Experienced With PPPDThis Book Is Designed To Be A Comprehensive Source Of Information For PPPD Patients That Can Educate And Empower Them In Their Battle Against PPPD OverResearch Papers Are Cited Throughout The Book, Helping Patients To Be Armed With The Latest And Most Relevant Information That Will Allow Them To Have Informed And Productive Discussions With Their Medical Provider PPPD is a new diagnosis of dizziness a modern riff on old diagnoses like Chronic Subjective Dizziness and Visual Vertigo As yet there are a few articles about it, but no books apart from Mark Knoblauch s book here.
The strongest area of the book is its central third, which looks at the symptomatology of PPPD and which is grounded in the literature, all detailed in the Endnotes This is a helpful synthesis of material Though, if you ve already read the journal articles, there s nothing new.
The book is massively let down by a general sloppiness and laziness in its writing First, Knoblauch is not an elegant writer his prose is dull and repetitive Second, much of the book is filler For example, early in the book, in the section A background of PPPD , Knoblauch looks at the history of the diagnosis then later, in a chapter titled Predecessors of PPPD , he pretty much just repeats the same material, but words it differently Another ten pages of the book is devoted to describing other conditions which aren t PPPD, e.
g concussion The book as a whole is 115 pages long If you took the filler and repetition out, it would be a punchy little minigraph of maybe 60 pages and much better for it.
Evenfrustrating are the baffling contradictions and confusions that keep cropping up For exampleOn p.
38, Knoblauch writes that up to 8% of people report dizziness at some point in their lifetime but on p.
39, the very next page, he claims that up to 35% of the population is said to experience some degree of dizziness during their life Which is it On p.
48 he writes about Chronic Subjective Dizziness, which as a diagnostic category was similar to PPV Phobic Postural Vertigo yet highlighted the physical components of the condition rather than the psychological aspects But on p.
97 he claims that, by comparison with PPV, CSD hasemphasis on the psychological component of the disease One claim is the exact opposite of the other the first one is correct.
38 Knoblauch correctly distinguishes vertigo, which is a sensation of spinning, from dizziness, which is a sensation of light headedness Dizziness is not vertigo and does not involve perceived motion But on p.
118 he defines dizziness as a sensation that results in the patient feeling as if he or she is spinning Not consistent, and not true.
49, having discussed PPV, he gets confused and starts referring to PPPD as PPPV not once but three times.
Every book has mistakes, but when they re so frequent and so glaringly obvious, it gives the impression that the writer doesn t care It comes across as contempt for the reader he sthan happy to take your money, but in return he can t be bothered to do even the most basic things like re reading what s he written and doing a spell check.
Beggars can t be choosers This is the only book on PPPD, and thank god there s at least one But surely someone could do a better job.
This book is a thorough overview of the newly diagnosed Persistent Postural Perceptual Dizziness PPPD a condition that originates within the vestibular system and the brain, which causes chronic dizziness If you suffer from this vestibular condition, check out this comprehensive guide that offers insight and descriptions of the nature of PPPD, who it affects, and how it can be treated.
if you re hoping to gain some useful insight into this horrible condition you ve been suffering with for years, don t get your hopes up basically the book tells you that they ve officially added PPPD as a medical diagnosis and there isn t enough data yet about the condition to figure out how to treat it.
so while the author attempts to help, the book is completely useless, I didn t learn anythingthen I already knew from years of attempting to treat the condition.
2 stars for the good technical explanation of the workings of the inner ear, and a weak attempt at trying to comfort those with PPPD with hopes of progress to come, but if you read my review, you no longer need to get the book, trust me.
I was very excited to find the book thinking maybe there would be some hidden nugget inside to help my condition, sadly there was not.
Finally a book that explains PPPD I was diagnosed with this 3 years ago after spending a year being tested for EVERYTHING else I saw ENT, cardiology, pulmonology, neurology, neuro opthomology, neuro otology, MS specialists , I have MS and no one could figure it out I had every vestibular test and they were ALL normal VRT made it worse and after trying about 8 different meds , Zoloft finally helped Until it stopped 8 months ago Back to square 1 Not sure if I ll ever be cured but at least I understand it a littleThank you
I have been experiencing symptoms that no doctor has been able to explain or treat after 4 years of Ramsey Hunt Syndrome This book helped me to identify just what is going on in my world Now we need a cure.
What a great book to help people understand PPPD Early on, while trying to get a diagnosis, I found it extremely difficult to explain my symptoms After a diagnosis, it was evenchallenging trying to help myself, and those around me, understand what I was experiencing This book is much needed as many people, including doctors, have never heard of PPPD and it is about time we had some good, clear understanding of this disease Huge thanks to the author for such an informative and easy to understand book.