Vertigo & Dizziness

Vertigo & Dizziness

Vertigo is a feeling that you are spinning or that the room is spinning around you. The most common form of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Some of the symptoms of BPPV are dizziness, nausea, loss of balance, blurred vision and vomiting. This kind is rarely serious and can be treated. Vertigo can also be a sign of inflammation in the inner ear, which is called labyrinthitis (lab-rynth-I-tis). You might also have Mnire's disease, which consists of episode of vertigo and ringing in the ears. Vertigo can also be a sign of something more serious, so see your doctor to rule out anything serious.

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    AUCLA Health answered
    The type of dizziness called instability may have multiple causes and is often due to neurological disease. Poor vision, peripheral neuropathy and cerebrovascular disease are common findings with this condition. Alcohol and a variety of medications, including pain relievers, tranquilizers, antidepressants and other drugs, may play a contributing role. Normal aging changes in posture and nerve function, combined with disease or medication, can also cause instability.
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    AUCLA Health answered

    The most common syndrome of dizziness is what doctors refer to as “instability” -- a sensation of unsteadiness that occurs only when people are upright. They feel as though they are losing their balance or might stumble and often need to hold onto furniture or touch the walls when moving. They cannot walk in a straight line.

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    AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    When people get vertigo attacks, they feel as if the world is spinning. Nausea and anxiety follow. Although these dizzy spells may last only 30 seconds to 2 minutes, they're discombobulating.

    People who get hit with benign positional vertigo can't be sure of what's up or what's down. For the more than 160,000 North Americans diagnosed with vertigo every year, that makes it hard to drive (you never know when an attack might hit) or feel comfortable with physical activity (just tilting your head can trigger a dizzy spell).
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    If you have vertigo that comes and goes, you need to go to a clinic or doctor. Vertigo is usually harmless, but the cause needs to be identified. Your doctor can often give you medicine or a simple treatment in the office to lessen or relieve your symptoms. Sometimes, the doctor may recommend certain exercises or therapy. This depends on what may be causing your vertigo.
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    Call 911 or go to the hospital emergency room if you have vertigo along with one or more of these symptoms:
    • Severe headache
    • Temperature over 100 degrees F
    • Double vision
    • Trouble speaking or hearing
    • Inability to walk
    • Passing out
    • Numbness or tingling
    • Chest pain or severe trouble breathing
    • Vomiting that won't stop
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    Healthcare professionals recommend that if an individual is susceptible to vertigo (dizziness), they should: be aware of the possibility of losing balance, which can lead to falling and serious injury. Patients are directed to sit or lie down immediately when feeling dizzy; avoid driving a car or operating heavy machinery if experiencing frequent dizziness; use good lighting when getting out of bed at night; walk with a cane for stability; and avoid using caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. Excessive use of these substances can constrict blood vessels and worsen signs and symptoms. Always work closely with a doctor to manage symptoms effectively. A doctor or pharmacist can also advise the individual about certain medications that may cause dizziness.

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    AHealthwise answered
    Lightheadedness makes a person feel that he or she is about to faint or pass out. It is caused by a momentary drop in blood pressure and blood flow to the head.Nausea or vomiting sometimes accompanies lightheadedness. Symptoms usually improve or go away after lying down.It is common to feel lightheaded occasionally. Lightheadedness often occurs when a person gets up too quickly from a seated or lying position (orthostatic hypotension).Unlike vertigo, lightheadedness does not produce a sensation of movement. Vertigo causes a spinning or whirling sensation that may lead to nausea or vomiting, loss of balance, trouble walking or standing, and falling.

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    Dizziness, or lightheadedness, is a feeling of unsteadiness. Dizziness can lead to feeling faint or to fainting (brief loss of consciousness).

    Dizziness can be caused by many things, including stress and/or problems with brain functions.

    Dizziness often goes away or improves after lying down. If it does not, it may be linked with conditions related to the inner ear or brain function.

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    Vertigo is the sensation that you, your surroundings, or both are spinning. Dizziness can cause symptoms of vertigo, lightheadedness, faintness, or unsteadiness. Vertigo and dizziness are often easily diagnosed and treated. Most cases of vertigo and dizziness are linked to balance disorders originating in the inner ears.
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    Because central vertigo is linked to a disorder or disease in the brain, central vertigo can only be prevented by preventing these brain conditions. Dizziness triggered by dehydration, poor eating habits, fatigue, or stress can be prevented with lifestyle changes. Vertigo and dizziness cannot be prevented unless the underlying cause is diagnosed.