What is vertigo?

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UCLA Health
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Vertigo is the sensation of movement, a feeling that “the room is spinning” or conversely a sensation of turning or moving when remaining still. The symptom usually has an abrupt onset and may be accompanied by nausea and difficulty walking. Head turning may aggravate the sensation and lying still helps relieve it. Vertigo stems from an inner ear problem affecting the balance mechanism that helps us stay upright. It usually resolves without treatment and within a few days.
Intermountain Healthcare
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Vertigo is a specific kind of dizziness. It is more than feeling lightheaded or unsteady. When you have vertigo, you may have an alarming sense that you are spinning, even when you are actually holding still.

Vertigo is not an illness itself. It's a symptom of another problem. The problem is most often in your inner ear, but it may be in your brain. Most of these problems are harmless and get better, but some can be life-threatening.
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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Vertigo is a feeling that you are spinning or that your surroundings are spinning around you. There are two main types of vertigo. Peripheral vertigo affects the parts of the inner ear responsible for balance and perceiving motion...

. Central vertigo cases are linked to disorders and diseases that affect the brain or brain stem. An episode of vertigo and ringing in the ears could indicate a condition called Meniere's disease. Dizziness is a common problem that can increase with age. It may also be caused by dehydration, poor eating habits, fatigue or stress. See your doctor to rule out any concerns. Learn more about preventing and treating dizziness and vertigo with expert advice from Sharecare.
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