Vertigo is a false sensation of motion that can be described as spinning, tilting, or motion sickness. Vertigo occurrence is divided into two categories based on the underlying cause. Central vertigo refers to the symptom being caused somewhere in the central nervous system. Today we’re going to talk about peripheral vertigo, which has the inner ear as its cause. What are some conditions that lead to vertigo and is there a natural, drug-free way to find relief? Read on to learn more about the more common type of vertigo – peripheral vertigo.
What Other Symptoms Commonly Occur Along with Vertigo?
Vertigo is generally a symptom of a vestibular condition rather than a condition on its own. As a result, vertigo is often not the only symptom a person is experiencing. Common symptoms that may accompany vertigo include:
- Loss of hearing in the affected ear
- Loss of balance
- Tinnitus – ringing in the ears
- Difficulty focusing
With this in mind, we’re going to look at 4 conditions associated with peripheral vertigo.
4 Types of Peripheral Vertigo
What are some of the conditions that have vertigo as a primary symptom? Here are 4:
- BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) – This is the most common condition associated with vertigo. In fact, vertigo is often the only symptom. In this case, vertigo is triggered by having the head in certain positions. Bouts of vertigo don’t last very long, but they can be severe enough to cause a fall. Also, episodes may be frequent.
- Meniere’s disease – This is a severe vestibular condition. Bouts of vertigo may last all day long and can cause nausea and vomiting. Severe tinnitus can also be debilitating. Meniere’s patients often suffer hearing loss in the affected ear. There is also a feeling of fullness in the ear. On rare occasions, a person may have Meniere’s in both ears.
- Vestibular neuronitis – This condition occurs when a virus causes inflammation of the vestibular nerve. Since this is the nerve that sends signals from the ear to the brain about balance and spatial orientation, vertigo can occur along with nausea, vomiting, balance problems, and an earache. It doesn’t usually happen during a cold or flu but as a person is getting over the illness.
- Labyrinthitis – This is inflammation of the inner ear itself. It can be caused by an ear infection, but also by a virus like a cold or flu. Earache and fever may accompany vertigo. It should clear up when the underlying condition does or within a few days afterward.
How Will a General Practitioner Approach Vertigo?
If your vertigo is resulting from an infection, antibiotics will be provided to relieve the infection. If the condition is also causing nausea, you may get an anti-nausea medication like prochlorperazine. Prescription strength antihistamines may also be provided to reduce the amount of fluid in the ears. On occasion, a doctor may prescribe an anti-anxiety medication such as a benzodiazepine to relieve the effects of vertigo. However, these are highly addictive and should be used with caution.
If hearing loss or tinnitus progress, hearing aids may be recommended in order to correct the hearing deficiency or to help you hear better despite the ringing sound. Also, certain canalith repositioning maneuvers such as the Epley maneuver may be demonstrated if it is believed your problem springs from a displaced particle in one of the inner ear canals.
Avoiding Vertigo Triggers
It may also be recommended to you to observe what causes a vertigo attack and try to avoid the same conditions. Activities and occurrences that commonly trigger vertigo include:
- Looking up
- Bending over
- Bright lights
- Sudden head movements
As you can imagine, some of these triggers can be difficult to avoid. You may be used to tilting your head back to wash your hair in the shower. There may be no one else around to pick something up for you if you drop it. It can certainly be difficult to avoid bright lights on a sunny day. And an unexpected sight or sound can cause you to turn your head rapidly without even thinking about it. You should be able to handle these common situations without having to worry about the world starting to spin, nausea setting in, or even a fall that could cause injury. Is there a natural way to relieve vertigo?
Natural Help for Vertigo Patients
Upper cervical chiropractors have been finding success in helping vertigo patients for years. Back in 2006, a study saw 80% of a group of 60 vertigo patients completely symptom-free after 1 to 6 months of care. The other 20% of patients all saw significant reductions in vertigo severity and the frequency of attacks.
The fact is that many of the problems related to vertigo can easily be caused by a small subluxation of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. These bones are in proximity to the ears. As a result, they can affect the vestibular nerve and even the Eustachian tubes that drain fluid from the inner ear. When the misalignment is corrected, the symptoms may subside either rapidly or over time.
Upper cervical chiropractic is particularly effective for those who have suffered some form of head or neck trauma in the past that could have caused a misalignment. However, normal wear and tear or poor posture can also lead to alignment issues. To learn more, contact a practitioner in your area. A no-obligation consultation may be your first step toward finding natural relief from vertigo.