Vertigo diseases may be many and varied, but that doesn’t mean people know everything about this common symptom. Let’s take a look at six common misconceptions regarding vertigo and the conditions that lead to it. The last point will introduce you to a way that hundreds have found relief from vertigo in case studies.
Misconception 1 – All Cases of Vertigo Are the Same
This certainly is not true and for a number of different reasons. First of all, there are various causes of vertigo, so you can expect each underlying issue to lead to variations in how the symptoms present themselves. Second, vertigo itself can manifest in a number of ways since it really just means a false sensation of movement. Therefore, it isn’t always just a feeling that the room is spinning. Sometimes it can be a swaying or tilting sensation. Finally, vertigo episodes can vary in intensity as well as in duration.
Misconception 2 – Vertigo Is a Disease Itself
Vertigo is a symptom of a number of different conditions and syndromes, but it is not a disease in and of itself. Vertigo disease is a term that has developed online due to the fact that patients who search for vertigo without the word disease often find the classic movie or the modern graphic novel publishing company. That makes it necessary to call it vertigo disease for the sake of differentiating the symptom from these other more popular online searches.
Misconception 3 – You Should Always See a Doctor About Vertigo
While there are some very serious vertigo causes such as cardiac events or stroke, most causes of vertigo are no big deal. For example, vertigo can happen when you stand up too quickly, when you are starting to get a little dehydrated, or because your blood sugar is a little low. The solution may be as simple as standing up a little slower, watching your water intake, or eating meals on a regular schedule. If you are concerned about vertigo, by all means see a medical professional. Just know that most cases of vertigo are not serious.
Misconception 4 – Vertigo Is Just Something You Have to Deal with as You Get Older
First of all, while it is far less common, younger people can experience vertigo too. Second, even though vertigo becomes more common as a person ages, aging itself is not the cause of vertigo. So don’t give up on trying to find a way to stop vertigo or simply resign yourself to just having to live with it. Whether the underlying issues is trauma, stress, or a health condition, you can get help and should be able to reduce the frequency of your vertigo episodes, if not stop them completely.
Misconception 5 – People Who Get Vertigo Don’t Look Sick So They Must Not Be Very Ill
This can be a tough stigma to overcome if you are dealing with recurring vertigo. After all, how many times is your boss going to be okay with you staying home because “the room is spinning.” If the company wants a doctor’s note for missing a certain number of days of work, how are you going to feel about having to go the doctor’s office just to get a piece of paper saying you couldn’t drive because you were too dizzy? And that creates a bit of a paradox too because if you are too dizzy to get to work, who is going to take you to the doctor’s office to get the note? Sometimes it is easier to get people to believe you are sick when you have a cough, a stuffy nose, or a high fever. A person who doesn’t get vertigo may just think you’re being overly dramatic, and that can be tough to deal with because vertigo can be rather debilitating if it occurs often.
Misconception 6 – You Can’t Get Natural Relief for Vertigo
This one sounds like an ad for a pharmaceutical company, doesn’t it? They want you to believe that the only way to feel better is to take a pill. But there is no pill for Meniere’s disease, BPPV, post-concussion syndrome, or many of the other causes of vertigo. Often, the medication is just to treat a symptom rather than relieve the condition.
As we mentioned earlier, self-care can help depending on the cause of vertigo. Besides the other things we have mentioned, you can also try things like quitting smoking, laying down until vertigo passes, bending at the knees instead of the waist (specifically if your vertigo occurs when you bend over – a common trigger), and find positive ways to cope with stress (another common vertigo trigger).
We would also like to introduce you to a natural therapy that is growing in popularity among vertigo sufferers – upper cervical chiropractic care.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Vertigo
Upper cervical chiropractic care has been shown to be effective in regard to vertigo for hundreds of patients in case studies. In one study involving 60 vertigo patients, 80% saw the complete end of their vertigo, and the other 20% also received significant benefits. Interestingly, 56 of the 60 patients in the study could recall a specific head or neck injury that could have resulted in an upper cervical misalignment.
If you are suffering from vertigo and want a natural way to get out from under it, upper cervical chiropractic care may be the right option for you. To learn more, schedule a consultation with a practitioner in your area. You may find that the underlying issue is an easily correctable misalignment in the neck. What a relief that would be!
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