Vertigo is a form of dizziness that involves the sensation of movement. Patients often describe it as a feeling that the room is spinning. The causes of vertigo break down into two categories—central and peripheral vertigo.
Peripheral vertigo is due to physical causes such as an ear infection. Central vertigo refers to underlying causes that are related to the central nervous system. An example is a tumor in the cerebellum. One common factor connects central and peripheral vertigo—either can be the result of drug use. They can stem from prescription drugs or illegal drugs.
The Role of Medication in Vertigo
Vertigo is a common side effect of many medications. This is especially true of drugs that affect the central nervous system. For example, many medications used in the treatment of depression, seizures, and anxiety can cause vertigo. Since these medications affect the central nervous system, we consider it central vertigo. However, there are also a number of medications that affect the inner ear and may cause peripheral vertigo.
Finding Relief from the Spinning Sensation
You should speak with your physician before stopping medication use, even if you are experiencing some side effects. However, there is another common cause of the false sensation of spinning that is not medication-related. This is a misalignment of the upper cervical spine.
The C1 and C2 vertebrae make it easy for the head to move. Unfortunately, this same mobility increases the likelihood of misalignment. This is especially true if someone suffers a head injury while playing sports, or is involved in a car accident.
If you have vertigo, such misalignment may be involved. Those with a history of head or neck trauma are very likely to have it. Upper cervical chiropractic offers a long-lasting correction. It gives the tissue and nerves sufficient time to heal from damage. It uses low force for gentle adjustments. As a result, the feeling of spinning may become less severe or even resolve entirely.