Vertigo is one of the most common symptoms that a person can experience because it is related to so many different underlying causes. It can stem from a problem in the ears or even a condition that affects the central nervous system. Today, we are going to take a closer look at just a few of those many causes. Then we will consider a natural therapy that has helped hundreds of patients to overcome vertigo in case studies.
Positional Vertigo – The Number One Cause
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the number one cause of this symptom. In short, it means that changes in head position trigger your vertigo attacks. Various head movements can be responsible for starting an episode. For example, you may do something as simple as sit up too quickly or bend over to pick something up.
Bouts of positional vertigo usually only last for mere seconds, with the longer end of things being just a couple of minutes. Because of this, the condition is considered rather non-threatening. However, the situation is not without risk. The sudden onset of vertigo can lead to a hazardous fall.
Therefore, it is essential to search for the underlying cause of your positional vertigo so as to correct it. Unfortunately, many patients with positional vertigo never discover the underlying issue, so it becomes a battle to identify triggers and avoid them.
One natural way to try and combat positional vertigo is with a repositioning technique called the Epley Maneuver. Your doctor can help you to perform a series of movements. If the underlying issue was a displaced calcium crystal in the inner ear, you might find immediate as well as long-term relief.
Meniere’s Disease – A Rare Vestibular Disorder
Meniere’s disease may be rare, but it is definitely one of the most recognizable causes of vertigo. One of the reasons is that vertigo associated with Meniere’s disease is much more severe than that experienced with other conditions. For example, a less severe flare-up of Meniere’s will lead to about 20 minutes of vertigo. A bad episode can last all day long!
Meniere’s disease also presents with several other identifying symptoms. One is tinnitus. This is a ringing or buzzing sound in the ear. Meniere’s also causes a feeling of pressure in the affected ear and partial hearing loss. As the disease progresses the hearing loss can get worse and become permanent. While Meniere’s usually affects just one ear, in some cases it can impact both.
Two Related but Unique Conditions
We will address labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis together because they are similar in many ways, but keep in mind that these are two different health conditions. Many articles regarding vertigo confuse this fact.
Let’s begin with the similarities. Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis are likely to occur in the wake of an illness such as the flu or a common cold. This is because these illnesses cause inflammation. The inflammation, in turn, leads to vertigo. Once the sickness is cleared up, the swelling begins to reside. Within about two weeks vertigo should end.
The main difference between the two conditions is the location of the inflammation. In the case of labyrinthitis, the inner ear experiences the swelling. This can block the ear from draining normally and contribute to vertigo.
On the other hand, vestibular neuritis is inflammation of the vestibular nerve. Since this nerve carries signals from the ear to the brain, the swelling can throw off transmission and result in vertigo.
PCS – Vertigo in the Wake of a Concussion
Vertigo and headaches are among the most common symptoms following head trauma. Recurring vertigo with no other known cause is one of the prevalent symptoms of post-concussion syndrome (PCS). Other symptoms of PCS include mood swings, sleep disturbances, depression, memory problems, confusion, and other central nervous system complications.
It is possible that several of the forms of vertigo noted above may be related to upper cervical misalignments. Subluxations in this area have the ability to affect both the CNS as well as the ears. Here are some of the effects that can lead to vertigo and what you can do about it.
Upper Cervical Subluxations and Vertigo
When the top two bones in the neck become misaligned, there can be profound effects. Among these changes that take place in the body are the following things, which may relate to the onset of vertigo.
- Blood flow changes – When the cervical spine becomes misaligned, it can affect blood flow to the head. This may impact both the brain and the ears negatively.
- Ear function changes – Changes in the surrounding soft tissue occur when a misalignment exists. These changes can affect the tubes that drain excess fluid away from the ears. Therefore, ear function can be impacted by a misalignment.
- Brainstem function changes – The atlas (C1 vertebra) surrounds and protects the brainstem. A misalignment can reverse this effect, applying pressure and impacting function.
Upper cervical chiropractic care provides natural relief from this specific type of subluxation. For some patients, improved upper cervical health has resulted in fewer or even no vertigo attacks. To learn more, contact a practitioner in your area and schedule a consultation.
You may have just found the natural way to get relief from your vertigo problem. If you are dealing with recurring vertigo, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, schedule your appointment today!