Vertigo is the sensation that everything is moving or spinning around a person who is standing still or perhaps even sitting or lying down. Many confuse vertigo with a fear of heights. Perhaps this is because of the Alfred Hitchcock film entitled Vertigo in which the main character suffers from such a fear (the actual term for a fear of heights is acrophobia).
Common Vertigo Causes
The two most common vertigo causes are benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and migraines.
BPPV is the most common and is based on head position. Thus, a person may sit up in bed too quickly or turn his head to see something, and vertigo strikes suddenly. In most cases, vertigo only lasts for a few minutes, and there are even some positions a person can move the head to in order to reset the fluid in the inner ear. This may help an episode of vertigo to resolve more quickly though it won’t prevent future attacks.
Migraines, especially vestibular migraines, have vertigo as a common symptom. Silent migraines involve symptoms such as vertigo and other common migraine signs without the more common severe headache.
How to Deal with Vertigo Minus the Prescription Meds
Most doctors will prescribe a water pill (diuretic) for frequent cases of vertigo, especially if vertigo is associated with Meniere’s disease. These pills work by reducing fluid levels in the body and therefore the amount of fluid in the ears. However, side effects can include dehydration, muscle fatigue, and frequent urination.
Upper cervical chiropractic care is a viable option for many vertigo sufferers. This is especially true if you have a history of head or neck trauma. In fact, one study involving 60 vertigo patients with a history of such injuries saw 80% of the participants become vertigo free in under half a year, and the other 20% all experienced significant improvement in symptoms.
Contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you to learn if your vertigo may be related to an upper cervical misalignment.