Is Vertigo a Symptom of Something Else?


Vertigo is a type of dizziness that involves the unnatural feeling of movement or spinning. We can induce vertigo in ourselves without realizing it. It occurs when you spin in circles for some time or get on a ride in an amusement park. However, vertigo diagnosis comes as no surprise for real sufferers as they are used to it. Vertigo can hit patients without notice and vanish just as fast. Sometimes it lingers for a few hours more or days.   


Typical Signs and Symptoms of Vertigo

What symptoms suggest a possible vertigo?

  • Tinnitus or hearing loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • A racing heartbeat
  • Feeling off-balance or being pulled in one direction
  • Nystagmus (uncontrolled eye movements)
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Double vision

Dizziness is one of the leading reasons why elderly people end up in the emergency room. However, the root cause is not always vertigo. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis of the underlying cause of vertigo frequently happens, resulting in patients not getting the right care for them. 


Is Vertigo a Symptom of Something Else?

Yes, vertigo is often a symptom of a medical condition. It can be due to several disorders, and here are the most common examples:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)

Known as the number one vestibular disorder, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) comes about because of the accumulation of small calcium crystals in the inner ear’s canals. Responsible for our sense of balance, when the chunk of crystals moves out of their position and travel to an area where they should not be, it can lead to a sense of movement. The signals reach the brain, causing vertigo. Trauma to the neck or head is often the cause.

  • Meniere’s disease

Excessive fluid in the inner ear leading to pressure. As a result, these symptoms of Meniere’s disease may follow: hearing loss, tinnitus, nausea, and vomiting. 

  • Labyrinthitis

This condition has vertigo as one of its chief symptoms. Viral infections cause the inflammation of the labyrinth, leading to severe vertigo attacks accompanied by feeling off-balance, nausea, and vomiting. Anyone who suffers from it may also deal with tinnitus, a feeling of fullness in the affected ear, and balance problems.

  • Vestibular neuritis

The swelling of the vestibular nerve causes this disorder. The vestibular nerve helps the body keeps its balance. It is likely a result of an inner ear infection. Vertigo caused by vestibular neuritis is pretty severe and lasts a day or more. Some cases involve hearing loss. According to a report by the Cleveland Clinic, 95% of people with the condition recover without recurring attacks. 

  • Vestibular migraines

Vertigo and migraines can go hand in hand. The exact reason why it happens remains a mystery, but recent studies point to the stimulation of the trigeminal nerve as the possible cause. Women suffer more than men from vestibular migraines.

  • Head or brain injuries

Any sort of injury or trauma affecting the head or brain can bring on vertigo attacks.


Vertigo Triggers to Avoid

As you can see, vertigo does not have a singular underlying cause. It may stem due to various conditions. However, some consistent situations trigger its attack. If you deal with vertigo, be aware of these triggers that can prompt an attack or make it worse. 

    • Head position: As mentioned about BPPV, moving your head to certain positions or too suddenly could result in a vertigo episode. 
    • Motion sickness: A boat ride or cruise can cause a rocking sensation. Some people deal with vertigo that lasts for days until it subsides. 
    • Medication side effects: Quite a lot of medications include vertigo in their list of possible side effects. This is often the case when people take a high dosage of their medication. You can avoid it by taking only a low dosage of medicine in the beginning before you increase the dose as approved by your doctor. 
    • Dehydration: Even mild dehydration can trigger the whirling feeling of vertigo. 
    • Migraines: Again, migraine attacks can include symptoms of vertigo.
  • Sinus or viral infections
  • Foods with sugar or salt
  • Caffeine or alcohol
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Prolonged bed rest

What I suggest you do if you suffer from vertigo is to record your symptoms and the activities you do. In this way, you can pinpoint the potential trigger(s) of your attacks. You are lucky if you only deal with harmless vertigo attacks as they often are inconvenient and unpleasant. Do not postpone your visit to a doctor, especially when your vertigo gets in the way of your ability to accomplish daily routines or when they happen too frequently.


A Natural Method That Works for Vertigo

Experiencing chronic vertigo most likely means you are dealing with an underlying condition. I encourage you to consult with an upper cervical chiropractor to help you. Upper cervical doctors possess in-depth knowledge of the critical connection between the vertebrae of the upper neck and the functions of the balance system.

When either the atlas or axis vertebra shifts out of proper alignment, the brainstem suffers from unnecessary stress. The pressure leads to the sending of false information to the brain about the location of the body in relation to its surroundings. For example, when the brainstem dictates to the bran that the body is moving even when it is not, vertigo is the nasty result. 

We employ a specific and gentle technique that naturally influences the misaligned bone to go back into position using only low to zero force. One great benefit of upper cervical chiropractic adjustments is they hold longer and may only need lesser chiropractor visits for you to notice results. You can feel a significant improvement in your vertigo symptoms after only a couple of visits.

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