Is It a Stroke or Simply Vertigo?

How to know if you have stroke or vertigo?

Vertigo is described as the false sensation that the person or the things around him are moving or spinning. It can be an extremely frightening experience as one man in Modesto, CA found out. Retired real estate agent, Bob Amberger, was sure he was having a stroke. He experienced a whirling sensation around him when he tried to get up from the bed. After that, he called 911 and spent the next day and night in the hospital undergoing intense and expensive testing. However, doctors revealed it was vertigo.

The symptoms of vertigo are:

  • A sensation of motion or disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • A loss of balance or a feeling of unsteadiness

The most common form of vertigo is BPPV or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. It can last for a minute, go away and not come back, or reoccur at any time. Sometimes one experiences vertigo when he moves his head in a certain way.

Finding Help for Vertigo Naturally

One thing professionals are doing to help patients is the Epley maneuver. The man mentioned above was still having vertigo symptoms two weeks after leaving the hospital. He located someone willing to help him perform the Epley maneuver. It helps by rearranging the crystals of the inner ear and often leads to faster resolution of vertigo after an attack strikes. While this has been successful in helping some, others still suffer. Plus, this maneuver doesn’t prevent future attacks from occurring.

Vertigo often has connection to a misalignment of the upper neck vertebrae. If the C1 or C2 are misaligned by even ¼ of a millimeter, they can be putting pressure on the brainstem – the communication superhighway of the body. Similarly, if hindrance of signals occurs, the brain cannot determine where the body's location in its environment and vertigo may ensue.

Upper cervical chiropractors use a very gentle method to encourage the neck bones to move back into place without popping or twisting them. This has been shown in case studies to help lessen the symptoms of vertigo or to eliminate them altogether. To learn more, find an upper cervical chiropractor near you.

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