Vertigo: 7 Triggers and 6 Conditions Associated With It


Vertigo is a type of dizziness that forces you to feel as if your surroundings or you are spinning out of control. Imagine yourself standing outdoors, relaxing, and looking at the beautiful sceneries around you, then suddenly, you feel like you are riding a merry-go-round.  It is how some people experience their vertigo episodes. Vertigo is frequently due to some other health problem. Some individuals go for many years without getting a proper diagnosis.

This sensation can hit you without warning. It can linger for a few minutes or sometimes, even days. When vertigo happens, it is usually harmless. However, it can put you in danger if you drive on the freeway, operate heavy machinery, or climb the stairs or ladder. People with vertigo usually experience other symptoms such as:

  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Feeling off-balanced or pulled in one way
  • Double vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Hearing loss
  • Involuntary eye movements (Nystagmus)
  • Racing heartbeat


What Are The Common Triggers Of Vertigo Attacks?

Often, there are specific triggers that can bring about your vertigo episodes. Therefore, you must become aware of these common triggers and try to avoid them as much as you can:

  • Dehydration

Not drinking sufficient water may dehydrate you, which often causes the spinning and whirling feeling of vertigo.

  • Anxiety

Vertigo tends to come while you have intense anxiety attacks. Anxiety connects to several sensations that resemble vertigo, such as lightheadedness, dizziness, and nausea.

  • Sudden Shifting Of Your Head

When you suffer from BPPV, any change in your head‘s orientation or moving the head too fast will often trigger a vertigo attack. 

  • Too Much Stress

Many people report dealing with a stressor before a vertigo attack occurs. Excessive stress can bring about vertigo.

  • Medication

Certain medications include vertigo as one of their potential side effects. Also, high doses of medicine can cause vertigo in some people.

  • Caffeine Or Alcohol

Too much caffeine intake or withdrawing from it can cause vertigo. Alcohol can disrupt the equilibrium of your body and trigger vertigo attacks.

  • Particular Food With Too Much Salt Or Sugar

Salt can trigger fluid body imbalance, which leads to a building up of pressure in your inner ear. Besides, food with a lot of sugar can also cause vertigo attacks. Sugar affects your blood sugar levels.


The Six Conditions Linked To Vertigo

Vertigo is not a condition by itself. It can be one of the symptoms of an underlying disease. Problems in the brain, other parts of the central nervous system (CNS), and the inner ear can cause vertigo. Also, vertigo is frequently a symptom of conditions such as:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

It is the most prevalent vestibular condition, and this happens when there is an otoconia (calcium crystals) buildup in the canals of your inner ear. If they transfer to where they should not belong, it will cause a sensation of movement. 

That signal is then relayed to the brain and would result in a vertigo attack. BPPV can occur suddenly, at any time, and for no apparent reasons. This condition happens among those who experienced a head or neck trauma or injury.

  • Vestibular Neuritis

It occurs when the vestibular nerve, responsible for the body’s sense of balance, becomes inflamed. Thus, it would result in dizziness or vertigo. Vertigo attacks can sometimes happen for a day or more. They are often debilitating, causing people to miss out on their daily routines. 

People with vestibular neuritis may experience hearing loss. Fortunately, about 95% of patients frequently make a full recovery, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

  • Labyrinthitis

This condition triggers intense vertigo attacks and with nausea, vomiting, and being off-balanced. It usually starts due to a viral infection that affects your labyrinth – the system of looping tubes and sacs within the inner ear. People with this condition may have a sensation of fullness in their ears. Also, tinnitus may occur, along with problems with balance.

  • Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s disease can result from fluid buildup and shifting pressure in the inner ear. It may consist of nausea and vomiting, ringing in the ears, and hearing loss. This condition is a rare disorder and often afflicts adults aged 40 to 60 years old.

  • Vestibular Migraines

It is an issue in the nervous system that triggers persistent vertigo or dizziness. Doctors are not entirely sure of its cause. However, some would credit it to the stimulation of the trigeminal nerve that may lead to nystagmus. Women are more vulnerable to getting vestibular migraines compared to men.

  • Head Or Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) frequently causes vertigo due to the damage dealt with the inner ear's sensory organs. Doctors report that between 30% to 65% of individuals with TBI also suffer from disequilibrium (lack of balance while standing or sitting) and dizziness.


A Natural Method to Manage Chronic Vertigo

Now you are aware of the six conditions positively associated with vertigo. If you experience vertigo attacks with no connection to any of those stated above, you can perhaps benefit from upper cervical chiropractic care.

Upper cervical chiropractors clearly understand the connection between the upper neck's bones and your body's balance system. Any misalignment in the C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) vertebrae would deal with excess stress and pressure on your brainstem. When this occurs, the brainstem would become irritated from the misaligned bones and would malfunction. As a result, the brainstem would send improper signals to the brain. Since the signals are wrong about the location of the body, conflicting signals would ensue. The brain thinks the body is moving, but it is not. Thus, vertigo becomes the result. 

Upper cervical care uses a specific method of examining and adjusting the spine's upper cervical vertebrae. We focus on the atlas and axis vertebrae. We also use neurological tests, heat sensitive instrumentation, and other scientific means to determine and correct misalignments in the upper cervical spine. Our precise and gentle method naturally assists the vertebrae in returning to proper positions without any excess force. Our delicate and accurate procedure's success lasts longer, and many patients experience significant improvements in their vertigo symptoms immediately.

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