We’re going to address some of the most commonly asked questions regarding vertigo disease. Once we have answered some of these important questions, we will also inform you of a natural means of getting help for many types of vertigo that is bringing hope to those who once thought this was a permanent issue.
Q: Can I Catch Vertigo from Someone Else?
A: No, vertigo is not contagious. That having been said, some of the underlying causes are. For example, if you catch a cold or the flu from someone, you may end up with some inflammation in your inner ear or around the vestibular nerve. In these cases, vertigo may be caused by a condition you caught. However, vertigo itself is not contagious.
Q: Is There a Cure for Vertigo?
A: Going strictly by the word cure, the answer is no. However, this is in part because vertigo is not a condition on its own, but rather a symptom of many different underlying problems. There may be a way to relieve the underlying issue permanently. In such cases, vertigo should go away and not return.
Q: Is Vertigo Viral?
A: No. In fact, vertigo is not a disease in itself. It is merely a symptom. While some of the underlying causes of vertigo happen to be viruses (i.e., a cold or the flu) vertigo is not a viral disease. Again, this helps to confirm that it is not something contagious.
Q: How Long Does Vertigo Last?
A: The answer to this question depends on the underlying cause. For example, if you are suffering from BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo – the most common cause) bouts will be relatively brief. If you are suffering from Meniere’s disease, bouts will be much more severe and will last anywhere from 20 minutes to 24 hours. Sometimes when a person gets off of a thrill ride or long boat or plane trip, they may experience vertigo for a day or so. This is called mal de debarquement. If vertigo lasts more than 24 hours, this is a rare type of vertigo. See a doctor to try and find the underlying cause.
Q: Can I Get a Headache from Vertigo?
A: Headaches and vertigo seem to go hand in hand. For example, 40% of migraines are accompanied by vestibular symptoms like vertigo. However, it is important to remember that the vertigo is not causing the headache. They are more likely to be to symptoms of the same issue. For example, experiencing a headache and vertigo is common with migraines and post-concussion syndrome.
Q: Which Ear Is My Vertigo In?
A: Assuming you are dealing with peripheral vertigo (caused in the ear) as opposed to central vertigo (an issue in the central nervous system), you may be able to identify the ear that is causing the problem. A few ways to do so include getting a hearing test (the affected ear may have hearing loss), or identifying the ear that is experiencing some of the other symptoms associated with vertigo. For example, you may hear a ringing (tinnitus) in just the affected ear, or your ear may feel full if there is an overabundance of fluid in the ear.
Q: What Is Positional Vertigo?
A: This is a form of vertigo that is triggered by the position of the head. For example, you may experience vertigo when your turn your head too quickly, get up too fast from a seated or prone position, or even when bending over. Positional vertigo can occur unexpectedly and lead to falls, so identifying the underlying condition and taking care of it as best as you can is important.
Q: Are There Medications for Vertigo?
A: There may not be an “anti-vertigo” medication, but there are a few things a doctor can prescribe to help with symptoms or to try and reduce the frequency of episodes. For example, if vertigo is severe enough to cause nausea and vomiting, the doctor may give you an anti-nausea pill. If vertigo is related to an excess of fluid in the ears, you may be prescribed a diuretic to reduce the amount of fluid being stored by the body. There are also injections for certain causes of vertigo such as Meniere’s disease. These may provide temporary relief from symptoms.
Q: Should I Have Vertigo Surgery?
A: Surgery would be rare for vertigo and should definitely be a last resort. Some vertigo surgeries are intentionally destructive and can lead to permanent hearing damage. This should be seen as an acceptable loss versus the debilitating degree that vertigo has reached before such surgeries are considered.
Q: Is There a Natural Way to Get Vertigo Relief?
A: The good news is that the answer to this question is often yes. Few people realize just how frequently recurring vertigo is the result of a misalignment of the atlas (C1) vertebra. In such a case, correcting the misalignment via upper cervical chiropractic care can significantly reduce symptoms or even completely resolve vertigo issues.
If you are suffering from vertigo, especially if you have a history of injuries to the head or neck, a misalignment could be the underlying cause of your issue. Restoring proper alignment may thus provide the natural relief you have been searching for. To learn more, contact an upper cervical practice in your local area. A no-obligation consultation may be your first on the path to living a vertigo-free life.
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