Vertigo is one of the most common symptoms experienced by people today. In fact, it has been reported on vestibular.org that over 1 in 3 adults in the US over the age of 40 has experienced some form of vestibular dysfunction. But what is vertigo? Are there other symptoms that accompany it? How can you get a vestibular disorder diagnosed? And it there any treatment available?
We’re going to answer these questions, but we won’t leave without hope. We’ll end our discussion by taking a look at a natural remedy that many people have been using to combat vertigo successfully.
What Is Vertigo and How Does It Happen?
Vertigo is a false sense of movement that occurs when something interferes with the balance systems of the body. Three factors that control balance are:
- The vestibular system – This includes the inner ear and the vestibular nerve. Vertigo that finds its genesis here is called peripheral vertigo.
- Vision – The eyes also help to tell the brain where the body is located. Unfortunately, during a bout of vertigo, these signals can’t be trusted because things may seem to spin, twist, or rotate despite a lack of any actual movement.
- Proprioception – Our sense of touch and sensors in many joints of the body tell us where we are at in regard to our surroundings and help us to stay balanced. However, this is also thrown off during a bout of vertigo. Even if you lay down and close your eyes, you may still feel as though you or the around you are moving.
So what sets vertigo off in the first place? There are numerous triggers, and a bunch of vertigo disease causes. However, we’re going to look at accompanying vertigo symptoms that will help you to get a diagnosis.
Vertigo Disease Symptoms
Here are a few of the additional symptoms that may accompany vertigo depending on the underlying cause:
- Tinnitus – Ringing in the ears
- Hearing loss – Usually low tones are lost first
- Stuffy ear – a feeling of fullness in the ear may accompany vertigo
- Imbalance – Falls are common when vertigo is severe or strikes suddenly
- Headaches – A vestibular migraine may result in a combination of a severe headache and vertigo
- Concentration problems – Cognitive issues may accompany vertigo, especially if the problem began following a head or neck injury
- Vision disturbances – Since the ears and eyes are both tied in with balance, it makes sense that vision may be affected by vertigo.
What do these and other symptoms indicate? Let’s take a look at getting a diagnosis regarding vertigo diseases.
Vertigo Disease Diagnosis
It can be tough to get an official diagnosis for many vestibular problems. Some of the exams a doctor may order include a hearing test, a balance test, or a vision exam. These tests can confirm some of your symptoms and rule out certain possible underlying causes.
If your vertigo issues only last short-term, you may not get an official diagnosis before you feel better. As a result, many people give up on trying to find the underlying issue. The main problem with this approach is that vertigo may return later if the original issue was never resolved.
Unfortunately, it is also possible to have recurring vertigo and never find out the underlying cause. It is no wonder that most vertigo patients are diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This is a form of vertigo that causes brief and recurring episodes that are triggered by head position or sudden movements of the head.
Vertigo Disease Treatment
Depending on your diagnosis, a doctor may recommend one or more of the following:
- Medication – While there is no “anti-vertigo pill” there are a number of drugs that are prescribed for vertigo as off-label use. This means the medication has not been clinically tested for use on patients experiencing vertigo.
- Dietary changes – A low-salt diet is one of the most common for combating vertigo.
- Lifestyle changes – Everything from getting more exercise to quitting smoking has been recommended to improve vertigo.
- Canalith repositioning maneuvers – These are head positions that a doctor helps a patient perform in an effort to restore the crystals in the inner ear that detect movement to their appropriate ear canals.
- Surgery – This is the last resort for vertigo patients as the consequences of these invasive procedures can sometimes be permanent hearing loss in the ear that was operated on.
What if none of these options sound good to you or have worked in your case? Is there a natural way to get relief from vertigo?
Natural Vertigo Relief Is Possible
Upper cervical chiropractic case studies have shown up to an 80% success rate at completely resolving vertigo in patients with an upper cervical subluxation. Such a misalignment can occur during a simple car accident or sports injury. As a result, it makes sense to have your neck thoroughly examined by a specialist if you suffer from recurring vertigo.
Upper cervical chiropractors are in a good position to help find and correct upper cervical subluxations because we use modern diagnostic imaging techniques to reveal misalignments down to hundredths of a degree. These are issues that would be missed on a regular x-ray. Even a general chiropractor is unlikely to pick up on this issue or correct it properly.
To learn more about upper cervical chiropractic and its precise, gentle adjustments, schedule a no-obligation consultation at a practice in your local area.