Vertigo is a false sensation of movement that can leave a person feeling like the whole world is spinning, tilting, or swaying beneath their feet. If you deal with recurring bouts of vertigo, you may have gone to the doctor to see if there is any way to prevent this unpleasant sensation and to relieve the accompanying symptoms or underlying cause.
Unfortunately, many people never even find out what is causing their vertigo. As a result, doctors are practically guessing at the best way to provide relief. You may experience a lot of trial and error. Or you may be prescribed medications for symptoms rather than the underlying problem.
We’re going to look at some of the conventional vertigo medicines and other vertigo treatments. Then we will consider the potential benefits of one natural form of care that has helped hundreds of vertigo patients in case studies.
Typical Vertigo Medicines
There are varying types of medications that may be prescribed for vertigo depending on your specific symptoms and whether or not the underlying cause is known. The vertigo medication you receive may take on one of several different forms depending on whether you are taking your medicines at home or in a hospital setting. Vertigo treatments include:
- Pills – You may receive several different drugs for vertigo, which we will consider in just a moment.
- Patches – Vertigo medication can also take the form of a patch which may provide medicine over a period of time.
- Suppository – This is often the form of medication provided when medications cannot be taken orally because vertigo is so severe that it is causing nausea and vomiting.
- IV – Medications are usually provided through IV when a person is in the hospital to increase how fast the medication takes effect.
While there are a number of different ways to administer medications for vertigo, we also need to address the types of drugs that are taken if you are suffering from this common symptom. Again, which medication you receive is often a matter of your accompanying symptoms or the underlying cause of the vertigo if it is known.
- Antibiotics – Sometimes, vertigo is the result of a bacterial infection that causes inflammation in the inner ear or of the vestibular nerve. Antibiotics can help to relieve the disease. However, if the cause of the inflammation is viral, antibiotics should not be prescribed, but rather an antiviral. Vertigo should cease once the swelling goes down, about one to two weeks after the infection or virus clears up.
- Diuretics – Sometimes called a water pill, diuretics are designed to reduce the amount of fluid in the body. This may help a vertigo patient who has excess fluid in the ears. It is usually for patients with Meniere’s disease, a condition that causes severe vertigo along with hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and a feeling of pressure in the ear(s).
- Antihistamine – This type of medication is for when an allergy is at the heart of the vertigo. Antihistamines are designed to stop the body’s reaction to allergens and may relieve the ears of excess fluid caused by an allergic reaction. Additionally, you may receive a decongestant.
- Anti-nausea – Anti-nausea medications are designed to help reduce the feeling of nausea for patients. For someone who is experiencing extreme vertigo, this may help to prevent vomiting and may make the symptoms easier to cope with.
- Benzodiazepine – This is another medication that is used to ease symptoms rather than removing the vertigo. They may also help with anxiety issues. However, it is essential to note that there are many side effects to this type of medication, including extreme drowsiness. They can also be habit-forming, so your doctor will have to monitor your usage to ensure you are not becoming dependent.
Since the majority of these vertigo medications come with varying degrees of side effects and produce limited results, many people are turning to natural care to get long-term vertigo relief. While there are many natural therapies that people try, we are going to focus on one in particular – upper cervical chiropractic care.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Natural Vertigo Relief
Upper cervical chiropractic is a specific form of chiropractic care that focuses on the top two bones in the neck. These bones are in a unique position to affect the parts of the body that can lead to vertigo. For example:
- The ears – Since the atlas (C1 vertebra) is located directly between the ears, it’s location can have a profound effect on ear function. Even the slightest misalignment can cause changes to the surrounding soft tissue. As a result, the ears may fail to drain correctly, and vertigo can occur.
- The CNS – The central nervous system can be affected in various ways when there is an upper cervical misalignment. For example, a subluxation often affects blood flow to the brain because the cervical spine is responsible for facilitating blood flow to the head. Also, since the atlas surrounds the brainstem, even the slightest misalignment may put pressure on this critical CNS component and inhibit its proper function.
If you are suffering from vertigo regularly, especially if you have a history of head or neck injuries, it just makes sense to give upper cervical chiropractic care a try. Schedule a consultation with a practitioner near you to learn if this is the best way for you to break free from recurring vertigo.
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