Could Your Vertigo Be Connected to Lyme Disease?

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Vertigo is as a symptom rather than a condition all its own. Of course, the most common form of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, which is basically a fancy way of saying vertigo without a known cause. It is generally assumed the condition happens due to a problem with the fluid in the inner ear. Thus, certain head positions or moving the head too quickly are blamed for flare-ups.

At other times, false sense of movement is a symptom of a more serious condition. While you won’t see vertigo on most symptom lists for Lyme, it is something that can occur during the later stages. Having the disease for an extended period of time can lead to cranial neuritis. If the condition affects the eighth cranial nerve (vestibulocochlear), then vertigo and other balance issues may result.

7 Symptoms Related to Vertigo

Keep in mind that not all of these indicators are symptoms of vertigo themselves. Many are signs of accompanying conditions that are often the underlying cause of vertigo.

The Sensation of Spinning

If you ever played on the merry-go-round as a kid, you know this feeling. When the spinning stops, it takes a little while for your body to catch up and stop feeling the spinning sensation. As a kid, that’s a blast. As an adult, not only is it not fun, it is dangerous. If vertigo is severe enough, laying down and closing your eyes won’t fix the problem. Everything may still feel like it is moving. That leads us right into our next symptom.

Nausea & Vomiting

If everything is spinning and you have no way to make it stop, it is only a matter of time before nausea sets in. A severe bout of vertigo can even cause vomiting. This only serves to make the condition even more debilitating.

Drop Attacks

This is where vertigo becomes dangerous. Drop attacks occur when vertigo causes a fall. This can happen when vertigo is severe or when it occurs out of the blue and catches a person off balance. For example, you may bend over the pick something up, experience a sudden episode of vertigo, and feel like the floor just comes up to meet you. This has been responsible for many broken hips and even a number of deaths, so while vertigo itself may not kill anyone, don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t dangerous.

Ringing in the Ears

Called tinnitus, ringing in the ears can affect hearing. When combined with hearing loss and vertigo, this may be an indicator of a vestibular condition called Meniere’s disease. Be sure to mention if you are experiencing tinnitus when seeing a healthcare practitioner about vertigo as it may help you get a more accurate diagnosis.

Loss of Hearing

Once again, this symptom combined with vertigo may indicate Meniere’s disease is the condition that is to blame for the symptoms. Hearing loss is progressive with Meniere’s disease, so at first you will only lose the ability to hear low-frequency sounds. As the syndrome progresses, high-frequency sounds are also affected, leaving a patient with a narrow middle range of hearing. Because of this, a hearing exam is an important test for getting a diagnosis.


This may indicate that your vertigo is actually related to migraines. About 40% of migraines are vestibular migraines, a type of migraine that presents with at least one vestibular symptom (such as vertigo). Headaches and vertigo are both symptoms that commonly occur following head or neck trauma, and both are indicators of post-concussion syndrome.


If you have never heard this word, that is okay. It is a medical term that refers to eye movements that often accompany vertigo. Since the body is feeling movement but not seeing movement, the eyes may begin to dart rapidly trying to find the source of the motion. If you experience a vertigo attack during a physical examination, the healthcare practitioner should be able to observe these eye movements which will help in providing a diagnosis.

Atlas Subluxation

It is a fairly rare occurrence when Lyme disease is actually the underlying factor in vertigo incidence. A far more common problem that leads to vertigo is a misalignment in the C1 and C2 vertebrae. This type of misalignment can affect blood flow to the brain and ears and lead to vestibular problems either of a peripheral (related to the ear) or central (related to the central nervous system) nature.

Natural Relief from Vertigo Is a Reality

Enough about the problem; let’s talk about the solution! What many people do not realize is that all of the symptoms noted above can be caused by the same underlying issue – an upper cervical misalignment. How can a misalignment of the C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) vertebrae lead to vertigo, headaches, and more? Here are a few ways:

  • Ear Function – When the upper cervical spine is misaligned, it can affect the function of the tubes that carry excess fluid away from the ears. This, in turn, can lead to vertigo and other vestibular symptoms.
  • Blood Flow – The vertebrae of the neck are slightly different from the rest of the spine in that they have tiny loops of bone on either side that give the vertebral arteries safe passage to provide blood to the brain. However, a misalignment in the neck can affect the proper flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.
  • Brainstem Function – The C1 surrounds the area where the spinal cord meets the brainstem. As a result, the slightest misalignment of the atlas can put pressure on the brainstem and inhibit proper function. This can affect the function of the central nervous system in varied and unpredictable ways.

As you can see, the upper cervical spine plays a vital role in how the body processes data regarding spatial orientation and balance, among other things. Therefore, it just makes sense for vertigo patients to have the atlas and axis checked by an upper cervical chiropractor. If you are suffering from vertigo along with the other symptoms discussed in this article, find an upper cervical practitioner near you to get the natural support your central nervous system needs.

FAQs on Vertigo Attack

Is Vertigo a Disease?

Vertigo, unbeknownst to many, is not a disease. It is more of a symptom than a health condition per se. Aside from vestibular system issues, other health conditions have vertigo as a symptom. Depending on its origin, here are the two types of vertigo:

Peripheral Vertigo

Peripheral vertigo is caused by issues in a person’s inner ear. Some of the issues include the following:

  • benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • labyrinthitis
  • Meniere’s disease
  • vestibular neuritis

This type of vertigo is the most common one. In a peripheral vertigo episode, aside from the spinning sensation, the affected person might have some difficulty walking during a severe spell.

Central Vertigo

Central vertigo may be caused by any damage to the central nervous system. It can also originate from issues in the centers that process vestibular signals to the central nervous system. The symptoms associated with central vertigo are milder than that of peripheral vertigo.

Are Abnormal Eye Movements Linked to Vertigo?

The short answer to this question is, yes. Individuals who experience vertigo episodes can also have abnormal eye movements. These jerky, abnormal eye movements are also known as “nystagmus” and are pretty common during an episode of vertigo.

As mentioned before, vertigo symptoms may arise from issues in the vestibular system, which plays a role in eye movements. The vestibular system tries to correct any abnormal balance signals by moving the eyes. So, if an issue exists within this system, the brain will receive mixed signals about the movement of the body, therefore, triggering a vertigo spell.

How Does Dizziness Differ from Vertigo?

Vertigo and dizziness share similar aspects. For one, they might arise from the same conditions. Often, some people tend to confuse vertigo with dizziness. To make things clearer, dizziness is associated with the following sensations:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Woozyness
  • Disorientation
  • Feeling faint

Vertigo is completely different. During vertigo spells, individuals can experience a false sensation of movement or spinning. These individuals may feel like the room is spinning. This symptom may be accompanied by the following:

  • Inability to stand or walk
  • Nausea
  • Tinnitus (a ringing sound in one’s ear/s)
  • Vomiting
  • Hearing issues

If you suffer from a false spinning sensation, consult with an upper cervical chiropractor to develop a plan of action. Do this, especially if you have a history of injury to the head or neck.

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