What is vertigo disease? What are the most common vertigo symptoms? We’ll answer these questions, discuss vertigo treatment, and present a natural solution that is gaining momentum as people around the world are finding natural relief. Let’s take a look at one of the most common health problems facing mankind today – vertigo.
Vertigo Disease – What Is It?
First things first – vertigo disease is sort of a made-up term. The problem is that the word vertigo refers to a lot more than just the health problem. If you just type vertigo into a search engine, you’re going to find a ton of stuff related to the famous Alfred Hitchcock movie, a popular graphic novel publisher, and even the fear of heights (although that is acrophobia and not vertigo). So we wanted to be sure the reader knew this was about vertigo the medical symptom.
Now that we have that out of the way, we need to address what experiencing vertigo actually feels like. Most people simply describe it as a spinning sensation. That is both accurate and an oversimplification. Vertigo includes any false sensation of movement. The room around you may seem to spin, tilt, or sway. However, if that was all that was going on, you could calm the sensation by just closing your eyes. Unfortunately, during vertigo, you may feel as though you are moving, even if you lay down and close your eyes.
As a result, some people consider nausea and vomiting as vertigo symptoms. These symptoms often accompany a severe bout of vertigo because there is no way to get relief from the sensation of constant movement that doesn’t match what your senses are clearly telling you.
Common Vertigo Symptoms
Since vertigo is really just a symptom itself, our list of vertigo symptoms is mostly made up of accompanying symptoms that can help diagnose the condition that is causing vertigo. For example, vertigo that is accompanied by tinnitus and hearing loss may be due to Meniere’s disease, a vestibular disorder. With that in mind, here are a number of vertigo symptoms:
- Tinnitus – Experienced as a ringing, buzzing, or rushing sound within the ear, tinnitus is often associated with vertigo.
- Hearing loss – Depending on the condition, hearing loss may be temporary and go away when the condition causing vertigo does, or it may become permanent. Permanent hearing loss is also a potential side effect of surgeries performed in an attempt to relieve vertigo.
- A feeling of fullness in the ear – This may indicate endolymphatic hydrops, an excess amount of the natural fluid that occurs in the ears.
- Nausea and vomiting – This is usually a direct result of the sensation of movement.
- Abnormal eye movements – This occurs as the body attempts to restore balance. If a doctor observes a patient during a vertigo attack, this is usually one of the most noticeable symptoms.
- Stroke symptoms such as sudden onset of the symptoms, speech problems, vision issues, weakness, and reduced coordination – If these or similar symptoms arise suddenly, immediate medical care is required as minutes can matter in surviving or recovering from a stroke.
These are just some of the symptoms that may occur alongside vertigo. Clearly, some underlying conditions are far more serious than others, so if the patient is potentially suffering a stroke or a heart attack, immediate emergency care is required.
In the great majority of cases, vertigo is more of an annoyance than a signal of a life-threatening danger. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should just ignore it. A bout at the wrong time could lead to a fall, serious injury, and potentially death. So even occasional vertigo should be checked out by a healthcare professional.
Vertigo Treatment Options
What will most doctors suggest for a patient with vertigo? It depends on the underlying cause. For example, if a patient has the flu or a cold, a decongestant may be suggested until the illness is over and vertigo ends. On the other hand, if a person is dealing with Meniere’s disease, some recommendation might be:
- Medication – Doctors often prescribe diuretics to reduce fluid retention in the body. This is because Meniere’s patients frequently have an excess of endolymphatic fluid in one or both ears. Be aware that on such a medication you will experience the need to urinate more frequently and urgently. You could also become dehydrated without proper water intake.
- Low-Sodium Diet – This is another attempt to reduce fluid in the ears. Sodium is related to the body retaining water. Reducing the amount of salt in a person’s diet is thus expected to reduce fluid levels in the ears.
- Surgery – In extreme cases, a doctor may recommend an invasive surgery in the affected ear. Be aware that this surgery is not always successful and has a shockingly high risk of leaving the patient deaf in the ear that is operated on. Plus, there is the potential for Meniere’s to return in the other ear.
With very few good options to chose from, it is no wonder many people are looking for alternatives to medications or surgery.
Natural Relief from Vertigo
Upper cervical chiropractic care offers a drug-free way to improve symptom occurrence and severity. This is because the tops two bones in the neck can affect both the ears and the central nervous system. Either way, recurring bouts of vertigo may be the result.
If you experience vertigo, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, contact an upper cervical chiropractor in your area. A no-obligation consultation may be your first step toward a significant reduction in symptoms or even becoming vertigo-free.
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