What is vertigo?

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Vertigo is a term often used to describe different symptoms. It can be a feeling of being unsteady or woozy. It also can be a feeling of spinning.

It is also the term health care providers use for when it feels like you are spinning or the room is spinning. It is important for you to explain to your provider what you mean by dizziness.

Signs & Symptoms

Dizziness is not a disease. It is a symptom. Most often it is mild and temporary and a cause cannot be found. Sometimes it is a signal of some other problem.

Feelings of dizziness or vertigo may be caused by an infection or disease in the inner ear. For example, one possible cause is inflammation of the inner ear called labyrinthitis. Other inner ear problems that can trigger dizziness are Meniere's disease and benign positional vertigo.

Types of vertigo

Depending on the cause, mild dizziness usually lasts 1 to 2 weeks. It may also be momentary. More severe dizziness can last 4 to 6 weeks.

What Causes vertigo?

Dizziness can be caused by tiredness, stress, fever, low blood sugar, anemia, head injury, heart or circulation problems, or stroke. It can also be caused by some medicines.

Older people who have either atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) or osteoarthritis of the joints in the neck (which may cause pressure on nerves and blood vessels) may experience vertigo when they suddenly move their heads or look up. Dizziness occurs more often in the elderly than in other age groups but it is not necessarily caused by disease.

Some psychological problems can cause dizziness. Examples of such problems are depression and anxiety. For example, anxiety might cause hyperventilation (rapid, shallow breathing), which may then cause you to feel dizzy.

Less common causes of dizziness include tumors or infections in the brain, or multiple sclerosis.


When to seek Medical Advice:

Call your health care provider if:

• You are following the recommended treatment but are continuing to have severe, prolonged, or repeated attacks of dizziness.

• You have symptoms along with dizziness, such as loss of hearing. If your other symptoms are double vision, blindness, or numbness or weakness on one side of your face or body, call your provider or 911 right away.

Your health care provider will ask you to describe your dizziness and how it occurs in as much detail as you can. He or she will want to know about any other symptoms or medical problems you are having. Your provider may try to make you feel dizzy by asking you to repeat actions or movements that cause your dizziness.

If disease is the suspected cause, your health care provider will examine your ears, eyes, and nervous system. You may have a CT scan (computerized x-rays) of the brain to look for evidence of some possible problems, such as tumors or strokes.


The treatment will depend on the cause of your dizziness. Your health care provider will want to treat the underlying cause. For example, if you have Meniere's disease, your provider may recommend a low-salt diet. Your provider may prescribe antibiotics if he or she suspects you have an infection.

If no cause can be found for your dizziness, your health care provider may prescribe medicine for the balance mechanism in your inner ear. These drugs are usually the same drugs you might take for motion sickness, such as meclizine (Antivert).

Self Care strategies for Living with vertigo

For mild dizziness, the best thing for you to do is lie down, relax, and wait for the dizziness to go away. Also try to avoid positions or activities that cause the dizziness. Move slowly, especially when standing up.

If you become dizzy while you are driving, pull over to the side of the road until the dizziness goes away. Do not operate machinery when you are dizzy.

Vitamin & Nutrient Associations

You may find benefit from our information on detoxification

As well as about detoxing because of change of diet

It may be due to difficulties with your digestive system that is causing your body to be starved of key nutrients, vitamins or minerals.

In this case you may find useful answers by reviewing our article on Nutrition For Your Cells.

There is also more information here about why is nutrition such an issue nowadays?

It may be that your metabolism has slowed due to pressures that have been placed on your system through life in general or through specific “challenges” you have faced in the last few months or last few years.

Review this by looking at our article about balancing your Metabolic Rate.

We wish you well in your search for solutions to this problem and your movement towards better health in all areas.

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