FALSE SENSE OF SPINNING
What is Vertigo?
Vertigo is a type of dizziness characterized by a false sensation of spinning or whirling, often described as feeling like you or your surroundings are moving even though they are not. It's a common symptom that can be caused by various underlying conditions affecting the inner ear or the vestibular system, which is responsible for balance and spatial orientation.
Vertigo is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as:
Nausea and vomiting. Sweating
Difficulty maintaining balance
Unsteadiness or swaying sensation
Visual disturbances, such as nystagmus (involuntary eye movements)
The treatment for vertigo depends on the underlying cause. It may include:
Epley Maneuver. A series of head movements performed by a healthcare provider to treat BPPV.
Medications. Depending on the cause, medications to manage symptoms, reduce inflammation, or treat underlying conditions might be prescribed.
Vestibular Rehabilitation. A form of physical therapy that helps improve balance and reduce vertigo symptoms by stimulating the vestibular system.
Lifestyle Changes. Adjustments to diet, stress management, and avoiding triggers can help manage certain types of vertigo.
Precautions. During a vertigo episode, it's important to avoid activities that could be dangerous if balance is compromised, such as driving or operating heavy machinery.
Vertigo can range from mild to severe and can significantly impact an individual's quality of life. Seeking medical evaluation and proper diagnosis is crucial to identify the cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Many cases of vertigo can be effectively managed or alleviated with medical intervention and lifestyle adjustments.