Vertigo Perception vs Facts

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I woke from a night sleep and suddenly I got this uneasy feeling on my head down to my neck.  I though it was low blood pressure but I was wrong.  The worst I did was presume and self medicate.   Though not fully recovered yet, thank God I am still alive to tell about it.

Have you had Vertigo?

Definition of Vertigo

Vertigo is a type of dizziness felt as a shift in a person’s relationship to the normal environment (a feeling that the room is spinning is common) or a sense of movement in space.

Although dizziness and vertigo are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. While all vertigo is dizziness, not all dizziness is vertigo.

True vertigo, from the Latin “vertere,” to turn, is a distinct, often severe form of dizziness that is a movement hallucination.

Description of Vertigo

There are four major types of dizziness -vertigo, presyncope, disequilibrium, and lightheadedness.

Most patients with true vertigo have a peripheral vestibular disorder, such as benign positional vertigo. This is usually associated with tinnitus and hearing loss.

Central disorders, such as brain stem or cerebellar lesions, tend to be more chronic but less intense than peripheral disorders and are not associated with hearing loss. Central disorders account for only 15 percent of patients with vertigo.

Vertigo is the illusion that you – or your surroundings – are moving. You may feel that you are spinning, tilting, rocking, or falling through space. You may vomit or have ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Also, your eyes may uncontrollably jerk back and forth (a condition called nystagmus).

Excerpt from http://www.healthscout.com/ency/68/462/main.html

Vertigo is already clear in the medical community and is commonly associated with the problem in the internal parts of the ear or hearing imbalance.  Nonetheless, causes may vary to other causes or from two other common sources:

  • Brain problem
  • Nerve problem

Other Known Causes:

  • Due to the free-floating calcium carbonate crystals in the posterior semicircular
  • Canal An infection in the ear fore example syphilis
  • Vision problems
  • Acute head injury
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Brain tumors
  • Thyroid disease
  • Anemia
  • Calcium disorders
  • Motion sickness
  • Insufficient blood supply to brain
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes

As the common causes are now clearly identified, treatment is now easier for the medical practitioners as per below historical documentation.

Why ear? This body part regulates the balance to overall parts.

Why brain? It sends the signals to the inner part of the ear.

Why nerves? The nerves between ear and brain are responsible for the regulation of communication between those two parts of your body.

There can be others.

Treatment Suggestions coming from Medical Community:

(please do not self medicate, better to consult a Doctor)

1. Inner Ear Problem.

Vestibular rehabilitation is suggested treatment with therapy to cure whatever is resulting from the inner ear.  Improvement could be seen in days to a couple of weeks. Six months is the maximum time frame, depending on the situation.

2. Brain Cause.

In some cases, brain illnesses can be another cause but this is not a life threatening situation.  Similar with inner ear causes, such is just misalignments that affect relaying of signals from brain to the ear.  Suggested treatment is neurotransmitter reuptake inhibitors.  Unlike from inner ear problem, treatment for this is at times immeasurable and at least a minimum of 6 months.

3. Problem from the Nerves between ear and brain.

Suggested treatments are the likes of antihistamines, calcium antagonists and the Epley manoeuvre, and so on and so forth.  This should only be performed by highly qualified health professional.

Make sure you consult a Doctor and have a blood test first before any treatment as there are risk factor involve.

Image is excerpt from http://www.emedicinehealth.com/vertigo/article_em.htm

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