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Vertigo: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

by | Apr 26, 2024

Experience relief from vertigo with effective solutions from our specialized headache clinic and expert headache specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, in Singapore who provides comprehensive assessment and personalized treatment plans to address the underlying causes of vertigo, restoring balance and improving your quality of life. 

 

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What is Vertigo?

A sudden bout of dizziness, an inability to regain your footing, or even feelings of swaying can all be signs of a developing issue with vertigo. It is something experienced by approximately 1 in 15 adults in their lifetime. With such a high rate of incidents, it is something that everyone should take seriously and try to learn about as much as possible. There is always a chance that you or someone you love may experience vertigo, and you will want to know what you can do about treating and/or managing it.

A great explanation of what vertigo is comes from Penn Medicine:

Vertigo is a sensation of motion or spinning that is often described as dizziness. Vertigo is not the same as being lightheaded. People with vertigo feel as though they are actually spinning or moving, or that the world is spinning around them.

That is important to note because there are many who might jump to conclusions and assume that they have vertigo when they are actually experiencing routine lightheadedness. Knowing the difference can help you accurately determine which treatment options are right for you.

 

Symptoms of Vertigo

Every patient is different, and anyone can experience different symptoms of vertigo based on their specific biology and other factors. That said, the following symptoms are common for those experiencing vertigo:

  • Lack of eye focus
  • Hearing loss in one or both ears
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Balance issues
  • Dizziness
  • Nasua
  • Vomitting
  • Difficulty focusing or moving

The list goes on from there, but you want to be wary of these symptoms if you begin to experience them. They might be early signs of potential issues with vertigo. If you are developing vertigo, then you will want to reach out to a doctor to ask about your options going forward.

 

Types of Vertigo

There are multiple types of vertigo that an individual might experience. Knowing what those types are and how each type might manifest itself is a great way to give yourself the best possible chance of overcoming it. There are two main types of vertigo that you need to know about.

 

Peripheral Vertigo

This type of vertigo is characterized by issues within your inner ear. You may or may not realize it, but your inner ears have a significant impact on your balance. If you have issues with your inner ear, it can throw off your ability to remain balanced at all. It can also lead to peripheral vertigo that impacts you on a daily basis.

 

Central Vertigo

This type of vertigo is linked to a problem in the brain itself. Often, it involves damage to the brain stem that has caused some of the issues. You will want to get immediate medical attention if you believe that you are suffering from central vertigo. It can absolutely be treated, but the ramifications of central vertigo can be even more intense than other types of vertigo. If you want to lead a normal life with fewer symptoms, you will need the guidance of a medical professional right away.

 

Vertigo Treatment Options

Your doctor can recommend certain medications that can alleviate some of the symptoms of vertigo for most patients. Moreover, treatment options for vertigo depend on the underlying cause and severity of symptoms. Some common ones include:

  • Canalith repositioning maneuvers (e.g., Epley maneuver) to reposition displaced inner ear crystals.
  • Vestibular rehabilitation therapy to improve balance and reduce dizziness through specific exercises.
  • Medications such as antihistamines, anti-nausea drugs, or vestibular suppressants to alleviate symptoms.
  • Lifestyle modifications, such as avoiding triggers like caffeine, alcohol, and certain medications.
  • Surgical interventions or minimally invasive procedures in cases of severe or persistent vertigo caused by structural issues.
  • Addressing underlying health conditions contributing to vertigo, such as Meniere’s disease or vestibular migraines, through targeted medical management.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one might have vertigo, reach out and contact us for more information on the next steps that you should take today.

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