Dizzy and everything is spinning? You might be having Vertigo

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Usually when a person is dehydrated or the blood pressure suddenly drops, dizziness is felt.  However, have you experienced instances when you feel lightheaded and you lose your balance when you get up too quickly from lying down or just simply sitting? You feel queasy, throwing up and the room spinning around you?  If this happens frequently see a doctor in the soonest time for you might be suffering from Vertigo

Dizziness usually gets better by itself with enough rest.  It may be caused by the medicines you took or it may be a motion sickness. 

Lately, my younger sister has been experiencing  dizziness, especially when waking up in the morning.  She’s having difficulties in standing, nauseous and feels as if she is spinning and falls on a pit. Upon her medical evaluation, she was diagnosed with vertigo and was given medicines to ease her wooziness.

Vertigo may be present in people of all ages, it is a sub type of dizziness where there is a feeling of motion even when one is stationary. It describes an illusion of movement.

Three types of Vertigo are as follows:

  1. Objective – the patient has the sensation that the objects around are moving and whirling
  2. Subjective – the patient feels as if he is the one spinning and moving around.
  3. Pseudovertigo – intensive feeling of rotary motion inside the patient’s head.

Possible Causes of Vertigo:

It can be caused by an inflammation within the inner ear (bacterial infection) usually associated with loss of hearing

It can be associated with brain problems such as decreased blood flow to the base of the brain or worse is cerebellar hemorrhage

BPPV or Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, the most common form of vertigo typified by the feeling of motion initiated by abrupt head movements or moving the head in a certain direction. BPPV  is rarely serious and can be treated.

Vertigo can also be caused by Acoustic neuroma,  a type of tumor of the nerve tissue.

Migraine, head trauma or neck injury may also cause and result in vertigo which more often than not goes away on its own.

Complications from diabetes can cause arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) which can lead to lowered blood flow to the brain, causing vertigo symptoms.

Symptoms:

sensation of disorientation or motion

vomiting or nausea

abnormal eye movements

sweating

Symptoms duration can be from minutes to hours, it can be episodic or constant.

Additional reference: emedicinehealth.com

 


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