Vertigo is the feeling of dizziness, or the sensation of spinning, in other words: the illusion of motion, because of a problem within the inner ear. Inner ear problems come from diseases such as Meniere’s disease, Labyrinthitis or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Head trauma, or a cold virus also often causes vertigo.

Important factors to look out for are: if you feel the world around you is spinning or tilting to one side, you are swaying and can’t keep your balance, or you are pulled in one direction. These go hand in hand with symptoms such as nausea, headache and sweating and a ringing in the ears or loss of hearing altogether.

The brain is an amazing tool and often it can right itself in regards to inner ear problems. But, in more long term serious cases, you may also need some form of treatment. This can include physical therapy to help train your other senses to compensate for the imbalance, or specific training in head and body movements to move calcium deposits (Canaliths) out of your canal and into our inner ear chamber, these deposits are then absorbed by the body. Or you may also need to take medicine.

For many vertigo sufferers, it may not last very long, only happen once or infrequently.


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