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Vertigo: Its Causes and Treatment

Dr. Cheng is Geriatric Fellow, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Saint Louis University, Health Sciences Center, St. Louis, MO. Dr. Cheng reports no commercial conflict of interest.

A 76-year-old man went to the hospital complaining that he had experienced vertigo for three years and that it had gotten worse in the last two to three months. What he meant by vertigo, he explained, was a sensation of "things in the house spinning," along with nausea lasting less than a minute. He felt fine if he stayed in bed and did not move. He did not have slurred speech, weakness of extremities or any other symptoms that might point to a neurological or brain problem.

He was first diagnosed with Meniere's syndrome, a mysterious disorder that causes severe vertigo, hearing loss and a ringing or other sensation in the ears. He was treated with the drug Diazide®. After that, everything had been fine until the past few months, when he had several new attacks of the same symptoms, but with more severe nausea and vomiting. He was now afraid that he was about to have another attack.

A series of tests revealed that instead of Meniere's Disease, the man was actually suffering from another illness called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV. Meniere's Disease and BPPV are the two most common causes of vertigo. While one can be mistaken for the other, as in this example, they are different diseases with different symptoms and different treatments.

What Is Vertigo?

Vertigo is not a disease in itself, but rather a symptom that can have any number of causes. The famous Alfred Hitchcock film notwithstanding, a fear of heights is not normally one of them. Vertigo is defined in Webster's dictionary as a feeling "in which the external world seems to revolve around the individual or in which the individual seems to revolve in space."(2) Occurring without warning, it comes and goes unpredictably and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and problems with equilibrium. Mild episodes may feel more like a rocking sensation or mere light-headedness.

Common Causes of Vertigo

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), the kind that was mistaken for Meniere's Disease in the above example, is one of the most common types of vertigo. It has many causes, not all of which are well understood. The most popular current theory is that it is usually caused by free-floating calcium carbonate crystals in an area of the inner ear called the posterior semicircular canal, which is part of the vestibular system.

The vestibular system, located in and around the ear, is responsible for integrating what we see, hear and feel with head and body movement. In short, it controls our body's sense of equilibrium. More specifically, the vestibular system works by monitoring head movement and then sending this information to organs inside the ear, which then relay the information to the brain.

Our ears play an essential part in this process. The inner ear contains an area called the labyrinth, in which are found three semicircular canals; these canals are surrounded by a special fluid. The canals' function is to transmit information about head movement to the vestibular nerve. This nerve passes the information along to the areas of the brain that control bodily coordination.

People with BPPV feel lightheaded. The lightheadedness is is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sweating and a skin pallor. It usually comes on suddenly and goes away in less than 30 seconds.

BPPV can be brought on by a sudden change in body position, such as turning over in bed or getting in and out of bed. Many people have only a single passing bout of BPPV but, for some, BPPV returns unexpectedly.

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Hi, I wear hearing aids and get constant ear infections. I never thought of my ears being the cause of my constant dizziness when I stand up/ move- could they be the case and if so do you think its worth mentioning it to the ENT consultant next month or seeing a doctor before hand. (Feeling 'dizzy' when I get up has been going on for some time now- I wouldn't think it's something to do with my brain as I have recently had an MRI.) Any advise would be great on what to do and anything that helps in the meantime. Thanks,
Posted Mon, Mar. 16, 2015 at 3:08 pm EDT
Came down with what i'am told, is vertigo I have been very dizzy for seven day now. Hoping it will go away soon. I've been told that once you get vertigo. It will always come back. Is this true? I hope not,it's not a good thing.
Posted Sat, Mar. 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm EDT
Hello I am 37 yrs old and ive been suffering from vertigo for around 3 yrs now. Every day I wake up with a feeling of heaviness in the head. I have dark circles around my eyes and I look and feel tired and strange. Its more andmore difficult for me to work and I feel discouraged now. Having to go out is a stress for me now. Life is hell with vertigo....
Posted Sat, Mar. 14, 2015 at 7:43 am EDT
Pat Harris
How do your get rid of permament virtago?
Posted Thu, Mar. 12, 2015 at 11:25 pm EDT
Is it safe for elderly people with the symptoms of BPPV to board a plane?
Posted Mon, Mar. 9, 2015 at 5:45 pm EDT
Eveline Markow
Hello, Iget very dizzy, plus some time pressuire on front head above to eyes etc. Maybe Sinus, can they make you dizzy? Eveline Markow
Posted Tue, Feb. 24, 2015 at 3:26 pm EST
I had vertigo last year about march 2x then now this year-1in feb.try ginger tea plus's bad feeling are this pills good for vertigo.
Posted Mon, Feb. 16, 2015 at 12:42 pm EST
My first experience with vertigo was about 30 years ago and came on suddenly at work. I thought I was having a stroke or something.Have had a few violent episodes where I had to sit on the floor in the bathroom because I was throwing up every few minutes.Sometimes I've gone many years without a single episode. I have lost most of the hearing in my right ear. That seems to be the one that causes the problems. Recently, many short episodes. It's hard to plan on doing anything because you never know when it will hit. Me best success is sleeping in a sitting position and I tend to sleep long hours when affected. That makes me wonder if being over tired has any relationship. If my head is feeling clogged I take an allergy pill and it seems to help.
Posted Wed, Jan. 28, 2015 at 8:42 am EST
I've had vertigo for 3 yrs. Now one episode lasted 3 weeks the dr. Said I had the most severe case they have ever seen. . No lights no sound no motions. .. basically take meds. Every 6 hour's and stay in the bed everything makes you nauseated I couldn't walk or run bath water the sound of running water makes you sick. 6 months later for two weeks. . And I'm currently going through it again. . Darkness helps a lot drinking lots of water.. I hope I caught it early this time. Typing this message hurts my senses. Back to bed I go
Posted Fri, Jan. 16, 2015 at 2:08 pm EST
I have vertigo off and on and I read Vit D can help it and also vit B6. So when I feel it coming I reach for those supplements and it seems to help.
Posted Sun, Dec. 21, 2014 at 10:09 pm EST
I have had 4 attackes of vertigo so severe that the vomitting has lasted for over a hour. I have awoken from sleep with the room spinning and throwing up. I have had not a ringing in my ears but a sound like electrical, in one ear.Almost afraid to eat.
Posted Mon, Dec. 8, 2014 at 10:32 pm EST
Posted Mon, Nov. 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm EST
Linda Chavez
If we have had vertigo, will flying be a problem.
Posted Thu, Oct. 30, 2014 at 3:05 pm EDT
I recommend Motion Sickness 50mg because I have bad vertigo I take five six pills for my head so I can do normal stuff like go to work or spent time with family and friends if I was you talk to your Doc write way be for you take this meds for your vertigo good luck
Posted Wed, Oct. 8, 2014 at 7:54 pm EDT
Eva J
I visited my doctor(MEDICAL DOC) a month and a half ago with sinus problem was given antibod.for 30 days...I went to visit my parents and was driving in weather that was very smokey like...I went into my mom's room to talked with my dad and lay down and all of a certain I felt the ceiling starting spinning and I tried to get up but couldn't help but feel dizzy..the daughter dialed 911. I given tests: diabetic, ekg, heart rate, blood pressure...all good. I didn't go to the hospital because it with away....I back to my doctor because it felt like I had fluid in a ear...someone again I was given a shot( in a matter of 3wks of each other) this is when I was at my boyfriend house, I experience of getting up with the world rotating ( I was in the dark) and dizziness, I had to hold on to the furniture in order to moving around. I went out to smoke and it seem as if when I lent in either position. I went back to the doctor(PA) findout I had more fluid in the r/ear..given shot/put back on antib. I went back to my Doctor( MEDICAL. He examined me and told me to stop taking the antib. and took my blood pressure: my blood pressure: r/side was 120/70-l/side 110/79..he reduced my blood pressure med to half of a dose--stating my blood pressure was too low(???????). I was told because of my inner ear. Could this be vertigo?? I can look to my right/left/straight no dizziness but when I lay down my r/ear..i feel light dizziness but goes away...Could I have had a stroke or sign of a possibilty???or a inner ear problem..or too much medicine in my body??? or stress???? I feel good when walking and driving. I asked my doctor should I drive he said I should be okay??? II to beat the fear of the unknown. I was told that it coul d be Allergy, I do dye my hair and water does get in my ear(also dye) could that have cause my vertigo???
Posted Mon, Aug. 25, 2014 at 8:35 am EDT
Mine starts with a bang like feeling in my head, the nausea for a day or two as well as dead hands
Posted Thu, Jul. 31, 2014 at 12:54 am EDT
Julie Reid Jarvis
I had vertigo when I was about to start my new job. then one day, I woke up dizzy and vomiting. it was the most horrible feeling in the world. I was in the hospital for a week. not only could I not sleep lying down, but my left eye was droopy, and my mouth and face was numb. I was told by the doctor that he thinks I have a stroke. got all the nes. testing done. luckily I didn't have a stroke. they gave me meclizine and a week later sent me home. I rested and took my ness. medicine. a week later, I started my new job the my boss was so sweet to save for me. here I am 6 months later and fingers crossed, knock on wood I don't ever get it again. I never want to experience that again.
Posted Sun, Jul. 20, 2014 at 6:07 pm EDT
Hi l am 48 years old never had this problem before and l was dizzy for 5 days could not do a thing sat with my eyes closed most of the time or would get sick doctor put me on Suce 16mg and told me to ride it out loosing a week of work everytime will put me out of a job but l guess that is our problem you would think there would be a better way to fix the problem pretty scary when it hits no time to waste when it starts pick up a phone asap
Posted Sat, Jun. 28, 2014 at 9:14 am EDT
Just FYI, vertigo can be caused by MS. I had a horrible bout of it 20 years ago, which is how I was diagnosed with MS. I haven't had an attack since as bad as my initial ones, but I still struggle with milder dizziness and disturbed equilibrium daily.
Posted Sat, May. 31, 2014 at 10:22 pm EDT
I feel dizzy all of a sudden and sometimes feel numb. I also feel the spinning sensation or light headed-ness when I move to quick. I got stressed out when things are too big or too small, and every so often have random feverous dreams when I feel numb and one thing gets so big that I can't see it anymore. I sometimes wake up in the night twitching. It's a weird thing that I can't really explain, it's basically like them feverous dreams you get when you have a cold or something. I am also scared of heights and I can't go on theme park rides. Should I see a doctor? Sorry if I wrote too much. If you could give me any advice that would be much appreciated Thanks
Posted Sat, May. 31, 2014 at 7:56 pm EDT
My daughter just came home with another bout of vertigo. She had been roller skating for about 10 minutes then got sick. She threw up right as she got home. She is so sad that she can't do any norman activities like skating, running , bike riding etc. without vertigo coming on. She has seen doctors, had eeg. ekg,vision test, really anything you could think of but we've gotten nowhere. She never had any problems with vertigo until about 4 years ago when it came on suddenly. I really don't know what else to try. Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks
Posted Fri, May. 23, 2014 at 11:50 pm EDT
I had my first vertigo attack about 3 years ago and I didn't know what vertigo back then. I had my blood pressure and sample checked and it was fine. I'm not sure why but the doctor only said that I need some rest and gave some medicine for my nausea and dizziness. I still had bad series of attack a few days after that. Then the mild dizziness, body balancing problem and back neck stiffness lasted for about 4 to 5 weeks before my health is back to normal. Because of curiosity, I search online and I'm really sure that I had vertigo. Now after 3 years I have it again since last week. I'm back on the same cycle and now that I know a little bit about it, I try to do thing like the Epley Maneuver that I learn from Youtube. I'm not sure if it really helps but psychologically it does and I think that I'm healing faster this time. I no longer feel dizzy or nausea, just some mild balancing problem and neck stiffness. I just got back from watching Godzilla at cinema so I think that I'm getting better.
Posted Tue, May. 20, 2014 at 2:18 pm EDT
I have had vertigo for 2 days and feel better in bed. I don't seem to have symptoms of meunière, and am wondering if I should seek medical attention, or will it pass on time?
Posted Mon, May. 19, 2014 at 12:25 am EDT
i suffer with vertigo have for years had my ears tested and they are fine but when I fly my vertigo is really bad and I FEEL LIKE MY EARS ARE ABOUT TO BURST
Posted Tue, May. 13, 2014 at 11:26 pm EDT
I fell and hit my head 18months ago. Now I've had veritgo and everything that comes along with it every few months (5-6 times over 18months) and its happens for about a min or 2 . Sometimes as I'm running or playing ball it bothers me and I tend to sleep on my left side because I feel like the veritgo won't bother me rather than my right side. Also sometimes I feel like my neck gets stiff and I don't know why. Any1 have any answers or ideas. Also walking around a mall my head feels like I have a rubber band around it. Foster maneuver.
Posted Mon, May. 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm EDT
Thanks. This was more info than the Dr gave me. He just said I have crystals in my inner ear. Take these pills & I'll see ya in a week. That told me nothing to understand what is going on with me. This at least pointed me in the right direction.
Posted Sun, May. 4, 2014 at 3:20 pm EDT
I have been suffering with so called Vertigo for some 5 or 6 years, I have never had my ears syringed some days it's worse than others, I take one tablet three times a day called serc-16 betahistine dihydrochloride 16 mg tablets, I find that some days I don't seem to get any reaction from them at all, turning my head looking down on the ground e.t.c. starts the wobbly feelings,any suggestions please.
Posted Sun, Apr. 20, 2014 at 6:58 am EDT
Junaid maniyar
you gave nice ans for vertigo as well as nausea.first one vertigo is little-bit undestood by me,but still i am confuse or not properly undestood exact meaning of both.
Posted Thu, Feb. 20, 2014 at 2:31 am EST
My husband had a pontaine atroke almost 4 yrs ago the last two days whenever we turn him on his side to clean him he is bedridden he gets real dizzy and feels like he is going to vomit and this afternoon did should we be worried
Posted Wed, Feb. 12, 2014 at 1:35 am EST
I've had bad vertigo on and off for about 6 years now. It will come out the blue like when I'm at work and there are times when i wake up at night and the room is spinning which is the worst. But there is hope!!! The simplest thing! It is a travel sick pill called stugeron and is amazing. It cures my vertigo in about 20-30 mins. I carry them everywhere and have some next to my bed. I recommend these to anyone with vertigo.
Posted Sat, Feb. 1, 2014 at 5:25 am EST
So I had the vertigo symptoms for 4 days, consulted a doctor and he suspects it's vertigo but ever since I haven't had any difficulties. Can it come back? Please respond.
Posted Thu, Jan. 30, 2014 at 9:44 pm EST
I woke up at 5.30 in the morning and couldn't stop the room from spinning I couldn't move. I fell back to sleep but when I woke again the feeling was worst I had to grab hold of objects in my bedroom to get to the toilet I then spent all day throwing up every time I moved it was the most scariest thing I've ever experienced. That was a week ago and I'm getting better I still feel dizzy but I think I'm just getting used to it now,I found STUGERON tablets a great help I only take one before I go to bed but at least I don't fall over when I wake up it came from nowhere and so I hear it just dissapears as quick as it came(crossed fingers)I experienced a weird feeling whilst under attack like my body was in shock I felt soo ill I know to cope now if I get it again but I hope I never will x
Posted Wed, Jan. 29, 2014 at 5:32 am EST
Rado (older comment from some years back): ever look into Mal de Debarquement Syndrome?
Posted Wed, Jan. 8, 2014 at 4:13 am EST
Doris Wiggins
I was diagnosed with vertigo in January 2012, but don't seem to have all the symptons that some of you are experiencing. I awoke one morning and started to get out of bed and I just fell backwards onto the bed and I felt like I had no control over my body. This lasted only a few seconds(felt like minutes)but it left me dizzy all the time. I have been to many different doctors and had several different kinds of test, etc. Nothing showed up. I walk like someone who has been on a drinking binge. I stumble all over the place, fall frequently, can't look up without holding onto something, then when I do look down, I feel as if the world is going round and round and bending over, I just keep going over. I am never without dizziness. I think people are watching me thinking I am drunk. I constantly bump into things, have numerous bruises from this. I try to carry on my life as before, but I am so limited as to what I can and can't do. I am dizzy whether sitting, standing, laying down or any position. When I try to turn over in bed or raise up, it's like, lights out for a few seconds. At times I feel a little nausea, but nothing really to note. I have tried motion sickness pills. They don't seem to work except make me want to sleep or be like a zombie. I recently had cataract surgery and while doing the second eye, I had a stroke in an artery in behind my eye. This has left me with very limited vision in this eye. If I didn't have the other eye, I could not maneuver. I also, prior to this dizzy spell in 2012, I all of a sudden could not turn my head at all. I went thru several nerve blocks and a radio frequency ablation, which none of this worked. I just all of a sudden one day could turn my head. I think all this is connected in some way. I am no doctor, but I know my body and how it feels. I pray one day, I will wake and will not be dizzy and be able to see out of this eye. I hope everyone who had or has these problems will be cured and can lead their normal lives.
Posted Mon, Dec. 30, 2013 at 7:50 pm EST
Sage Slembo
I just had vertigo for the first time. I found a maneuver online called the Foster maneuver. I was able to heal myself through this maneuver. My vertigo was so bad that I was throwing up by getting up or moving at all. Hope it helps someone else too.
Posted Sun, Dec. 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm EST
Janis Steele
Hi, I have had an inner ear test, a hearing test, ct scan, MRI of the head an inner ear and a EKG. Everything has come back normal. Could I still have vertigo? I have been having issues on and if with nausea and off. Not off balance or dizzy but just feel off and Nauseous.
Posted Sun, Dec. 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm EST
I'm 21 and I fell in my bathroom and accidentally hit my head on the wall.. now I'm experiencing vertigo whenever I'm lying on my left side.. is it serious? Cause I already went to my local Dr and he said it might be a minor concussion but if after 24 hours I feel fine it's nothing.. so I'm kinda paranoid now.. I didn't have any vomiting, slurred speech or blacked out or any of that.. just vertigo and slight headache..
Posted Sun, Nov. 24, 2013 at 10:29 pm EST
I am 21 years old and let me say thar vertigo has ruined my life i have 2 children im a single mom. I feel so miserble.from the momment i wake up i feel.dizzy and dont have an appitate to eat. I feel jittery and have no patience. Is vertigo curable am i going to be like this forever.?? Im just so upset... Someone help give me advice?? What helps vertigo?
Posted Wed, Nov. 20, 2013 at 10:20 am EST
Barry Keate
Vertigo is a serious problem for those who suffer from it. One helpful herb for those with Meniere's disease is Ginkgo biloba. Studies have shown ginkgo helps slow the rate of rotation and generally improves the condition.
Posted Thu, Nov. 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm EST
we enjoy learning things from your site. thank, keep on it.Excellent site.
Posted Mon, Oct. 28, 2013 at 12:58 am EDT
I have suffered from mild vertigo for about 3 months. I went on a weekend vacation to Beavers Bend with some girlfriends and did not have it but came back home and woke up with it. Can it be my bedding?
Posted Mon, Sep. 30, 2013 at 7:23 am EDT
I'm Dizzy am I gonna die from it? Please say no I'm scared please help I'm 27 years old and I don't wanna die for a long time please help
Posted Sun, Sep. 29, 2013 at 11:07 am EDT
I have vertigo for a couple of years already. I noticed that everytime I had those attack, I had previously eaten those forbidden to me by my Eent doctor. These are the foods that I should avoid to prevent a vertigo attack: chips because they have lots of MSG monosodium Glutamate, saulty foods, anything that has Caffeine like coffee, chocolates, tea and even Coke, and most especially alcoholic beverages.I had those spinning episodes everytime I change positions in bed, even with close eyes I could still feel my vertigo attack. Recently, I had another vertigo attack becaused I had been very stubborn again eating chips and salty foods, so I had this recent attack but this time I have an achy feeling in my left ear, and the my doctor prescribed my an ear antibiotic drug. I hope that this med will get me well as I promise to behave this time. Let's eat healthy foods like fruits and leafy vegetables and try to avoid those that I mentioned above. And I hope that pharmacist/doctors/scientist may soon find a real cure for Vertigo. May God bless us all and give us strenght and peace.
Posted Mon, Aug. 5, 2013 at 12:14 am EDT
i think I have Menieres. I am getting depressed. I just got job promotion and am lying here having attack. This is having serious emotional effect on me. Help please.
Posted Sat, Jul. 27, 2013 at 10:23 am EDT
i have a variety of problems which drs keep getting wrong ear pain and a sort of popping sensation going away coming back was told tininnitus ear wax etc etc got apraxia and a palsy which has been confirmed nd being told i ahvent then saying i have not etc dr are crap these days i jsut wish they would all grow up have compassion and do their jobs right. nurses have more med knowledge these days and it shoul be other way round and this is fact
Posted Sun, Jul. 14, 2013 at 7:07 pm EDT
kieron watson
I suffered from this last night i was in my bed and then somehow i was on the floor feeling like i had no control over my body. Place was spinnin ringing noises in my ear.. and when i got helped from my friends i chucked cold water all over my face too cool down cause i was burning up and after i was fine. And thats happend twice in a space of a big period. Could this be a result off vertigo?
Posted Tue, Jul. 2, 2013 at 7:44 am EDT
Linda Taylor
Good reading! I learn much more here then from my primary doctor(the doctor is excellent of course). I had a mild brain attack/stroke, but found I had some of the symptoms of having BPPV. I'm doing fine. except for having BPPV symptoms.
Posted Thu, May. 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm EDT
I have had the same probs for year's. Mine Feels like when I'm walking the earth is moving beneath me. Had every test done couldn't find anything. Valium 5mg works the best most dr don't even know this my ent gives it to me!
Posted Fri, Mar. 1, 2013 at 12:46 am EST
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Posted Tue, Jun. 19, 2012 at 9:57 am EDT
i suffer from these spells i have had mine now for 5 days its gotten better however i have been to the hospital and it never helps when they do those movments with my head i dont no what elts to do i hate this i just want it to go away...
Posted Thu, Jun. 7, 2012 at 11:25 pm EDT
can you die from vertigo ?
Posted Tue, Mar. 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm EST
James Taylor - Sydney AUST
About April 2011 i went for a swim ina public Pool and my left ear was blocked. This did not go away, so i went to a Medical centre and got some Antibiotic drops for the ear. This did not fix it. Next I started getting Vertigo attacks. This seemed to happen after i used the last drops in my left ear. I nearly fell over going for a shower and had to hold my self up until the sensation eased. Since then i have visited a ENT specialist and they did a test on both my ears. Prognosis, left earhearing is stuffed, right ear is ok. I already knew this so I considered the $200+ medicare charges totally wasted as the doc prescribed steroid tablets to try and fix it, warning me that this my not have any effect, which i declined to take, as i have tried steroid treatment and all is i was make me feel strange. Then they wanted me to get a MRI and full blood test, which i am still considering. If I take a Berocca or superdyn fizy tablet or milk or ear grapes I get an onset of Vertigo. I have learnt to get a feel of the foods i eat and stay away from the ones that cause problems. I walk 1/2 hr everyday and this helps, I m considering jogging to get the blood circulating properly around my body, as I am 64 yrs of age. Foods that affect me are milk, grapes lots of water, bananas especially pasta works for me, as does lots of herbs- Hope this helps someone.
Posted Tue, Feb. 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm EST
can a bang on the head cause vertigo
Posted Tue, Jan. 31, 2012 at 6:31 am EST
I cleaned my ear, and all of a sudden i felt my ear was muffle . after a few days, i felt dizzy
Posted Wed, Dec. 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm EST
Patrick Cafferty
Please advise me how to carry out the Epley Maneuver
Posted Tue, Dec. 6, 2011 at 9:05 am EST
I was told theres a test called sands? Someone I knew had it done several years ago but forgot who the doctor was. I have vertigo on a daily basis. It's very annoying.
Posted Sat, Nov. 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm EST
Denise Sands
having been suffering all summer and now into the fall with these spinning and dizziness to the point of holding on to the bed to keep from passing out. but I think I have just diagnosed myself, for the past year I have over indulge myself with salted snacks and candy since I am trying to stop smoking. I noticed tnat I have every symptom of vertigo and I just can't take it anymore. So out with the sugar & salt and lets see what happens .
Posted Sat, Oct. 22, 2011 at 2:34 am EDT
Ihave been told and documated by "Balance Master" testing that my vestibular system is gone. My question is,can you have vertigo without dizziness? I feel normal but have great difficulty walking/
Posted Thu, Oct. 20, 2011 at 11:37 am EDT
Jessie Asquith
I have vomiting I'm getting hot and cold constantly and getting head spins what do I have?
Posted Sun, Oct. 16, 2011 at 4:16 am EDT
i think i have virtigo but not as often. i only get disy and i have no vomiting. it only happens 3or4 times a month and im still young.
Posted Wed, Sep. 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm EDT
been reading everyones bouts with vertigo. I had my first bout sept 13,2011. In bed and room began spinning,, lasted 30,min Dr. sent me to er for mri wasn,t able to lay down for test, scheduled for one monday,they are going to knock me out so can lie down. Still having bouts having to rest in recliner. Help
Posted Thu, Sep. 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm EDT
Hi folks. Does anyone know if there is a connection between menier's disease (or its symptoms) and dental disease? Or if there is any literature to that effect?
Posted Wed, Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm EDT
I am having a very mild vertigo. It comes when i put my head on the pillow for sleeping and while getting up. I am only 40 years. How should i take care.
Posted Mon, Sep. 5, 2011 at 7:19 am EDT
i am forigner. before 2 week start bed time faint , 52 years old married .no children. i put my head on the pillow then stat fain suddnly going what am i doing
Posted Mon, Aug. 29, 2011 at 7:34 am EDT
kimberly h
ive been having these symptoms for 4 days so i went to the e.r. This is the diagnosis the doctor gave me and referred me to physical therapy. I have never had this before except with an inner ear infection. Wierd.
Posted Sun, Aug. 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm EDT
Cheyanne Harris
I have tried it all nothing even Drs could help. I finally moved to the coast. I live not to far from Corpus Christi Tx. After living here the inner ear pressure went away, now no more vertigo. I lived with vertigo for 10 years and was about to give up on a cure. Many of you may try living near the coast and see if you would get better it is worth a try. Who wants to live with vertigo the rest of there life. I got so sick and depressed with vertigo I wanted to do myself in and go to heaven so I would no longer suffer. New Dr told me to go on vacation to coast and see if I would get better glad I took her advise. So try this move to the coast if you can. No meds worked on my vertigo.
Posted Mon, Aug. 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm EDT
M Frame
Can you comment on the serious condition of dizziness that was caused by a novacaine injection in the mandibular block section of the mouth that "split" the vestibular nerve and left the patient with the feeling that the med was circulating within the inner ear? It has been over 40 years of not having balance to walk correctly, as well as the periods of dizziness with a change of positions. The eyesight is connected to the inner ear, and when a car stops, the person is still "going" -- feeling that there is no "place in space" to have a needed horizon to see a "spot" (as a dancer does while spinning).
Posted Fri, Jul. 15, 2011 at 4:07 am EDT
Ketan Patel
Thank u it has helped me a lot.
Posted Sat, Jun. 25, 2011 at 8:51 am EDT
Posted Tue, Jun. 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm EDT
I have a vertigo for now a year and it is not improving. It starts as a feeling of disbalance, like the ground is moving under me. I also have this feeling when I lie to bed or sometimes when I am sitting in the chair. Then it seems like I am going to fall of the bed/chair. I went to three hospitals by now, and done many tests but the doctors still can't figure what it is. I have done the brain/head MR and everything is normal. Did blood tests, hormones, blood pressure, heart and dopler teste on neck blood vessels and that seems all right also. The only test that is a little bit out of normal (but really little bit) is EEG that showed some a little sharp spikes. Doctors said nothing to worry about. I also had inner ear looked and I don seem to have infection or something. What do you think could cause this? It started a year ago after I head a very bad case of throat infection.
Posted Sun, Apr. 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm EDT
Rashmi Vidyasagar
I am suffering from vertigo for nearly 18 yrs, and now, I am completely deaf. Calcium supplements do give me dizziness, some vitamins in cauliflower, mushroom, mussels , pumpkin buds, do give a instant bolt of vertigo. I lose balance, the whole world spins faster and faster, I become cold , nausea and vommiting continues with all. I feel I am dying, but I survive, its a terrible feeling. My husband says, it's because of the common cold I have. But whatever, I tried different doctors, and nothing helped. Now, I feel embarrassed to mingle with people, because I can't hear. I can't watch TV, and I do not know the volume of my children's voice. Please help me with suggestions, which cant help me. I think. I have mineirs ear too. I liked reading the views of others, I am suffering more than all of you.
Posted Sun, Mar. 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm EDT
It has been 3 weeks since I started taking Dramamine every evening. I think I am "cured" the "full" feeling in my left ear has dried up and my hearing is back to near normal. I take one day at a time but feel like I am getting my life back. I now take two pills every other night and may soon go to every 3 nights. Looking forward to going to Dr to get her opinion of my recovery.
Posted Sun, Mar. 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm EDT
Drs have been telling me to take Dramamine. I took one pill once and did nothing, yesterday I took 2 and six hours later took another dose. I woke up with an almost clear ear. It stayed that way for most of the day. My social life/traveling is on hold because I never know when I will get the vertigo but having a 'full' ear is the first sign and the worse it feels the more I expect it to come on. At least I may be onto something with the Dramamine. It is apparently not a long lasting 'cure' but for a few hours I had relief and maybe enough to get through a flight. Only downside was the Dramamine made me so sleepy so I can only take it in the evening. Hope this info can help someone.
Posted Mon, Feb. 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm EST
I have had vertigo for six years. I went to see different doctors. I received therapy for my vestibular ear but nothing works right now. I feel I want to die. I don't have a normal life; I can't go places; I can't go to school meetings; I feel like a handicapped person. Also I have a therapist and a psychiatrist, but I don't feel I get help.
Posted Sun, Feb. 20, 2011 at 11:37 am EST
Luz Maldonado
I'm only 39, and I have been feeling this nausea and dizziness everyday. It wont let me do hardly anything. I feel like vomiting, but I don't. Its weird. I was doing some searching, and it seems to be Vertigo.. My doctor always telling me is stress and won't give anything for it.. I'm changing doctors to someone that knows what he's doing.
Posted Sun, Feb. 20, 2011 at 7:32 am EST
Pattie Hanes
I have had vertigo for about 15 yrs. I found that it would come on about 2 days after flying. Last 2-3 days, although I have had it last about 4 weeks.I have been leaning over and shaking my head very hard side to side and this seems to help make the dizziness and balance better. Sounds silly but this has been working for me. I am usually better in a couple days, now.
Posted Mon, Jan. 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm EST
My vertigo comes on as a slight spinning and within 45 min-1hr I have severe vomiting. Moving my head just 3 inches can cause another bout of vomiting. This lasts for several hours. After reading some info as well as my Dr.'s advice I think I have Meuniere's Disease and will return to the ENT Dr. Next time I am feeling the 'full' ear. It did not so any good going to ENT when my ear was clear as she did not see anything. Apparently unless the eardrum is 'bulging' she can't tell if anything is wrong. This vertigo is causing problems with its frequency (about once a month or so).After reading other comments I will make note of things eaten or drunk just before an onset. Although I do not use salt, caffeine or drink alcohol. I have also seen a Chiropractor, not sure I will go back but is an option as he also gave good advice about noting food and weather conditions just before an attack. Lots of good advice and comments made on these posts will be helpful to me.
Posted Sat, Jan. 8, 2011 at 11:49 am EST
See a board certified chiropractic neurologist to get an accurate diagnosis... not everyone's vertigo is from BPPV..
Posted Thu, Nov. 25, 2010 at 11:17 pm EST
I had undergone Tympanoplasty surgery of my right ear in 2004. I was doing fine up till now. Recently, I had visited a hill station up to a height of 17350 feet. As I came back to Kolkata, I started to feel nausea followed by vomiting, severe weakness. My consulting doctor has prescribed medicines, but even after 5 days medication, situation has not improved. Can't concentrate at work. Plz help with probable solutions.
Posted Thu, Oct. 28, 2010 at 10:04 am EDT
(USA) Very nice site!
Posted Thu, Oct. 21, 2010 at 5:57 pm EDT
Thanks to the post about calcium. I recently started taking it again and have vertigo. I had vertigo three yrs ago and thought it was related to a prescription I use for skin allergies. Or, that it was stress-induced. However, it also happens when I do not use the prescription and am not under stress. So, I think it is the calcium. I also tried ginger and got immediate relief. The doctors could never pinpoint the cause of my sporadic vertigo. Acupuncture worked in the past, but only after several treatments. Thank you all so much! Go ginger!
Posted Tue, Oct. 5, 2010 at 3:54 am EDT
I was very dizzy to the point that I was carrying around a bag because I would vomit. My friend told me that calcium made her dizzy. I thought back and remembered that my problem started shortly after my Dr. put me on calcium for osteopenia. I stopped the calcium and the dizziness stopped.
Posted Mon, Sep. 27, 2010 at 6:33 am EDT
TheDoctor Editor
This site does not recommend unproven remedies for vertigo or any other health issues. Readers may however, occasionally post comments that suggest treatments they have tried.
Posted Sun, Sep. 26, 2010 at 9:32 am EDT
I have found it helpful to use a homeopathic remedy called "Vertigoheel" - a substance that contains conium maculatum, cocculus, ambra grisea & petroleum rectificatum. As the name suggests, it is produced by the "Heel" company. It apparently targets the inner ear fluid, although the label says it is for dizziness of various origins. I don't know if it helps when the cause is middle ear fluid, which I am struggling with now.
Posted Sat, Sep. 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm EDT
Tiff From St, Louis
I've had vertigo for about 14 years now, off and on. The only thing the Doctors give me is Valium and Meclizine. I am a single mother trying to make ends meet, I can't do it this working in a factory.
Posted Fri, Sep. 17, 2010 at 4:52 am EDT
rodger castleberry
This is for Bertha, and purely as a suggestion. Sounds like you have Meniere's Syndrome, as have I for many years. See a competent Otolaryngologist for an accurate diagnosis. The only help I have ever had from these spells is a dose of diazepam (Valium), which frequently chases away the worst of the symptoms. Ginger, low salt diet, no alcohol, no caffiene, no tobacco failed to help or prevent. This is an insidious and clearly misunderstood disease. My heart bleeds for you and fellow sufferers.
Posted Mon, Sep. 13, 2010 at 11:46 am EDT
debi prosad banerjee
My mother, aged 58, has the problem of things spinning. Her GP detected as vertigo. Should we go for ENT?
Posted Wed, Sep. 1, 2010 at 8:39 am EDT
My problem with vertigo started last year early fall, i work in my yard a lot so I thought it was too much sun, but then I remembered I had an ear infection. The ringing in my ears became really bad along with lightheadedness, dizziness, and nausea. When I would try to walk, I had to hold onto something. My Dr prescribed meclizine. So far i am doing better thanks.
Posted Wed, Aug. 25, 2010 at 5:11 pm EDT
Thanks everyone for the information and the great advice. I have been experiencing vertigo problems since 2006. I usually get it for a couple of days. However, this year has been a doozie for me. I have been suffering from vertigo since May 2, 2010. I lost complete hearing in my right ear and particle hearing in my left ear. I will have to wear a hearing aid. I can't seem to shake the woozie head, and my balance is off. I walk with a walking cane. Many of you have already stated, the only relief is staying in bed propped on pillows. That is how I spend most of my days and nights. I take meclizine twice a day and it does not help a great deal. I am going to try the ginger and essence oils that I read about in some of the comment articles. Thank a lot for your advice given. Please comment if you have experience this for nearly four months as I have and let me know what you are doing to treat it. I can't do anything but stay in the house. Riding in cars makes me sick. Also, bright lights and the least amount of noise bother my head. I missed all of my grandson's little league games because I could not ride to the park and sit for any length of time. I can't go to church or anywhere because people and noise bother my head. I feel so helpless. Therefore, if you can help me, please comment. Thank a million.
Posted Wed, Aug. 25, 2010 at 1:22 am EDT
Vertigo can occur whenever we have stress, low blood pressure or our body's weakness suffering our daily life. Those who have vertigo should take care to avoid stress and keep your health by exercising regularly. I have suffered from Vertigo in a couple of years. I feel that I have weakness in that period with many symptoms such as headache, things in the house spinning, and nearly fainting. What I have done when Vertigo would happen to me is to drink a couple of sweet waters mixing with cold water. Then, I got much sweat and feel better. Besides, I go to aerobics every day for 1 hour making me healthy. Vertigo will disappear in a couple of days. Wish for those who have Vertigo taking care of yourself.
Posted Thu, Aug. 12, 2010 at 2:54 am EDT
I don't know what happened to my head actually for the first three occurences. I felt dizzy, everything spinning around me, and I have to walk really slow to go from one place to another. I went to see the doctor, but he says that it's normal maybe just hypertension!! It is a relief for me to find this article which can help me out from this problem.
Posted Wed, Aug. 11, 2010 at 11:34 am EDT
Vertigo and other forms of positional disorder are not life threatening.The symptoms will continue up to 2 months after first onset. Exercises can be done for relaxation.
Posted Mon, Aug. 9, 2010 at 9:02 am EDT
mazahar khan
There is no definite treatment for vertigo and dizziness.
Posted Mon, Aug. 9, 2010 at 1:09 am EDT
My mom is now suffering from some sort of vertigo. She's been in bed for two days now. She's always had sensitivity in the ear. She hates wind and water getting in her ear. She says it hurts her. She's gone in the pool lately but did not put her head in the water. We've had some very windy days here lately. She's gone through this before and the doctors tell her to take gravol and stay in bed. She's supposed to be spending this week with her sisters and mother on vacation and she's stuck in bed unable to travel. She's pretty down and I'm trying everything to come up with a solution... Please help me. Thanks.
Posted Sun, Aug. 1, 2010 at 10:47 am EDT
Rodger Castleberry
I posted back in June. I have now experienced several more extreme cases of vertigo I now know as "Drop Vertigo" or, as described by a Dr. Tumarkin, an "Otolithic Catastrophe." He nailed that one right. If anyone checking this site has ever experienced this incredible sensation, let me hear from you.
Posted Fri, Jul. 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm EDT
I have suffered with vertigo for 23 years. I have seen many doctors and been diagnosed with several possible causes. I have fallen many times. I now find it frightening to leave my house. I never make plans to travel. Big chunks of life have passed me by. It causes other anxiety which then causes dizziness and so on and so on.....
Posted Thu, Jul. 15, 2010 at 11:46 am EDT
FIFTY TOP ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS: HERBS We sometimes forget that a natural diet includes plenty of herbs and spices to calm irritated tissues and relieve swelling. Basil Chamomile Cinnamon Garlic Ginger Nutmeg Parsley Rosemary Thyme Turmeric FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: Anti-inflammatory foods are often found among produce, where more color means a higher vitamin content. Fruits: Blueberries Blood Oranges Cherries Cranberries Papaya Pineapple Purple Plums Purple Grapes Red Pears Strawberries Vegetables: Broccoli Florets Brussels Sprouts Eggplant Purple Cabbage Purple Potatoes Purple Peppers Radicchio Radishes Red Peppers Rhubarb OMEGA-3 RICH FOODS: The anti-inflammatory foods found in this category are rich in Omega-3: Flaxseed Oil Grape seed Oil Linseed Oil Olive Oil Walnut Oil Almonds Pumpkin Seeds Soybeans Sunflower Seeds Wheat Germ These fatty fish provide anti-inflammatory food protein: Anchovies Blue Fin Tuna Bluefish Herring Mackerel Salmon (wild) Sardines Sturgeon (Atlantic) Trout (lake) Whitefish (lake)
Posted Thu, Jul. 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm EDT
Nobody never mentions celiac disease, thyroid disorders. I took Abilify and it made me extremely dizzy/woozy/ walk funny. There are 254 complications with celiac disease! It is very common.
Posted Wed, Jun. 30, 2010 at 2:20 pm EDT
My mum has vertigo, and this has helped me to understand. I always thought vertigo was a disease, and she would die from it straight away but this helps me understand.
Posted Wed, Jun. 30, 2010 at 1:24 pm EDT
Enos Weaver
I got vertigo, and I didn't have a clue what I had. I was scared at first and went to the doctor. I found out a little there, but this web site is great. I know a lot about my ear now. Thanks.
Posted Fri, Jun. 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm EDT
rodger castleberry
i have had Meniere's since 1985, with only occasional bouts of vertigo. In 1998, my Meniere's became bilateral and total hearing was lost in my left ear. My Doctor gave me a dexamethasone perfueion in January of 1999, which has served me well till recently. In October, I experienced vertigo lasting 3 days, but it eventually left. Several weeks ago it began to recur with more and increasing frequency. Last Thursday I experienced a sensation and event I wish never to repeat. I had been a little "dizzy" most of the morning, but was doing my daily routine. Then, with no warning, while walking through my bedroom, I was literally swept off my feet and deposited unceremoniously on the carpeted floor, hitting my head (glad for padded carpet). Since then I have had daily vertiginous episodes of varying degrees, some lengthy, some of short duration. Now, I am at the end of my rope till I get some relief. This is doubly frustrating for me as I am afraid to drive and am nearly 100% deaf. Actually, I can hear, but have lost nearly all my sound discrimination. Just point me in the right direction. The last doctor I saw in December suggested a sac decompression, but the senior doctor said he did not want to risk killing my remaining hearing. At this point, I don't really care about hearing, but want to have a near-normal life without this damnable vertigo always threatening to do me harm.
Posted Mon, Jun. 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm EDT
TheDoctor's Editor
AJ makes a very good point. No one knows all the factors surrounding the onset of a condition as well as you do. Try to keep a list of changes in diet, environment or circumstances that might be significant. Have them on hand when you see or call your doctor, preferably giving her or him a copy of the list to keep. You never know what will trigger a problem...or a useful idea regarding diagnosis.
Posted Tue, Jun. 1, 2010 at 10:19 am EDT
I have been getting the run around from several doctors. One told me I have Meniers disease; another told me I don't. I recently discovered that vertigo and tinnitus (2 of my symptoms) can be caused by high mercury levels. When I was first getting vertigo attacks, I was also eating a lot of Japanese take out (i.e. sushi). What is causing vertigo may need more attention and thorough care than what the doctors are willing to give. Do your own research and be proactive!
Posted Mon, May. 31, 2010 at 11:41 pm EDT
My vertigo only starts when I stop after a long drive or I get off a boat. It lasted for six to eight weeks the last time I went on a cruise, otherwise I am fine.
Posted Thu, May. 27, 2010 at 10:21 pm EDT
jane ghadr
My vertigo started 3 years ago. Initially the symptom was just spinning when i turned at night but now it has changed. I feel sick when I get up every day; my head always feels dizzy, even when I don't move. It's bad. My face has dropped on one side but the doctors don't seem to bother. I'm waiting yet again for an appointment, but they like you to wait 3 weeks before they will see you. I just pray it will go away, but I know it won't. The dizziness prevents me from working and having a kind of life. It makes me feel really down. The doctors say my vertigo is rare because it is in both ears so this makes it rare but unbearable.
Posted Mon, May. 10, 2010 at 4:24 am EDT
Dwight Haylock
I,m being treated for vertigo. It never was carefully explained what it really is, but reading your information makes me think that my problem is BPPV. I have been troubled with it for about 5 years. The Doctors where I live give me NIMOTOP which consists of Nimodipina and Alegil which has Difenhidramina. At times Rinocort nasal spray, and another Med, Zanlan. But I don't know the components of it. Maybe you you can help me with the names of what medications I really should use. Thank you in advance.
Posted Tue, May. 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm EDT
I am suffering with the vertigo since last year. By taking different medications, it stopped for a while, but not permanently. What should I do?
Posted Sun, May. 2, 2010 at 5:57 am EDT
I have suffered with vertigo for years. For quite a while I would get relief by using meds such as Clariden. I am currently in another round of vertigo and this med no longer works. Has anyone found help with PT? I also tried meds such as antivert without success. Thanks for this concise article.
Posted Thu, Apr. 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm EDT
I have suffered with dizziness and vertigo for years, caused by bending to put on shoes, putting drops in my eyes was an ordeal, lying in bed without three pillows was impossible as the room would spin out of control, getting out of bed caused another dizzying episode and so on through my days. Doctors suggested MRIs, and inner ear infections, nothing cured the condition. Then at my last appointment with my ENT, I noticed a flyer on a rack in the examining room, the flyer mentioned DizzyStop®. Although I had taken ginger in many forms, (which is an ingredient in DizzyStop®), I was ready to try anything! I purchased a bottle and took a dose as soon as I arrived home. Three hours later, I took two more pills. That evening I experienced my first relief when I climbed into bed and tried lying on one pillow-it worked, I was comfortable, no dizzying effects - that was one week ago.
Posted Wed, Apr. 28, 2010 at 10:43 pm EDT
j higgins
thanks for the info on the inner ear crystals i trust they need repoisioning
Posted Thu, Mar. 4, 2010 at 6:43 am EST
I did not know about vertigo and came to know about it by visiting this site.
Posted Tue, Feb. 16, 2010 at 10:51 am EST
Rachel McGee
Wow great reseach thanks it helped me so much!!!
Posted Sun, Jan. 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm EST

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