What Is Vertigo?

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Vertigo is a fairly common condition that’s characterized by the constant feeling of motion even when the individual is completely still. It’s usually accompanied with nausea, vomiting, sweating and headaches. Some spells of vertigo may last minutes, and other times they may last years. Even though it typically doesn’t cause any serious health problems, it can still easily make one’s life miserable. The good news, however, is that diagnosing and successfully treating vertigo is a fairly easy process.

It’s important to note that vertigo and dizziness are two different conditions. While they may share some similarities, vertigo is a more serious condition that’s generally caused by an underlying problem. Nearly everyone will experience a dizzy spell at some point in their life, but a lower percentage of the population will experience vertigo. So, how are you supposed to tell the difference between these two conditions? Vertigo is most easily identified by the constant feeling of motion when your eyes are closed, while dizziness is a short spell that creates the feeling like you are about to fall.

Vertigo can be caused by a number of different underlying health conditions. One of the most common causes is a basic cold virus. Once the cold virus begins to spread, the patient’s body may react by cresting vertigo. You have to remember that cold virus usually come with excessive mucus buildup and/or sinus drainage. These fluids can travel to the inner ear canal where they affect our balance and ultimately result in vertigo.

The inner ear disease known as Meniere’s disease can also result in vertigo. The first documented case of this disease dates back to 1860, and since then it’s remained a common ear disease affecting millions of people throughout the country. Meniere’s disease may cause a mild ringing sensation in the ear, or it can cause vertigo. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for Meniere’s disease, but patients can learn to manage and deal with the symptoms in a more appropriate way.

You might be surprised to learn that having your vertebrae out of position can also cause vertigo along with a number of other unpleasant conditions. When your neck and/or back bones are knocked out of their normal position, the body may react by creating pain, headaches, anxiety and of course vertigo. If you are are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you should immediately seek the professional advice of a chiropractor. Just a couple manual adjustments and alignments could set your vertebrate back on track while curing your vertigo.

If you are experiencing vertigo, it’s important to sit down and discuss the problem with your chiropractor so they can choose the best possible course of treatment. Tell them when exactly you experience vertigo, how long the spells typically last, and what symptoms are associated with it. Using this information along with a physical examination and possibly a series of x-rays, the chiropractor will explain the treatment options available for your condition.


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