Have you ever gotten off a rollercoaster and felt like the entire world was spinning around you but you couldn’t stop it? Fortunately for many people, this only happens after running around in circles or going really fast on an amusement ride.
If you’ve never been on a rollercoaster but feel like you have experienced this problem quite regularly, you may be dealing with a diagnosis called ‘vertigo’.
What is Vertigo?
After you realize that experiencing these spells of dizziness aren’t going to go away on their own, then you can take the next step in understanding the condition.
Though vertigo is usually associated with dizziness, there are many different symptoms that can come with this, such as:
● the feeling of being pulled into one direction
● a feeling of unbalance
● feeling nauseated
● having headaches
● ringing in your ears or experiencing hearing loss
Other symptoms can be read about in this article.
Causes of Vertigo
There are a few different causes of vertigo or dizziness, but they all stem down to one problematic area: your inner ear. Because your inner ear is what sends signals to your brain about remaining balanced, anything that can cause pain or harm to your ear can cause you to become unbalanced.
One of the causes is calcium buildup in the canal of your inner ear. When they break up and become loose in your inner ear, this can cause spells of dizziness.
Any infection that can cause your inner ear to become inflamed can also result in dizziness since this puts pressure on your nerves.
Meniere’s Disease is a disorder that can cause episodes of vertigo or dizziness. It can even be the cause of the ringing in your ears. This disorder can be caused from the buildup of fluid and changing pressure inside your ear.
Because dizziness can result in injuries and other tragic scenarios, seeing a doctor immediately can help you find a solution to your problem. Losing your balance or becoming dizzy in an unsafe area can have fatal results, so it is important to speak with a professional immediately.
Medicines can be given to some patients, especially those who experience nausea. If inflammation is the cause, steroids or antibiotics can be given to reduce inflammation and get rid of the infection. In patients who have Meniere’s Disease, a simple water pill or diuretic can be prescribed to help reduce fluid buildup in the inner ear.
There are many different kinds of treatments for many different kinds of patients. Some patients may even require some surgery, depending on the problem. In few cases, the underlying cause can be something as serious as a tumor, but a doctor can examine you to find out the cause of your dizziness spells.
If you’re experiencing dizziness or any other symptoms associated with vertigo, contact West Palm Beach ENT specialist at the office of Dr. Light today. As an ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Light has experience diagnosing and treating patients who deal with dizziness. We want to ensure you receive the best treatment and know all of your options before continuing further, so please call us today at 561-737-8584 to see what we can do for you.