Vertigo, while similar to dizziness, is not necessarily the same thing. Instead, vertigo is a spinning sensation that can cause frequent dizzy spells and may even make you feel as though the world is spinning around you.
What Causes Vertigo?
Most of the time vertigo is caused by inner ear infections or other problems. These other problems can include:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo – This occurs when tiny calcium particles build up in the inner ear canal. When this happens, your inner ear sends a signal to the brain, which can make it difficult to balance or even make you dizzy. This condition can occur at any time and with no real cause.
- Meniere’s disease – This is another inner ear disorder that builds up excess fluid and changes the pressure inside your ear. It can cause frequent ringing sounds in the ear as well as vertigo and hearing loss.
Other causes of vertigo:
- Injury to the head or neck.
- Brain problems, such as a tumor or stroke.
- Medications that have a side effect of dizziness or that can cause damage to the inner ear.
Also Read : Understanding Your Constant Dizziness
Understanding the Symptoms of Vertigo
Vertigo occurs when you change the position of your head. So, if you are sitting still you may not always feel as though you are still moving. Most patients who suffer from vertigo describe their symptoms as a spinning, tilting, swaying or even as if they are being pulled to one side.
As a side effect of the vertigo, you may experience other symptoms, including nausea, jerking eye movements, sweating, headaches, or hearing loss.
Suffer from Vertigo? See an ENT
While your family physician may be able to prescribe medications to treat the symptoms of vertigo, they often cannot diagnose the cause. An ENT is better trained and equipped to diagnose and treat frequent vertigo spells. Whether the issue is within the inner ear or another portion of the ear, they may be able to find the cause of your vertigo and stop it for good.
The experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly team at Dr. Light’s office takes the time to listen to patients and diagnose their symptoms and concerns. Make an appointment with Dr. Light today regarding you frequent dizzy or vertigo spells and let us help you start to feel better. Call our office today at 561-737-8584 for an initial consultation, and to learn more about the common cause of vertigo, and how we can help you.