Sorry its been a while since I posted here, I been really busy with life and just trying to get my business going. I actually forgot about this blog for awhile, but it just hit me one day and was just wondering how everyone is doing.
I know there isnt much information out there on Vertigo, and I know how hard it can be when you dont understand this type of migraine. Therefore, I hope everyone read my post on how I conquered vertigo and use the tips I provided.
For all the new readers that are just reading up on this, just remember you are not alone and there are things you can do to help stop or prevent it once in for all. I am proud to say its been over 5 years now and I still have yet to get another vertigo migraine instance..
Please update me on how you are doing with your vertigo migraines, and any questions you may have. I’ll try my best to help you in conquering this once in for all!
Knowing the cause of a particular illness can greatly assist in its treatment and lucky for people that have vertigo, a lot is already known about how the illness comes about. It is caused either through a problem with the inner ear (the part of your body the regulates the balance overall), a problem with the brain (the part of your body that sends the signals to the inner ear to help it regulate balance) or a problem with the nerves between the inner ear and the brain that are responsible for the regulation of communication between those two parts of your body. Because of this, treatment for vertigo takes three primary forms, each one based on one particular cause of the illness.
Inner Ear Cause
With the inner ear cause of vertigo, the best way to do the treatment is through the use of something called vestibular rehabilitation. Simply put, this is a series of treatments and therapies that are collectively designed to correct any inner ear problems that you might have. Once those problems are correct, assuming that the inner ear problem is what is causing your vertigo in the first place, you can be sure that the problem will cease to be a problem. If the treatment goes really well you should see improvement in as little as two weeks. Most people that are treated for inner ear caused vertigo have the problem go away within six months.
While the most common cause of vertigo is indeed a problem with inner ear balance, there can also be problems within the brain that can cause the illness as well. There is nothing to be alarmed with however as these problems are not life threatening, but rather are just slight misalignments with the way certain neurotransmitters within the brain relay signals to the inner ear. The way that these are treated is through the use of a group of substances collectively known as neurotransmitter reuptake inhibitors. These substances have the ability to fix what is wrong with the brain and just like with inner ear vertigo, the vast majority of people that suffer from this condition see vast improvements and sometimes complete elimination of the symptoms within six months of starting the treatment.
If the problem is caused by the nerves that are supposed to relay signals from the brain to the inner ear, then there are a plethora of treatments available. These include things like antihistamines, calcium antagonists and the Epley manoeuvre, all of which can be performed or administered by a well trained health delivery professional.
Therefore, the first step in any vertigo treatment is to make sure you get your doctor to diagnose what the problem is and then suggest one of the treatments that have been discussed above. Doctors are the ultimate resource when it comes to problems like this, so make sure you visit yours as soon as possible if you are someone that is suffering or has suffered in the past from a condition of vertigo.
I am now 26 years old and have suffered from vertigo most of my natural life. I recalled times when I woke up with my world spinning and all I can do was flip over and make myself go back to sleep so I wont have to feel the pain much longer.
After years of paying attention to how and when it happens. I believe I completely cured my vertigo migraines. I am going 3 years strong without any occurances. The steps I took is very simple, it worked for me and it wouldn’t hurt for you to try the same. Just maybe, it will work for you too.
I realize it was my sleep pattern. Everytime I end up over sleeping, thats 9 hours or more. I almost always get vertigo. And for the past couple years, I really paid attention to how much I slept. I always slept 6-8 hours a day, never more.
Lastly, your sleep pattern should be the same daily. For instance, if you sleep at 9 or 10 everyday, than you should stick to that pattern. Once you get use to sleeping at a certain time and lets say one night you end up sleeping at 2-3 in the morning. Than your chances of getting vertigo goes up just like that.
After I changed my sleeping pattern as mentioned above, I believe I am now completely cured. I went from getting it weekly to getting none for a couple years now. It is a great feeling and I hope my tips will help you also.
Your doctor will diagnose vertigo based upon a description of the symptoms. It may also be necessary to examine your ears, eye movements and nervous system to find out the cause of your Vertigo.
It may be necessary to conduct more specific tests if your Vertigo is severe or ongoing. Your doctor can carry out what is called a provocation test. This involves placing your head in various positions to bring on the dizziness, and is also used to diagnose benign positional vertigo. Another simple test that can be done is to stand still and close your eyes. If your balance is affected, it may indicate a problem in your middle ear.
Your doctor can also conduct a caloric test, in which air at different temperatures is blown into your ear to check that your inner ear is working correctly. Your neck may also be X-rayed if arthritis of the neck is suspected by your doctor.
If you also have tinnitus, the doctor may advise you to have a CT or MRI scan of the brain to rule out a brain tumour.
Symptoms of vertigo may vary in severity. They can come and go, and can last for days and even months.
Vertigo symptoms may include the following:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty in standing or walking
- Abnormal eye movements
- The sensation that the floor is moving
- The sensation of not being able to keep up with what you are looking at
- A feeling that your surroundings are moving or spinning
- Temporary hearing loss
- Ringing sensation in the ears
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty walking
- Decreased level of consciousness
However, with that being said, the most common symptoms of Vertigo are nausea or vomiting, lightheadedness, unsteadiness, feeling faint, and basically most of the sensations explained in the list of symptoms above.
Any condition that directly affects the brain can cause vertigo. The two most common causes of vertigo are inner ear infection or a condition called called Meniere’s disease. Both of these conditions are caused by fluid building up in the inner ear. The ear sends a message to the brain that the person is moving, while the eyes send a different message. The brain gets confused by the two conflicting messages, and doesn’t know what to do. This is what causes dizziness and motion sickness.
Another common cause of vertigo is dehydration, which often follows with nausea and vomiting or diarrhea. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish vertigo caused by inner ear problems and vertigo caused by dehydration, because they both often cause nausea and vomiting. Any sufferers of vertigo that feel their vertigo worsening as they change position should be seen by a physician. If left untreated, dehydration can lead to shock and inner ear problems can lead to a loss of hearing.
One of the simplest and easiest ways to remember other causes of vertigo is to use the mnemonic AEIOU TIPS:
- A – alcohol
- E – epilepsy or exposure (heat stroke, hypothermia)
- I – insulin (diabetic emergency)
- O – overdose or oxygen deficiency (shortness of breath, hyperventilation)
- U – uremia (toxins due to kidney failure)
- T – trauma (head injury or shock)
- I – infection
- P – poisoning or psychosis
- S – stroke
First of all, just to make things clear, Vertigo is a symptom, not a disease. It refers to the sensation of spinning, which often occurs as a result of a disturbance in balance (equilibrium). The term vertigo may also be used to describe any feelings of unsteadiness, dizziness, faintness, and lightheadedness.
There are many types of Vertigo, but the two main types are listed below.
Subjective Vertigo is the sensation of movement. Sufferers of subjective vertigo will often feel that their body is revolving in space.
Objective Vertigo on the other hand is the perception of movement in surrounding objects.
Other types of Vertigo
- Vestibular vertigo - Vertigo caused by disturbances of the vestibular system
- Cerebral vertigo – A type that often results from a brain lesion
- Ocular vertigo – A form caused by eye disease
- Labyrinthine vertigo – Vertigo that is often associated with Meniere’s disease
- Positional / Postural vertigo – Vertigo associated with changes in the position of the head in space or triggered by a specific position of the head
- Disabling positional vertigo – Constant derangement of the sense of equilibrium and positional vertigo often causing nausea when the head is in an upright position
- Cervical vertigo – Vertigo which is often caused by an injury to the neck
- Alternobaric vertigo – A transient vertigo which sometimes affects those who are subjected to large, rapid variations in barometric pressure