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What is Vertigo ?

Updated: Mar 12, 2021


One of the first questions I ask my patients when they come in for their dizziness tests is " do you find yourself or the actual room spinning?". The duration of the episode? Is it triggered by head movement? Any other associated symptoms such as aural fullness , ringing , or imbalance? The first episode is really scary and they end of going to the emergency as the first episode tends to be the most severe one . They always mention why there isn't more awareness on vertigo, how fearful they were, and by the time they had any follow ups, their anxiety and life was debilitating in the early weeks.

One of the most common type of dizziness that I treat is what we call benign positional vertigo, where patients describe their environment spinning , triggered by head or body motion, that can last less than a minute. This is normally caused by our otoconia or "crystals" in our inner ear's vestibular system that gets dislodge and over excites our vestibular systems.

Having the awareness may help you or your love one ; after all, knowledge is power! If you can tell that the room spins clockwise , than your BPPV is most probably in your right ear and if it is counterclockwise than it is usually in the left. This can be tested while lying in your bed, turning your head either left or right . And their are evidence base manuevers that helps with the repositioning of these crystals to go back into its place. Call to action: Even if you do home self treatment ; it is always best to find out the underlying cause could be. Contact us for further information So what is vertigo? When my patients come in for dizziness tests, I ask them questions like: "do you find yourself OR the actual room spinning?" How long will the dizziness last? Is it triggered by anything specific like head movement? Do you have any other associated symptoms like aural fullness, ringing, or imbalance? The first time you experience dizziness can be really scary. Most of my patients will have gone to the emergency right away because aside from being a new experience, the first episode tends to be the most severe. And by the time they receive any results or follow ups, they've gone weeks with anxiety, worry, and unnecessary stress. But if they had an awareness around vertigo and the symptoms to look out for, the experience wouldn't be so uncomfortable. One of the most common types of dizziness that I treat is called benign positional vertigo, where patients describe their environment spinning , triggered by head or body motion, that can last less than a minute. This is normally caused by our otoconia or "crystals" in our inner ear's vestibular system that get dislodged. Whether you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of vertigo, remember that your health and balance is a reflection of your inner peace. Nobody deserves to feel the discomfort associated with vertigo or any hearing imbalances. Here's a tip that you can consider if any of this relates to you: If you can tell that the room spins clockwise , than your imbalance is most probably in your right ear and if it is counterclockwise than it is usually in the left. Here's an at home treatment you can apply so that you can reposition the crystals that have been out of place: 1. lay in your bed 2. turn your head left and then right 3. (give them one of those maneuvers) Keep in mind that this at home exercise is not an overall solution and that you will still want an expert opinion for long term results. By contacting us, you'll discover the underlying cause and how you can best go about recalibrating your hearing health and sound mind.

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