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The Basics Of Vertigo

 Vertigo is derived from the Latin words vertere and igo. The word vertere means to turn and igo means a condition. The term vertigo thus means a condition in which a man feels to turn about. It is a particular form of giddiness and is considered as the main sign of balance disorder. A man feels that his surrounding is swaying or spinning while his body is fixed at a place.

 Types of Vertigo

 Vertigo is generally classified into two types. They are subjective vertigo and objective vertigo. A person is considered to have subjective vertigo when he has an illusion of movement. In case of objective vertigo, a person has an illusion of the movement of his surroundings. In most of the cases vertigo does not have any severe effect on the person. Sometimes it leads to vomiting and nausea. In some rare cases, a person might have severe effects that can cause problem while walking or standing.

Causes of Vertigo

 The researchers have identified that problem in the balance mechanism of the middle ear in ones brain leads to vertigo. It can be caused due to irregularities in the function of the connection of nerves between brain and middle ear. BPPV or gentle paroxysmal positional vertigo is the chief cause of vertigo. Vertigo can be a symptom of any mild syndrome or it can be an identification of any severe disease. The severe diseases that can cause vertigo include tumors, strokes, syphilis and poisonous drugs like gentamicin and carbon monoxide. Abrupt alteration of blood pressure, brain trauma can also cause vertigo. It is also a sign of motion sickness. Vertigo is often the sign of Meniere’s syndrome and Canal dehiscence. Consumption of alcoholic drinks at excessive quantity often leads to vertigo.

Treatment of Vertigo

 Vertigo is not a disease itself. It is the symptom of several other diseases. The cause of vertigo should be identified for the proper treatment of it. There are many types of treatment for vertigo. A doctor might prescribe pills for treating a person who have frequent vertigos. These pills completely treat a person within two months. In some cases, a person might have vertigo throughout his life. There are other treatments like rehabilitation of the vestibule, benzodiazepines, antihistamines, anticholinergics and benzodiazepines. Nimodipine and Verapamil are also important for treating vertigo. Baclofen and gabapentin that are known as GABA modulators are also helpful for treating Vertigo. BPPV also known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo can be cured by the use of Epley maneuver. This can be performed at home by a BPPV performed by a guide or a doctor. In case of periodic attacks, treatments are made to control the symptoms. Surgery is referred in very rare cases.

Vertigo Symptoms:

 Vertigo is the symptom of several other diseases. It is not same as dizziness. In case of dizziness, a person feels some fuzziness in his brain. In case of vertigo, a person looses the balance that causes difficulty in his movement, vomiting and nausea. The attacks of vertigo can prevent a person from going out of the house. BPPV generally is felt by the old people and if they move the head suddenly at this time then they can have massive attacks without any prior indication. Vertigo generally does not exceed over ten minutes. Symptoms similar to vertigo might appear in case of PNS also called paraneoplastic syndrome. It is a severe disorder of the nervous system. a doctor should be consulted as it can be cause severe disease like cancer.

Advice Regarding Vertigo

 Vertigo should not be neglected, as it can be the symptom of severe diseases. A person who will experience vertigo should consult a doctor and make the necessary examinations to identify the reason of vertigo. After identifying the cause, he should take proper treatment to cure it.

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This is very helpful. I had my first bad bout with vertigo last Monday but it persists after seeing a doctor. I plan on following up today with another doctor's appointment.
#1 - Ginger Sanders - 07/02/2009 - 14:11
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