There are many different types of vertigo and as such patients tend to experience a variety of symptoms, some of which can be more serious and last for longer than others.
Vertigo patients will often say that it seems like the room is spinning and they feel the need to sit down, or that they are worried they are going to lose their balance. Understandably, the condition can be frightening for people who may be unsure of what is happening to them, and it can affect their day-to-day life as well as, in some cases, their mental well-being.
The most common form of vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (also known as BPPV). Many of us have experienced it, for example, a feeling of spinning when we stand up too quickly. It is usually caused by a person moving their head too fast, and only lasts for a few seconds. Often, sitting down again for a few moments usually solves the problem. However, on some occasions, it may continue on longer leading to other symptoms such as nausea.
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Vertigo is also caused by problems in the inner ear, in the area that controls a person’s balance called the labyrinth. For example, acute vestibular neuritis, which is an inflammation this area, can cause vertigo that lasts for a number of days, together with nausea, vomiting, and a sense of dizziness. Rather than just sitting down for a while, a patient may require bed rest to recover.
Another condition caused by problems with the inner ear is Meniere’s disease, which manifests as long periods of vertigo and tinnitus. It can also sometimes cause temporary loss of hearing, all because of a buildup of fluid in the inner ear.
Of course, getting rest and waiting for the inflammation or the fluid build up to subside is one way of getting rid of vertigo, but this can take time and also does not solve the problem of why the patient is experiencing symptoms in the first place.
Long-Term Vertigo Relief
For those people who want a more permanent solution that may prevent the condition recurring, it’s worth visiting an upper cervical chiropractor who may be able to look at the bones in the neck to see if they have moved out of position.
If the top two vertebrae in the neck (the C1 and C2) are misaligned, it can prevent the brainstem communicating properly with the body, which may result in problems such as a build up of fluid. Putting these bones back in their correct position may, therefore, reduce the causes of vertigo by preventing inflammation and buildup of fluids from happening in the first place.
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