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7 Causes of Vertigo You May Not Know


Posted on: September 5, 2019 by Jenny Lankford

By: Carrie Holman, PT, DPT

How do I know if I have vertigo? This is a question that comes up quite frequently in healthcare settings. Vertigo, while not a diagnosis, is actually a symptom of a medical problem. Vertigo is defined as a sudden sensation of spinning or pulling in any direction. This sensation could last a few seconds then go away, or last for hours or days. Sometimes vertigo can be accompanied by nausea and balance problems, making it difficult to work or keep up around the house. Some medical problems that can cause vertigo include:

  1. Vestibular/inner ear problems such as vestibular hypofunction, vestibular migraine, or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  2. Cardiovascular problems including irregular heart rhythms, blockages, or low blood pressure
  3. Neurological problems including migraine, stroke, or multiple sclerosis
  4. Endocrine problems including thyroid disorders or diabetes
  5. Medication side-effects
  6. Psychological problems including anxiety or panic
  7. Nutrient deficiencies including low iron or vitamin B12

If you experience symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, or balance problems, it is important to touch base with your healthcare provider. Sometimes these symptoms are associated with problems that are simple to treat, but sometimes they can be a sign of a much more serious health problem.

Here are a few key details to share with your healthcare provider that may help them identify the source of your symptoms:

  • How long do your symptoms last?
  • Are there any movements that trigger your symptoms (i.e. bending over or lying down)?
  • Do you have any other symptoms associated with your vertigo (i.e. fast heartbeat, visual problems, or weakness)?
  • Have you started taking any new medications?
  • Are there any other recent health changes you’ve experienced?
  • Has your diet or activity level changed recently?

If you are interested in learning more about how vestibular therapy can help inner ear-related causes of vertigo, please join us for our free seminar on Monday, September 16 from 3-5 p.m. at our Bon Air location. For more details and to register, click the button below.

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