Dizziness / Vertigo

 

Dizziness / Vertigo

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What is Dizziness / Vertigo?

According to the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, dizziness is a term used to describe a sensation of feeling lightheaded, faint, weak,  and loss of balance or spinning sensation.

Vertigo is a specific form of dizziness related to changes in the inner ear or central nervous system that control balance and equilibrium.

Symptoms of Dizziness / Vertigo:

Individuals who suffer from dizziness and vertigo describe feeling sensations such as spinning, loss of balance, or feelings associated with being faint or drunk (disequilibrium). This may or may not be associated with symptoms of nausea or vomiting. Symptoms may come and go for no apparent reason.

Who’s at Risk for Dizziness / Vertigo?

Individuals who are prescribed certain medications to control high blood pressure and epilepsy, or sedatives, report higher incidents of experiencing dizziness or vertigo.

Metabolic conditions such as hormonal imbalance, menstruation, menopause or low blood sugar may also result in dizziness.

Prevention:

  • Avoid rapid changes in position (lying back quickly or turning from side to side).
  • Avoid extremes in head position (looking up, bending forward, turning or twisting).
  • Eliminate or decrease use of products that impair blood circulation (nicotine, caffeine, salt).
  • Minimize exposure to activities that trigger your dizziness (stress, anxiety, substances that you react or are allergic to)

Treatment Options:

Persistent and severe cases of dizziness and vertigo require the care of a physician with specialized skills in disorders of the ear, nose, throat, equilibrium and neurological systems, and complimentary therapy from a chiropractor with specialized training. Expect a detailed diagnostic work-up with Dr. Strong to determine the safest, most effective course of treatment to relieve your dizziness and vertigo symptoms.