Effective vertigo cures are sought by many sufferers. Video clips of mechanical treatments are shown below
The condition may be defined as the sensation of spinning or swaying while the body is stationary with respect to the earth or surroundings. It is often referred to as "dizziness" and is actually a symptom rather than a disease, the specific vertigo cure is dependent on accurately defining the cause of the problem.
A good neurologist should never accept the descriptive term "dizzy" or "dizziness" without probing further for a fuller meaning. It can mean anything from the "spaced-out" feeling you get when you are tired and stressed to the extreme weakness and confusion experienced a few seconds before fainting and is therefore not synonymous with "vertigo".
Commonest causes of vertigo
Labyrinthitis:- This is a viral infection of the inner ear. It causes severe continuous vertigo for a day or so often with nausea and vomiting occurring suddenly after movement. It usually goes away and stays away.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
The vertigo in this case occurs a few seconds after head movement and usually lasts for less than a minute.
Here is why it happens:- within the inner ear lie collections of calcium crystals called otoconia. In patients with BPPV, they get dislodged from their usual position and float into the semicircular canals which usually function to sense rotatory motion of the head. These crystals disrupt the flow of liquid within the balance-detecting system and make the patient think they are rotating even when they are sitting still.
Vertigo therapy in this case concentrates on moving the head in a certain way in order to coax the offending floating crystals back to where they belong. Although traditionally this is done by a physiotherapist it can actually be done at home by oneself as shown in the following "vertigo cures" video clips.
Radtke A, von Brevern M, Tiel-Wilck K, Mainz-Perchalla A, Neuhauser H, Lempert T. (2004). "Self-treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo: Semont maneuver vs Epley procedure.". Neurology. 63(1).
Much less frequently, vertigo is due to a problem within the brain itself in the area of the
brainstem or cerebellum
in which case there is often comparatively less unpleasant "spinning" and a more pronounced lack of stability when walking. There may also be additional symptoms such as slurred speech,
tingling / numbness
or lack of arm co-ordination. In such cases the commonest causes are
multiple sclerosis (MS)
in younger patients and
stroke or CVA
in older people. ER doctors and
often use these pointers when deciding whether to perform a scan in the ER, or whether to admit the patient. On this note it is worth emphasizing that the sickest-looking vertigo sufferers are less likely to have a brain problem, nevertheless they may deserve admission to alleviate their suffering until their symptoms subside.