Vertigo: More Than a Classic Movie

Category: Balance & Dizziness, Vertigo Treatment

woman having headacheAmong the most loved Alfred Hitchcock movies is Vertigo, a suspenseful mystery about a man who suffers from the condition. One of the most fascinating scenes in movie-making history depicts the character’s mental state during a vertigo episode. This scene, along with the story, makes the movie a classic. Anyone who has the condition understands how debilitating it can be when it interferes with everyday living.

What Is Vertigo and Why Does it Happen?

That dizzy feeling you get when the world feels like it is spinning, or you feel like you are spinning, is a sign of vertigo. Most often, it is a symptom of an inner ear issue. It can be a one-time episode or, for certain individuals, a chronic nuisance.

Vertigo can be brought on by a number of conditions: infection of the inner ear, a buildup of fluids or calcium particle deposits in the inner ear canals. Less common problems may also result in vertigo symptoms: injury to the head or neck, stroke, brain tumor, medications that cause ear damage and migraine headaches. Vertigo can also be a result of an anxiety disorder.

Vertigo Symptoms

Generally, a change in head position can trigger an episode of vertigo. Most people with the condition report symptoms of feeling like they are off balance. This can include sensations of the room spinning or tilting. The feeling of being pulled to one side is also common.

In addition to feeling unbalanced, vertigo can also cause nausea or vomiting, headaches, sweating and ringing in the ears. If you look at a person during an episode, you may see abnormal eye movements or a jerking of the eyes from side to side.

Not everyone experiences all these symptoms. They may come and go, and they can last anywhere from a few minutes to hours. A chronic vertigo condition can severely impact an individual’s life, making it difficult to drive and do everyday activities.

Treatment Options

An accurate diagnosis of the condition will determine the best treatment option. In the case where vertigo is caused by an ear infection, once the infection is treated, the problem should resolve. In other situations, the body often adjusts on its own and the condition resolves without intervention.

Therapy may be needed to help eliminate the problem. Balance and dizziness habituation exercises may be used to help the brain adjust to the vertigo. Exercises to make the balance system less sensitive to motion can help resolve the problem. Head position maneuvers are also used to help with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Also known as the Epley maneuver, this can help end an episode faster than waiting for it to pass on its own.

Proper diagnosis of the condition is critical in determining the best mode of treatment. When rehabilitation is called for, finding a reputable rehab center with skilled therapists can provide peace of mind and a quick recovery.

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