Vertigo

The condition of vertigo, which can cause extreme dizziness and imbalance, is estimated to affect almost half of all Americans age forty or older at some point during their lifetime.  In addition to other debilitating effects such as severe headaches and nausea, the dizziness associated with vertigo raises the incidence of falling for individuals experiencing it.

WHAT IS VERTIGO

Vertigo is a sometimes-alarming sensation of feeling off balance or dizzy.  This condition can strike at any time but is significantly more common when there is an immediate change in the position and elevation of the body.  Vertigo can severely impact a person’s functioning, making everyday tasks difficult.

While technically vertigo can affect anyone at any time, on average, vertigo is more commonly diagnosed in women than men, and affects individuals over the age of fifty years old more frequently than their younger counterparts.

WHAT CAUSES VERTIGO

Many cases of vertigo can be caused by a misaligned Atlas, sometimes known as the first vertebrae.  A misaligned Atlas can affect the muscles at the base of your skull by adding stress.  This muscle tension typically affects an individual’s balance and direction causing a debilitating case of vertigo.

Some cases of vertigo are caused by some sort of inner ear issue.  The ear seems like such a tiny part of the body to cause such sudden and debilitating effects, but a collection of small organs within the ear such as the vestibular labyrinth and otolith organs can do exactly that.  Together they monitor the movement of the head in all different directions and its relation to gravity.

Many individuals experience the symptoms of vertigo shortly after rising to a sitting or standing position from a horizontal position.  When a person is laying down or is in a reclined position for some time, particles can move within the ear, which may cause increased sensitivity to head position changes via the vestibular labyrinth and otolith organs and could yield intense sensations of dizziness.

Specifically, there are three main types of inner ear problems that are to blame for the majority of vertigo cases:  Meniere’s Disease, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, and Vestibular Neuritis.  Meniere’s Disease is a disorder in which fluid and pressure can build in the ear causing a myriad of symptoms including vertigo, ringing in the ears, and even potential hearing loss.  Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo happens when calcium particles build up in the ear canal and greatly impact an individual’s sense of balance.  Vestibular Neuritis is usually classified as an imbalance related to a serious and sometimes painful ear infection.

VERTIGO SYMPTOMS

Patients report the main symptoms of vertigo to be a grave sense of imbalance or dizziness that makes the room feel as though it is spinning out of control.  For others, standing still may give way to a swaying and unbalanced posture.  Most of the time, vertigo symptoms last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more but are known to come and go.  Unfortunately, experiencing these symptoms for an extended period of time can sometimes cause migraines and severe cases of nausea.

For some individuals, the sensations of vertigo begin in the early morning hours upon waking up.  However, this unnerving condition can occur at any point during the day, especially for individuals making quick movements of the head or change in elevation, such as standing up from a seated position or bending over to pick something up and then abruptly standing upright again.

HOW DO VERTIGO SYMPTOMS IMPACT DAILY LIFE

Individuals experiencing vertigo usually endure enough of an imbalance and impaired vision that walking, running, and driving are not advised.  Even if symptoms appear at first to be relatively mild and are not considered to be severe enough to compromise basic motor skills, the situation can quickly escalate making safe movement or traveling difficult, if not impossible.

For those experiencing vertigo for a very short time period of anywhere from a few hours to a day or two, it typically only briefly affects daily chores and activity.  During this time, individuals may benefit from laying down and resting their eyes for as long as vertigo symptoms persist, which could require some time off of work.

Individuals experiencing vertigo symptoms on an ongoing basis may experience a larger disruption of daily life.  Since symptoms can come and go and be debilitating when they strike, some people may require a physician’s letter of explanation for work-related responsibilities.  In ongoing cases, these individuals may require help with simple daily tasks such as grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, and so on.

MANAGING VERTIGO

When it comes to managing the immediate symptoms of vertigo, finding a place to lie down or recline with your eyes closed may provide some immediate relief.  Some patients may find that getting their Atlas properly aligned provides almost immediate relief from vertigo symptoms.  This type of alignment may only be required once and can be performed in minutes.

When it comes to treating frequently reoccurring or unabating vertigo symptoms, the best course of action is typically to treat the condition that is causing it.  Whether the condition is caused by a misaligned Atlas or an inner ear issue, those with vertigo have options that can relieve symptoms and allow them to enjoy life once again.

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