Chronic Sinusitus & Vertigo

Chronic Sinuses and Veritgo Connected

Vertigo can be a debilitating condition when it strikes. You are standing still and the world is little still moving. Vertigo is condition that is commonly brought on by a number of other ailments (like tinnitus) that have to do the inner ear and central nervous system. Just because you feel light headed and dizzy does not necessarily mean you have true vertigo either. Sinuses are also included in the list of ailment that can bring on a case of Vertigo, though not widely spread, even by doctors. Many just say some cases for Vertigo are unknown when in truth it could be related to sinuses. Vertigo is supposedly related to the inner ear, so how are sinuses connected? Everything in connected to our body if you really look at it. When you go to a specialist for your sinuses you see a nose, throat and ear doctor. Not just a sinus doctor. So in other words ours sinuses are connected, and in relation to our ears.

How Are Sinuses and Vertigo Related

So how are sinuses and Vertigo related? Sometimes the sinuses can become so inflamed this is mostly due to sinusitis. The sinuses can then get so inflamed that the inflammation crosses over into what is called the vestibular system which is located in the inner ear and also by the brain that helps with our vision and balance, and there you have it.

Living with Vertigo

In the last article on Vertigo that I wrote the cause was still unknown as to why I still suffered…well that was to the doctors that is. I knew the cause was my sinuses, and I just had to convince the doctor of this. While it is noted that there is a connection it is still not a first cause that pops into one's mind. It sadly it took some serious infections that kept coming back to put into consideration that this all could be connected to my vertigo and sinuses. My treatment though was just more medication and I guess avoidance of irritating my sinuses. This can be a chore for hey I’m a busy mom and writer. Humidifiers have though been recommended to put in my home as well as treating my sinuses to a nice steam inhalings to help keep my sinuses moist. My sinuses still may be part of a bigger scheme for I still get in dizzy if I move my head too fast, and when lying down. The spells don’t last that long, yet it seems like forever when you are having a bad one. Still it’s something you can live with.

To learn more on Vertigo read previous hub Living with Vertigo.

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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

I've never suffered from vertigo, though it sounds dreadful, like being roaring drunk while sober. I guess it curtails your driving... Lynda

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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Yes can be awful. luckily though I have has only a few that been really bad which bring on nausea and panic attacks. I do have medication to take to help. I still drive though but never too far out. Thanks for your comment your the first one!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

I haven't had vertigo but I do have allergies and sinus problems. Very informative hub. 6 years ago

This was perfect timing. My husband was in the emergency room this past Sunday. The first thing they said it may a sinus problem. He is seeing a ear, nose and throat doctor today and a neurologist in the next couple of days. Thank you for your information.

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JannyC 6 years ago Author

That is the case with some doctors not even considering sinuses connected to vertigo for there are many that are not effected and I was not for the longest time. Thanks so much for stopping by Pamela! Happy you found it informative.

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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Your Welcome Lisa. That is how mine was discovered too a trip to the emergency room and that doctor mentioned sinus related, but my regular doctor did not hold stock to it. Ive been told to see a neurologist too of recent so thank you as well! I just might now do it. Glad I could help as well.

"Quill" 6 years ago

HI Janny... been a long while, good to see you back again. I have known several people over the years who have suffered with this and it is a dreadful feeling they experience.

Great hub as always, thank you for sharing and prayers for you.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Hi Quill happy to see you! Thank you so much. I have some down time and trying to catch up on my reading of all my favorite hubbers here so I shall be getting to you soon. Much love to you and yours.

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, I know how you feel! only mine was caused by a bad thyroid! I suffer from hyperthyroidism, and then hypothyroidism! which means first it was too high, then too low! and believe me when I say, not only did the room spin it went upside down as well! maybe get a thyroid test just to be sure it is your nasal problem and not this. Hows the book deal coming along? I hope you are having great luck, cheers nell

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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Hi Nell Thank you for stopping by! Wow thyroid you say so many things can triggar vertigo wow. Book is taking a little breather and Ive started my own writing service now so things are like hanging in the balance of sink or swim. Thanks for the luck I need it or a new brain not sure which. LOL!

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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

I suffer the ailment, but not on the scale of my husband. Because of your timely advice I'm getting get him a humidifier and steam inhalant (this one I never heard of) for Christmas. He's always complaining of feeling light headed and would like to ease off the prescribed medication he's currently taking. Neither of us like taking pills. Voted up, marked useful and bookmarked.

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wolfpack5 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Janny, I'm lucky in that respect I have no problem with allergies. sorry its been so long since I stopped by, its just been very busy this summer.

have a great day my friend :)

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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thanks PM. Im glad I could help. I so know how you feel about medication. Hope that it helps your husband.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Hey Wolfpack5 thank you very much for stoppin by. You are the best my friend!

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I learn much from you about vertigo and sinusitus. I hope you always healthy, my friend. Thanks for share with us. ~prasetio:)

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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you prasetio. It is lovely to see you as always. I am happy what I shared you liked.

writeronline 5 years ago

Hi JannyC, I just came across this - it's perfect for my needs. My father in law is at his wit's end with vertigo that just won't quit. No help from Dr's really. So I'll be telling him to tell them to check his sinuses! Thanks so much.

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JannyC 5 years ago Author

You are welcome I hope the knowledge helps him. I still suffer and I have medication on hand in case I get a real bad episode which happened of recent, but if I can keep my sinuses under control for I do a lot of steam facials with some eucalyptus leaves to help sooth and clear out sinuses. This helps a lot.

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glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

This is very interesting information. I remember having watched a TV show on Discovery or another similar channel about issues like this. They talked about vertigo and also how people's balance is affected when they are drunk (especially when they tip their heads back) because of these areas in the head. Thanks for sharing this experience with us.

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JannyC 5 years ago Author

Thank you glassvisage. As a writer I aim to inform.

KatWin 5 years ago

Thanks for this article. Over 30 years I have had bouts of vertigo that come and go - in clusters. This last period has been pretty intense. When it gets awful, I move from tilting my head to the left to taking medication and laying down to sleep it off. It can last from a few seconds to days. While I will consider this as a type of migrane, I have also suspected my sinuses. My questions about allergies were fairly well dismissed years ago. Although I am allergic to hardwood trees and live in oak tree heaven, it was not deemed serious enough of an allergic reaction to be a source of the problem. Wondering about impact on people's working lives. I currently work a 9-5 and there are days I am not optimistic about continuing...

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JannyC 5 years ago Author

I know how you feel, and am happy you find my article helpful to you. Thank you for commenting.

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K Kiss 5 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

dear JannyC, thanks for writing this hub. I am a long sufferer of ear infections. 6 years ago while i was still in my mid teen years I had a terrible cold which led to severe pain and ultimately caused severe damage to my ear. The pressure in my ears were so much that my right ear punctured and released the pressure which actually saved my ear according to my ENT specialist. However, since then I have been prone to cold and ear infections at every possible turn in my life. Lastly, specifically 2 days ago I caught a mild cold which of course led to my ears giving a hell of a time. What was different this time was the sudden dizzyness I felt for the past 2 days. I would be lying down and when I would get up i feel like the world moved. Today at my chambers I could hardly keep my eyes on the monitor of my pc. My head felt light and at the same time I felt dizzy and vomitish. I researched all day and realized that this could well be vertigo or even Ménière's disease. I am rather worried and came across ur hub. I guess I really should visit my doc again.

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JannyC 5 years ago Author

I am so glad my hub could help you in your search. And yes as always visit your doctor. Even if they dismiss it keep at it till they finally listen.

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