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How to Cope with Vertigo

Updated on November 17, 2011

Out of all my hubs it seems my Chronic Sinus & Vertigo, and Living with Vertigo Hubs has struck a cord with a lot of hubbers and non hubbers alike. Amazingly I discovered that vertigo has been stated by the National Institute of Health to be the highest common health problem among adults. Being so it has sparked me to write another in my experience of coping with vertigo.

Vertigo in Brief

Want vertigo in brief? Vertigo it is not a disease nor is it a condition. Vertigo is a symptom that derives from a problem in the inner ear system. It is the problem in the inner ear system that causes the vertigo symptom.

What Causes Vertigo?

As mentioned vertigo is caused by a problem in the inner ear sanctum. It also can be caused by issues in the brain, and nerve ending as well. The inner ear is where our balance and coordination rest. If it is not functioning right you are open to vertigo. Some of the inner ear problems that can happen are:

Labyrinthitis - Labyrinthitis is the inflammation in the inner ear labyrinth. The inflammation can trigger vertigo. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection, or even by the common cold/flu that moves into the ear.

Vestibular Neuritis - An inflammation in the vestibular neuritis nerve sector of the inner ear.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (also known at BPPV) - BPPV is caused by tiny crystals falling off the tiny hair like sensors in the inner ear. You see in the inner ear inside the ear canals there are itsy bitsy hair like sensors. These sensors react to our change in head positions. On the tip of these sensor hairs are tiny crystals. If one of those crystals falls off it can cause a disturbance triggering vertigo.

Some more cause are:
Meniere's disease
Head injury
Chronic otitis media
Acoustic neuroma

Tips to Cope with Vertigo

If you have ever had a vertigo attack you will know it can be a very frightening thing. Vertigo though is normally temporary thing. You then have cases where vertigo seems to not want go away. It can reoccur. So how do you cope with vertigo?

First you should by right figure out with your doctor what the cause is behind your vertigo. For myself I am not sure what the cause is. In my research I self diagnosed me with Labyrinthitis or BPPV which in part is due to my chronic sinus infections spreading into my inner. Note I do not advise you to self diagnosis yourself. I just am in need of a new doctor that listens more, but I digress. Once you have found the cause of it you can then learn tips to cope with it. For me I have learned my trigger are moving my head too fast, lying down, and oddly turning the lights off. Flashing lights can sometimes can trigger it too. As well as just bending over to pick up something off the round. Your triggers into vertigo may be different than mine but these tips I am about to give can help and be for everyone.

1. Slow down. This is what I have learned. Quick movement with my head or even by body can bring on unbalance. If you got vertigo symptoms it means something is wrong with your inner ear, which deals with our balance remember, so it makes sense.

2. Sleep elevated. I advise this and so do doctors if you suffer from vertigo. If you recall I mentioned laying down trigger vertigo in me. Especially if I lay down flat. Sleeping elevate and propped up on a lot of pillow lessens the dizzy feeling I have when I lay down.

3. Keep medication on hand. There are medications that your doctor can prescribe to you to help with the dizziness, and nausea that can often accompany vertigo. Meclizine is on such medication that can be prescribed. I only take them when I have a serious attack for they do have a very strong side effect on me and I do not remember much after taking them. I remember taking the vertigo I remember taking the pill and then for couple of day till the drug gets out of my system I is in a daze. Hey though it kept me from being nauseous and vomiting!

4. Educate your self. After my vertigo attack I was a bit scared. I did not want to have another episode. Normally I was not too supposed to. I then started to educate myself on vertigo and learn more about it. More I learned the less scared I was. While I still never want to have vertigo attack I am more prepared now when I do. For I know I can possibly have one too. In fact after a nice run of doing well and nearly forgetting about vertigo. Then in August of this year I had a vertigo severe vertigo attack that required my medication to get it under control.

I hope you found this article enlightening and know you are not alone. I know I did.

Have you ever experienced vertigo before?

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    • Marciehob profile image

      Marciehob 4 years ago

      Thank you for this. It is good to know i'm not alone. It is truely terrifying. Meclizine helps but life is still never the same. Working on a solution...

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      JannyC 5 years ago

      HI Jackie thanks for commenting. Sorry for my late reply. To answer it is possible if you happen to have a vertigo episode when your sick with an ear infection or cold. Other wise you are normally fine and then bam your hit with sudden dizziness.

      To Kris

      Thanks for your comment you are quite right in that.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      I have a friend whose older father had vertigo and it turns out after multiple tests they found something like the BPPV you described. Apparently when we age the little hairs inside the ears can die and fall deeper into the ear. Very interesting!

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This sounds very interesting. Is there any ear or throat pain with this or any symptoms besides dizziness?

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      JannyC 5 years ago

      Thanks for your comment Will. I thought too when I had my vertigo attack that maybe my blood sugar was low, that I just needed to eat something. I ended up in the ER as well. I am very hypersensitive to medications and it says on the bottle one of the side effect are they can leave you feeling drowsy and such. The medication works though! I also only take it as needed as well.

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      Will1015 5 years ago from Brooklyn

      I occasionally experience bouts of vertigo. One thing I would like to emphasize, is not to take it lightly. I woke up feeling dizzy one morning, and thought nothing of it. I nearly fell down the stairs getting ready for work, as my sense of balance was completely off. I figured I just needed to eat something, so I grabbed a quick bite and headed out to work. Less than 5 minutes in the car I found myself so dizzy I could not see straight. I had to pull over, and call my wife to come get me. After a few hours with no change, I ended up going to the ER to find out what was going on. It was a scary experience, and things could have ended up a lot worse than they did. If you ever experience something like this, do not attempt to drive anywhere.

      On the topic of Meclizine, I take it as needed and have never experience any sort of side effect. What you describe seems to be a pretty serious one. Have you considered the possibility that it may be a type of allergic reaction? Often times medicinal "allergies", attribute to increased severity of side effects.