How to Cope with Vertigo
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:
Chronic otitis media
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.