If you have recently been diagnosed with vertigo, you may be trying to learn all that you can about this common symptom. The Internet can be a great source of information, but for some reason there are many misconceptions related to vertigo in particular. This is why we’re going to take a closer look at 7 things every vertigo patient needs to know. Plus, we’ll reveal a natural form of care that is bringing hope to many who deal with chronic recurrent bouts of vertigo.
Secret #1 – Vertigo Is Different from Lightheadedness
Lightheadedness is the feeling that you are about to faint. Vertigo is a false sensation of movement. For some reason, these two symptoms are often lumped together under the term dizziness, but they are definitely different. To understand vertigo better: Remember being a kid and getting spun around for a game of pin the tail on the donkey? That feeling as though everything is still spinning even after you stop is vertigo. As an adult, you probably never give yourself vertigo on purpose, but depending on the underlying cause, even the wrong head movement can make the world start to spin or sway.
Secret #2 – Vertigo the Movie Has Nothing to Do with the Condition
Sure, the main character in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film has a fear of heights, but that has nothing to do with vertigo. A fear of heights is called acrophobia. Of course, you can experience vertigo while you are high up, but that false sensation of movement is not the same as an irrational fear of being too high off the ground.
Secret #3 – Vertigo Is Just a Symptom
Vertigo can be caused by numerous conditions. For example, many people who get migraines also experience vertigo. There are even vestibular migraines, a specific subtype of migraine known for causing vestibular symptoms like vertigo. While most causes of vertigo are not serious, it can signify heart disease. So if you are experiencing vertigo along with any other symptoms of a heart attack, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Secret #4 – Vertigo Can Lead to Serious Injury or Death
While vertigo itself isn’t considered to be life-threating, it is responsible for many falls. If a senior citizen bends over to pick something up, experiences a vertigo attack, falls, and breaks her hip – why do we blame the fall and not vertigo? As a result, it is important to seek medical attention if vertigo attacks happen suddenly and frequently, especially if they are severe.
Secret #5 – Sometimes Vertigo Goes Away on Its Own
Many people don’t find out what caused an episode of vertigo, especially if it never happens again. In fact, many people do not even seek help for vertigo unless it causes a fall. However, if you have bouts of vertigo on a regular basis, even if they seem rather minor, it is a good idea to try and identify the underlying cause. It only takes one bad episode at the wrong time to cause a dangerous fall and injury.
Secret #6 – There Are Home Remedies for Vertigo
While you should talk to a doctor before trying to deal with a health condition on your own, there are many things you can do for vertigo before taking medication or drastic measures like surgery. For example, if you find that vertigo occurs only when you bend over (common in older people), you may want to get a reach/grab tool. They are inexpensive and may save you a fall.
If you get vertigo in the mornings when getting out of bed, try getting up slowly. When you jump straight from laying down to a standing position, the body is supposed to increase blood pressure rapidly. If something keeps that from happening, vertigo may result. The easy fix is to sit up slowly and then stand up slowly.
Finally, if your vertigo is related to an abundance of fluid inside the ear, your doctor may recommend a low-salt diet. Salt helps the body to retain fluids, so keeping salt intake low may lessen the excess fluid in the ears.
Secret #7 – Upper Cervical Chiropractors Have Had Much Success with Vertigo Patients
If you’ve never heard of upper cervical chiropractic, this is a subspecialty within the chiropractic field that specifically deals with the C1 and C2 vertebrae at the top of the neck. Diagnostic imaging is used to take precise measurements, and corrections are gentle and long-lasting. This sets upper cervical chiropractic apart from general chiropractic. But what does the neck have to do with vertigo?
The top bones of the spine are in close proximity to the brainstem, ears, and vestibular nerve. If a misalignment affects any of these vital components of the body’s balance system, chronic bouts of vertigo can be the result. It is no wonder then that in some case studies up to 80% of patients had vertigo resolve with upper cervical chiropractic care.
If you experience frequent or severe episodes of vertigo, we encourage you to see us at Providence Chiropractic in Edmonton, Alberta. We use the NUCCA technique, which is a very precise and gentle method of upper cervical chiropractic, to relieve misalignments of the C1 and C2. If the misalignment is causing vertigo, you may see results like those in the study noted above. To learn more, schedule a no-obligation consultation today. You may find yourself on the road to significantly improved health and well-being.