questions about vertigo

Vertigo is more than a mere sense of dizziness. It’s a condition that can make tasks of daily living challenging at best. If you’ve ever had the feeling that the entire room was spinning accompanied by nausea and maybe even vomiting, you may be experiencing vertigo.

Vertigo is considered a vestibular disorder. This group of disorders affects the vestibular system which helps your body and brain maintain balance.  One-third of Americans 40 and older have some sort of vestibular disorder.  When there’s a problem with your vestibular system, you can develop vertigo. Vertigo is a spinning sensation which can suddenly cause periods of intense dizziness. 

Your Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose and Throat physician has the extensive expertise to provide a personalized plan to treat your vertigo. Because ENT physicians extensively treat diseases of the ear — particularly the inner ear, which helps control balance -- they are uniquely qualified to help you.

 

What are the symptoms of vertigo?

Common symptoms include:

  • An intense spinning sensation

  •  Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Episodes that occur when you lean forward

  • Balance problems

Only your Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose and Throat physician can make an accurate diagnosis of your condition. If you’ve experienced chronic dizziness, it’s important to accurately communicate with your doctor. Following are three important questions you should consider asking:

 

What is the cause of my vertigo?

There are several potential causes of vertigo, and our ENT physicians will carefully evaluate your situation to determine the cause.

Potential causes may include:

In addition, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is often caused by dislodged otoconia or calcium deposits.  These calcium particles may shed or come loose and move through the middle ear and stimulate nerve endings. This can cause your brain to think you’re moving in a direction that you’re not. 

 

Could other conditions be contributing to or causing my vertigo?

It’s important to let your ENT physician know about any other health conditions you may have, including depression, anxiety, migraines and various neurological conditions can also cause vertigo and dizziness. Also remember that dizziness is a side effect of many medications. Let us know if you’re taking a new medication, and be sure to tell your Raleigh Capitol ENT physician about any herbal remedies you are taking.

 

What are my treatment options?

Every patient is different, and our physicians will carefully outline all of your treatment options. In some cases, such as BPPV, vertigo may be easy to diagnose and treat. For example, BPPV treatment involves something called the Canalith Repositioning Procedure (CRP). By moving patients through several different positions, we’re able to dislodge the calcium particles (otoconia) that are causing the problem.

If you’d like to know more about the Canalith Repositioning Procedure and it’s role in BPPV treatment, we’ve provided extensive information on our website.

 

Don’t limit yourself to these three questions

We’ve outlined three questions here, but you should never only limit yourself to three questions when visiting your doctor. It’s vitally important to work with our health care professionals because we consider ourselves partners in your care.

Our physicians have been treating patients in the Triangle area for more than 50 years. Combined, they have hundreds of years of experience, and an appointment is a chance for you to benefit from their expertise

Some other questions you should consider asking include:

  • What precautions should I take – is it safe for me to drive?

  • Is this a temporary or chronic condition?

  • Are there any other tests you think I should take? 

 

There is help for vertigo

You do not have to suffer from the problems and inconvenience of vertigo. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

 


Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose, and Throat is the area's premiere physician-owned ENT practice with six convenient locations throughout Wake County. Our board-certified physicians have extensive experience in treating both common and complex cases to help adults and children alike. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us.


Sources:

Vestibular System Disorders. “Educational Resources / Infographics.” 

The Mayo Clinic. “Dizziness – Causes.”