Is VERTIGO fear of height? Myths and facts about vertigo
“Is VERTIGO fear of height? Myths and facts about vertigo”
Have you ever had this feeling that your surrounding is spinning and everything is moving around you? If so, then you might be suffering from positional vertigo. Most of the time people confuse vertigo with acrophobia, which is wrong, and they should be given education regarding it. The term is often used by people to describe their fear of height which is obviously incorrect. Vertigo is the sensation of head spinning whereas acrophobia is particularly associated with height.
Although it can happen when you look down from a height and you feel dizzy, but fear of height particularly is not termed as vertigo.
What is vertigo?
Vertigo is a symptom of a disordered condition of balance, strictly defined as the hallucinating movement. Vertigo is a sensation of spinning as well as dizziness, as though the surrounding environment is spinning around the person.
Our balance function is mainly coordinated by brain and the brain is central to process of maintaining balance. Our brain receives signals from eyes regarding orientation and space, as well as it receives signals from inner ear in relation to our movement and input is also from within our joints and within the souls of our feet. The brain takes all of this information, analyzes it and then acts upon it maintaining the state of balance function.
Types of Vertigo:
Types of vertigo include:
- Peripheral vertigo: Peripheral vertigo is due to the problem in the inner ear.
- Central vertigo: Central vertigo occurs due to a problem in the back part of brain or usually in the brain stem.
- A physical exam is carried out by the physician to find out the cause of vertigo.
- You might be asked for some blood tests.
- Romberg test in which The doctor makes you stand with your hands and feet together and then doctor asks you close your eyes and maintain your balance.
- Vestibular testing. (The check for any involuntary movement of the eyes)
- Fukuda-Unterberger test. In this test patient has to close his eyes and march in the place trying not to lean to the side.
- CT scan or MRI will be done in some instances.
Symptoms of vertigo:
A person may feel;
- Spinning head
- Light headedness
- Tinnitus (ringing of ear)
- Uncontrolled movement of eyes from side to side i.e nystagmus
Causes of vertigo:
Various medical problems can lead to vertigo such as:
Inflammation of labyrinth (inner ear)
Inflammation of vestibular nerve
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
This condition results from degenerative changes causing free floating particles to be symptomatic within the ear canals.
Middle ear develops a skin growth due to constant infection.
If the disease is associated with inner ear, patients will often present with the symptoms of:
- Hearing loss
- Discharge from inner ear
The next most common system with balance disturbance is neurological system. With the symptoms of:
- Visual disturbances
Patients with balance disturbance may also have cardiovascular disturbances which is quite uncommon
- Heart diseases
- Minor strokes or even blackouts
Can it transfer from parents to offspring?/ Is it hereditary?
- Vertigo can not pass from parents to offspring.
- Recurrent vertigo does have a genetic or hereditary component.
- Vertigo is also associated with vestibular migraine.
See your doctor when you feel that you are dealing with vertigo as it requires proper diagnosis of actual cause behind it. Speaking of treatments, then following remedies are given to the patients to counter vertigo.
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) patients typically require just one or two treatments by repositioning manoeuvres and patients typically require just one or two treatments.
- The next most common condition that would be treated would be Meniere’s disease which results in hearing loss and balance disturbance.
- The vertigo can be monitored by medical treatments, controlled by injections and occasionally surgical procedures on the ear effectively.
- Finally, patients who’ve lost inner ear function either as a result of trauma or viral infection. Usually, these patients will present with an initial acute vertigo and then a more chronic balance disturbance. Management of these patients is to use Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy, but may take many months before a significant or complete recovery is achieved.
Home remedies to tackle vertigo:
Something that immense liquid help where tiger patient is “hydration”. Make sure that you consume a good amount of water everyday.
Now, The question rises that how much water should you be drinking?
- If you wait 200 pounds then 100 fluid ounce of water a day, will be suitable for you to get rid of vertigo.
These few things you can do at home to resolve the symptoms of vertigo:
- It would be outstanding introducing a good bit of ginger in your daily diet.
- Additionally, things like eating almond will definitely help.
- Adding apple cider vinegar in your diet will be a good change and highly effective for your vertigo.
- Lemon has been great addition to our patients’ diet and lifestyle that has reduced the frequency, reduced the severity and reduce the intensity of vertigo symptoms that they have had.
Few exercises can be really helpful but if you're a starter you need to make sure that you don't overdo because it can really have a negative impact on your health and you might feel even more dizzy. DO NOT drive immediately after you’ve done the exercise.
- Lie down on your side and stay in this position for about 30 seconds.
- Get up and sit straight for about 30 seconds.
- Lie down on the other side for 30 seconds.
- Your head should be at the angle of 45° with the pillow while you lie down.
- Sit up straight for another 30 seconds.
Do it five times and notice the difference yourself. Exercise like this about 3 times a day. Symptoms of vertigo will significantly resolve if you do the exercise consistently for about two weeks.
Hope this information will be useful and you’ll better evaluate next time you encounter vertigo to get the best outcome for your condition. Wish you a good health.