By Robert Raad
If you’re an active, healthy boomer—but at times you experience bouts of debilitating dizziness or a strong sense of spinning—chances are you’re feeling the effects of vertigo. Vertigo is the feeling of uncontrollable movement causing one to experience their environment spinning, resulting in dizziness or nausea for the sufferer. The symptoms may be ongoing or can only happen infrequently. Hearing loss, ringing in the ears, visual disturbances, and difficulty performing physical movements—even walking, can also occur.
What’s Really Happening?
First you should know that vertigo is simply a symptom. It’s caused by some other condition and is quite common as we age. It’s best to talk to a doctor to find out what causes yours.
Most vertigo is caused by Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) which usually brings on sudden bouts of severe dizziness and is often associated with the position of your head. BPPV is caused by crystals becoming loose in your inner ear and translating to you feeling dizzy or nauseated.
Vertigo can also be caused by various other inner ear conditions like Labyrinthitis or Meniere’s or sometimes it’s caused by migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, or even issues in the brain.
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Even though the nausea and lack of equilibrium that accompany vertigo can be very hard to deal with, there are multiple ways to combat against it.
Following your doctor’s advice, exercise, diet and medication can help.
For those interested, a variety of natural remedies also have success at providing relief from nausea and dizziness.
If you are experiences symptoms of vertigo, don’t let it keep you from doing the things you love.
To learn more about Vertigo, and ways to manage it, or to connect with the writer of the piece, please visit us at the Di-Vertigo Blog.