What does vertigo feel like? It’s a sensation that you might not be able to identify until it happens. Vertigo is when you feel as though you are moving, but really aren’t. This feeling of dizziness and nausea can happen for a variety of reasons, including vertigo from an inner ear infection, vertigo Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or from standing up too quickly after sitting for some time. In this article we’ll discuss what vertigo feels like and how vertigo differs from other types of dizziness!
The vertigo itself can feel like a lot of different things. It might be that your room is spinning or that you are moving, even though you aren’t. For some vertigo sufferers they have reported feeling as though the floor beneath them was slanted and being unable to stand up without holding onto something for support because their vision felt as though it was off balance. Other vertigo sufferers report feeling as though they are sliding forward and backwards or side to side. Regardless, vertigo is an extremely unpleasant feeling.
What causes vertigo?
Vertigo can be caused by a number of different things, including:
- Meniere’s disease
- an inner ear infection such as labyrinthitis or otitis media
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- side effects from medication you might take for other conditions.
The most common cause is BPPV. This vertigo is caused by loose calcium carbonate crystals in your inner ear.
How do you treat vertigo?
You can help alleviate BPPV with some simple exercises that will allow the crystals to fall into place and stop causing vertigo. These are known as the Epley Manoeuvre, named after Dr. John Epley.
There are also things that vertigo sufferers can do to help prevent the vertigo from coming back. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy can help you re-train your body to adjust for vertigo and find balance.
When should I see a doctor?
Getting vertigo investigated is important, as there can be (rare) serious causes of vertigo. If vertigo becomes persistent you should see your GP, especially if it is accompanied by hearing loss, tinnitus or neurological signs like difficulty speaking, loss of sensation (numbness), or weakness. So see your GP in the first instance, then get help with vestibular physiotherapy. Give us a call now on 03 9034 7735 to see how we can help you, or click to book an appointment online.