People suffering from vertigo experience spinning dizziness. Contrary to popular belief, vertigo is not an illness but, rather, a symptom of another underlying condition. It can occur when there is a malfunction of the sensory nerve pathway or a problem with the brain or the inner ear.
While vertigo can occur at any age, it is more commonly found in people who are 65 years old or more. It can be long-term or temporary, can occur as a symptom of ear infection or during pregnancy. Inner ear disorders such as Ménière’s disease can also cause vertigo.
People suffering from vertigo describe it as the spinning of the surrounding environment or the room in circles around the person. Some people even use the term vertigo to describe their fear of heights, however, this is incorrect. Vertigo can occur when people look down from great heights, however, it typically refers to ongoing spells of dizziness or temporary dizziness that can occur due to problems in the brain or the inner ear.
Symptoms of Vertigo
While vertigo is a symptom, it can lead to two other symptoms. These symptoms can be as follows.
- Ringing of the ears (Tinnitus)
- Balance problems
- Uncontrollable side to side movement of eyes (Nystagmus)
- Feeling of motion sickness
- Vomiting and nausea
Causes of Vertigo
Vertigo can be caused due to various conditions. These conditions generally involve inner ear imbalance or malfunctioning of the CNS (central nervous system). Conditions that cause Vertigo are mentioned as follows.
This is a disorder that occurs when infections cause inner ear labyrinth inflammation. This is the area that comprises the vestibulocochlear nerve. The vestibulocochlear nerve sends information to the brain about head position, motion, and sound.
In labyrinthitis people experience hearing loss, ear pain, tinnitus, vision changes, and headaches, in addition to dizziness caused by vertigo.
Inflammation of the vestibular nerve which is caused by an infection is known as vestibular neuritis. Violet is similar to labyrinthitis, it doesn't affect the patient's hearing abilities. This condition can cause vertigo accompanied by severe nausea, blurred vision, and the feeling of being off-balance.
Cholesteatoma is the growth of noncancerous skin in the middle ear, which is a result of repetitive infection. Since this kind of a condition cannot be seen as it develops behind the eardrum, it could lead to the damage of the middle years bone structure, thereby resulting in dizziness and loss of hearing.
In Ménière’s disease, there is a build-up of fluid in the inner ear. This fluid build-up leads to hearing loss and ringing in the ears along with vertigo. While the exact cause of Ménière’s disease is unclear, it is suspected that it stems from the construction of a blood vessel, an autoimmune reaction, or a viral infection.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Otolith organs are structures of the inner ear that contain particles and fluid of crystals of calcium carbonate. In this condition, the calcium carbonate crystals are dislodged and find their way to settle into semicircular canals.
Each of these fallen crystals is in contact with sensory hair cells that are located inside the cupula of the semicircular canals. This leads to inaccurate information being sent to the brain about the person's position, which then leads to dizziness and spinning. In this condition vertigo lasts less than a minute, however, it could be accompanied by nausea and other symptoms.
Dizziness and nausea are common symptoms that pregnant women experience. This is mainly due to hormonal changes that alter the characteristics of fluids in the body. These alterations of fluid characteristics within the inner ear can lead to vertigo, instability, tinnitus, and a feeling of ear fullness, among other symptoms.
Vertigo can also occur through the following.
- Brain stem disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Ear surgery
- Acoustic neuroma
- Prolonged bed rest
- Certain medication
Grocare's® Treatment of Vertigo
Certain kinds of vertigo can be resolved without any treatment, but the patient may need to be treated for the underlying problem that they are suffering from. Medications that relieve symptoms such as motion sickness and nausea are commonly used.
Grocare's® Vertigo kit works by minimizing free radicals and reducing inflammation by controlling pH. It contains two key supplements, namely, Oronerv® and Acidim®.
Oronerv® and Acidim® restore and synchronize vascular and nervous systems of the body. The ingredients of these supplements are anti-inflammatory by nature and balance the pH naturally. These products reduce the symptoms of vertigo by increasing blood flow throughout the body.