Dizziness and Vertigo
Is the world spinning while you are standing still?
Do you have to grab ahold of something to stay stable when the room starts spinning? There’s no warning of when it will happen and how long it will stay, and you know these dizzy spells are dangerous. Collier Otolaryngology can help find relief for your vertigo and get you standing strong on your own two feet.Schedule Your Visit Now
What causes dizziness?
There are many causes for dizziness, and they can affect more than your stability. Your eyes, brain, heart, and ears may experience negative side effects. Some common causes of dizziness are:
- Vestibular neuritis
- Meniere’s disease
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (3PD)
A thorough exam with your ENT is necessary to determine the cause of your dizziness. Your exam may include simple questions about your symptoms and observational tests like the Dix-Hallpike Maneuver. Once a diagnosis has been made, you and your doctor can discuss the treatment options that best fit your needs.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is caused by problems with your inner ear. BPPV is the most common cause of dizziness. BPPV is defined by its four words:
- Benign: non-cancerous
- Paroxysmal: a fit, attack, or sudden increase in symptoms
- Positional: typically brought on by certain head movements
- Vertigo: the sensation of whirling and loss of balance
BPPV is typically caused by a disruption of the fluids in your ear. Tiny pieces of calcium can break loose inside your ear and end up in your semicircular canal. This will lead to the all too familiar feeling of dizziness and a spinning room.
Symptoms of Benign Paroxysmal Positional
Some instances of BPPV may be so strong that you will not be able to walk. However, the more common and frequent symptoms are:
- Spinning sensation
- Feeling tilted
What are the treatment options for vertigo and dizziness disorders?
Treatment options for dizziness and vertigo disorders can range from medication, physical therapy, and dietary changes. The only way to know which options are right for you is to have a thorough exam by a medical professional.
Stop stumbling through life with dizziness and issues from vertigo. The team at Collier Otolaryngology can get you back to feeling normal in no time.Schedule Your Visit Now