Understanding and Coping with Vertigo

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Understanding and Coping with Vertigo

understanding-and-coping-with-vertigoVertigo is a condition in which the person afflicted experiences a false sensation of motion. The feeling is similar to the dizziness felt after spinning in circles for a short period of time.  

According to some statistics, 40 percent of people past the age of 40 will experience vertigo symptoms at least once in their lives. While it is commonly dismissed as mere “dizziness,” vertigo can coincide with nausea and vomiting. At times, vertigo sufferers also experience a momentary loss of balance or light-headedness.  

This article will inform you about vertigo and how to cope with it. Hopefully, it can serve you well, especially if you or a loved one is suffering from it.  

And if you’re looking for top-notch care in Michigan, you can find a Farmington upper cervical chiropractor to help you find vertigo relief at Premier Family Wellness and Spinal Care.  

 

The Primary Causes of Vertigo and Dizziness Symptoms 

A person may experience vertigo and related symptoms for several reasons. Underlying health conditions are often the cause of vertigo. Certain lifestyle choices can also cause vertigo.   

 

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) 

According to Dr. Gregory Whitman, MD, of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Balance and Vestibular Center, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo.  

The inner ear has calcium crystals called otoconia. And if the otoconia get dislodged and begin to travel into the inner ear canals, that’s when this type of vertigo happens. 

BPPV, however, only affects 1 out of 1,000 people per year, mainly the elderly. Causes of this condition can be head trauma, osteoporosis, diabetes, and inner ear infections.  

The main issue of BPPV is that even after providing relief, 50% of those affected experience a relapse after five years. This is especially true if the condition stems from trauma.  

 

Malfunctions in the ear’s balance system 

When the body is in an upright position, the inner ear balance is system is most at work. The structures in the inner ear detect gravity whenever you stand up from lying down. Their primary responsibility is to assist in blood flow control. The inner ear sends signals via the brain and brainstem to the cardiovascular system to help direct blood flow and adapt to the new body position. When a malfunction in the balance system occurs, vertigo is triggered.  

 

Vitamin B12 deficiency 

There is a direct correlation between low levels of Vitamin B12 and neurological issues. People with this deficiency feel off-balance because of decreased blood flow in the brain, as well as low blood pressure.  

And because such symptoms are corrected in different ways, vitamin deficiency is commonly overlooked as a root cause of the problem. Combat vitamin B12 deficiency by consuming foods that are rich in this essential vitamin. 

 

Heart disease 

Narrowing arteries reduce blood flow to the brain, causing dizziness and vertigo symptoms to the afflicted individual. 

 

Migraines 

Whether or not a headache occurs during a migraine, vertigo is a common symptom that occurs with a migraine. Other migraine-related indicators include sensitivity to motion, light, and loud noises.  

About 40% of individuals suffering from migraines also experience vertigo.  

 

Side effects of medication 

If you look at many prescription drugs, dizziness is one of the most common side effects. Adults taking blood pressure medication in high doses can experience this.  

Most doctors usually prescribe low amounts of such drugs before gradually increasing the dosage. Talk with your doctor if you think your dosage should be changed. Also be aware of the side effects of your medication and whether or not it triggers vertigo-like symptoms.  

 

Diet or dehydration 

Well-maintained hydration levels are essential for proper blood pressure. If either one drops even the slightest bit, the other is immediately affected. As a result, dizziness or lightheadedness may occur.  

 

Meniere’s Disease 

One reason for vertigo onset is Meniere’s Disease. It is a condition caused by the buildup of fluid and the change in pressure in the inner ear.  

Meniere’s Disease is quite a rare condition that only affects 0.2% of the population. It commonly occurs among adults between the ages of 40 and 60. 

 

Relieving Vertigo Symptoms the Natural Way 

In a study conducted on 60 vertigo patients, 58 of the participants attributed their condition to some form of head and or neck trauma. They received upper cervical care after an upper cervical chiropractor located misalignments in their upper cervical spine.  

They were all given care for six months, and every single one reported positive results. Forty-eight of them no longer experienced vertigo effects while the remaining 12 saw a significant decrease in their vertigo.  

This study demonstrates the connection between head and neck trauma and vertigo. It also shows how upper cervical care is an essential and helpful relief option. Any form of impact on the head and neck can shift the top two bones of the spine out of place, putting pressure on the brainstem that is housed within them. Correcting the vertebral misalignment takes the pressure off the brainstem and enables it to function properly again. 

At Premier Family Wellness and Spinal Care, you can find a Farmington upper cervical chiropractor to help you find relief from your vertigo. I make use of a specialized technique designed to ease the bones of the neck back into alignment. I use diagnostic imaging to measure precisely where to do the adjustment. This results in a gentle and accurate adjustment that holds in place longer than other types of adjustments.  

Feel free to contact my clinic for a complimentary consultation to find out more about what upper cervical chiropractic care can do for your condition or symptoms.