Almost all of us have felt dizziness at one time or another. Symptoms can include lightheadedness, imbalance, problems with equilibrium, feeling faint or woozy, weakness and feeling unsteady. However, when the world seems to spin or move around you, you’re experiencing vertigo.
What’s The Difference?
Vertigo is defined as a false sensation of movement, like spinning, rocking like on a boat or other movement when you are not actually moving. While dizziness can include this sensation along with the others mentioned above, it’s a specific symptom on its own that should be evaluated.
Causes For Vertigo
There are several causes, including those related to the inner ear and balance, called the vestibular system. The most common is BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) which affects calcium crystals deep in the inner ear. There are other conditions like Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis or acoustic neuromas. A thorough ENT work-up is the best way to determine the cause and treat it properly.
The most common cause not related to the inner ear, is migraine associated vertigo, which doesn’t always include headache. There are others like post-concussion syndrome, low blood pressure, neck related issues or conditions like multiple sclerosis. Our goal is to determine why you have your symptoms and get you on your way to recovery.
ENTOne Can Help
Whether you’re feeling vertigo or dizziness, the experienced team at ENTOne can help! Please contact our office to schedule an appointment.