“Vertigo makes it feel like the floor is pitching up and down. Things seem to be spinning. It’s like standing on the deck of a ship in really high seas.” – Laura Hillenbrand
Feeling dizzy can happen to everyone, sometimes for no apparent reason! Standing up too quickly, being dehydrated, being overtired… all of these are common causes for dizziness that aren’t a huge cause for concern. However, sometimes the dizziness is more chronic than we realize. If you find yourself often getting dizzy after standing up, or simply just moving around, there may be something more than just a glass of water can fix.
Vertigo is a type of chronic dizziness that is chronic. Short, isolated dizzy spells may not always mean that vertigo is the culprit, but when those symptoms seem to last for longer than a few minutes, it may be a sign that someone has it.
Dr. Robert Jackson defines this dizziness as, “a symptom.” He continues, “It is a sign that something is wrong and there is a cause! There is more than one cause for vertigo and symptoms like it such as dizziness and brain fog.” It’s important to know the common signs, as well as the common causes.
Here Are 5 Signs You Have Vertigo
1. The symptoms of dizziness last more than an hour
As previously stated, isolated incidents of dizziness don’t always mean vertigo, but when that dizziness lasts for longer than an hour, it may mean that vertigo is behind it.
Medical director of a special U-M center devoted to diagnosing and treating balance disorders, Hussam El-Kashlan, M.D., mentioned, “For some people, vertigo can be very debilitating. During the acute attack, the person is totally incapacitated. They can’t do anything for themselves and they’re basically bedridden or lying on the ground until the attack passes. Often it’s accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.”
Keep an eye on your dizziness and check and see how long it lasts. A quick dizzy spell may not because of concern, but if the symptoms last longer than an hour, it’s time to make a doctor’s appointment.
2. The symptoms of dizziness go on for days
If you have one, isolated dizzy spell for more than hour, it might not be vertigo. If an hour long dizzy spell only occurs once, it might be due to other factors. However, if these symptoms last persistently over the course of several days, you’re probably dealing with vertigo.
3. The symptoms occur together
Symptoms of vertigo range from dizziness to nausea to headaches and even a loss of balance that can cause falls. Only getting a headache doesn’t mean that you have vertigo. However, if all of these symptoms occur together, it’s more than likely that you’re dealing with vertigo.
4. The symptoms cause fall or injury
It’s important to see a doctor if the dizziness causes any type of loss of balance that creates injury. If your headache or dizziness is so severe that you’re unable to stay upright, it’s most likely a sign that you have vertigo, and you’ll want to get it checked out as soon as possible.
5. The symptoms interfere with your daily life
If you have a little dizzy spell when you stand up too quickly, or stress headaches every now and then, it most likely doesn’t interfere with your day-to-day life. Symptoms of vertigo are severe and long-lasting and can cause issues in your daily life.
Knowing the symptoms of vertigo is an important first step to getting it treated. However, another important step is knowing what the root cause of it is. Going in with more knowledge of the common causes of vertigo can help your doctor treat you more efficiently. “Once diagnosed, the proper treatment is to put those little particles, called canaliths, back where they belong,” explains Dr. Marc I. Leavey.
Here Are Some Of The Common Causes Of Vertigo
1. Inner Ear Vertigo
One of the most common causes is an inner ear issue. The inner ear is responsible for all of your balance, and it has a system that’s filled with fluid. When you move, so does the fluid, which helps you stay balanced and stops you from feeling dizzy. When this stops functioning, your balance becomes distorted, and you can experience extreme dizziness. This is one of the most common causes of vertigo, and can be treated in a number of ways, from physical therapy to antibiotics.