There are two forms of dizziness. The first makes you feel faint, unsteady, woozy or weak. The second is referred to as “vertigo,” and creates the false sensation that you or your surroundings are moving. Although frequent dizziness can negatively impact your quality of life, fortunately, it is rarely indicative of a serious or life-threatening condition.
When dizziness occurs along with a sudden headache, vomiting, a change in speech, chest pain and other worrisome symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
One of the most common causes of dizziness and vertigo is an underlying inner ear problem. The eyes, sensory nerves and inner ear all work together to create a secure sense of balance. The eyes determine the body’s location and movement, the nerves transmit messages about the body to the brain, and the inner ear detects gravity and motion.
With an inner ear disorder, the nerves send the brain inconsistent signals that aren’t in alignment with what the eyes and sensory nerves are receiving. The brain responds by attempting to sort out the inconsistences, and the resulting effect is vertigo.
The four inner ear problems that are known to cause vertigo include:
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, dizziness and vertigo can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Contact SFENTA today to determine and treat the underlying cause of your symptoms, and get the relief you deserve.
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