What Is Vertigo?
Vertigo is when you physically feel like you are unbalanced, whirling or spinning, even though you aren’t. It is a giddy sensation. Sometimes people even feel nauseated by it.
According to WebMD, vertigo can be caused by:
What Causes Vertigo?
- Inner ear disorders (this is the most common cause). This is because the inner ear is responsible for sending the brain messages about the location of the body in space relative to gravity. It is part of what helps you keep your balance. For example:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is when calcium particles clump together in canals of the inner ear. The reason for this happening is not yet known and can happen at any age.
- Meniere's disease is thought to be caused by a buildup of fluid and changing pressure in the ear. It can cause vertigo, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and hearing loss.
- Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis is usually related to infection (usually viral) which causes inflammation around nerves that are important for helping the body sense balance.
- Neck or head injuries.
- Brain damage caused by strokes or tumors.
- Medications that have damaged the ear.
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