Contrary to what you might think, vertigo isn’t the panic you get from looking down a building or a cliff. In many cases, vertigo tends to go away on its own, but long-term or recurring cases require more attention.
Recognize the Symptoms
Dizziness is the most well-known symptom, although hearing issues (including tinnitus and hearing loss), nausea, headaches and vomiting can also occur. There are other, less common symptoms that are more severe, however, such as fever, blurred or double vision, and speech problems: should you have these, go to the emergency room. While most forms of vertigo are minor, certain symptoms may suggest your vertigo stems from a long-term medical issue, such as Meniere’s disease, or something more dangerous, for instance tumors and bacterial infection.
Know the Different Kinds
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is the most common form of the condition, and thankfully among the easiest to treat. However, several different forms of vertigo exist, often caused by problems with hearing and blood flow to the brain—even mental health issues and pregnancy, in some cases, can play a part. Visit a doctor to learn what kind you have, what’s causing it and, most importantly, how to treat it.
Visit a Chiropractor
You read that right: not only you can consult a chiropractor for vertigo treatment, but chiropractors have already developed a number of techniques for treating the condition, such as the Brandt-Daroff method. Chiropractors can also teach you to do exercises you can perform at home, as well as make health recommendations that can reduce vertigo episodes.
Change Your Diet
Ask for your doctor or chiropractor about vertigo triggers, such as alcohol and tobacco, and try several healthy and natural remedies. Products made from ginger root have actually been shown to be fairly helpful with positional vertigo, as have ginkgo biloba and apple cider vinegar (whose lists of benefits seem to grow all the time).
Vertigo may be uncomfortable and in some cases chronic, but many treatment options exist. Investigate your case carefully to see how to best treat yours.