It's impossible to walk in a room that feels like it is spinning, but that's exactly what it feels like, if you suffer from vertigo. Vertigo is the sensation of floating or whirling caused by either nerve problems or issues with the balance mechanism in your inner ear. When it feels as if your surroundings are moving, it is called objective vertigo. When you feel as if you are moving, it's called subjective vertigo. Due to injuries from falls, vertigo can be dangerous. It can also cause loss of self-esteem, irritability and depression.
- Skill level:
Get a hearing test to determine if the dizziness is caused by an inner-ear imbalance or infection.
See a doctor who can determine if it is a brain disorder. Decreased blood flow to the base of the brain can be caused by vertigo. Tell your doctor about any whiplash injury or head trauma you may have experienced, as well as any medications you are taking.
Reduce your stress. Use deep breathing and meditation to minimise stress. Remove all stressful activities from your life.
Take antioxidants and vitamin B6. Both are an essential water-soluble supplement that helps with dizziness.
Get regular sleep and make sure it is sufficient for your body.You may discover you need anywhere between 3 and 12 hours of sleep. You will know if you are getting a sufficient amount of sleep if you feel rested, refreshed and perform daily activities with ease and alertness.
Check your blood pressure with regularity, as dizziness may be brought on by low blood pressure. Measure your blood pressure at home -- by using an aneroid monitor -- or a digital monitor. Keep a record of the measurements for your doctor. If you record a low blood pressure reading, sit down or rest, as you may become dizzy.
Keep blood sugar levels stable by eating regular meals. Choose wholesome and healthy foods over junk foods.
Get up or sit down slowly to avoid dizziness and disorientation.
Limit the amount of salt you eat. This will help decrease the pressure in your inner ear. Salt makes your body retain excess fluid by attracting fluids. More fluid creates more pressure. Eat less salt for less fluid in you inner ear, and fewer episodes of vertigo.
Drink eight glasses or more of water a day. The fluid helps your inner ear fluids stay balanced and your body to stay hydrated.
Tips and warnings
- Vertigo can be treated with prescription medication.
- Vertigo is a symptom of multiple sclerosis. The onset is usually abrupt, so if you suddenly become dizzy, or feel as if your environment is moving, see a doctor immediately. Do not confuse symptoms of light-headiness and fainting with vertigo.
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