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Vertigo Clinic

  • Vertigo:

    Vertigo is a sensation of whirling, so that you think the world is spinning around you or you yourself are spinning. People have different interpretations of this situation. Some describe it as swirling, illusion of motion, and tilting to one side. The distinction between the vertigo and dizziness is that dizziness is a general term for any feeling of imbalance, lightheadedness, and blackout in the eyes when standing up from lying or sitting position. One of the common causes of dizziness, especially in women, is the iron deficiency anemia.

    What causes vertigo?

    For our body to feel balanced, the brain needs to receive body position messages from the inner ear, eyes, muscles and joints, and then process them. Therefore, the disruption of these systems can cause vertigo. One of the most important causes of vertigo is the inner ear diseases.

    Some of the most common or most important of these diseases are:

    • Meniere disease or endolymphatic hydropathy, generally known as the ear pressure
    • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
    • Inflammation of the balance section of the vestibulocochlear nerve
    • Vestibulocochlear nerve tumor (vestibular schwannoma)

    What should we do?

    The first and the most important step in the investigation and treatment of vertigo is the correct diagnosis of the cause that it is only realized through visiting a physician or an ENT specialist. In the cases of vertigo caused by the ear diseases, after having obtained the history and exact examination of the patient by performing the necessary tests and imaging, the ENT specialist recognizes and treats the important and dangerous diseases such as brain tumors or acute infections. In the absence of these diseases, the discovery of other causes provides appropriate treatment and the patient will get rid of the debilitating vertigo.

    Following some general recommendations will help you:

    • Before getting up, especially from the bed, sit on the edge of the bed for a few minutes and do not stand up suddenly
    • Change your position slowly
    • Do not walk in the dark
    • Be sure to adhere to the medications and diet prescribed by your physician (such as observing the low salt diet) and make periodic visits according to your schedule
    • Use the sports like yoga
    • Wear comfortable shoes
    • Avoid activities such as driving or climbing ladders or swimming at high depths when the disease is active
    • Take your physician’s advice on the surgery of vertigo-induced tumors seriously