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Vertigo Maintaining a Steady Outlook http://www.lef.org/protocols/eye_ear/vertigo_01.htm
Vertigo is the feeling of spinning or falling through space when there is no motion. Sensations associated with vertigo include a sense of spinning, tumbling, falling forward or backward, or of the ground rolling beneath one’s feet. It may be difficult to focus visually; many people find it uncomfortable to keep their eyes open during vertigo spells. Sweating, nausea, and vomiting are also common. Vertigo can last only a few minutes, or it can last days, depending on the cause.
Vertigo is not a disease but is a symptom of a broad range of disorders, diseases, and conditions, including:
- Diseases or disorders of the inner ear (such as motion sickness; the formation of “sludge” in the inner ear, which causes the inner ear to send a confusing motion signal to the brain; or tumors in the inner ear)
- Injuries or other damage to the inner ear (for example, from drugs such as aspirin and some diuretics, chemotherapy drugs, and antibiotics)
- Diseases or disorders of the brain (such as tumors, migraine, transient ischemic attack or stroke, or a psychiatric disease or disorder)
- Disorders affecting the acoustic nerve, which connects the inner ear to the brain
- Ménière’s disease or Ménière’s syndrome (This is my diagnosis)
- Viral and bacterial infections
- Multiple sclerosis
- Damage to the nerves in the neck that help the brain monitor the relative position of the neck and trunk (this form of vertigo, called cervical vertigo, often occurs after an injury such as a whiplash injury but may be associated with arthritis in the neck or degenerative cervical spine disease)
- Low blood pressure
Under normal circumstances, the brain relies on three sensory systems to maintain spatial orientation: the vestibular system (the inner ear), the visual system (the eyes), and the somatosensory system (which conveys information from the skin, joint, and muscle receptors). These three systems overlap, allowing the brain to assemble an accurate sense of spatial orientation. However, a compromised system or conflicting signals can cause vertigo.
The vestibular system is most often involved with vertigo. The sensory organs for the vestibular system are located in the bony labyrinths of the inner ear. They include three semicircular canals and an otolithic apparatus on each side.
If you ever read any of my articles you know I use the word “reeling” a lot. That’s why, cause it’s part of my life. Not everyday but this attack has been the most horrific and expensive.
I know I don’t have to share my medical stuff but I hope to get the hearing back completely in my right ear. My age is a factor because the bilateral attacks happen when you are older. I have always gotten dizzy and falling out even as a teenager. But only diagnosed late in life. It is a disease really common in Europe: France, Spain and Italy. I have lots of European blood from there and now I may not be able to clearly speak French to any body. I don’t feel sorry for myself or anything. I am stable and can sleep and returning to work after one month away. It’s no joke really makes you see other stuff as insignificant when your freakin head is spinning.