Vertigo (Motion Sickness)

About Vertigo (Motion Sickness):

Vertigo (Motion sickness) refers to a sense of feeling off-balance. If you have these dizzy experiences, you may feel as if you are spinning or that the world around you is spinning. This sensation may be mild or severe, making it challenging to maintain your balance and perform daily duties. It can happen if there is a problem with the inner ear, brain, and sensory nerve tracks.

Causes of Vertigo (Motion Sickness):

An inner ear condition is frequently the cause of Vertigo (Motion sickness). The following are some of the most common causes:

• Benign proximal Positional Vertigo (Motion sickness) (BPPV) – Calcium particles dislodge from their original position and accumulate in the inner ear.
• Meniere’s disease causes Vertigo (Motion sickness) along with hearing loss.
• Migraine
• Neck or Head injury
• Stroke
• Tumor in brain
• Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis ( an inner ear infection)
• Ear surgery

Symptoms of Vertigo (Motion sickness):

Vertigo (Motion sickness) is often caused by a change in the position of your head. When people get Vertigo (Motion sickness), they often describe it as feeling as if they are:

• Spinning
• Tilting
• Swaying
• Unbalanced
• Pushing in a particular direction

Other signs and indications associated with Vertigo (Motion sickness) include:

• Vomiting
• Eye movements that are abnormal or jerky (nystagmus)
• Headache
• Sweating
• Hearing loss
• Ringing in the ears ( tinnitus)
• Nausea

Symptoms might last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours or longer, and they can come and go.

Diagnosis of Vertigo (Motion sickness)

To establish the source of your dizziness, your doctor may perform a series of tests. Your doctor will most likely look for the following things during a physical exam:

• Dizziness symptoms that are triggered by eye or head movements and then subside in less than a minute
• When you lie on your back with your head rotated to one side and tipped slightly over the edge of the examination bed, you may experience dizziness with specific eye movements.
• Involuntary eye movement from side to side.
• Inability to control eye movements.

If, due to any reason, the apparent cause of the Vertigo (Motion sickness) is not identified, the doctor may prescribe additional diagnostic testing such as:

• Electronystagmography (ENG)
• Magnetic imaging resonance (MRI)

Treatment of Vertigo (Motion sickness)

The cause determines treatment for Vertigo (Motion sickness). Vertigo (Motion sickness) is a condition that, in many situations, goes away on its own. This is because your brain can adapt to inner ear alterations, at least in part, and rely on other mechanisms to keep you balanced. Treatment may be required for some and may include the following:

Vestibular Rehabilitation: It is a physical therapy that focuses on improving the vestibular system's strength.
Medicine: Medication may be prescribed in some circumstances to alleviate symptoms such as nausea or motion sickness caused by Vertigo (Motion sickness). Antibiotics or steroids may reduce stiffness and cure infection if an infection or inflammation causes Dizziness. Diuretics (water tablets) may be used for Meniere's illness to relieve pressure caused by fluid buildup.Surgery: In some circumstances, surgery may be needed for Vertigo (Motion sickness). If Vertigo (Motion sickness) is caused by a more serious underlying disease, such as a tumor or a brain or neck injury, treating the underlying problem may help to relieve dizziness.

Book an appointment for Vertigo (Motion sickness)

We are among fewer healthcare providers in Pakistan who are specialized in treating patients with problems related to ear, nose, and throat. If you are experiencing Vertigo (Motion sickness) or another related condition, we urge you to schedule a consultation by completing the secure web form below.

Doctors Panel of Vertigo (Motion Sickness)

Aiham Alshawwa

Consultant Ear, Nose & Throat

Arabic, English, German

Isabelle Nibelle

Consultant Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon

English, French

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