What Can You Do If You Have Vertigo?

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For those who have never suffered from the disease, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is the sensation of feeling off-balance and experiencing nausea. Some patients will also refer to this as dizzy spells. Many suffers also report that they literally feel like they’re spinning out of control. More often than not, vertigo is caused by inner ear issues, but sometimes it can be from other ailments such as a side effect of a migraine.

What are the symptoms of vertigo?

Some common symptoms of vertigo are hearing loss and feeling extremely dizzy. If you find yourself becoming dizzy from the eye or head movements, but they disappear in a minute or specific eye movements that occur when you lie down, these can all be signs of vertigo. You may also notice involuntary eye movements from side to side and the inability to control said eye movement. If you’re at home, you can try to sit down and then get up to a standing position slowly. If the attacks often strike, you may also want to use a cane.

Also, if you’d like, you could go to your general practitioner for a vertigo test. The doctor will most likely give you an eye motion test where air or water is placed within your ear. The doctor can also give you a simple head movement test, which will show them how well you maneuver your body. If your caretaker finds that the dizziness is more worrisome, he will also order an MRI and an ENG. You should always go to your doctor if you develop a fever at any given time or start to have vision, hearing, or speaking problems. If benign paroxysmal positional vertigo has stopped you in your tracks, and you feel that you’re suffering more and have trouble performing daily tasks, it can cause alarm.

How to stay positive through it all.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or dizziness aren’t things you have to live with, and they shouldn’t hinder your self-esteem or confidence. If you’re suffering from this ailment, you can work on improving body confidence with just a few tips.

Vestibular rehabilitation evidence-based medicine is now considered the most successful management approach for people with vertigo. The rehabilitation uses an exercise-based program designed by a specialty-trained vestibular physical therapist. Their goal is to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness while also improving a positive body image. Naturally, the idea of losing your balance can easily steal your confidence away from you. The worry of suffering another attack can cause a massive anxiety disorder. The trick is to try and find as many triggers for your vertigo as possible.

Finding a treatment that works for you is will also make massive headway to feeling normal once again. Walking exercises may also be good to try since the act is simple and can really make an impact on your dizzy spells. The walking exercises can help improve your balance, which in turn will improve your self-confidence. You’ll also be using and working your muscles, which helps keep them toned and will increase strength.

While it may be easy to let negative body image thoughts in during these exercises, you’ll want to wear comfortable underwear or panty, so you will have a wide range of motion for your body to move. Try walking ten steps and stopping abruptly for your first exercise. Wait until the dizziness goes away, and then try again. Do this for about 50ft.

As far as medication goes, most sufferers use over-the-counter pills like Dramamine. In the long run, their doctor will wean them off since the medications can often cause more harm than good in the healing process.

Ahmed Guillen leads OI's editorial staff. He is passionate about professional development and helping our readers navigate starting and enhancing their businesses and investments.

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