About vertigo and dizziness: common symptoms and causes
Vertigo and dizziness can be caused by abnormalities in the vestibular system (a system within your inner ear which answers for the sensations of body rotation, gravitation and movement), vision, or somatosensory system (a part of the nervous system which answers for the senses and responses to stimuli within, and on the surface, of your body).
The symptoms of vertigo are vast and varied, and can often be difficult to describe precisely. That is why in addition to a variety of tests, the Doctor will ask you to describe your sensations, how and when they occur, in as much detail as possible.A few common examples of vertigo, as described by patients, include the following:
- ①- a spinning sensation when getting in and out of bed / sitting up or down
- ②- a sense of dizziness or instability-related agitation while walking
- ③- a feeling of discomfort, as if there is a filmy coating inside the ear (ear fullness)
- ④- dizziness accompanied by a feeling of weakness in the legs or hips
Similarly, the causes are also diverse: vertigo caused by inner ear diseases including otoliths; vertigo as a result of decreased or interrupted blood flow, such as anemia; dizziness from dehydration or cerebral infarctions; vertigo caused by specific drugs such as anticonvulsants; dizziness and vertigo-like sensations linked to non-organic diseases, such as depression, and many more.
At our clinic, we will investigate and treat the cause by making full use of patient interviews, medical examinations and tests. There are many ways to manage and improve your symptoms, including medications, herbal medicines, exercises and lifestyle adjustments. After a thorough examination, the Doctor will instruct you on the appropriate treatment for your case.