Vertigo is a sensation of spinning. If you have these dizzy spells, you might feel
like you are spinning or that the world around you is spinning.
CAUSES OF VERTIGO
Vertigo is often caused by an inner ear problem. Some of the most common causes include:
These initials stand for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. BPPV occurs when
tiny calcium particles (canaliths) clump up in canals of the inner ear. The inner
ear sends signals to the brain about head and body movements relative to gravity. It
helps you keep your balance.
BPPV can occur for no known reason and may be associated with age.
This is an inner ear disorder thought to be caused by a buildup of fluid and
changing pressure in the ear. It causes episodes of vertigo along with ringing in
the ears (tinnitus) and hearing loss.
Vestibular Neuritis or Labyrinthitis.
This is an inner ear problem usually related to infection (usually viral). The
infection causes inflammation in the inner ear around nerves that are important
for helping the body sense balance.
Less often vertigo may be associated with:
Head or neck injury
Brain problems such as stroke or tumor
Certain medications that cause ear damage
Vertigo is often triggered by a change in the position of your head. People with
vertigo typically describe it as feeling like they are:
Pulled to one direction
Other symptoms that may accompany vertigo include:
Abnormal or jerking eye movements (nystagmus)
Ringing in the ears or hearing loss
Symptoms can last a
few minutes to a few hours or more and may come and go.