Balancing Act: Managing Vertigo and Dizziness for Better Quality of Life
Feel like you’re on a spinning teacup ride because either your head or the room around you is spinning? Then you know that vertigo and dizziness aren’t just uncomfortable; they cause serious disruptions to your daily life and ability to participate in normal activities. Symptoms can stem from several underlying causes and each requires specialized attention to manage.
The terms “vertigo” and “dizziness” are used interchangeably, but each is actually a distinct sensation. Dizziness refers to a general feeling of lightheadedness or being off-balance.
Vertigo is the perception of movement when you are stationary, as if you or your surroundings are spinning (or tilting). Vertigo is also less common than dizziness.
There are many conditions that can trigger dizziness or vertigo. These include:
- Vestibular migraines
- Inner ear disorders
- Inflammation of the vestibular nerve
- Inner ear infections
- Dislodged inner ear crystals
Some dizziness or vertigo is common, but frequent or severe episodes warrant a visit to an ENT specialist. A comprehensive evaluation may include hearing tests, imaging or assessments of balance and eye motion. Treatment depends on the underlying cause, but management strategies can include:
- The Epley Maneuver, which is a series of head movements to relocate dislodged inner ear crystals in order to alleviate vertigo
- Vestibular rehab physical therapy to improve balance while reducing dizziness
- Medications to manage symptoms
- Lifestyle modifications such as reducing salt intake or managing stress. Regular exercise, having a consistent sleep schedule and avoiding caffeine and alcohol may also reduce frequency or severity of dizziness and vertigo episodes.
Vertigo and dizziness are disorienting and disruptive, but there is hope for an improved quality of life through effective management of their symptoms and underlying causes. With the right approach, you can regain your balance, allowing you to navigate life with stability and confidence again. To find out more about the ways Biltmore ENT can treat vertigo and dizziness, call (602) 560-1085.