What Does Vertigo Feel Like?

What is vertigo?

Vertigo is the feeling of spinning dizziness. Vertigo may occur when there is an issue with the brain, inner ear, or sensory nerve pathway. It is often a symptom related to many different conditions. Vertigo may occur at any age but is common in individuals older than 65 years. Vertigo symptoms can occur temporarily or last for an extended period of time. When it occurs for a long time, called persistent vertigo. The symptoms of vertigo may lead to developing anxiety or depression, and it often impacts an individual’s ability to adequately function in their daily life.

What does it feel like?

Vertigo can feel like your environment or your head is spinning or moving. Vertigo may be a symptom of another condition. Symptoms that may accompany vertigo include tinnitus, headaches, imbalance, feeling lightheaded, nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, and fullness in the ear. Keep in mind that vertigo is not just a feeling of dizziness; it is the feeling of rotational dizziness.

How is it treated?

Some cases of vertigo may be able to fade without treatment because the system learns how to compensate. Other cases of vertigo may be relieved by certain medications. These medications sometimes include anti-emetics or antihistamines. These medications can reduce symptoms of nausea or motion sickness, but may not address the underlying cause of vertigo. Individuals who are experiencing vertigo due to an inner ear infection or an acute vestibular disorder will often be prescribed antibiotics, antiviral drugs, or steroids. In some cases, BPPV can be treated with certain physical therapies by a specialist.

Vertigo is also associated with Ménière’s disease. Ménière’s disease is often treated with diet modification (low salt diet) and prescription drugs including glycopyrrolate, lorazepam, and meclizine. These are common steps used to treat the symptoms of dizziness that are found in individuals who are diagnosed with Ménière’s disease.

Schedule a Consultation

During a consultation with our Doctors of Audiology, we can assess your vertigo and recommend the right recommendations, options and lifestyle changes for treatment. To get started, schedule a consultation by calling (212) 774-1971 or filling out our online form.