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Ever felt like your whole world is suddenly spinning uncontrollably? Itâ€™s not love at first sight youâ€™re experiencing; itâ€™s Vertigo (From the Latin word verto meaning spinning movement). This is a specific kind of dizziness in which a person either feels that things around him are in motion or objects are stationary and he is in constantly spinning motion or that his mind is rotating randomly. No doubt, this is a highly uncomfortable feeling. Here are some symptoms:
- Dizzy spells
- Vomiting (sometimes)
- Difficulty in balancing
- Motion sickness
In Extreme (and rare) Cases of Vertigo, People May Also Experience:
- Difficulty in walking
- Blurred vision
- Loss of hearing
- Lowered consciousness
- Trouble in speaking
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
This is a more specific type of vertigo that originates in the inner ear and creates a false sense of movement when the head is moved. This type of vertigo comes and goes in short spurts and leaves the patient with heightened sensitivity to objects moving around him. It is caused by a dislodging of the otoconia or otoliths present in the inner ear which creates a sensation of movement even when the person is stationery. It feels like the sensation of looking at constantly falling snow for a long time.
General Causes of Vertigo
- Malfunctioning of the balance center in the inner ear
- Malfunctioning of sensory nerve pathways
- Recent head injury
- Loss of blood flow to the brain
- Recent ear surgery
- Long periods of bed rest
- History of migraine
- Cerebellar brain tumor (rarely)
- Acoustic Neuroma (rarely)
Simple Home Remedies for Vertigo
Most people have only a few spells of vertigo in life and with luck, these spells are caused my some non-threatening cause. And these causes, too, can be remedied by some simple home remedies. However, if you feel your vertigo originates from something serious, consult a doctor before trying any of these remedies. For the rest, these home remedies are easy to do, affordable and very effective.
1. Clear Up Your Ears:
Surprising as it may seem, sometimes the cause behind vertigo is simply an excessive build up of earwax! But, do not attempt to clean it yourself. Approach a doctor to have all excess earwax drained and he will either do it manually or prescribe eardrops to melt hardened wax so it will drain out on its own. As easy as that!
2. The Eye Patch:
If you experience vertigo while waking up each morning, try this. Before getting out of bed, cover one eye with your hand for about 20 seconds and look straight with the other eye. Repeat the same procedure with the other eye. This soothes out the brainâ€™s sense of balance and you can get out of bed without a dizzy spell.
3. Ginger:No way to escape this wonder remedy! For vertigo sufferers whose vertigo is made worse by motion sickness, taking ginger is any form (pills, ginger tea, raw ginger and even ginger candy) can be of great help. It will also take care of any nausea you experience with vertigo.
This one sounds silly, but it works. Buy simple magnets from any hardware store, preferably large ones. Wrap them in tissue paper or a soft cloth and lie down for about 20 minutes with this package at the soft bump where the spine meets the skull. It is your magnet therapy setup right at home.
5. Black Pepper:
As soon as you begin experiencing nausea that will lead on to your spell of vertigo, take a little black pepper powder, some salt and lemon juice. Mix them and have a spoonful or better yet, make a cool drink and sip it. The lemon and cool water will soothe your vertigo and nausea very soon.
These home remedies are effective and easy to do in the comfort of your home. However, if you fear your vertigo is no better, take the high road and ask for medical help.