Myth: I feel dizzy; I must have had a stroke
Fact: There are many causes of dizziness, and not all of them are fatal
The most common cause of dizziness is benign positional vertigo (BPV). It occurs when tiny crystals in your inner ear – responsible for balance – break free and float into the inner ear fluid. When the head moves forward in certain places, these floaters balance the balance cells from tickling.
There are other causes of dizziness. Labyrinthitis is an inflammation of the inner ear caused by a viral infection or other cause. Its symptoms, which include dizziness, usually last for several hours and then subside.
Another cause of dizziness is Meniere’s disease. Although the causes of this condition are varied, symptoms include excessive fluid in the inner ear, which causes pressure. This results in hearing loss,
Stiffness and weak recurrent vertigo sit in the ear that can last for hours.
So how can you tell what is causing your dizziness? If you have BPV, you will likely experience a spinning dizzy in the room that occurs with looking up at the bed, down or rolling and lasts a few seconds.
Labyrin is a labyrinth caused by a violent dizziness that lasts for hours and hours. There are usually no hearing loss or other ear symptoms, and a week of instability or temporary dizziness attacks while rolling in bed.
Meniere’s disease lasts from 30 minutes to hours with vertigo, possible nausea, and frequent minutes. Meniere’s disease is usually accompanied by hearing loss, pressure in the ears, and ringing or ringing in the ears.
Fortunately, all of these conditions can be successfully treated. BPV Is treated in the office fee, where the vestibular therapist performs a trick called semont maneuver that moves the crystals away from the balance cells. Ninety percent of patients with vertigo are cured by this treatment, which occasionally needs to be repeated.
L-Labyrin Breathitis is treated with oral medications to reduce the sensation of dizziness and to reduce fluid exchange for any related nausea and flu. In severe cases, intravenous hospitalization is necessary until symptoms appear.
Meniere’s disease is treated with a variety of medications and surgical procedures, designed to help reduce the frequency of vertigo attacks. Medications used to treat Meniere’s disease include diuretics, circulatory medicine, sedatives, and steroids.
Despite these possible causes of dizziness, stroke cannot be ruled out, as it is also a cause. Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted and brain cells are deprived of oxygen. There are many symptoms of a stroke, including
Dizziness or sudden onset of dizziness;
o Difficulty walking or loss of coordination;
o numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs;
Difficulty with speech; And
If any of these symptoms occur suddenly, the person should be taken to the room immediately for evaluation and treatment. Depriving the brain of oxygen increases the likelihood of brain damage every minute, so a suspected stroke must be evaluated by emergency room physicians.
Myth: My balance is bad because I’m getting older, and I have to live with it
Fact: Age is not a factor in maintaining a healthy balance
Your balancing mechanism works like a tripod. The three arms of the tripod are the balance canals of your ears and inner ear, the sensations of the joints and muscles of your legs and feet. Sensory messages from three sources are sent to the brain, where they are organized into meaningful information. Based on this information your brain then sends new messages – instructions to your muscles to maintain your balance.
There are many causes of dizziness and imbalance. Confused messages, blocked message pathways or weakness in the brain or all the limbs of the tripod can cause imbalance. Other possible causes include:
o Lack of circulation in the balance area of the brain,
o Decreased blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension) when you sit down and move on.
O Disorders of the inner ear,
O vision problems,
O Diseases of the bones and joints,
O Side effects of drugs, and
O Drug interaction.
Additionally, irregular heartbeats or heart conditions and neurological diseases can cause lightheadedness, dizziness, or imbalance.
But most balance problems result from inactivity in the balance canals of the inner ear. And at the same time the dysfunction of the two tripod limbs makes it more difficult to maintain balance.
You should be evaluated by an ENT physician to properly diagnose the cause of your dizziness. This assessment includes specific tests that measure the function of the inner ear and balance. In some cases, it may be necessary to consult a neurologist or other specialist.
You can note some basic symptoms yourself and share them with your doctor to help with the diagnosis process:
If your imbalance occurs only when you get out of bed for a short time or when you get out of a sitting position, it may be due to a transient drop in blood pressure.
o Instability or imbalance walking only when problems with the balance center of the brain or the balance canals in the inner ear may be related.
o Vision problems can also cause dizziness or imbalance.
Sometimes there are several causes of dizziness, which may require more specialized treatment. But in most cases, dizziness and imbalance can be treated by initiating vestibular rehabilitation (VR).
VR is an individual program of home exercises and activities designed by a physician with special training in balance disorders. VR Before starting, your musculoskeletal system will be evaluated by the range of strength, coordination, and motion in your arms and legs. The therapist will also observe your balance while walking.
With this information your therapist can design a program to meet your specific needs. Your progress is then monitored by regular follow-up appointments.
The goal of VR is to reduce dizziness and increase balance function, improving the level of normal daily activity. Remember, age is not a factor in maintaining a healthy balance function!