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A 30-year-old member asked:

why do i have vertigo only on metal see-through stairs> and if there is any cure?

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Dr. John Li
Dr. John Lianswered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 34 years experience
Vestibulovisual miss: In a closed staircase, your eyes perceives the vertical motion in sync with your inner ear's perception of motion. See thru stairs, the movement of the stripes of each slat vertically across your visual field gives an abnormal sense of movement because your eyes naturally fixate, track, jump to the next, fixate, track (effect: like train going by can make you feel like u r moving ).
Dr. John Li
Dr. John Lianswered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 34 years experience
Fixate on top step: The remedy is to fixate your eyes on the top step or above and walk towards it. You need to avoid looking at the rapidly alternating horizontal stripe movement. It only happens when going up, since you are facing away from it coming down.

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Does vertigo ever go away by itself?

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Variable timeframe: Some vertigo spontaneously goes away and other types of vertigo may take awhile to improve as your body adapts. Unfortunately, there are some patients who may experience very little improvement over a significant amount of time. If you continue to have persistent vertigo you should see your pcp and you may be referred to either an ear, nose, & throat doctor, a neurologist or both of them.
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Are there cures for vertigo?

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Depends: Only if due to middle ear inflammation. Other causes, like stroke improve over time, though many are left with significant deficits.
A 23-year-old member asked:

What causes central vertigo?

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Central vertigo: Central vertigo is typically the result of a problem in the brain, specifically the cerebellum (coordinates balance) or the brainstem.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

How does "repositioning for vertigo" work?

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Dr. Marcel Hungs
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Very simple: You can see a demonstration under: http://youtu.Be/pa6t-bpg494. There are sequential movement of the head into 4 positions; one should stay in each position for at least 30 seconds.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the key features of situational vertigo?

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Situational vertigo: Features of situational or positional vertigo include a spinning sensation, nausea, visual blurring and loss of balance that occurs with changes in head position. The symptoms usually cease when head movement stops.

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