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Dr. David Astrachan
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Vertigo (Definition)

A type of dizziness where the patient inappropriately experiences the perception of motion usually due to a dysfunction of the inner ear apparatus. It can be associated with nausea, vomiting and an unsteady gait. Vertigo is classified as either peripheral (inner ear or vestibular problem) or central (injury to the balance centers of the central nervous system).

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What causes vertigo?

Many possible reason: There are many possible reasons for the symptom of vertigo, which is defined as a spinning sensation (or the sensation of the world spinning around you). Most but not all of these causes have to do with the inner ear. ...Read more

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Managing Vertigo & Dizziness (Tip)

Managing Vertigo & Dizziness

Dizziness = light headedness ; vertigo= room spinning around you ...See more

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Managing Vertigo & Dizziness (Checklist)

Don't change positions quickly
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Avoid driving while you have symptoms
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Wear shoes without heels
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House remedies to treat vertigo ... Dramamine raised BP!

House remedies to treat vertigo ... Dramamine raised BP!

Find the cause: before attempting treatment. There are many possible causes of vertigo and effective treatment requires identification of the cause. ...Read more

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Ive had ON, vertigo, nueropathy but no lesions. Dr says ms. Why don't I have a diagnosis. He treats me for vertigo weakness etc. I justwant answers.

Ive  had ON, vertigo, nueropathy but no lesions. Dr says ms. Why don't I have a diagnosis. He treats me for vertigo weakness etc. I justwant answers.

Response: Cannot comment on your doctor, but seems to be profound communication issue here. Find a new neurologist. You likely do NOT have MS, but rather a different disorder affecting eye, ear, and peripheral nerves. Could even be a diabetic or thyroid issue, but B-12 deficiency or occult infection might be answer. ...Read more

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Managing Vertigo & Dizziness (Tip)

Managing Vertigo & Dizziness

Dizziness with change from lying/sitting to standing suggests you may need more fluids. ...See more

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How is vertigo treated?

How is vertigo treated?

Depends on cause: Most acquired vertigo is due to inflamation of the middle ear apparatus and steroids help a great deal in my opinion. Vertigo can also be caused by specific stroke types or migraines, and at times even epilepsy! need to determine what type, which neurologists are trained to do. ...Read more

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Ask a health question...What hospital do you consider the best at treating vertigo and headaches?

No Best: These are not terribly esoteric conditions. You should be able to get started with a local doc. If you can't get a satisfactory answer, there are a number of centers of excellence for headache that they should be able to refer you to. You probably don't have to go far to be diagnosed. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is light-headedness, feeling like you might faint, being unsteady, loss of balance, or vertigo (a feeling that you or the room ...Read more

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