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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Vertigo On Waking Up (Overview)

Vertigo on waking up is the sudden sensation of dizziness and that the room is spinning, occurring as someone wakes up from sleep.


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What is the actural cause of dizziness or vertigo?

What is the actural cause of dizziness or vertigo?

Many causes: Vertigo is a sensation of you or your environment spinning. This implies dysfunction in the balance system, from brainstem to inner ear. Obviously many causes including toxins, drugs, infection, brain injury, stroke, tumor, irritating blood vessels, congenital anomalies & many, many more. Dizziness is a vague, ill-defined term which has therefor a much broader range of possible causes. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Vertigo On Waking Up (Overview)

Vertigo on waking up is the sudden sensation of dizziness and that the room is spinning, occurring as someone wakes up from sleep.


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Vertigo on waking up (Tip)

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

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Managing Vertigo & Dizziness (Checklist)

Avoid driving while you have symptoms
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Wear shoes without heels
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Dizziness and vertigo attack when waking up. What should I do?

Dizziness and vertigo attack when waking up. What should I do?

Get evaluated: Discuss your symptoms with the primary care doctor to have a complete work up done. Good luck! ...Read 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

Dr. Frederick Nahm Dr. Nahm
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Vertigo on waking up (Tip)

Side to side vertigo is more common than head over heels vertigo. ...See more

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Treatment for vertigo please?

Treatment for vertigo please?

Depends on cause: Symptomatic relief can come from staying still, taking meclizine, dramamine, (dimenhydrinate) valium, using a scopolamine patch. But often there is otolithic inner ear process which pt can reverse with an epley maneuver. Vertigo can be associated with migraine and cerebrovascular disease, and the underlying cause is treated. Get a diagnosis and direct therapy from there. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments that would reduce vertigo?

Are there any treatments that would reduce vertigo?

Perhaps: In some inner ear syndromes, a therapist could perform an epley maneuver or a like procedure and reverse fully. Meniere's might respond to a small reservoir placement. Even over the counter items such as Meclizine or dramamine (dimenhydrinate) might be helpful sometimes, a physical therapist skilled at vestibular rehab programs can really make a difference. ...Read more

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Are there cures for vertigo?

Are there cures for vertigo?

Depends: Only if due to middle ear inflammation. Other causes, like stroke improve over time, though many are left with significant deficits. ...Read more

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How to get rid of vertigo or dizziness?

Vertigo: Vertigo means spinning. Start by hydrating, avoid alcohol and see your doctor for a good check up. If that's normal see an ENT to check the ears as a cause. If that's okay then see a neurologist ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Vertigo on waking up (Tip)

It's easier to treat if the cause is from a viral syndrome, versus neurogenic. ...See more

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Does benign paroxysmal positional vertigo typically resolve on its own? What can I do to prevent it in the first place? It feels absolutely horrible.

Sometime: Bppv or vertigo is a problems with crystals in the inner ear. It can be treated with a series of manuvers called the epley manuver. There is no medicine however to prevent it from occuring. ...Read more

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How does one get vertigo?

How does one get vertigo?

False motion: Vertigo is a sense of false motion. It can be caused by a problem in your inner ear (peripheral vertigo) or by a problem in the brainstem (central vertigo). The inner ear has 3 separate balance canals that help keep your balance in space during movement. The brainstem is responsible for processing all the information from both inner ears, your eyes, and your muscles to help with balance. ...Read more

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What can be a genetic cause for vertigo?

What can be a genetic cause for vertigo?

Predisposition only: Semantics: vertigo is a symptom. There are genetic predisposition for vertigo but no "genetic vertigo". It is like saying you cannot be born with "genetic pain". Diseases such as meniere's disease seems to run in families. There are familial vertigo syndromes, genetic deafness and neurological syndromes that have genetic underpinnings. Neurofibromatosis 2 can cause vertigo via brain tumors. ...Read more

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On March 14th, I had vertigo while waking up. Diagnosed as BPPV & did Epley. Found improvement. After some days, again came with lesser intense. Why?

On March 14th, I had vertigo while waking up. Diagnosed as BPPV & did Epley. Found improvement. After some days, again came with lesser intense. Why?

Why not?: Vertigo can be chronic and intermittent. The Epley maneuver is not necessarily curative. You may have to do it regularly; or, the vertigo may go away and not come back after the next time, with or without the Epley maneuver. As long as the vertigo is not disabling (which it can be), be satisfied that you can keep it under control with simple expedients like the Epley maneuver. ...Read more

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Vertigo upon waking? My father is in his 40's and complains of vertigo upon waking up. He's been to a doctor to see if it was related to his inner-ear and the doctor said it wasn't. Also, the vertigo doesn't change when he changes in position and is often

Vertigo upon waking? My father is in his 40's and complains of vertigo upon waking up. He's been to a doctor to see if it was related to his inner-ear and the doctor said it wasn't. Also, the vertigo doesn't change when he changes in position and is often

It: It sounds like the doctor checked him for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (bppv), and from that description it sounds like he/she was right in saying it was not inner ear. It sounds like he has "central" vertigo, which means it's coming from the brainstem instead of the inner ear. There are many other types of vertigo that are not as well known as bppv. Vertigo can have many causes, so it's hard to diagnose him with this information. The most important thing is to make sure it is not anything "bad" like a mass in the brainstem. If this is really bothering him, he should see a neurologist about it, especially if this is a new symptom. On a patient with new "central" vertigo, I would get an MRI of the brain to make sure nothing bad was happening in his brainstem. If he's had it for years, I would not be quite as concerned, but might get the MRI anyway. I'm not sure what to make of the hand shaking -- another reason to see a neurologist and consider an mri. ...Read more

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Dizziness and vertigo attack when waking up. What should I do?

Get evaluated: Discuss your symptoms with the primary care doctor to have a complete work up done. Good luck! ...Read more

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Waking up with extreme vertigo. Could it be I slept with my head in a bad position?

Not likely: If you woke up with vertigo, and it continues, it is most likely a viral illness. Viral labrynthitis is treated with high-dose steroids. You should try to contact an ear nose and throat doctor for an evaluation within two or three days. Medications like anti-vert can help with the symptoms but steroids can make the problem much better and go away faster with less permanent damage. If your vertigo occurs only when you turn from side to side and lasts just seconds then it is a different problem. ...Read more

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Vertigo attack (Dizzyness) twice in two days. Its worse after waking up with pressure on top of the head but gets better during the day. Any help?

Vertigo attack (Dizzyness) twice in two days. Its worse after waking up with pressure on top of the head but gets better during the day. Any help?

DontDriveTilResolved: Technically, vertigo is different than"dizziness, "and it's an important distinction. If you truly feel like you are moving or it looks like the rom is moving or both, that's vertigo (an "hallucination of motion").Feeling whoozy or unsteady or foggy is more like dizziness. These are important distinctions. Ee how it goes for a few days. If it goes away, halleluja. If not, or getting worse, find a doc ...Read more

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What causes vertigo upon waking in the morning then disappearing after eating?

What causes vertigo upon waking in the morning then disappearing after eating?

Orthostasis: Orthostasis is a lack of cerebral blood flow caused by rapid fluid shifting when a change of posture - lying to sit, lying to standing, or sitting to standing happens in a rapid fashion ...Read more

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Waking up with bad vertigo where the room is spinning. Also, have a sensation of moving while standing still, I don't have a cold. What could be wrong?

Waking up with bad vertigo where the room is spinning. Also, have a sensation of moving while standing still, I don't have a cold. What could be wrong?

Vertigo: Vertigo can be caused by various things - trauma, migraine, CNS issue, sinus issues, ear problems. The most common type is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). It involves three small bones and fluids in the inner ear. Your doctor can perform a simple test called the Dix-Hallpike maneuver to confirm diagnosis. In most cases, this will resolve on its own or may require medication. ...Read more

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Had severe vertigo attacks two days in a row, when waking up. As soon as I raised my head off the pillow. Any ideas on the cause?

Had severe vertigo attacks two days in a row, when waking up. As soon as I raised my head off the pillow. Any ideas on the cause?

Whoa there, Linda: Dizziness & vertigo can be frustrating symptoms for doctors because the cause is often obscure. But in an otherwise healthy teenager, the cause is also highly likely to be benign & self-limited. It could be a viral labyrinthitis, which like most viral infections goes away after a few days. 2 days of vertigo is like 2 days of a cold: inconvenient but just be a patient patient & wait it out. ...Read more

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I am 3wks post-op L5 S1 fusion. Third day of vertigo when I roll to left (prominent) or right upon waking. No vertigo when laying on back or upright?

I am 3wks post-op L5 S1 fusion. Third day of vertigo when I roll to left (prominent) or right upon waking. No vertigo when laying on back or upright?

Vertigo: You most likely have Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Its a common cause of such symptoms. Its due to displacement of crystals in your inner ear. Periods of prolonged inactivity can cause it along with trauma and certain medications but usually idiopathic. Consult an ENT in your area if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Feel dizziness & unbalanced with zoloft (sertraline) 50 mg after waking up - does that mean its not the suitable drug?

Possible interpretat: It is possible the symptoms you are feeling are side effects. It may be helpful if you use a lower dose. Is this possible? If this is a new medicine for you, it may be there is an alternative. Contact the medical provider that prescribed this for you to discuss your options. ...Read more

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Almost constant dizziness, weird feeling around forhead and getting sleepy 10 hours after waking up while doing nothing basically. Causes?

Emergency room: Please go to your nearest emergency room- PLEASE have a loved one take you or if you do not have transportaion you should call 911. You should not drive yourself if you dizzy. You need immediate evaluation TODAY. ...Read more

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Dizziness in morning 1 hour after waking, also before, during, after breakfast. Goes away when I lie down even few seconds. Goes away after belching. Y?

Dizziness/vertigo: The detailed history of your situation is necessary. Most ENT or neurologists would require much more details on your condition to best help you. See your primary doctor or ENT to get started on diagnosing and treating your problem. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Spinning Sensation (Definition)

Vertigo is a clinical finding where one is standing still but feels like the room is in motion, spinning around him. Vertigo is ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is a feeling of light headedness that includes loss of balance, vertigo, or the feeling as ...Read more