What is the main cause of vertigo?
When our balance is disturbed, we feel insecure in space. Walking and standing fall hard. Often other complaints are added, for example, sweating, nausea or vomiting. Visual or hearing impairments are also possible. Sufferers often experience dizziness as frightening. General practitioners state that about one in 13 patients visits their practice because of dizziness. Older people are more likely to report dizziness than younger people.
Vertigo, medically called vertigo, is a disorder of the sense of balance: the sufferer loses body security in space, spatial orientation and has a feeling of swaying or turning. Other disturbances of the balance often occur, such as a tendency to fall, nausea, vomiting or turning black in front of the eyes. These complaints arise because the information transmitted to the brain by the various sensory organs cannot be reconciled with each other.
Dizziness is not an independent disease, but a common symptom of many underlying diseases – in many cases it is of a neurootological nature, i.e. concerning the “senses” such as the organ of balance. Dizziness occurs in the form of recurrent attacks, as well as chronically persistent. The proportion of those affected increases with age: the older the patients, the more often dizziness occurs.
The suffering of those affected is often high. Due to their unsteadiness in walking, they seem to be drunk and the feelings of dizziness are often not taken seriously by outsiders. Patients with vertigo are also not fit to drive, because dizziness can occur unpredictably at any time! In any case, those affected should carry a mobile phone with them in order to be able to get help in emergencies.
If you experience dizziness attacks again and again, you can visit your ENT doctor for the first clarification of the possible cause. If the cause of your dizziness is not a functional impairment of the sense of balance, he will refer you to another specialist or a psychotherapeutic colleague, depending on the symptoms.
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