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VERTIGO: 4 MAIN FACTS

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Vertigo

VERTIGO: 4 MAIN FACTS

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There are some false perceptions about vertigo. Feeling dizzy is a broad term used to describe different symptoms.1,2,3

4 Main facts you should be aware of:

1.     Vertigo is not a disease, but may reflect another underlying disease. 1,2,3

 

2.     Vertigo not just a fear of heights, it is an illusion of movement that makes you feel spinning (subjective) or things around you are spinning (objective). Vertigo attacks may come at any time not just at heights. 1,2,3

3.     Lightheadedness is something different from vertigo, with lightheadedness you feel like you’re going to faint, however, with vertigo you feel like you or your surrounding is moving. Despite being different, vertigo and lightheadedness may accompany each other. 1,2,3

4.     Vertigo attacks may be self-limited, but with recurrence and severity, you need to see your doctor. Many cases are harmless, but others with underlying cause may need to be prescribed medications, exercises or surgical procedures. 1,2,3

References:

1.       Top 8 myths about vertigo. Vertigotreatment. 2019Available at https://www.vertigotreatment.org/post/top-8-myths-about-vertigo/ Last accessed: 24/6/2019

2.       Dizziness: Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis. Healthline. 2016 Available at https://www.healthline.com/symptom/dizziness Last accessed:24/6/2019

Dizziness: Lightheadedness and Vertigo. Michigan Medicine. 2018Available at https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/dizzi Last accessed:24/6/2019