What causes spinning of head with vomiting?
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My husband said that the room is spininng and he is throwing up. What can i do?
Posted Mon, 10 Mar 2014 in Brain and Spine
Answered by Dr. Polash Sannigrahi 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Pathology in the vestibular apparatus Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for your query. Regarding the symptoms as mentioned in your post, kindly let us know about the following: 1. How did it start & since how many days is it present? 2. Is it continuous throughout the day or present only during certain period of the day? 3. Any history of recent illness, ear infection or injury/trauma to the head and neck region? 4. Is there is significant past history of systemic disease like Diabetes, Hypertension, Thyroid disorder, etc. ? 5. Any association with Stress, food intake, sleep disturbance or travel? 6. Habit of smoking or alcohol consumption? 7. History of prolonged intake of any medication? A knowledge of the above mentioned facts will be helpful to make a better diagnosis and formulate an appropriate management plan. In absence of any contributory history, the symptoms can be attributed to pathology in the Vestibular Apparatus in inner ear (it is associated with maintenance of body posture & balance) most probably Labyrinthitis or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Though symptomatic relief can be obtained with intake of anti-emetics like Ondansetron preparations and Vestibular sedatives like Betahistine or Cinnarizine preparations (to be taken only under the guidance of a Physician), the underlying cause needs to be treated. If it still persists, then you need to consult your Physician & get a complete clinical examination done. Investigations like estimation of blood pressure, blood sugar levels, serum electrolytes & vestibular function tests will be required to rule out any pathological cause for the symptoms. A CT scan of brain will be helpful in clinching the diagnosis. There is no need to worry, your husband will be fine. Till then, he should maintain adequate hydration & proper nutrition status and avoid stress. And also take precautions of getting up from bed slowly & avoid sudden head movements. Wishing him a Good Health. Please let me know if I need to clarify further. Take care.