Hello. I'm Dr. Christensen.
I'm sorry you're not feeling well. There are a number of conditions that can cause vertigo
. Some of them, such as acute labyrinthitis
(a viral inner ear infection
) are only temporary, while others, such as Meniere's disease, can be chronic or recurrent.
The most common cause of vertigo is a condition called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which is triggered by movement of tiny calcium carbonate
crystals within your inner ear. These crystals, or canaliths, create turbulence in the fluid of your inner ear, which triggers nerve impulses to your brain that get misinterpreted as head motion. This creates a situation that is very similar to motion sickness
is an antihistamine that helps suppress the responsiveness of your inner ear to the false messages created by canaliths. If your symptoms don't improve within a few days, your doctor may order tests to rule out more serious or persistent causes of vertigo, such as acoustic neuroma
or Meniere's disease. If he decides you're suffering from BPPV, he may show you how to do some simple exercises called canalith repositioning maneuvers, or Epley's maneuver. Once you know how to do these exercises, you might be able to perform them at home. However, these exercises only work for BPPV; they do not help with other forms of vertigo and should not be performed without your doctor's instructions.
Unfortunately, there's not much a person can do to avoid future bouts of vertigo. Many people have repeated bouts of vertigo as they get older, while others may only have one episode. While you are suffering from vertigo, you should avoid driving or other activities that require sudden head movement.
I hope that answers your question, and I hope you feel better soon!