Vertigo is a false sensation that you or your surroundings are moving. The sensation is best described as spinning, whirling or moving vertically or horizontally. Vertigo attacks may be constant or sporadic and can last from seconds to days. The symptoms are due to a dysfunction of the vestibular system in the inner ear.
Other symptoms may include, but are not limited to:
Medical professionals can sometimes misinterpret a patient's description of vertigo symptoms. To obtain the correct diagnosis, it's essential to give an accurate description of your symptoms.
About 5% of the population has vertigo at some point during the year and 7.4% are affected at some point in their lives. It accounts for about 2-3 % of emergency department visits. Vertigo occurs about two to three times more frequently in women than in men and in the elderly as opposed to younger people.
Recurrent episodes in those with vertigo is common and they frequently impair the quality of life.
Treatment depends on the underlying cause of the vertigo. Some treatments include: