Wednesday, August 20, 2008

If your world is spinning, even when you are standing still, you may be experiencing vertigo. This condition has several causes and the treatment depends on the cause. Dr. Ed Hill tells us more about vertigo in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Vertigo is the feeling that you’re moving when you are staying still. You might feel like you are spinning around, or that everything else is spinning around you.

The most common kind of vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV.

Another kind of vertigo is acute vestibular neuronitis, which is caused by the swelling of a nerve in your ear.

A third kind of vertigo is Ménière's disease. This is a disease of the organs that give you a sense of balance and direction.

Vertigo can be a side effect of some medicines or it may be caused by panic disorder and stress in some people.

Some kinds of vertigo are more serious, like cerebrovascular disease. People with this have blocked arteries to the brain that can cause strokes or mini-strokes.

The treatment depends on the cause. Some medicines can help relieve vertigo. Patients with BPPV can do exercises to reduce or get rid of their symptoms. Some vertigo goes away on its own.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Ed Hill.