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What is Vertigo?

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What is Vertigo?

Understanding Vertigo

While many people know the dizziness and spinning sensations associated with this condition, it's not often understood. The health experts at Northern Inyo Hospital are here to shed some light on this commonly experienced issue.

What is Vertigo

Vertigo is a term used to refer to dizziness and feeling as if the room is spinning, ultimately causing one to lose their balance. Many people who experience vertigo compare it to what motion sickness feels like.

What Causes Vertigo?

Vertigo can have many different causes. However, here are some of the most common reasons for experiencing these off-balance episodes:

  • Dehydration
  • A sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Getting up too quickly
  • Certain medications
  • Issues with your inner ear
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Infection
  • Migraine
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Certain medications

Signs & Symptoms

When it comes to vertigo symptoms, they may vary depending on their cause. However, the most commonly experienced vertigo symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Feeling faint
  • Feeling as if the room around you is spilling
  • Unsteadiness or loss of balance
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating

More often than not, vertigo symptoms will subside on their own. But if you continue to experience frequent dizzy episodes, be sure to reach out to your primary care doctor to discuss your symptoms.

Rehabilitation Services in Bishop, CA

At the Rural Health Clinic, our family medical clinic is your home for primary healthcare. We provide healthcare the good old-fashioned way -- by developing and maintaining a close relationship with you and your whole family. We believe in a partnership that connects you with one of our highly skilled and trained teams that knows you, your healthcare history, and your healthcare goals. Through our advanced technology, access to current information, and connections to the best specialists, we all work together to keep you and your family as healthy as possible.

For more information about the Rural Health Clinic at Northern Inyo Healthcare District or to schedule an appointment, call (760) 873-2849.