Have you recently started having problems with vertigo? 30% of people over 60 have experienced vertigo symptoms that include dizziness and nausea.
What is vertigo?
Vertigo, a sensation that the world is spinning around you when in fact you are still, is a symptom of some underlying condition. It can often be accompanied by nausea. Most vertigo-inducing conditions are caused in the inner ear. One of the most common causes of vertigo is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is caused by crystals in your inner ear (that sense gravity), coming loose, thus the severe dizzy feeling.
If you have any form of vertigo you should first see your doctor first to get properly diagnosed. You don’t want any condition that could have more severe consequences if it was not treated right away.
Treatments to relieve vertigo symptoms
Vertigo causing health issues can be temporary conditions or ongoing, depending on what you have. There are 3 main forms of treatment to relieve vertigo symptoms:
- Prescription medications
- Exercises (this applies mainly to BPPV caused vertigo)
- and natural remedies
Following diagnosis, your doctor might prescribe one of several medications containing Meclizine or Scopolamine, or something much more powerful such as Valium to help relieve symptoms of vertigo. While some of these medications can be effective, they can also lead to uncomfortable, irritating side effects such as drowsiness, restlessness, nausea, fatigue, and even dizziness, making your initial problem potentially worse.
If they help you, you should continue to take them. However, you may want to also look into exercises or other natural forms of relief, particularly if you have any form of vertigo that can bother you on a daily basis.
If you have BPPV, you are probably lucky enough to be able to combat your vertigo with some exercise that will help get the crystals in your ear back in place. Your doctor might recommend a series of head and body exercises as a way of combating vertigo. These relatively simple maneuvers are typically performed under the supervision of a doctor or a physical therapist, but you can also try them at home.
- Start by sitting at the edge of your bed with your head turned 45 degrees to the left or right, depending on which ear gives you the most trouble.
- Put a pillow on the bed so that when you lie down it will rest between your head and your shoulders.
- Lie back with your head still at a 45-degree angle. Wait about 30 seconds or until your vertigo symptoms subside.
- Turn your head 90 degrees in the opposite direction. Wait another 30 seconds.
- Turn your head and body to the side until you can see the floor. Wait another 30 seconds.
- Slowly sit up and wait for your vertigo symptoms to pass.
- Just like the Epley Maneuver, start by sitting at the edge of your bed with your head turned 45 degrees to the left or right.
- Quickly lie down with your body on its side, turned in the same direction as your head. Wait 30 seconds.
- Move your body to the other side of your bed with your head in the same position. Wait another 30 seconds.
- Sit back up and wait for your symptoms to subside.
- Kneel down with your head pointed towards the ceiling.
- Pull your head down with your chin tucked in until your head touches the floor. Wait 30 seconds.
- Turn your head towards the affected ear and wait another 30 seconds.
- Get on all fours and raise your head until it’s level with your back. Keep your head at a 45-degree angle and wait another 30 seconds.
- Raise your head as far as it will go, keeping it in the same position.
- Stand up and wait for your symptoms to subside.
Talk to your doctor or visit WebMD for more information about exercises for relieving vertigo.
There are a few natural remedies on the market for vertigo. They do not cure vertigo, but they can be very effective at relieving vertigo symptoms like dizziness and nausea without side effects.
One such supplement is a topically applied solution of essential oils, called DiVertigo. It’s all-natural and calms the nerves in the ear that cause dizziness in just minutes. Check out DiVertigo’s blog for several articles about vertigo and how to make your life easier if you get frequent vertigo.
What else can I do?
Eating the right foods or taking certain vitamins and minerals can also help relieve your vertigo symptoms.
All-natural remedies for vertigo are a way of avoiding unruly side effects commonly associated with prescription medications. Contact your doctor if you have any questions about how to relieve your vertigo symptoms.