Vertigo - Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of vertigo?

While individuals may use the word dizziness, vertigo symptoms are described by the feeling that either the world is spinning around the person or that the person themselves is spinning. This is the same type of sensation that happens when a person quickly steps off a merry-go-round or when they twirl themselves and then quickly stop. The feeling of spinning may be associated with loss of balance to the point that the person walks unsteadily or falls down. The individual or family member may describe the person walking as if they were drunk. Vertigo itself is a symptom or indicator of an underlying balance problem, either involving the labyrinth of the inner ear or the cerebellum of the brain.

If other structures of the ear are involved, associated symptoms may include decreased hearing and ringing in the ear (tinnitus).

If there are issues with the cerebellum, the person may also complain of difficulty with coordination.

Nausea and vomiting are often associated symptoms with vertigo. Frequently, the more intense the vertigo, the more intense the nausea and vomiting become. These symptoms may be so severe that the individual becomes dehydrated and weak.

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Comment from: Peggy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

I have vertigo for over a year now. It's the falling down, nauseated, throwing-up kind. It begins with the spinning room and gets worse from there and last one to two hours. I feel very weak and chilled afterward and go to sleep. I am currently taking Serc four times a day. I also have vestibular migraines associated with vertigo. I'm currently seeing an ear, nose, and throat doctor for hearing loss.

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Comment from: yelhsa123, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 14

Last week, my 5 year old daughter had an episode of dizziness, nausea, and vomiting for about 10 hours, but no fever or other symptoms. When we took her to the emergency room (mostly concerned about dehydration) they said it was vertigo; very rare in a child. The next 48 hours were filled with pediatrician and neurologist appointments, admittance to the hospital for blood work, MRI and lumbar puncture (and IV finally). All tests were normal thank goodness, and after one 1/4 dose of meclizine, she was able to eat and drink and after a few days able to sit, stand, walk. She was totally back to normal a week later. So scary, and hopefully it won"t happen again, but if it does, we"ll know what it is and wait for it to pass.

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