A new study that appeared in the Journal of Neurology has now shown that a specific type of stimulation can cure even the most stubborn variants of vertigo.
This is even when all other treatments had failed to reduce vertigo symptoms.
The best part of this stimulation treatment would be in the fact that it is completely un-invasive and has no apparent side effects.
In the past 20 years, the American Food and Drug Administration has authorized vagus nerve stimulation for conditions ranging from epilepsy to a migraine. However, in the past, devices had to be implanted beneath the skin to stimulate this nerve.
These days, external devices have become available, where you can press on the nerve to stimulate it through your skin. Like the internal devices, it sends electrical pulses to the nerve in order to stimulate it to address your unique problem.
Your vagus nerves run from your brain through your neck, chest, and abdomen to your colon.
Researchers recruited people who had been diagnosed with Persistent postural-perceptual dizziness (PPPD), which happens to be the hardest form of vertigo to treat.
In the case of these subjects, all other treatments had failed.
They split their subjects into two groups: one that received vagus nerve stimulation, and the other that received standard treatments for vertigo.
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The results were found to be very impressive in helping to reduce vertigo symptoms. The nerve stimulation improved their quality of life, their depression scores, and their anxiety levels significantly when compared with subjects who received the standard treatments.
In addition, their vertigo attacks were less severe, they experienced markedly fewer periods of exacerbation, they were steadier on their feet, and swayed a lot less while moving. This was just after four weeks of treatment.
The one downside would be that it is a short-term treatment whose effects do not last, so to continue enjoying the benefits, one will have to continue regular stimulation.
Interestingly, our simple vertigo and dizziness exercises work in a somewhat similar way and work for almost everyone.
Unlike the stimulation therapy, however, the results are usually permanent. This means that you don’t have to continue the exercises unless you want to.
We normally think of vertigo as something that has serious consequences for our ability to walk, run, turn, accurately grab objects, and other motor skills.
But a new study in the latest Journal of Hearing Science revealed that vertigo also has serious consequences for our cognitive abilities.
Researchers did their study on children to find out whether kids with vertigo could develop properly. However, it was found that the same concerns existed for adults, as you will see.
They identified 13 kids with vertigo and recruited 60 others with whom to compare them.
All the kids were tested on their visuospatial working memory, selective visual attention, mental rotation, and space orientation.
All these involve our ability to process information regarding our environment and our place in it that we receive from our senses.
For example, if you read a map and transfer the details of the map to the environment that you perceive around you to make sense of it, you first build mental representations of what you expect the environment to look like, and then compare the mental representation with your environment. That requires many of the skills listed above.
Spatial orientation also involves your feeling regarding where your body is in relation to your environment, such as feeling that you are turning left while turning left, and can include your memory of your route home and your ability to find your car in a crowded parking lot, for instance.
Interestingly enough, previous studies have shown that taxi drivers were particularly good at visuospatial processing because they used it all the time, while many of us who use our smart phone’s GPS features to find our way are becoming increasingly poor our innate ability for it as we rely on our phones to do our brain’s work.
The hypothesis is that vertigo, because it compromises our balance and our ability to see and sense locations in space, will thus compromise this variant of visuospatial processing.
The authors of the new study found that, with the exception of selective visual attention, kids with vertigo were generally bad at processing visuospatial information, especially in tasks that required a lot of focus and attention.
However, they showed no disadvantages when performing simpler tasks that required the processing of static and simple information.
From previous studies, it would appear that this was a problem for adults too.
For instance, in 2015, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published a study that tested elderly people who suffered from age-related vestibular loss. Your vestibular system is the system in your ears responsible for balance.
Those with poor vestibular functions were bad at tests that involved the rotation of cards, the making of trails, visual memory, and the speedy placement of pins in holes on a pegboard.
In July 2018, the journal Scientific Reports also published a study that found that people with vertigo were poor at a trail-making test based on the speed of their visuospatial perception and the speed of their visuospatial processing.
Luckily, vertigo sufferers improved with these tasks once their vertigo was relieved.
It is therefore very important to heal vertigo as soon as possible.
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5 Triggers of Vertigo (and how to prevent them)
You probably don’t experience vertigo all the time. It normally hits you suddenly, and you begin to feel dizzy, with the room beginning to spin. Then after anything from minutes to hours, you get better.
This leads to the big question: What triggers your vertigo?
And the second one: How can you prevent it?
A new study published in the Journal of Audiology & Otology pinpointed five triggers of vertigo. And fortunately, most of them were found to be easy to tackle.
The Korean researchers used data from 1,274 adults collected by the 2010 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
This included information on dizziness, nutritional intake, health status, and quality of life, paired with everything they could learn from the participant’s blood and urine tests.
It was clear that vertigo significantly decreased one’s quality of life, as…
1) People with vertigo were more likely than their peers to complain of impairments in mobility, self-care, the performance of everyday tasks, and either anxiety or depression.
2) They had a longer history of falls, which is unsurprising.
3) They were more likely to report limiting their daily activities compared their peers, which is understandable if these activities are harder to accomplish.
4) Accordingly, the vertigo sufferers reported a poorer quality of life than their peers, which is precisely the aspect of vertigo which makes it so difficult to live with.
The good news is that researchers could pinpoint several factors that contribute to vertigo. Most of them were things that could be fixed.
This is what they found:
1) Women and elderly people were significantly more likely to suffer from vertigo than men and younger individuals.
2) People with vertigo were more likely to have consumed lower levels of vitamin B2, vitamin A, and carotene (a building block of vitamin A).
3) People with higher levels of hemoglobin, which was often caused by smoking, drugs, dehydration, lung disease, heart disease, or cancer, were more likely to have vertigo. Hemoglobin is a protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen.
4) People with higher amount of fats in their blood streams were the most likely to have vertigo.
5) People with high creatinine levels, often due to kidney disease, were more likely to have vertigo. Creatinine is a waste product in the normal breakdown of muscle cells which your kidneys are meant to remove from your body.
High blood pressure and chronic middle ear infection were also risk factors.
What is clear from this list is that the main underlying cause of vertigo would be the lack of blood flow through the arteries, particularly with arteries that lead to the head.
Interestingly, I’ve helped thousands of vertigo sufferers heal themselves using simple exercises that, in addition to synchronizing balance systems, also increase blood flow up to the head. Learn more and test-drive these easy vertigo exercises here…
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