Cure Your Vertigo Right Away – Five reasons why you feel dizzy and lightheaded
Everyone feels a bit dizzy or lightheaded every once in a while, but it’s usually something that passes quickly.
Maybe it’s just that you didn’t eat enough, drink enough or it’s too hot, so a little food, drink, and a moment in the shade and you’re back to normal in no time.
But sometimes that lightheaded feeling points to underlying problems that are far more unsettling.
Forewarned is forearmed as they say, and it pays to understand these five more dangerous causes of lightheadedness and dizziness.
Common causes include:
- Dehydration: dehydration can lower your blood pressure, raise your body temperature and increase your breathing rate. The net result of this is that the blood vessels in your brain dilate, and there’s not enough blood to fill them up.
You might get feel lightheaded after intense exercise, because more of your blood gets sent to the muscles you’ve just worked and less of it goes to your brain. A lie down and a drink of water should help to get you back to normal quickly.
- Low blood pressure: there are a whole host of things that can cause low blood pressure, and you’ll need to know which one applies to you before you can get rid of your dizziness.
Resting in bed for too long, pregnancy, dehydration, alcohol, diuretics, blood pressure medication, antipsychotic drugs, low heart rate, an underactive thyroid, and low blood sugar (among others) are all potential causes, so it’s best to talk to your doctor to get to the root of the problem.
- Prescription Drugs: The US Food and Drug Administration is responsible for approving drugs. As a general principle it will only accept drugs if their benefits outweigh their side effects (and if they actually work!)
Dizziness is one of the non-life-threatening side effects that they think most people can live with, so you’ll see it listed among the effects of many commonly sold drugs.
A 2013 study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics, pointed to anti-convulsants, blood pressure medication, antihistamines, antibiotics, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anti-inflammatories as causes.
If you have to take any of these drugs then you’re probably going to experience dizziness, so be extra vigilant to avoid injury, or look for better alternatives.
- Low blood sugar: your body turns glucose into glycogen, which is the fuel that your brain runs on. If that fuel gets too low then your brain lets you know about it, which is why you can suddenly feel super hungry and almost painfully desperate for food.
This lack of blood sugar can also be the reason behind mood swings, low energy, shaking, sweating, confusion and blurred vision. Anytime you feel like this, reach for some fruit, a bowl of oats, or some wholegrain bread to give your mind and body the glucose they crave.
- Stroke: American Family Physician says that this one is easy for a doctor to diagnose when you are at the hospital, because it’s also accompanied by other neurological symptoms.
The American Stroke Association advises you to look for facial drooping on one side by checking that your smile is even, and to check for arm weakness by raising both. If either of them drifts downwards then it could be a sign of stroke. Slurred speech is a giveaway, and you can check this by speaking out loud either from memory or by reading some tricky sentences.
Cure Your Vertigo Right Away – A New Way to Diagnose Vertigo at Home
30 percent of people suffer from vertigo at some point in their lives but getting it diagnosed can be a real hassle.
The problem is that it’s such a specialized field, so when you arrive at the ER they might not have a practitioner and the diagnostic instruments available to help you.
Well, help may finally be at hand, because researchers from the University of Sydney have just designed video goggles that can help with the diagnosis of vertigo. Details of their tests appear in a new article in the journal Neurology.
They recruited 113 people who had already had the cause of their vertigo diagnosed using traditional in-clinic diagnostic procedures. They were then taught how to use the goggles to record their eye movements during vertigo episodes.
The scientists hoped to use the recordings to diagnose the cause of vertigo.
43 of the volunteers suffered from Meniere’s disease, an inner ear disorder that causes dizziness, tinnitus, a feeling of fullness, pain, and sometimes hearing loss.
The goggles did help the researchers to diagnose this disease accurately, which is great news because this normally requires things like scans that can only be done in a clinical setting.
40 of the 43 subjects with Meniere’s disease showed specific eye movements that helped them make the right diagnosis in up to 95 percent of cases, and people without it could be correctly ruled out in 95 percent of cases.
67 of the subjects suffered from vestibular migraine, a condition that causes vertigo but doesn’t always include headaches. Their eye movements varied more than the people with Meniere’s disease, so it was harder to diagnose using the goggles. Still, some movements were clearly related to vestibular migraine, so diagnosis was possible.
Scientists identified one eye movement that told them with 100 percent accuracy which people had BPPV and with 77 percent accuracy which ones did not.
This is great news, because it could mean that even when neurologists and otolaryngologists aren’t available in an emergency room, video footage from the goggles could be sent to remote specialists so they can make a diagnosis.
Another great thing about these goggles is they’re portable. Vertigo sufferers don’t often have attacks in clinics. They’re more likely to have them when they’re just going about their day, so having the goggles means they can record their attacks when they do occur.
Cure Your Vertigo Right Away – Effective Home Remedies for Vertigo
The most common cause of vertigo is a type called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (or BPPv).
That’s quite an intimidating sounding name, but a new study in the journal Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management says that it’s actually quite easy to treat.
The authors found out how easy by looking back over the cases of 359 patients who had sought treatment at the dizziness clinic of Fujian Provincial Hospital in Fuzhou, China between 2011 and 2017.
You may not be aware of this, but your inner ear has semi-circular canals in it. Unfortunately, their shape means that calcium crystals can accidentally fall into them, and when they touch the nerve hairs that line them the balance information they send to your brain gets scrambled, causing the vertigo sensations.
It usually comes on when you move your head, especially when you roll over in bed during the night.
The usual treatment for this condition is also head movements, but ones designed to guide the crystals out of the semicircular canals.
The Chinese scientists used two movements, one called the Epley maneuver and another called the (wonderfully named!) barbecue roll to dislodge these crystals.
It sounds like one of those tricky plastic toys where you guide a tiny ball through a maze by tilting it, but in this case with a human! Still, tricky or not, both methods worked well.
There’s a canal at the back of the inner ear where crystals most often get stuck. Doctors call it the posterior semicircular canal. 95.8 percent of these cases were completely cleared up a month after the treatment.
The horizontal semicircular canal is the second most common crystal trap. One month after treatment 100 percent of these cases were fixed.
It was more difficult to treat cases where the crystals were trapped in more than one canal. In fact, these cases were the hardest to treat of all.
The head had to be moved in different directions to dislodge them from each canal, but hard though this was, an impressive 75 percent of cases were resolved a month after treatment.
So, the good news is that the Epley maneuver and the barbecue roll are both really great at clearing up the most common type of vertigo and the even better news is that you can do them both at home.
Of course, you won’t know which ear canals the crystals are trapped in, so you can’t know which movements will work for you. This means that your success rate might be lower than you’d get in a clinical setting, but that shouldn’t put you off trying.
Here’s how to do the barbecue roll if the crystals are trapped in a canal in your right ear:
- Lie on your right side for 30 seconds.
- Roll onto your back and stay there for 30 seconds.
- Roll onto your left side and stay there for 30 seconds.
- Drop your chin slightly and roll over onto your stomach while propping yourself up on your elbows. Stay in that position for 30 seconds.
- Roll back onto your right side and stay there for 30 seconds with your chin still down.
- Sit up slowly and keep your chin down for 15 minutes.
It literally is that simple, but if it doesn’t work for you, then try starting on your left side and reversing the steps or try the Epley maneuver instead. A quick search online will turn up the instructions for that one.
The only downside to treatment is that these movements will trigger your vertigo and make it difficult for you to move correctly, so it might help to have a friend or a relative on hand to support you through the steps.
For more ideas to cure your vertigo right away, watch this video – Vertigo: causes, symptoms, and treatments
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