Vertigo is the sense of movement when you are not actually moving. It can include sensations of falling, tilting, and spinning. Vertigo can make it hard to stand or walk.
It’s important to note that vertigo is different from dizziness, which can simply mean a feeling of wooziness or lightheadedness. Together, vertigo and dizziness are one of the most common causes of emergency room visits. The good news is that most cases of vertigo are due to fairly harmless conditions.
Dignity Health Central California offers six convenient emergency room locations staffed with compassionate doctors and nurses with advanced training and certification in emergency medicine. If you need to go to the ER for vertigo in Central California, use InQuicker. Our online waiting service can help you wait at home, not in the ER.
What Causes Vertigo?
See a doctor promptly if you experience vertigo. The most common causes of vertigo include:
- Meniere’s disease, a buildup of fluid in the inner ear
- Vestibular neuritis, inflammation of the vestibular nerve often caused by a viral infection
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which is caused by inner ear crystals that have become dislodged and settle in places where they should not be
Other causes of vertigo include transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), brain tumors, stroke, panic disorders, and migraine.
Doctor use a variety of simple examinations to determine the cause of vertigo, including observations of eye movements, head maneuvers, neurological exams, and hearing tests.
Vertigo Symptoms & Treatment at Dignity Health Central California
Other symptoms that may appear along with vertigo include:
- Hearing loss that may come and go
- Fullness or pain in the ears
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light
- Unsteadiness or problems with balance
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
To make a proper diagnosis, your Dignity Health Central California doctor needs to know when your vertigo started and how long the episodes last. Tell your doctor about any symptoms you experience along with vertigo. This includes any activities that trigger it, such as head movements or changing positions. Be sure to mention any medication you are taking and if there have been any changes to their dosage.
Our experts will provide a personalized treatment that meets your needs. Find a Doctor online for follow-up care for your vertigo.
Dignity Health Central California provides emergency services for vertigo in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.